January 24, 2013 |
Black Against Empire The History and Politics of the Black Panther Party Joshua Bloom and Waldo E. Martin Jr.University of California Press: 560 pp., $34.95 The defenders of the 2nd Amendment once had a powerful ally in America: the Black Panthers. The self-styled revolutionaries believed there's something powerful and liberating about holding a firearm in your hands. In "Black Against Empire: The History and Politics of the Black Panther Party," we learn that Huey Newton and Bobby Seale felt lots of gun love as they drove up and down the streets of Oakland in 1966.
January 24, 2013 |
MADRID - Walt Disney was hardly a perfect American. He may have been the most famous and beloved American during his lifetime. But his private magic kingdom was not always the happiest place on Earth. Disney had his own private torments and is reputed to have railed against unions, blacks and Jews. At least that is part of the 21st century Disney legend, and it is necessarily part of Philip Glass' new opera, "The Perfect American. " Far from sterilized yet also disarmingly affectionate, it looks at Disney the myth, the artist and the man. The work contrasts between the America that formed Walt Disney and the America he formed for the rest of us. And that is what makes Disney a perfect American opera character, even if it took Spain to bring Glass' "The Perfect American" to the lyric stage.
January 22, 2013 |
A new national survey of nonprofit executives suggests it isn't just the uncertain economy that's making it hard for charities - including arts and culture groups - to meet their fundraising goals. The research says there's something fundamentally amiss with the way many of them go about courting donors. “This study reveals that many nonprofit organizations are stuck in a vicious cycle that threatens their ability to raise the resources they need to succeed,” begins the 36-page report commissioned by the Evelyn and Walter Haas Jr. Fund and conducted by CompassPoint, a San Francisco-based organization that provides management advice to nonprofits.
January 14, 2013 |
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security is continuing to advise users to disable Java on their Web browsers, despite Oracle issuing an update that the company said would fix the software's vulnerability to hackers. Oracle, which owns Java, issued an update Sunday that supposedly fixed a security flaw found in the software. The update came after Homeland Security warned users last week of a vulnerability within the software that could be exploited by hackers to install malware on users' computers.
January 10, 2013 |
Jerry Sandusky emerged from prison to attend a hearing 200 miles away at which his lawyers argued Thursday he deserves a new trial on child molestation charges because they didn't have enough time to prepare for the first one. The 68-year-old former Penn State assistant coach played no active role in the proceedings but briefly greeted his wife and supporters beforehand. At the hearing in Centre County court in Bellefonte, Pa., Sandusky's lawyers cited flaws in the trial, including that they were swamped by about 12,000 pages of documents and other materials, that Judge John Cleland should have instructed jurors about the years it took for victims to report Sandusky had abused them, and that hearsay evidence was improperly allowed.
January 5, 2013 |
NEW YORK - There are large thematic ambitions to "Golden Boy," a new CBS series that tries to deepen the typical procedural with dysfunctional-family intrigue and police-department politics. But as the show shoots an episode at a corner pub in downtown Manhattan, more immediate concerns press in. There is a female detective in a pantsuit who must throw a suspect to the ground, and a man dressed in a cook's uniform who must be thrown. The actress, Bonnie Somerville, pursues the man from the pub's kitchen into the street, trailed closely by the 28-year-old British newcomer Theo James (playing the titular "Golden Boy")
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December 21, 2012 |
A three-year effort by California to improve 911 emergency service has been stymied by flawed data and aging computers at local fire departments and rescue agencies across the state, a Times investigation has found. Since 2009, the state Emergency Medical Services Authority has been seeking to centralize reports on millions of emergency medical responses, a project that officials see as critical to improving life-saving practices. State officials hoped to capture information from the moment dispatchers answer a call until the victim is transferred to a hospital.
December 19, 2012 |
LONDON - The BBC did not deliberately cover up sex-abuse allegations against one of its most famous hosts in order to go ahead with planned tribute shows to him after his death, but its decision to drop a news investigation into the accusations was “seriously flawed,” a highly anticipated report has found. After the allegations of serial sexual abuse of children by Jimmy Savile came to light on a rival broadcaster, the BBC's management mounted a confused, inept and completely inadequate response that showed considerable internal distrust and that eventually cost the job of its new director general, said the report, released Wednesday.
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December 18, 2012 |
Local transit officials Tuesday outlined plans to permanently repair the flawed intersection of two light-rail lines in downtown Los Angeles that had raised safety and maintenance concerns. The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority asserts that the repair should prevent further problems at Washington Boulevard and Flower Street, the busiest junction in Metro's 87-mile rail network. Officials plan to slightly narrow the width between the rails along 15 feet of track where the popular Blue Line curves to merge into the recently opened Expo Line before the route heads into the Metro Center station.
December 16, 2012 |
PHILADELPHIA - Put Andrew Bynum among the growing list of people with a negative opinion of the Lakers' offense. "I just think maybe their offense is a little too high-tempo for them," the Philadelphia 76ers center said. "I think they're a much better team if they slow down and post the ball. " Bynum had some advice for Dwight Howard before the Lakers played Philadelphia on Sunday. "I think Dwight's a great player, but he's going to have to get accustomed to playing with Kobe [Bryant]