CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 29, 2006 |
The League of United Latin American Citizens announced Tuesday that it is investigating Ventura County's hiring practices related to recruitment, promotion and retention of Latinos, blacks and other ethnic groups. LULAC, the nation's largest Latino civil rights and advocacy organization, said it is responding to years of complaints by county employees and applicants who believe administrators don't do enough to hire and develop the careers of minorities and single them out when layoffs occur.
November 13, 2006 |
THE commander of Afghan troops confronting the Taliban here is a career officer with a clipped gray beard and a formal bearing who once fought for a Soviet-backed puppet government. His deputy is his former enemy. Many of their soldiers fought for or against the Russians, against the Taliban or for various warlords -- except those so young they had never picked up a rifle. From this unwieldy mix, the U.S.
October 31, 2006 |
Skiers cut through a fresh dusting of snow, then grind to a halt at the icy base of the Sierra Summit resort where Richard Shimizu is taking a break. Although the ski resort is in Fresno County, where almost half the population are minorities, most people crunching past Shimizu in their ski boots are white. It's a scene repeated in ski resorts across the country, where only 3 out of 20 skiers or snowboarders are part of a minority, according to marketing researchers.
October 15, 2006 |
At Walt Disney Co., Chief Executive Robert Iger has made the mandate clear: Reaching the expanding Latino audience is a top priority for the Burbank-based entertainment giant. The company's theme park, cable and broadcast groups each have made inroads, creating Spanish-language sports channels through ESPN, TV shows starring Latinos for the ABC network and bicultural "Cinderella"-themed contests for Latina teens.
May 8, 2006 |
Bombs, mortar rounds and shootings Sunday killed at least 18 Iraqis as politicians took a day off from government-formation talks to inaugurate the Kurds' new regional administration in Irbil. U.S. officials, meanwhile, reported that a U.S. Marine died from wounds sustained in combat Sunday in the western province of Al Anbar. They did not release any further details.
May 3, 2006 |
As immigrant rights marchers gathered in downtown Los Angeles on Monday morning, garment manufacturer Mike Lee said many of his fellow Korean American merchants closed early, fearing a repeat of the 1992 riots. Lee closed his Poison Ivy shop as well, but did something more. He joined the march. "I am also an immigrant," Lee said as the throngs on Wilshire Boulevard crossed Western Avenue. Just as the 1992 disturbances were a defining event for L.A.'
January 26, 2006 |
A recently discovered mutant gene causes 18% of Parkinson's disease cases in Ashkenazi Jews and 37% in North African Arabs -- a surprising finding because genetics had been thought to play only a small role in the disorder. The discovery will allow genetic counseling and early diagnosis of the disease in the affected groups, said Dr. Susan B.
January 16, 2006 |
The cherry-red spots on the baby boy's retina told a tale of genetic catastrophe: Conner Hopf, 11 months old, almost surely will not live to see his fifth birthday. Before he dies, he's likely to go blind, lose much of his hearing and become unable to move. He has a rare degenerative disease known as Tay-Sachs, which once principally struck children of Eastern or Central European Jewish heritage.
August 29, 2005 |
Built atop the still-smoldering debris of Saddam Hussein's decades-long rule, Iraq's draft constitution is a document born of past grievances and future hopes. It has features that will delight social democrats while angering feminists, and encourage some of Iraq's minorities while enraging others.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 8, 2005 |
Drive down Central Avenue in the heart of Glendale and the telltale signs of the city's long Armenian influence quickly become apparent. The cursive Armenian writing advertises bakeries, coffee shops and restaurants that serve such specialties as sweet honey baklava and lamb kebabs. Glendale has been a haven for Armenians for generations, a point of entry for immigrants from Armenia, as well as people of Armenian descent from Turkey, Lebanon, Iran and the former Soviet Union.