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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 22, 2011 | By Rick Rojas
A lawsuit has been filed against the Bear Valley Unified School District on behalf of a Latina middle-school student who accuses her teacher of making remarks about her ethnicity that, she said, humiliated her and inhibited her education. The Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund filed the lawsuit Wednesday. It says Coral Aviles, 13, was harassed by a Big Bear Middle School teacher because she is Mexican and alleges the district didn't do enough to respond. Bear Valley school district officials declined to comment on Thursday, saying they hadn't been served with the lawsuit.
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OPINION
July 10, 2011 | By Deborah MacInnis
Anytime a VIP gets caught with his (or her) pants down — Arnold Schwarzenegger or Anthony Weiner, for example — you can almost hear the collective "huh?" around the nation's water coolers, on its Twitter feeds and shared over its backyard fences. What in the heck were those guys thinking? Where were they when John Edwards, Eliot Spitzer, Bill Clinton and so many others crashed and burned? Why wasn't the very real risk of shame and humiliation enough to stop them cold? More than 2,000 years ago Socrates asserted in Plato's "Phaedrus" that two horses contend for our souls — one, unruly, passionate and constantly pulling in the direction of pleasure, and the other restrained, dutiful, obedient and governed by a sense of shame.
SPORTS
June 23, 2011 | T.J. Simers
What a fascinating, ever-changing, complex guy. Kevin Malone is general manager of the Dodgers a little more than a decade ago. Dream job. He's given a $50,000 bonus by management for a baseball assignment well done, but four months later he finds himself warring with the media. He has words with a Padres fan in the stands and the Dodgers give him the choice: resign or be fired. He's publicly humiliated — the anger and pain running deep for almost a year. He says he has never failed before.
WORLD
May 2, 2011 | By Borzou Daragahi, Los Angeles Times
Electronic surveillance of officials at the highest levels of political power lies at the heart of a rift between Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, a source close to Tehran's conservative leadership told The Times. Intense mistrust of Ahmadinejad's closest aide, Esfandiar Rahim Mashaei, put him in the sights of the nation's spy services, the source said, triggering a sequence of events that has humiliated and weakened Ahmadinejad after Khamenei reversed a presidential decision to fire the nation's intelligence minister, Heydar Moslehi.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 8, 2011 | By Maura Dolan, Los Angeles Times
A federal prosecutor told jurors in the Barry Bonds perjury trial Thursday that the former San Francisco Giant lied under oath to protect a "powerful secret," but Bonds' lawyers countered that the government relentlessly pursued the home run king because he refused to be intimidated and "subservient. " After several hours of closing arguments, a jury of eight women and four men received the case. Jurors met briefly and then decided to return for deliberations at 8:30 a.m. Friday.
WORLD
February 26, 2011 | By Jeffrey Fleishman, Los Angeles Times
His hands thick, the color of pewter, he bends steel rods in the city dust. "It's different being an Egyptian after the revolution," says Mohammed Mahmoud, sweating at the edge of a construction site. A boy laborer nods. A flash of metal brightens the dirt. "We gained our dignity back. " The revolts shaking North Africa and the Middle East are about many things, but the most potent is a yearning for respect after decades of repression and promises betrayed. Men like Mahmoud don't see the world in ideologies; they want to draw their pay and build their dreams.
WORLD
February 3, 2011 | By Borzou Daragahi, Los Angeles Times
He glances over his shoulder. Not here, he says. In the shopping center across the street, there's a cafe downstairs. He picks out a table in the far corner, behind a pillar, to shield his face from security cameras, as jumpy as a fugitive. Except that Najib, 32, is a member of Tunisia's state security forces. During the protests that toppled President Zine el Abidine ben Ali, he was ordered to put on a helmet, hold up a shield and baton, and stand against his own people.
WORLD
November 28, 2010 | By Henry Chu, Los Angeles Times
European officials rescued their second country in seven months Sunday, offering financially strapped Ireland a bailout package worth $113 billion in a bid to shore up confidence in the battered euro. Dublin quickly accepted the emergency lifeline, hoping to calm anxious investors ahead of the opening of international markets Monday. The move was a humiliating climb-down for the Irish government, which had insisted for weeks that it did not need outside help to deal with its crushing public debt and decimated banking sector.
WORLD
September 19, 2010 | By Henry Chu, Los Angeles Times
Pope Benedict XVI expressed his sorrow Saturday for abuses committed by Roman Catholic priests, saying that unspeakable crimes had brought "shame and humiliation" on the church as a whole. In the latest in a string of such audiences, the pontiff also met privately with several victims of abuse even as thousands of protesters marched through the British capital to highlight the scandal over pedophile priests and to blast the Vatican's stand on homosexuality, the ordination of women and the use of condoms to fight the spread of AIDS.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 30, 2010 | By Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
What do you get when you combine a swell French comedy concept, a top American comedy director and two of the best comedy actors around? Against all reason and expectation, the result is a distinctly unfunny film. That would be "Dinner for Schmucks," starring Steve Carell and Paul Rudd and directed by Jay Roach. The film's noticeable lack of laughs is as baffling as its choice of a once-taboo Yiddish word for its title. Certainly Carell and Rudd, who've worked together in "The 40-Year-Old Virgin" and "Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy," are actors who know their way around humor.
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