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October 10, 1991 | Associated Press
Free condoms will be distributed at all 16 of San Francisco's public high schools as early as next spring in a pilot program intended to slow the spread of AIDS. The Board of Education overwhelmingly approved the plan this week after hearing emotional testimony from health professionals, parents and young people.
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November 23, 2010 | Jonah Goldberg
In the spring of 2005, Pope John Paul II died. My father, who passed away that summer, watched the funeral and the coronation of the current pope, Benedict XVI, from his hospital bed. My dad, a Jew, loved the spectacle of it all (the Vatican, he said, was the last institution that "really knows how to dress"). From what he could tell, he liked this new pope too. "We need more rocks in the river," my dad explained. He was saying that change comes so fast, in such a relentless torrent, that we need people and things that stand up to it and offer respite from the current.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 22, 1992
Assemblyman Gil Ferguson (R-Newport Beach) has returned to the battle over distribution of condoms to minors on public property, introducing a bill in Sacramento that would prohibit free condom distribution to anyone under 18 years of age on public property. A first-offense violation would call for a $200 fine. "It's against the law for minors to consent to sex to begin with," Ferguson said Friday. "By giving out condoms, people are aiding and abetting a crime."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 29, 2009 | Ari B. Bloomekatz
Inmates call Ron Osorio "West Hollywood" because the words are printed on the cream-colored cloth bag he carries inside Men's Central Jail each Friday. The bag is filled with 300 Lifestyle condoms. Osorio, who works for the nonprofit Center for Health Justice, has been visiting the jail almost weekly since 2001, when Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca approved a small but groundbreaking program that allowed the health group to pass out prophylactics to inmates in a segregated unit for gay men.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 4, 1991 | SCOTT HARRIS and SANDY BANKS, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Supporters and opponents of a controversial proposal to make condoms available in Los Angeles schools traded insults during an emotional three-hour meeting on the East Side with most in the overflow audience voicing their objections to the idea.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 29, 2009 | Ari B. Bloomekatz
Inmates call Ron Osorio "West Hollywood" because the words are printed on the cream-colored cloth bag he carries inside Men's Central Jail each Friday. The bag is filled with 300 Lifestyle condoms. Osorio, who works for the nonprofit Center for Health Justice, has been visiting the jail almost weekly since 2001, when Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca approved a small but groundbreaking program that allowed the health group to pass out prophylactics to inmates in a segregated unit for gay men.
NEWS
January 1, 1994 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Underage students need their parents' permission to receive condoms from public schools, an appeals court has ruled. The Board of Education cannot dispense condoms to minor students without the consent of their parent or guardian, the state Supreme Court Appellate Division ruled. Condoms have been available in public schools since 1991. The court said the condom program violates the Constitution and public health law, which requires parental consent for health matters involving their children.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 19, 1991 | BERKLEY HUDSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A news conference called by conservative Christians to denounce distribution of condoms at Los Angeles public schools and churches turned into a nasty shouting match Friday with Jeff Horton, the Los Angeles Unified School District board member who announced last week that he is gay.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 1, 2001 | BOB POOL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In most other places, something this personal and private would not be the subject of such a nasty public debate. In West Hollywood, however, condom use is the major topic on next week's municipal election ballot. Voters are being asked to resolve a lingering squabble between the city and an anti-AIDS group over whether local bars and restaurants should be required to offer free condoms to patrons.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 24, 1992 | TOM McQUEENEY, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The best way to describe cable TV's "The Lobdell Group" is to use the words of host and namesake Bill Lobdell: "It's a total rip-off of 'The McLaughlin Group.' " Like the nationally syndicated "McLaughlin Group," the Lobdell Group brings together political pundits who aren't afraid to be lively--that is, rude--while discussing the week's political events in front of a TV camera.
OPINION
June 24, 2002
Robert Scheer's June 18 commentary makes the mistake of many who are not themselves members of the Catholic Church. They view the church as a social club or the religious equivalent of any well-intentioned charitable organization. The sins of some, or even of many, are not reason to abandon the ideals of its founder. Scheer includes "condom distribution, as well as the fundamental human rights of women to make their own decisions about their bodies" as part of a sweeping indictment of the church's centuries-held moral teachings.
NEWS
November 30, 2001 | BETH SHUSTER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department has quietly begun distributing condoms to gay inmates at its downtown jail, joining just six other jails and prisons in the country in an effort to stop the spread of AIDS and other sexually transmitted diseases. Although condom distribution to thwart AIDS is a long-accepted medical practice, it carries special complications behind bars. Under California law, sex in jails and prisons is considered a felony.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 1, 2001 | NOAKI SCHWARTZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
African American community leaders from Southern California on Saturday unveiled a three-pronged plan of attack on AIDS, a disease increasingly affecting their community. "There is a war going on," said Crystal Crawford, of the California Black Women's Health Project. "In this war, HIV and AIDS are the enemy. We must employ effective battle strategies." Dressed in black to signify the gravity of the situation, more than 100 people, including Rep.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 7, 2001 | HUGO MARTIN and ANTONIO OLIVO, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Assemblywoman Gloria Romero (D-Los Angeles) soundly defeated former Assemblyman Martin Gallegos (D-Baldwin Park) Tuesday in the bitterly fought race to fill a vacant state Senate seat in the San Gabriel Valley. Because Romero got more than half of the total vote cast Tuesday, she won the seat outright without having to go to a general election.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 1, 2001 | BOB POOL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In most other places, something this personal and private would not be the subject of such a nasty public debate. In West Hollywood, however, condom use is the major topic on next week's municipal election ballot. Voters are being asked to resolve a lingering squabble between the city and an anti-AIDS group over whether local bars and restaurants should be required to offer free condoms to patrons.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 29, 2000 | JULIE MARQUIS, TIMES MEDICAL WRITER
The county Board of Supervisors voted Tuesday to launch a comprehensive media campaign to promote safe sex and aggressive condom distribution in response to a syphilis outbreak among gay men. Supervisors also directed the county Department of Health Services to develop strategies for faster reporting of syphilis and other sexually transmitted maladies and to assess the role of public and commercial sex venues in contributing to the spread of disease.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 23, 1991
Norman R. Brekke, Superintendent, Oxnard School District I do not believe there is any serious consideration about making condoms available by the district's elementary schools. Our responsibility at the elementary level is to promote sexual abstinence for those outside marriage. While there is still a place for the availability of condoms, that place is not in our elementary schools. Since Magic Johnson's recent announcement . . . the HIV virus and safe sex have been on almost everyone's mind.
NEWS
July 16, 1989
Distribution of free condoms to county jail prisoners has been approved by San Francisco Sheriff Michael Hennessey, but whether they will be handed out depends on a city attorney's office opinion due next week on the legality of the plan. In the past, condoms have been considered unlawful contraband.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 25, 2000 | BOB POOL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A dispute over safe sex turned personal Monday as a health advocate complained of being labeled a "Condom Nazi" on posters displayed in the restrooms of gay bars in West Hollywood. Signs claiming that AIDS activist Michael Weinstein is "an enemy of the gay community" for demanding mandatory distribution of condoms at bars and restaurants throughout the city began appearing on restroom walls last week, officials said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 4, 2000 | BOB POOL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Struggling with what they admit is an AIDS "public health emergency," West Hollywood leaders Monday night approved a plan to give away 300,000 condoms a year to encourage safe sex. But City Council members stopped short of ordering all bars, nightclubs, coffeehouses and adult businesses in their 2-square-mile city to distribute them free to customers. The council voted 5-0 to monitor the voluntary compliance of businesses.
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