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October 13, 2013 |
B.J. Singh peeked down at the timer on the lectern. The mayor said everyone could speak for five minutes - not long when you're trying to unravel a lifetime of history lessons. An Indian immigrant with a tiny American flag pinned to the lapel of his navy suit, Singh introduced himself, thanked the leaders of the city he's called home for 12 years and cut to the chase. Mohandas K. Gandhi, the Indian nonviolent leader, wasn't the man that city leaders think he is, Singh explained, before asking the mayor to remove a bronze statue of the world leader erected at an intersection in Cerritos.
October 10, 2013 |
NEW DELHI -- India's record-setting cricket batsman Sachin Tendulkar announced Thursday he will retire next month after playing his 200th Test cricket match, a development that topped virtually every news program in this nation crazed about the sport. Tendulkar, 40, the highest run-scorer in the history of Test cricket, the longest form of the game, said he would make his exit after the second of two Test series against the West Indies to be played from Nov. 14-18 in India. "It's been a huge honor to have represented my country and played all over the world," he said in a statement.
October 9, 2013 |
The Washington Redskins name-change fight is heating up. Redskins owner Dan Snyder, who previously insisted he would never change the team's nickname even though some people find it offensive, wrote a letter to his team's season-ticket holders defending his position. "I've listened carefully to the commentary and perspectives on all sides, and I respect the feelings of those who are offended by the team name," Snyder said in the letter. "But I hope such individuals also try to respect what the name means, not only for all of us in the extended Washington Redskins family, but among Native Americans too. " In response Wednesday, Oneida Indian Nation representative Ray Halbritter wrote: "We are glad to see that Mr. Snyder is listening to the growing number of critics on this issue...
October 3, 2013 |
So, there I am, minding my own business watching the Indians-Rays game on TV on Wednesday when an image comes across the screen that is just unbelievable. Three Indians fans have painted their faces red to support their team. Because, you see, Indians have red skins (Redskins? Where have I heard that before?) Add exaggerated eyes and mouth, and you have a pretty offensive display. Yes, I get it. They are trying to portray lovable Indians mascot Chief Wahoo (himself a pretty offensive character)
September 27, 2013 |
After scoring 56, 55 and 56 points in its first three games, Newhall Hart let everyone know that its offense is filled with talented skill-position players. The options for Coach Mike Herrington are plentiful, and Friday night's performance against Lake Balboa Birmingham offered another glimpse of the Indians' versatility. While junior quarterback Brady White had a streak of 123 consecutive passes without a pass intercepted broken (he was intercepted twice), Hart turned to running back Connor Wigenroth, who rushed for 185 yards in 14 carries and scored five touchdowns in a 42-13 victory.
September 23, 2013 |
The 2014 BNP Paribas Open, the largest combined ATP and WTA combined two-week event, will be held March 3-16 at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden . ESPN has announced it has renewed its television contract with the tournament through 2020, tournament director Steve Simon said. The 2014 edition of the tournament will once again culminate on ESPN2 on March 14, ESPNEWS on March 15, and both singles finals will air live back-to-back on ESPN2 on March 16. Beginning in 2015, coverage of the final weekend of the tournament will be on ESPN2 on Friday and on ABC on Saturday and Sunday.
September 16, 2013 |
The Food & Drug Administration on Monday barred the import of any medications made at the premier manufacturing plant of one of the world's largest makers of generic medications, Ranbaxy Laboratories Ltd. The FDA cited Ranbaxy's failure to respond adequately to concerns it raised after two inspections of Ranbaxy's plant in Mohali, India, turned up shortcomings in manufacturing practices ensuring the quality of its products. Until Ranbaxy hires a third-party inspector and assures the FDA that its manufacturing standards are being met, the FDA said the company's products will remain under import alert and may be detained at the U.S. border.
September 16, 2013 |
Miss America 2014 was crowned Sunday night in Atlantic City, N.J.: She's Nina Davuluri, the first Indian American to take the crown. It was the second year in a row that a young woman from New York was named Miss America. Davuluri, 24, competed in outfits including an animal-print bikini (pardon us, swimsuit ) and a bright yellow evening gown that she described as "the more sexy version" of Belle's dress in "Beauty and the Beast. " In the talent portion of the evening, she delivered a Bollywood-style dance.
September 12, 2013 |
NEW DELHI - In advance of Friday's sentencing of four men convicted in India's notorious Delhi gang rape and murder case, great praise has been lavished on the country's police by newspapers, TV channels, courts and the public for their professionalism, quick investigation and use of forensic evidence. But the impressive results have also prompted critics to ask: With about 90,000 rape cases languishing, why is this the exception rather than the rule? “There's very little possibility these tools will be applied in other cases,” said Ajai Sahni, executive director of New Delhi's Institute for Conflict Management, a think tank.
September 10, 2013 |
NEW DELHI - Sentencing arguments will be heard Wednesday for four men facing the death penalty after an Indian court them found guilty of raping and murdering a 23-year-old physiotherapy student in December. The closely watched case has angered, shocked and electrified the nation, sparking tougher laws, fast-track courts, violent public protests and extensive soul-searching. Judge Yogesh Khanna ruled Tuesday in a 230-page decree that the four defendants, ages 19 to 35, were guilty on all 13 counts, including rape, murder and kidnapping.