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A decade ago, the Mormon Church had no ethnic outreach program and almost no minority members. Today in Southern California, 7% of the church's 423,000 members do not speak English. Leaders attribute the change to a church mandate to include minorities, to missionary success abroad and to a high conversion rate among minorities.
March 30, 2014 | By Ronald Neumann and Michael O'Hanlon
Negative early headlines about Afghanistan's April 5 presidential election are easy to imagine. Some candidates are already trying to foster a simplified view among Westerners that they can fail to make the likely second-round runoff only if there is fraud. This is a deliberate attempt to provoke U.S. interference, whatever the facts. A peaceful transition of power to a new president broadly accepted as legitimate by the Afghan people is essential for several reasons: to secure future Afghan stability; to maintain support for Afghanistan in the U.S. Congress; and, above all, to achieve a key strategic goal - that the nation does not again become a base for terrorism against the United States.
Minority-owned businesses in Los Angeles County overwhelmingly employ minority workers and tend to hire within their own ethnic group, a Los Angeles Times Poll has found--a trend with key implications for the region's economic growth and unemployment rates, particularly in low-income areas. Nearly three-quarters of Latinos surveyed described their work force as mostly Latino, and 41% of black business owners reported a mostly black work force.
March 28, 2014 | By The Times editorial board
The 40-year debate over affirmative action at state universities generally has been conducted in terms of general principles. At first, advocates emphasized the importance of compensating African Americans (and later others) for the effects of generations of discrimination, while opponents contended that the Constitution must be colorblind. Later, the debate shifted to the claim that there are educational benefits to a racially diverse student body, a rationale for preferences that the Supreme Court grudgingly has accepted.
June 28, 1987 | HELEN WOMACK, Reuters
According to legend, when Allah was distributing the world's languages like corn from a sack, he stumbled on the mountains and spilled the seeds of 32 local tongues in an area of 19,300 square miles between Georgia and Azerbaijan. This is now the small, autonomous Soviet republic of Dagestan, where more than 60 ethnic groups live and which local Communist Party officials call a "laboratory of national relations."
November 10, 1996 | From Project Sentinel
QUESTION: We've been living in this middle-class apartment complex for about four years. When we first moved in, we really liked the mix of races and cultures. Now, this complex is slowly being dominated by one ethnic group. Whenever a lease expires and the tenants are not part of the "in group," they receive a notice to move. Those of us on a month-to-month basis are just waiting for a 30-day termination notice. Pretty soon, this will be a one-flavor complex.
May 12, 2010 | By Nicole Santa Cruz, Los Angeles Times
A bill that aims to ban ethnic studies in Arizona schools was signed into law Tuesday by Gov. Jan Brewer, cheering critics who called such classes divisive and alarming others who said it's yet another law targeting Latinos in the state. The move comes less than 20 days after Brewer signed a controversial immigration bill that has caused widespread protests against the state. The governor's press office did not return requests for comment Tuesday evening. HB 2281 bans schools from teaching classes that are designed for students of a particular ethnic group, promote resentment or advocate ethnic solidarity over treating pupils as individuals.
April 27, 1990 | JERRY F. HOUGH, Jerry F. Hough is director of the Center of East-West Trade, Investment and Communications at Duke University and a senior fellow of the Brookings Institution. and
For weeks, Lithuania has been a front-page story in America, and countless commentators and politicians have talked about the immorality of the Soviet "empire" and the need for the United States to punish the Soviet Union to support the right of Lithuania to self-determination. In theory, these commentators may be correct, but they have been advocating principles that would be a disaster for the United States to apply in today's multi-ethnic Third World.
When then-Sen. Bob Dole decided to stop in Orange County last March and campaign before a group that included prominent Vietnamese Americans, Quynh Trang Nguyen felt it was a watershed moment of political recognition for members of her community. But then the Republican presidential candidate launched into a speech supporting English-only initiatives, opposing affirmative action and reminding the crowd they live in the U.S.A. and should always "keep that in mind."
California voters concerned about illegal immigration and crime reelected Republican Gov. Pete Wilson over Democrat Kathleen Brown on Tuesday despite an overwhelming belief among the electorate that under Wilson's leadership the state is on the wrong track, the Los Angeles Times Poll found. Democratic U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein, locked in a tight battle with Republican Rep.
January 29, 2014 | By James Barragan
Everyone in metropolitan Detroit knows who the Chaldeans are. They came to the Motor City in droves during the 1920s, lured by high wages at Henry Ford's automobile plants. Since then, they have grown to a population of more than 120,000 in Detroit - the largest in any area outside their native Iraq - and hold substantial clout in the area's business and political circles. Now, two competing organizations want everyone in California to know the ethnic group, which is united by its Christian faith, Aramaic language and entrepreneurial zeal.
December 13, 2013
Re "Another key group eludes the GOP," Dec. 8 As the former chairman of the California Asian Pacific Islander Legislative Caucus, I was heartened by this article. Oftentimes our Asian and Pacific Islander American (APIA) communities are ignored or overlooked politically. The Times notes that we are the fastest-growing minority in the United States. Consequently, we are an important community for both Republicans and Democrats. Our attitudes toward government referenced in the article - supporting "tax hikes to reduce the federal deficit; more supportive of a large, activist government; friendlier toward immigrants in the country illegally; and more favorably disposed to Obamacare than voters overall" - are among the reasons APIA voters supported President Obama with 73% of their vote in 2012.
July 25, 2013 | By Joel Rubin and Robert Faturechi
A gathering attended by several hundred sheriff's deputies and staff members from the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department went badly awry when a comedian unleashed a stand-up routine filled with racist and sexually explicit humor, people in attendance said. Many in the crowd at the Sheriff's Day Luncheon on Wednesday, estimated to be between 600 and 700 people, were dressed in their uniforms, including Sheriff Lee Baca, who thanked comedian Edwin San Juan with a plaque after the off-color performance.
July 24, 2013 | By Joel Rubin and Robert Faturechi
A gathering Wednesday attended by several hundred sheriff's deputies and staff members from the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department went badly awry when a comedian unleashed a stand-up routine filled with racist and sexually explicit humor, people in attendance said. Many in the crowd at the Sheriff's Day Luncheon, estimated to be between 600 and 700 people, were dressed in their uniforms, including Sheriff Lee Baca, who thanked comedian Edwin San Juan with a plaque after the off-color performance.  "He managed to insult every ethnic group," said one attendee, who requested that his name not be used.
April 17, 2013 | By Anna Gorman, Los Angeles Times
Infant mortality in the U.S. has declined 12% since 2005 after holding steady for many years, according to data released Wednesday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The infant mortality rate in 2011 was 6.05 deaths per every 1,000 live births, down from 6.87 in 2005, according to the report from the National Center for Health Statistics. Some of the biggest gains were seen in Southern states, though the region still has the highest infant mortality rates overall.
March 19, 2013 | By Nicole Santa Cruz, Los Angeles Times
Orange County officials are considering slashing funding to a Santa Ana nonprofit that has become a community model for its public health outreach efforts in the county's poorest neighborhoods. The head of Latino Health Access said she believes questions over the group's funding have their roots in a dispute two years ago when county supervisors questioned why the nonprofit had to use the word "Latino" in its name and referred to its outreach workers as "promotores. " On Tuesday, supporters of the Santa Ana-based nonprofit made an impassioned plea to supervisors to work with the county's healthcare agency to leave funding intact when the group's grant comes up for review later this year.
January 4, 2010 | Hector Tobar
The middle is what holds Los Angeles together. Not too rich, not too poor. Right in the middle of the curve -- a place that doesn't inspire much passion. But without the middle class, what is Los Angeles? Imagine a metropolis where all the homes have either iron bars on the windows or walls and guards to keep away the riffraff. A city of castes. Gated communities and gangland, with nothing in between. In other words, a Third World city. With our economy in the dumps and public services and the education system in crisis, it's easier to imagine Los Angeles becoming such a place.
Bhutan, hidden deep in the mountains between India and China, no longer qualifies for its travel book description of "the last Shangri-La." King Jigme Singye Wangchuk says that his small Himalayan kingdom faces the greatest threat to its survival since the 7th Century. Peace was shattered in September by an uprising of militants from the kingdom's ethnic Nepali minority. Sporadic violence has continued since.
September 18, 2012 | By Melissa Healy, Los Angeles Times
Deepening the mystery surrounding the health effects of bisphenol A, a large new study has linked high levels of childhood and adolescent exposure to the industrial chemical to higher rates of obesity - in white children only. The latest research, published in the Journal of the American Medical Assn., measured bisphenol A, or BPA, levels in the urine of a diverse group of 2,838 Americans ages 6 to 19. Researchers from New York University also reviewed data on the participants' weight, dietary intake, physical activity and socioeconomic backgrounds.
July 13, 2012 | By Ivy Sam and Mark Magnier, Los Angeles Times
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia - First came the banning of a gay arts festival and the book "Islamic Sex. " Then the cancellation of U.S. singer Erykah Badu's concert after a publicity photo showed her with an "Allah" tattoo. Next on the banned list was British author Peter Mayle's sex-education book "Where Did I Come From?" and, in May, "Allah, Liberty & Love" by liberal Muslim activist Irshad Manji, which calls for reform and greater tolerance within Islam. Although state religious officials in Malaysia say preventing citizens' exposure to "un-Islamic" books, authors and entertainers is a moral necessity, opposition leaders offer a different view: It's largely about political power.
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