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July 18, 1990 | KAREN GRIGSBY BATES, Bates is a Los Angeles writer who writes frequently about black issues. and
When the NAACP's conference ended here last week, civil rights leaders left behind a portrait of black men in crisis. Too many young black men, said the civil rights group, are underemployed, alternately feared and reviled, and living at risk. Now come the men of Sigma Pi Phi, a once-secret black fraternity that celebrates the professional and material success of black men.
April 8, 2014 | By Broderick Turner
The Clippers know that their game against the Oklahoma City Thunder at Staples Center on Wednesday night is important. "It's a big game," Blake Griffin said Tuesday before practice. "You can't really dance around that. They are right in front of us. But at the same time, it's still going to go up to another level in the playoffs. It's not going to be quite like it is in the playoffs, but it will be an intense game. " If the Clippers defeat the Thunder, Los Angeles still has a chance to move past Oklahoma City in the ultra-competitive Western Conference.
Conservative die-hards and reformers went to war Tuesday for the hearts and minds of the Soviet Communist Party, with Yegor K. Ligachev denouncing the Gorbachev era's "reckless radicalism" and other leaders defending policies that stripped the "evil empire" label from their nation. One day after President Mikhail S.
April 3, 2014 | By Mike Bresnahan
VS. DALLAS When: 7:30. Where: Staples Center. On the air: TV: TWC SportsNet, TWC Deportes; Radio: 710, 1330. Records: Lakers 25-50; Mavericks 44-31 through Wednesday. Record vs. Mavericks: 0-2. Update: Dallas remains in a tight race with Memphis and Phoenix for the final two playoff spots in the Western Conference. The Lakers hadn't lost a season series to Dallas since 2006-07, but it became official in January with a 110-97 loss. In fact, the Lakers' other game against Dallas wasn't very competitive either (a 123-104 loss in November)
May 4, 1996
If the heads-bowed, eyes-closed appeals to God seemed too bland at National Day of Prayer gatherings on Thursday, then Christians itching for a saber-rattling fight against Satan may be attracted to a May 15-17 conference in Van Nuys on what advocates call spiritual warfare. A conference brochure promises to teach how "repentance uproots the enemy" (Satan) and "how to identify and destroy strongholds" (of the demonic). One talk is titled: "You Can Be a Winner in the Invisible War." C.
May 30, 2013 | By Aaron David Miller
Getting into wars is easier than getting out of them. Could the same logic apply to peace conferences? Indeed, could U.S. diplomacy - however well intentioned - actually make matters worse? Secretary of State John F. Kerry has two diplomatic tracks in the works: ending a civil war in Syria and promoting a peace between Israelis and Palestinians. Both will be difficult to get started, but the real challenge will come the day after. Diplomatic conferences and events are usually good for one of two things: launching a serious process of negotiation or concluding one. What the U.S. confronts with both the Syrian civil war and the impasse in the Israeli-Palestinian peace process is a kind of twilight zone that's betwixt and between.
September 6, 2011 | By Baxter Holmes
Utah and Colorado officially joined the Pacific 12 Conference in July, but Kyle Whittingham , Utah's football coach, predicts more schools will soon follow. "It's inevitable that there are going to be four super-conferences in Division I football with 16, maybe even 18 teams in each conference," he said Tuesday during the weekly Pac-12 football coaches' conference call. "I'm not saying I'm in favor or against. I just think that's where it's headed, and I don't see any way around that.
August 11, 1985
Thank you for the wonderful reports from Nairobi. Hendrix's reporting made me feel I was there with her. Her insights and background information made both conferences much more intelligible and meaningful. I only regret that her articles were printed in the View section rather than on Page 1--where they really belonged. HENRIETTE SIMON Los Angeles
October 1, 2012 | By Richard Simon
WASHINGTON-- Perhaps the $50,000 taxpayer-funded motivational video featuring a Gen. George S. Patton look-alike, played at the Veterans Affairs conferences, should have included a lecture on fiscal discipline. That seemed to be the message from a Department of Veterans Affairs inspector general's report released Monday spotlighting $762,000 in questionable expenses, including the Patton parody video, for two training conferences in Orlando, Fla., last year.  The report also assailed 11 VA employees for accepting improper gifts, including massages, limo rides, meals and tickets to the Rockettes.
March 11, 2012 | By Hugo Martin
It looks like 2012 is shaping up to be a big year for conventions and conferences. Room bookings for groups are up nearly 6% from February 2012 to January 2013 compared with the same period in 2011-12, according to data from TravelClick, a New York company that provides e-commerce products and services to the hotel industry. The good news for conference and convention goers is that daily group rates for the rest of the year are down 1.1%, according to TravelClick. So what cities will host the most meetings this year?
March 29, 2014 | By Broderick Turner
HOUSTON  - Even as the Clippers try to prepare for the playoffs that they will be in for the third consecutive season, it's not an easy task. It's a difficult challenge for the Clippers because of the uncertainly of whom they might face in the first round of the Western Conference playoffs. The Clippers, who have eight regular-season games left, could play any of four teams in the West because of all the jockeying that's still going on for playoff positions. Because things are so fluid, Clippers Coach Doc Rivers said he now looks at the West standings more than he did in the past.
March 29, 2014 | By Maeve Reston
LAS VEGAS - Long before voters begin paying attention to the 2016 presidential contest, the quiet race for the Republican Party's most elite donors was well under way in recent days as potential candidates made a pilgrimage west to court prolific spender Sheldon Adelson and other members of the Republican Jewish Coalition. During speeches Saturday, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, Ohio Gov. John Kasich and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie all addressed the key concerns of Adelson and many group members - the threat of a nuclear Iran, their desire to strengthen U.S. ties with Israel, and what they view as the waning prestige of the U.S. abroad.
March 26, 2014 | By Helene Elliott
PITTSBURGH - When the Kings wrap up their three-game, four-day trip Thursday against Pittsburgh, they'll also finish the non-conference portion of their schedule. They might not want it to end because they've had such success against the East this season, at 20-8-3. Among West teams, only San Jose (21-7-4) and St. Louis (21-5-2) have more wins against the East. But playing exclusively within the West means less travel, and that's always welcome. After Thursday, the Kings will have eight games remaining, four against teams currently holding playoff spots and four against non-playoff teams.
March 25, 2014 | By Jim Puzzanghera
Consumers are more optimistic about the economy than they've been in years, and that could help heat up the recovery after a deep winter chill. A closely watched barometer of consumer confidence surged this month to its highest level in more than six years. The report by the Conference Board on Tuesday added to indications that some weak economic data in recent months were caused by unusually bad weather and were not a harbinger of a more protracted slowdown. "Consumer confidence made significant progress in March, indicating that the winter economic blues … are somewhat behind us," said Chris Christopher, director of consumer economics at IHS Global Insight.
March 15, 2014 | By Ben Bolch
The Phoenix Suns have been like an eight-minute miler who stayed with the elite pack in a marathon through Mile 18. They're fading a bit now, needing a late push to cross the finish line among the top runners. Either way, it's been quite the rush for a franchise that appeared to be sucking wind in October. The Suns traded center Marcin Gortat for an injured replacement and a draft pick five days before their opener, leading to speculation they had essentially given up on the season to focus on restocking their roster.
March 13, 2014 | By Chris Foster
LAS VEGAS -- The good UCLA basketball team showed up Thursday night. There were smiles. There were dunks. There was even Kyle Anderson hugging Travis Wear after a fastbreak layup. This was the Bruins' rolling thunder review. The 82-63 victory over Oregon in the MGM Grand Garden Arena left Coach Steve Alford with a lucky 7-0 record for Las Vegas postseason games - six with New Mexico in the Mountain West tournament. Yet, the Bruins have stood on this precipice before this season.
March 13, 2014 | Bill Plaschke
LAS VEGAS -- There's been a certain strain on the young faces of recent UCLA basketball teams during this time of year, a visible look of weariness and distraction, the open scars of a long season under a heavy hand. Call it Ben Howland's Sighs of March. All of which made it so startling to see the Bruins storming through Las Vegas early Thursday night hitting every 16, letting everything ride, going all in on every hand with swaggers and smiles. Welcome to Steve Alford's Wilds of March?
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