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June 25, 2001 | From Times Wire Reports
Riot police restored calm to the town of Burnley in northwestern England early today after a flare-up of racial tensions between whites and Asians. Several cars and two buildings were set on fire. The police, backed by a helicopter, were deployed to keep groups of white and Asian youths apart in the town, 20 miles northwest of Oldham--scene last month of Britain's worst race riots in a decade.
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NEWS
April 1, 2001 | JENNIFER MENA and DOUG SMITH, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
The numbers that flowed from Census 2000 last week were breathtaking in their description of how Latinos and Asians had displaced whites and African Americans in Southern California. But put the five-county region under a microscope and narrow your focus. Go below the county level, below the city level, down to the census-tract level, where a few thousand people live, where change was experienced subtly, slowly, sometimes imperceptibly, over 3,652 days.
NEWS
March 31, 2001 | ROBIN FIELDS and SCOTT MARTELLE, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
The striking white exodus that touched almost every part of Southern California in the 1990s was an aberration caused by the decade's seesaw economy, not the first stitch of a pattern, demographers said Friday. The five-county region's white population dropped by more than 840,000, or 11.7%, in the last decade, according to 2000 census results released Thursday. It was part of a shift that made California the nation's first large state without a racial or ethnic majority.
NEWS
December 1, 2000 | KENNETH R. WEISS, TIMES EDUCATION WRITER
A disproportionate share of white students from wealthy families are getting extra time on the SAT college entrance exam, including some who may not deserve it, while less-affluent minority students with learning disabilities may not be getting the assistance they need, the California state auditor reported Thursday.
NEWS
November 14, 2000 | From Times Wire Reports
Government officials moved thousands of landless blacks onto more white-owned farms over the weekend, despite a Supreme Court order Friday banning the resettlements for not meeting the terms of land reform laws, farmers said. The government has promised to confiscate without compensation 3,000 white-owned farms, divide them up and give them to landless blacks.
NEWS
September 13, 2000 | JOSH GETLIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
During a recent visit to a Rotary Club in suburban Westchester County, Hillary Rodham Clinton joked that when she drove past a nearby Saks Fifth Avenue store, "my heart started to beat. If I talk a little faster and leave a little early, you'll know where to find me." The comment might have seemed like a throwaway line, but there was also calculation behind it: In her tight race for the U.S.
NEWS
August 30, 2000 | KENNETH R. WEISS, TIMES EDUCATION WRITER
More Latinos and blacks are taking college entrance exams than ever before, but their average scores are dropping further below those of their Asian American and white classmates, the College Board reported Tuesday. The growing gap along ethnic lines in the last decade disturbs some educators, who fear that Latinos and blacks will have an even tougher time competing for the limited number of seats at the nation's most selective colleges.
NEWS
July 24, 2000 | RONALD BROWNSTEN, Ronald Brownstein's column appears in this space every Monday
Even with his recent uptick in the polls, there's a specter from the Democratic past haunting Al Gore: the ghost of the angry white men. Actually, after eight years of economic expansion, white men, like the rest of the electorate, don't appear particularly angry this year. But they do seem particularly cool toward Gore.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 21, 2000 | SCOTT MARTELLE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In the 40 years since Harper Lee's "To Kill a Mockingbird" was first published, it has evolved into a key classroom tool for teachers trying to engage students in such issues as racism, intolerance and the personal cost of taking a moral stand. Yet some educators have been taking a more critical view of the novel, which explores attempts by fictional white lawyer Atticus Finch to defend a black man wrongly accused of rape, and of the lessons it contains for the classroom.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 17, 2000 | SOREN BAKER, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
"Mission: Impossible 2" may have pulled off one stunt that's even more daring than anything John Woo concocted with motorcycles or cars--the on-screen interracial romance between Tom Cruise and Thandie Newton. In society at large the idea of someone like Cruise having an intimate relationship with Newton may not seem so remarkable, but when he appears as Ethan Hunt with Newton at his side in "M:I-2," it's somewhat revolutionary.
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