August 22, 2013 |
Christopher Lane was Australian. But his death in Oklahoma -- allegedly at the hands of three "bored" teenagers -- has become entangled in uncomfortable conversations and innuendo about race in the U.S. And nothing about the debate, of course, has been simple. Take one announcement issued Thursday: A Los Angeles commentator and radio host urged civil rights leaders to condemn the shooting of Lane, a white man, after it was revealed that one of the suspects, who is black, had previously tweeted that he hated white people.
August 20, 2013 |
Richard Dreyfuss has a lot on his mind. And he's more than willing to share. Among his talking points: the beleaguered state of civics education and filmmaking today - most roles in new films are "stupid," he believes - studying at Oxford, directing John Gielgud and auditioning for Jack Nicholson's 1971 drama "Drive, He Said. " He has a story about that one. "I had gone out for one of the parts in 'Drive' and didn't get it, and I was all grumpy," said the 65-year-old Dreyfuss, who appeared trim and sprightly during a recent breakfast at a Brentwood hotel.
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August 20, 2013 |
Federal officials have suspended volunteer visitation programs at three immigrant detention facilities in Southern California, sparking outcry from civil liberties groups who say the move further isolates detainees held out of sight, far from their families and often without access to legal assistance. Volunteers who meet regularly with detainees at two facilities in Orange County and one in San Bernardino County say they were notified by Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials July 24 that the programs were being suspended.
August 19, 2013 |
BISBEE, Ariz. - When Bisbee became the first city in Arizona to allow civil unions between same-sex couples, city and business leaders expected hundreds to rush in to register for a civil union. Instead, a bit more than a month later, only four couples have taken advantage of an ordinance that gives them similar benefits as married couples. An estimated 100 couples had signed up to register before the ordinance took effect July 5, Bisbee Mayor Adriana Zavala Badal said. “I don't get it,” the mayor said.
August 15, 2013 |
BEIRUT - A deadly car bomb exploded Thursday in a densely populated district of southern Beirut, a stronghold of the Hezbollah group, fanning new fear of violent fallout in Lebanon from the war raging in neighboring Syria. The government said at least 18 people were killed and 291 injured in the blast; local news media said the death toll was at least 21. The attack stunned a nation where many worry that the Syrian conflict could escalate sectarian violence and destabilize an already-shaky government.
August 15, 2013 |
Chris Brown's hit-and-run case stemming from a May fender bender has been dismissed. Superior Court Judge Christine Ewell said Thursday that a "civil compromise" had been reached, L.A. Now reported . The Grammy-winning R&B singer originally faced misdemeanor charges of hit-and-run, driving without a valid license and driving without valid insurance, but the latter two charges were dropped when the 24-year-old produced a driver license...
August 15, 2013 |
Archaeologists have debated for decades over what caused the once-flourishing civilizations along the eastern Mediterranean coast to collapse about 1200 BC. Many scholars have cited warfare, political unrest and natural disaster as factors. But a new study supports the theory that climate change was largely responsible. Analyzing ancient pollen grains from Cyprus, researchers concluded that a massive drought hit the region about 3,200 years ago . Ancient writings have described crop failures, famines and invasions about the same time, suggesting that the drying trend triggered a chain of events that led to widespread societal collapse of these Late Bronze Age civilizations.
August 14, 2013 |
Who said a little band drama would hurt record sales? Despite not touring -- or even speaking to one another -- the Civil Wars have earned their first No. 1 album. The Grammy-winning folk duo's self-titled sophomore album sold 116,000 copies in its first week, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The follow-up to 2011's “Barton Hollow,” which debuted at No. 10, might be a hit for Nashville singer-songwriters Joy Williams and John Paul White, but the album's success comes at time when tensions between the duo are so high they aren't promoting the album together, let alone speaking to each other, according to Williams.
August 9, 2013 |
Near the end of "Ecstatic Nation: Confidence, Crisis, and Compromise, 1848-1877," Brenda Wineapple's fresh and riveting account of America at war with itself, she writes of a sense of fatigue that coursed through the nation in the 1870s. The North had won the war and slavery had ended, but there the gains stalled, leading Quaker poet and abolitionist John Greenleaf Whittier to lament that, between opportunistic carpet-baggers and Confederate vigilantes, the newly freed slaves in the South "had not been saved from suffering," yet "I see no better course.
August 6, 2013 |
After the Civil Wars broke out with their 2011 debut, Joy Williams and John Paul White repeatedly insisted that the lovelorn lyrics on "Barton Hollow" weren't about them. Each was happily married to another person, they said; the intense romantic bond they conjured onstage was strictly an artistic creation, one that led to more than a half-million album sales, two Grammy Awards and superstar fans such as Adele and Taylor Swift, who recruited the folk-rock duo for a hit collaboration on the "Hunger Games" soundtrack.