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May 19, 2012
Re "A crime against motherhood," Opinion, May 14 To my horror, I just read that the namesake of my local high school, David Starr Jordan, was a leading eugenicist who "promoted compulsory sterilization legislation across the United States. " Op-Ed article writer Nilmini Gunaratne Rubin implores that more be done to compensate victims of forced sterilization. I would imagine it is a terrible slap in the face to victims such as the author (who never had a sibling) and her mother to know that there are still schools named after perpetrators of these monstrous crimes against humanity.
October 23, 2013 | By Chris Foster
UCLA Coach Jim Mora has a strong opinion about Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota . "I had a couple NFL guys ask me if he can play at the next level and I told them, 'Have you not watched him?' " Mora said. "He's going to rip it up at the next level. He's ripping it up at this level. He's special. " Mora will get to watch up close Saturday when the 12th-ranked Bruins face the second-ranked Ducks in Eugene, Ore., and he admitted that "I don't know how excited I am about watching him Saturday night.
January 7, 1991
Thomas has written a column that is overemotional, uninformed, unresearched and a diatribe against world overpopulation. Many educated and thinking people are limiting their families to two children--the number they believe they can properly feed, clothe, shelter and educate. When he mentions Nancy Cruzan, he has gone too far out on a limb. Any physician could tell Thomas that it is not unusual for the needs of the brain dead to literally kill their keepers. He could get closer to the facts if he would don a nurse's or orderly's uniform and give a Cruzan-type family a month off while he, the pontificator, took care of the patient.
October 20, 2013 | Chris Dufresne
Five things to watch this week in college football: 1: Alabama can't meet Oregon until the Bowl Championship Series title game, but we can draw a common-opponent comparison when Tennessee visits Tuscaloosa next week. Oregon dismantled Tennessee, 59-14, in Eugene in September. The Ducks had a 59-7 lead after three quarters and pulled starting quarterback Marcus Mariota. 2: Oregon's race to the title game starts Saturday when it hosts UCLA in Eugene. The Ducks close the Pac-12 season with UCLA, Stanford, Utah, Arizona and Oregon State, teams with a combined 25-8 record.
October 15, 2010 | By Eryn Brown, Los Angeles Times
The image of the Nazi doctor is a vivid one ? and "Deadly Medicine: Creating the Master Race" doesn't give it short shrift. At this traveling exhibit, now on view at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, visitors can see photos of creepy gadgets like the calipers used by Nazi physicians to quantify racial characteristics. They can watch video of doctors testing how long it takes mental patients to die after inhaling tailpipe exhaust. They can learn about Dr. Julius Hallervorden, a neuropathologist who dissected hundreds of brains harvested from "euthanized" children.
September 3, 1989
The United States, after all, was built by the "socially unfit" from other countries. The issue Mr. Donahue deals with is not abortion. It is the control of people. Good biology? Not from what I've learned so far. It's just another poor case for eugenics. PAUL YAMASHITA Castaic
May 13, 2012 | Nilmini Gunaratne Rubin, Nilmini Gunaratne Rubin, a former Senate Foreign Relations Committee and White House aide, is director of government relations at the Information Technology Industry Council. She lives near Washington, D.C., with her husband, their three children and her mother
My mom's first day of motherhood was one of the happiest of her life. It was also one of the worst. She had accompanied my dad from Sri Lanka to Washington State University in 1968, so he could complete his doctorate as a Fulbright Scholar. The school was in Pullman, a small town near the Idaho border. Fluent in English, she worked as a university librarian. During her pregnancy, at age 30, she received care from one of Pullman's few obstetricians. She endured labor without drugs, and I was born healthy in 1972.
Long before the words "gene" and "genome" were a matter of daily parlance, "eugenics"--derived from the Greek, meaning "good in birth"--was coined in 1883 by Englishman Francis Galton. Galton invented a new "science" designed to safeguard the breeding of the human animal. Extrapolating from his cousin Charles Darwin's theory of survival of the fittest, Galton's aim was the survival of the most desirable.
November 8, 1992 | DANIEL J. KEVELS and LEROY HOOD, Kevles heads Caltech's Science, Ethics and Public Policy program. Hood is a professor of molecular biotechnology at the University of Washington. This excerpt is from "The Code of Codes," a book of essays on the Human Genome Project.
WHAT MAKES US HUMAN INSTEAD OF, SAY, CHIMPANZEES? What are our physical possibilities and our limits as a species? Can we "perfect" our children? And do we want to? Those questions--as much for philosophers as for scientists--have taken on a greater urgency since the late 1980s, when scientists launched the Human Genome Project--a multibillion-dollar effort to obtain the genetic information hidden in every human cell.
With the exception of a threatened boycott, no Black Coaches Assn. announcement attracted more attention than a charge on Dec. 14, 1993, that at least three members of an NCAA-sponsored research panel were linked to the founder of a movement known as Beyondism, which in some cases advocates polices of genetic superiority.
October 14, 2013 | By Don Lee
The question seems simple, but shedding light on the answer was worth a Nobel Prize for three American economists: How do we know how much an item is worth? Eugene F. Fama and Lars Peter Hansen of the University of Chicago and Robert J. Shiller of Yale University spent decades working on that problem, separately pioneering two competing views on finance that have strongly influenced the way people save and invest as well as major issues in public policy. Fama, 74, spent a five-decade career in Chicago demonstrating how well free markets can determine the value of stocks, bonds and other assets.
October 4, 2013 | By Howard Blume
The founders of a San Fernando Valley charter school were sentenced Friday for the misappropriation of more than $200,000 in public funds in a case that could affect charter schools statewide. Yevgeny "Eugene" Selivanov, the co-founder of Ivy Academia Charter School, faces four years and eight months in prison. His wife, Tatyana Berkovich, who had a lesser role in managing school finances, must serve 45 days in County Jail. She also will be sentenced to five years probation and 320 hours of community service.
July 20, 2013 | By Tony Perry
As the boat moved down the channel into Long Island Sound, the captain ordered a message sent ashore that forever changed the strategy of naval warfare: "Underway on nuclear power. " With those words on the morning of Jan. 17, 1955, Cmdr. Eugene Wilkinson signaled that Nautilus, the Navy's first nuclear-powered submarine, a bold and technically complex project, was a success. The primacy of diesel-powered submarines, forced to surface regularly and thus vulnerable to counterattack, was over.
July 12, 2013 | By The Times editorial board
After a long and shameful history, California finally banned the forced sterilization of prison inmates and mental patients in the 1970s; two decades later, the state put safeguards in place to make sure the practice didn't resume. But a new report by the Center for Investigative Reporting suggests that despite those laws, at least 148 female inmates underwent tubal ligations between 2006 and 2010 without the required approval by state medical officials. Many of the women who were sterilized while housed at the California Institution for Women in Corona and Valley State Prison for Women in Chowchilla said they were coerced into agreeing to the procedure, according to the report.
February 23, 2013 | By Charles McNulty, Los Angeles Times Theater Critic
Two of New York's most prominent experimental troupes, the Wooster Group and Richard Maxwell's New York City Players, have joined forces to tackle a trio of early one-act dramas written by Eugene O'Neill about seafaring men and that vast expanse of briny rootlessness that is their existential home. There are, in short, three contrasting sensibilities at work in this production of "Early Plays," which opened Thursday at REDCAT, where it runs through Sunday. But they are united in their desire to cleanse the palate of theatergoers accustomed to a menu of stale and flavorless familiarity.
January 24, 2013
Eugene Mirman headlines the Hollywood Improv, bringing his unique blend of Russian immigrant/Brooklyn-based humor to L.A. via a rapid-fire performance that will have you rolling in the aisles. Hollywood Improv, 8162 Melrose Ave., L.A. 7:30 p.m. Sun. $18. (323) 651-2583;
May 29, 1994
His middle name, Eugene, may not be too cool, but Jim Carrey definitely is ("Unmasking the Masked Maniac," by Michael Walker, Summer Sneaks, May 15). Walker's insightful article neglected to mention Carrey's dramatic work in the television movie "Doing Time on Maple Drive." He has a well of talent into which he could tap, and a presence beyond cute and funny. I look forward to his transition one day to a classical leading man working for Merchant Ivory! "Sir Eugene" would be cool.
January 17, 2013 | By Steve Oney
During World War II, as a tank commander in Gen. George S. Patton's 3rd Army, Eugene Patterson participated in a daring maneuver that helped assure the Allied victory in the Battle of the Bulge. Asked subsequently what he was most proud of about his part in this and other engagements, Patterson often talked about how he led troops into combat not with an impersonal "Go" but with a command that signaled his intention to expose himself to the same dangers they faced: "Let's go. " Patterson, who died of cancer Saturday at 89, was a 21-year-old lieutenant when he fought under Patton.
October 15, 2012 | By Elaine Woo, Los Angeles Times
Eugene D. Genovese became one of the most notorious radical intellectuals in the country in 1965 when he addressed an all-night teach-in at Rutgers University on the Vietnam War. "I do not fear or regret the impending Viet Cong victory. I welcome it," the self-described Marxist historian declared, setting off a furor that had politicians such as Richard Nixon demanding his dismissal. An academic witch hunt ensued, but the onetime Communist Party member held to his political beliefs for decades.
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