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August 17, 2009 | Shari Roan
Sean Delshad, 19, probably could have found more enjoyable things to do on a breezy Sunday afternoon. But instead he was waiting his turn at Sinai Temple -- along with dozens of other members of Los Angeles' large Persian Jewish community -- to undergo genetic testing. The UCLA student deposited a few drops of saliva in a tube handed to him by a doctor and, in four to six weeks, he'll learn whether he carries gene mutations for four disorders that are especially prevalent among Persian Jews.
July 28, 2009 | Rich Connell
Latino unemployment in California, which has been rising rapidly, reached 15.7% in the quarter ending June 30, exceeding African American joblessness for the first time in the current economic downturn, according to a new analysis. The state's Latino unemployment is projected to hit nearly 18% a year from now, said the report released Monday by the Economic Policy Institute, a Washington think tank.
July 9, 2009 | David Pierson and Barbara Demick
In an escalating campaign to stamp out ethnic violence, Chinese forces Wednesday saturated the northwestern city of Urumqi, helicopters dropped leaflets urging calm, and the local Communist Party boss warned of the death penalty for rioters convicted of killings. "We're determined to maintain social stability," said Urumqi's party chief, Li Zhi, at a news conference. "To those who committed crimes with cruel means, we will execute them."
June 20, 2009 | Cathleen Decker
In the state's continuing political battles over gay marriage, both sides are targeting Latino voters, and a new Los Angeles Times poll illustrates why. Overall, the poll showed a majority of voters in Los Angeles support the right of same-sex couples to legally marry, with 56% in favor and 37% opposed. That finding closely tracked results of November's election, when Proposition 8, which limited marriage to a man and a woman, won statewide but lost in Los Angeles.
June 10, 2009 | Robyn Dixon
In Nigeria's oil-rich Niger River Delta, where Royal Dutch Shell has a tense relationship with communities, activists Tuesday welcomed the company's agreement to pay $15.5 million to settle a lawsuit that accused it of complicity in the 1995 executions of environmental and human rights advocates. But the activists saw it as a starting point, not the end of the struggle of the Ogoni people and other communities in the region for compensation over Shell's activities.
April 20, 2009
Re "Barbershop aftershocks," editorial, April 10 I must respond to your editorial about Moreno Valley's actions in the wake of inspections of African American-owned barbershops in our city. We did indeed respond to the community's concerns about the inspections. The mayor at the time was Bill Batey, who is African American. Immediately after the barbershops were inspected, Mayor Batey met with the Moreno Valley Black Chamber of Commerce president. What's more, letters were mailed to every barbershop and cosmetology shop in Moreno Valley inviting owner/operators to a public meeting where the mayor answered questions and addressed barbers' concerns.
April 3, 2009 | Nathan Olivarez-Giles
A local Latino business group launched Thursday, calling itself "the go-to organization" for companies wanting to tap into the Obama administration's stimulus package. And although most agree there's room for another group advocating for Latino-owned businesses, there is debate over what the Latino Business Chamber of Greater Los Angeles will do that isn't already being done.
March 2, 2009 | My-Thuan Tran
Three years ago, Madison Nguyen became the fresh new face of Vietnamese American politics, an upward-bound city politician in San Jose. She was splashed on magazine covers; the chosen one who seemingly held the hopes of the city's emerging Vietnamese community. Now she is in a fight for her political career, targeted by Vietnamese Americans who believe she has betrayed them. Voters will decide on Tuesday whether to unseat the 34-year-old councilwoman.
November 13, 2008 | David Scheffer, David Scheffer, the U.S. ambassador at large for war crimes issues from 1997 to 2001, is a law professor and director of the Center for International Human Rights at Northwestern University School of Law.
People hear the word "genocide" and think of 6 million Jews killed by the Nazis during the Holocaust or the estimated 800,000 mostly Tutsis slaughtered in Rwanda. They do not imagine that rape can be so well planned and done on such a mass scale as to wipe out much of an ethnic group just as thoroughly, if more slowly, than large-scale murder.
November 6, 2008 | My-Thuan Tran, My-Thuan Tran is a Times staff writer.
In Orange County's Little Saigon, Tuesday's election didn't go quite as planned: The winning streak of Vietnamese American candidates in recent county and municipal ballots was snapped. Voters in central Orange County failed to deliver Vietnamese American candidates to the city councils of Westminster and Garden Grove, and of the handful of Vietnamese American candidates to compete for public office in Orange County, only two incumbents won.
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