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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
March 3, 2001 | From Associated Press
A month after Detroit's only first-run movie theater closed, entrepreneurs detailed plans Friday to bring a new multiplex to Motown. Residents have had to travel to suburban screens since a theater in the heart of downtown closed last month. But two men plan in April to reopen another theater closed for financial reasons last September. The new Phoenix Theatres will be nine miles northeast of downtown and border suburban Warren, Michigan's third-largest city.
December 14, 1991 | From Associated Press
After earning a unanimous 12-round decision Friday in Paris, Terry Norris praised top-ranked challenger Jorge Castro of Argentina. "He stayed in there," Norris said. "He was a tough opponent. I'd give him an A-plus." Norris, a champion from Campo, Calif., found Castro more difficult than expected in defending his WBC super-welterweight title. Already a victor this year over Sugar Ray Leonard and Donald Curry, Norris made his fifth defense of the title he won in March 1990 from John Mugabi.
March 21, 2013 | By Patrick McGreevy
Gov. Jerry Brown and state lawmakers may have to get by on their current salaries for another year. A state panel that sets the salaries delayed a vote until June, but a majority of its members said they will likely vote not to provide raises so soon after the state pulled out of a financial crisis. The California Citizens Compensation Commission put off action until after the state certifies in May that it has a surplus required before raises can be considered. But Chairman Thomas Dalzell said the economy is still volatile, and he signaled that it is unlikely there will be four votes on the seven-member panel to fatten paychecks for the state's elected officials.
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