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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.
November 2, 2012 | By Elaine Woo, Los Angeles Times
Arthur Jensen, a UC Berkeley professor whose scholarly contributions to the field of psychological measurement were often overshadowed by the furor over his findings on race-based differences in intelligence, has died. He was 89. One of the most provocative figures in 20th century psychology, Jensen died Oct. 22 at his home in the Northern California town of Kelseyville. He had Parkinson's disease and other ailments, said his son-in-law Joe Morey. In 1969, Jensen reignited a long-simmering debate over race and intelligence with an article in the Harvard Educational Review defending studies showing whites scored an average of 15 points higher than blacks on standard IQ tests.
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 20, 2013 | By Patrick McGreevy
 On the eve of a meeting on setting salaries for the governor and other state officials, Gov. Jerry Brown on Wednesday announced that he was appointing two new members to a state panel that will make the decision. But shortly afterward, Brown's office announced that it was having to cancel the appointments because the two people had previously worked for the state. The appointments could have potentially increased the likelihood that the California Citizens Compensation Commission would provide pay raises for Brown, state lawmakers and other officials, one member of the panel said.
March 26, 2013 | Jonah Goldberg
Almost exactly 20 years ago, Barbara Dafoe Whitehead wrote a controversial essay for the Atlantic titled "Dan Quayle Was Right. " In case you forgot (or never knew), let me fill you in on what Quayle was right about. There once was a popular sitcom called "Murphy Brown. " The title character, played by Candice Bergen, was a news anchor. The show had its moments, but it was also insufferably pleased with itself and its liberalism. At least until the arrival of the Aaron Sorkin oeuvre ("The West Wing," "The Newsroom")
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.
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