December 16, 2009
Gun control is one of those culture-wars issues on which liberals and conservatives often don't even seem to be speaking the same language, let alone coming to consensus. Gun owners -- especially the hard-core enthusiasts who belong to the National Rifle Assn. -- are often thought to oppose any restriction on their 2nd Amendment right to bear arms. Except that, according to a recent poll, they don't. The gun-control debate is replete with suspect polls and fishy statistical analyses, so when Mayors Against Illegal Guns set out to survey gun owners, it knew it would be accused of putting a liberal slant on the questions.
November 3, 2013 |
The day after Halloween, the federal government rolled back food stamp benefits for all 47.6 million people who receive them, officially ending one of the last remaining stimulus efforts left over from President Obama's first months in office - while also making it harder for millions of Americans to get enough to eat. The callousness displayed in cutting vital safety net benefits at a time when millions lack the resources to feed their families adequately...
December 22, 1990 |
The Philadelphia Inquirer, stung by charges of racism over an editorial suggesting that more poor women should use contraceptives, will take the unusual step of publishing an apology in its Sunday editions. "I think maybe the best thing to say about it now is it is an apology and it's a change of position," Inquirer Editor Maxwell E. P. King said Friday. The Inquirer printed an editorial on Dec.
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May 10, 2005 |
Michael Newman, staff editor of the New York Times' Op-Ed page, has been named deputy editorial page editor of the Los Angeles Times, it was announced Monday. Newman, 39, will be a member of the editorial board, which determines the editorial page positions of the Los Angeles Times. "As one of the most talented journalists in the country, Michael is a terrific addition to our team," said Andres Martinez, editor of the editorial page.
November 28, 2011
The stubbornly high unemployment rate has left policymakers wondering whether there's something more at work than just an unusually steep recession. Have the country, its businesses and its markets changed in some fundamental way, leaving millions of Americans with skills that are no longer needed? Economists are sharply divided on that point, but two from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology make a compelling argument that the technology revolution is vaporizing careers faster than many Americans can embark on new ones.
November 10, 2013 |
Max Mosley won fame in the motorsports world as the longtime chief of Formula One's governing body. Five years ago, however, Mosley's notoriety spread far beyond the race circuit, and not in a good way. A British tabloid released a prison-themed sadomasochistic sex tape featuring Mosley and five prostitutes, and alleged that Mosley had paid for an orgy set in an ersatz Nazi concentration camp - an accusation made all the more sensational by the fact...
January 29, 2014 |
When she was 8 years old, a Pennsylvania girl identified only as Amy was raped repeatedly by an uncle, who compounded the crime by photographing the encounters - some of which involved acts ordered up by consumers of child pornography - and sending the images out over the Internet. More than 70,000 copies have been found on various confiscated computers. The uncle went to prison in 1998 and was ordered to pay $6,325 in restitution to cover Amy's psychological treatment at the time, which helped her heal from the trauma.
September 22, 2013 |
The genius of the state's late and not-very-much-lamented community redevelopment agencies was that they built projects that raised property values and then kept for themselves the higher tax receipts that resulted. Normally, taxes are divvied up among the city, the county, the school districts and the state, but in a California-style CRA project area, any tax receipts beyond what the parcel already had been generating would stay with the agency to pay off bonds and invest in new projects.
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August 17, 2004 |
Andres Martinez, a journalist trained in history and law, has been appointed editor of the Los Angeles Times editorial page, the paper announced Monday. Martinez currently serves on the editorial board of the New York Times, where he also works as an assistant editorial page editor. Martinez, 38, will be responsible for the daily editorial page beginning in September, and will report to Michael Kinsley, who oversees the editorial and commentary pages.
March 4, 2014 |
Perhaps it's not a big surprise that "12 Years a Slave," the acclaimed movie based on the true story of a free black man who was sold into slavery in the 1840s, won the Academy Award for best picture. It had already won critical acclaim and praise for its lead actors, director and writer (all of whom were nominated for Oscars as well). Besides, as Ellen DeGeneres, the host of the show, joked at the beginning of the evening, Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences voters had only two options: Either they could bestow their highest honor on "12 Years a Slave," or they were all racists.