August 16, 2012
The Obama administration is asking the Supreme Court to reaffirm the right of public universities - particularly competitive and prestigious ones - to consider race as a factor in admissions decisions. This welcome and forceful endorsement of affirmative action comes in a friend-of-the-court brief filed by the Justice Department in a case challenging admissions policies at the University of Texas at Austin. The fact of the administration's intervention may be more influential than its specific arguments, which reflect the somewhat convoluted reasoning the court has adopted in upholding racial preferences in university admissions.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 4, 2011 |
Anna Seng had no idea it was against the law to ride an unregistered bike in Long Beach, a place that has pledged to be "the most bicycle-friendly city in America. " But she found out earlier this year when her teenage son borrowed a cousin's bike and came home with a big surprise: a ticket for not having a bell ? or registration. "I didn't even know that existed until I got the ticket," Seng said. "People that I talk to ? none of them tell me they have registration. " Now she and her son are preparing for a court date to challenge the fines, which total more than $400.
June 10, 2010 |
Do not forget Iran. Remember Neda. If there are green-clad protests in Tehran this weekend — to mark the first anniversary of the election that President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad stole — they will doubtless again be crushed with casual brutality by the thugs of the Basij militia, the secret police and the Revolutionary Guard. Faced with violent repression, the green movement is a long way down — but not out. Iran will never again be the country it was before the election of June 12, 2009.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 23, 2010 |
Two security guards leaned on a gate outside the El Dorado Lofts, watching the parade of foot traffic down Spring Street. It was just before dusk — prime dog-walking time — and for every few people who passed, there was at least one pooch. The dogs strutted down the sidewalk, straining against their leashes, stopping here and there to lift a leg. "Every tree gets tagged," said John Arias, 51, as a pug sniffed and then marked a nearby tree. "There's way too many dogs!"
November 26, 2009
Critical Mass bike ride Where: Purple Line Metro Station, Wilshire Boulevard and Western Avenue When: 7 p.m. Friday, ride at 7:30 p.m. sharp Price: Free Contact: www.bikeboom.com
November 26, 2009 |
Imagine L.A. without cars. A town where people ride their bikes and walk in the streets, and the smell of tacos and veggie burgers drifts through the air instead of exhaust. Sound like a pipe dream? Not if a group called cicLAvia is successful. The volunteer coalition of bicycle advocates, transportation experts, artists and academics wants to make Sundays in L.A. virtually car-free -- transforming the city's streets into giant bike lanes. "This city is so park-poor and so car-dependent," says Jonathan Parfrey, cicLAvia member and director of the Green LA Institute.