January 28, 2013 |
Six months after the Boy Scouts of America reaffirmed its long-standing ban on gays, the organization signaled Monday that it might retreat from that prohibition and allow local groups to decide. The proposed policy shift, which the Scouts' national board will discuss next week in Irving, Texas, follows a decades-long effort to exclude homosexual boys and adult leaders. It also coincides with growing public support for gay rights and pressure on the Scouts from corporations, some local governments and even members of its board to eliminate the ban. "The policy change under discussion would allow the religious, civic or educational organizations that oversee and deliver Scouting to determine how to address this issue," spokesman Deron Smith said in a statement.
June 20, 2012 |
This spring, opera in Los Angeles has been winning praise for its daring and diversity. A boldly abstract version of "Don Giovanni" staged by the Los Angeles Philharmonic. An edgy multimedia opera, "Crescent City," presented by The Industry. Coming up: Benjamin Britten's "Curlew River," by the innovative music group Jacaranda, and a new chamber opera, "The Face," by two USC scholars. This operatic blossoming has been good for local audiences, but it has raised awkward questions and touched a sensitive nerve in the city's arts community.
April 22, 2011 |
The Better Business Bureau of the Southland is getting another shakeup at the top. William Mitchell, who led the organization for 26 years, has quietly resigned — for a second time — after criticism over the group's rating system for businesses and his compensation, which exceeded $400,000 a year. Mitchell previously announced his resignation in December, only to rescind it in February. At the time, Mitchell said he was needed to fend off efforts by the national Council of Better Business Bureaus to take control of the local group.
March 22, 2011 |
A pile of long wooden planks stood next to an 11-foot-high plate of dirty glass. Nearby, a beat-up bench didn't look as though it could support a toddler without collapsing. A crude wooden chair on tall legs leaned against a tree. Ropes were everywhere. And torches were scattered about like giant matchsticks. Atop the highest point of Isla Contadora, the debris ruins one of the better views of the Pearl Islands. Located off the Pacific coast of Panama, the Pearl Islands are a string of 190 gems rimmed by powder-white sand and turquoise water and filled with jungle.
February 28, 2011 |
Reporting from Sacramento The signs were carefully, almost lovingly, arranged in strategic, TV-friendly positions throughout the arena before the Clippers-Kings game here Monday night. DON'T BE L.A.! BEAT L.A.! The Kings took care of the latter command, beating the Clippers, 105-99, at Arco Arena, ruining the debut of the two newest Clippers, point guard Mo Williams and small forward Jamario Moon. Here, though, the focal points were the three Kings and co-owners, the brothers Maloof, sitting in the front row across from the Sacramento bench, looking happier and more engaged as the game progressed.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 28, 2010 |
As a judge weighs whether to halt Arizona's controversial immigration law, hundreds of Los Angeles union members and activists are planning a bus caravan to Phoenix on Thursday — the day the law is set to take effect. More than 550 people plan to ride on 11 buses to Arizona to stage a protest and launch a partnership with Arizona groups to boost voter registration. During the one-day trip, sponsored by the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor, participants will meet with Phoenix Police Chief Jack Harris, march to the state Capitol and hold a vigil.