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March 21, 2012 | By Sam Farmer
For three years, the New Orleans Saints secretly doled out cash rewards to players for hits on opponents — $1,500 for knocking someone out of the game, $1,000 for getting a player carted off the field. On Wednesday, the league landed its own knockout blow, suspending the Saints' coach without pay for a year and meting out suspensions to their general manager and two other coaches. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, in going further than any previous commissioner, sent a clear message to professional football: The league is getting more violent and bounties won't be tolerated.
June 19, 2009
It's high time that schools took anti-bullying measures more seriously. We just never thought that would include requiring fifth-graders to recite the meaning of each letter in LGBT. In attempting to discourage taunting of gay students, the Alameda Unified School District turned what should be a basic lesson on treating others kindly into a primer on sexual identity.
June 3, 2009 | Timothy A. Hodson, Timothy A. Hodson is the executive director of the Center for California Studies at Sacramento State University.
Stay in Washington a few days and you will quickly learn that the East Coast media are reveling in California's budget woes. However, the Beltway's current mantra -- a crisis is too good an opportunity to waste -- can be a guide for Sacramento. Cutting $20 billion to $25 billion from a state budget that has been cut repeatedly and, according to the U.S. census, supports one of the leanest state workforces in the country will be tough and traumatic.
June 25, 2007
Re "Forgive me, Father, for I have tailgated," June 21 Is the Vatican serious? The Ten Commandments for drivers? Isn't there enough poverty, rape, war and suffering to deal with? These Ten Commandments -- as applicable and relevant as they are to Los Angeles -- are trivial in the grand scheme of things. There are bigger fish to fry. So what does this latest set of guidelines have to say about the church? Too much time on its hands, or misplaced priorities? RYAN CONLEY Los Angeles The article is funny but serious.
April 1, 2006 | Louis Sahagun, Times Staff Writer
The great traditions, author Karen Armstrong likes to observe, flowered in response to a time of violence similar to our own. Turbulent times accompanied the birth of Hinduism and Buddhism in India, Confucianism and Taoism in China, monotheism in the Middle East and rationalism in Greece. All shared a core vision for building a better world that was both simple and drastic: Do not harm others.
August 18, 2005 | Susan Carpenter, Times Staff Writer
IN the dog days of summer, everything seems to slow. When the temperature's high, motivation is lackluster and so are many of our major entertainment options. Most of the blockbuster movies have opened, the big concerts have swung through town, museums have unveiled their major exhibits. Whatever beach reads we'd stocked for the season are dwindling to their last pages. Yet one activity continues unabated throughout Southern California: pursuing the perfect tan.
June 6, 2005
Imagine being arrested in a foreign country where you are unfamiliar with the language, the culture, the legal system or your rights, and never being allowed to contact a U.S. Consulate for help. That's a nightmare that Americans overseas could face if the United States continues to be lax in respecting the rights of foreign nationals arrested in this country.
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