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NEWS
July 1, 2001 | JACQUELINE FITZGERALD, CHICAGO TRIBUNE
Whether the courts find merit in a lawsuit filed last month accusing Wal-Mart Stores Inc. of systematically discriminating against thousands of female workers, the news was a reminder that progress on the equal opportunity front is slow. Wal-Mart rejected the charges in the lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court in San Francisco, against Bentonville, Ark.-based Wal-Mart.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 18, 2001 | RICHARD MAROSI and DOUG SMITH, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Some of California's largest school districts are plagued by persistent racial inequities that hurt minority youths' chances of going to college and force many students to attend substandard facilities, according to a recently released study by Californians for Justice.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 28, 2001
Lorenza Munoz poses the question, "What if you woke up one day and every movie portrayed Americans as dumb, dirty and ignorant?" ("The Silver Screen That Divides Us, April 24). I have woken up. And last I checked, movies like "Freddy Got Fingered," "Joe Dirt" and "Tomcats" were only some of the films to choose from that feature Americans with these qualities. And contrary to her assertion of Mexican stereotyping, the popular film "Spy Kids" features a wonderful family model that happens to be Mexican.
SPORTS
April 7, 2001 | TIM BROWN
As Isaiah "J.R." Rider himself has often expressed, "Life goes on, man. Life goes on." So it did on Friday night, when the moody Rider grew incensed with his inconsistent playing time and sulked in the locker room for all but a few seconds of the third quarter during the Lakers' 100-96 victory against the Boston Celtics. One who viewed Rider at halftime called him, "pouty." Rider was a stoic observer in the fourth quarter, from a chair at the end of the bench.
NEWS
February 25, 2001 | SCOTT SONNER, ASSOCIATED PRESS
The Truckee River rushes through wildly different worlds as it drops more than 2,500 feet in elevation on its 100-mile trek from the alpine waters of Lake Tahoe to Pyramid Lake on the desert floor. Along the way, it traverses a microcosm of what the West has become in a century of development--from upscale tourist communities in the Sierra, through downtown Reno and finally to the farm irrigation canals of rural Nevada.
NEWS
January 8, 2001 | JOSH GETLIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
For a man who's been called a Nazi and a baby killer, a speaker who's been shouted down at universities and had his glasses ripped off in public, Peter Singer is something of a disappointment in person. But the wry, soft-spoken professor shuffling papers on his desk at Princeton University prides himself on being a heretic who inspires heated emotions. "I'm a philosopher," Singer declares. "And that's someone who makes others uncomfortable. Someone who asks them to consider the unthinkable."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 17, 2000 | DAN WEIKEL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
For the second time in a week, federal investigators have concluded that Cal State Long Beach, one of the state's largest university campuses, violated affirmative action laws for military veterans who served during the Vietnam War. The second round of findings from the U.S. Department of Labor stated that university officials violated 21 sections of a 1974 federal law designed to provide equal employment opportunities to veterans, including the disabled.
NEWS
June 19, 2000 | RONALD BROWNSTEIN, Ronald Brownstein's column appears in this space every Monday
Here's a number that just doesn't compute. While the computer and communications industries say that thousands of high-skill, high-wage jobs go begging for a lack of qualified applicants, the number of students pursuing graduate engineering and science degrees at U.S. universities is declining. The figure peaked in 1993 at 436,000; now there are about 30,000 fewer techies working for advanced degrees.
BUSINESS
November 14, 1999
Disney's apparent rolling over on the "Black Hoe" issue is downright goofy ["Disney Reverses Approach to 'Black Hoe' Controversy," Oct. 19]. Sure, KLOS' Mark and Brian are offensive, but they're so damned funny about it. There are no sacred cows. They are non-discriminating, equal-opportunity offenders. The most racist and sexually degrading treatment of black women occurs at the hands of black men, particularly the creators and broadcasters of some types of rap music. Why isn't the Congress of Racial Equality equally protesting them?
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