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May 30, 1993 | Sam Fulwood III, Fulwood, a reporter in The Times' Washington bureau, is writing "Blue Chip Black," a memoir examining the isolation of middle-class black Americans to be published next spring by New American Library/Dutton
For most of the past 30 years, arguments involving the plight of the urban underclass have tended to track along boringly predictable lines. According to conventional wisdom, middle-class black Americans used the affirmative action programs of the late 1960s to improve their status, then distanced themselves from the inner-cities and left their poorer relations in a wake of "underclass" crime, poverty and pathos.
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NEWS
December 14, 1994 | From Associated Press
"The Bell Curve," a book that claims intelligence is a genetically linked characteristic of race, is scientifically flawed, a panel of scholars and testing experts said this week. In a symposium at Howard University in Washington, D.C., scholars said the book fails to present a scientifically balanced view and then uses faulty conclusions to justify suggested changes in the way society deals with the poor.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 4, 1993
President Clinton plans to appoint a task force to answer this question: How can poor, and often unskilled, adults and their children be helped to advance from dependency to self-sufficiency? His effort reignites a much-needed national debate over welfare reform. Unlike most traditional Democrats, the President is a centrist on welfare; his reform program in Arkansas showed that. Now that he is in the White House, Clinton can build on that wise model.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 12, 1997 | ELAINE WOO, TIMES EDUCATION WRITER
Is intelligence race-based? That argument was catapulted back into the public arena by "The Bell Curve," the 1994 book by conservative social theorists Charles Murray and the late Richard Herrnstein that some credit with fueling the current debate over affirmative action. Now, into the fray comes a provocative study that suggests that a major determining factor of intelligence is not genetics but the quality of pre-college education.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 9, 2010 | By Patrick McGreevy
Months after California legislators had their pay and benefits cut 18%, the head of a state panel that sets salaries proposed Tuesday that elected officials lose 10% more in response to the continuing budget crisis. The idea came from Charles Murray, chairman of the state's Citizens Compensation Commission. The group, which is appointed by the governor, is scheduled to meet April 22 in Burbank to consider new cuts, which would also affect lawmakers' car allowance, health benefits and daily living expenses.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 20, 2013 | By Patrick McGreevy
California's budget situation has improved, but has it done so enough to allow raises for Gov. Jerry Brown and state legislators this year? State law does not allow raises in years when a surplus fund falls below a certain level. Budget problems have resulted in the California Citizens Compensation Commission cutting the pay of the governor and lawmakers by 23% in the last four years. Thomas Dalzell, Brown's appointee as chairman of the panel, said it looks likely that the financial requirement will be met this year so that raises can be considered when the panel meets March 21. But just in case the surplus is not large enough, Dalzell has asked the panel's attorney to determine whether it could comply with the no-raise rule if it just restores pay levels cut in the past.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 12, 1995
Re "Statistics Can Throw Us a Curve," Jan. 4: Your science writer, K.C. Cole, has joined many others in criticizing "The Bell Curve," and like others Cole's critique seems pointless. Quoting mathematicians, for example, Cole writes, "Correlation, they say, does not necessarily mean causation." The authors of the book agree, and further point out (Page 298), "That a trait is genetically transmitted in individuals does not mean that group differences in that trait are also genetic in origin."
OPINION
January 5, 2009
The conventional wisdom is that politicians aren't influenced by what the late George Wallace called "pointy-headed intellectuals." The recent death of Harvard political scientist Samuel P. Huntington is a reminder that the opposite is often the case. Scholars do influence the "real world" of politics -- for both good and ill. Huntington will be remembered most for two influential ideas.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 24, 2013 | By Patrick McGreevy
John Stites is among a small group of people who will decide next month how much California's governor and lawmakers should be paid. Even though he lives primarily in Nevada. Stites maintains a home in Los Angeles County that he stays in for weeks at a time, but said that about a year ago his primary residence became a house he bought in 2009 in Henderson, Nev. The retired Los Angeles County sheriff's sergeant is an appointee of former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger to the California Citizens Compensation Commission.
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