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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 16, 1997
Re "L.A. School Board Bans Mascots With Indian References," Sept. 9: Now I'm really confused. Should the last word of our national anthem be removed or replaced? ROBERT E. HISSA Miami
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SPORTS
April 11, 2014
Really? An oversized, ugly mascot running around at Dodger Stadium [April 9]? The Dodgers have finally stooped this low? Maybe I'm glad I can't watch Dodgers games on TV anymore. At least I have Vinny for three innings on radio. Don't think I'll have to worry about him describing this latest lack of class. Mike Popov San Clemente ::: No, no, no, no and no. Listen carefully, Dodgers: Drop the "non-mascot" thingy, slowwwwwly back away, and nobody gets hurt. L.A. already has the world's greatest baseball fans, who adore the team, partly because it has never needed such obviously contrived marketing gimmicks to sell tickets or attract fans.
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OPINION
May 23, 2012
Re "Oregon forbids Native American mascots," May 20 Native Americans have faced numerous battles. They have been victims of genocide - and people continue to view them as mascots? Team mascots are typically animals, occupations and objects. With so many Native American mascots, are Native Americans part of that group as well? Nobody seems to care about the things these people have already faced. I am glad some are finally reversing course. Every board of education throughout the country should follow Oregon's lead and ban such offensive mascots.
NEWS
April 9, 2014 | By Adam Tschorn
According to an article by Steve Dilbeck in Wednesday's Los Angeles Times ( "Big Face in the Crowd" ), the Los Angeles Dodgers have a new personality on the team -- a crisply uniformed, big-headed not-mascot they've dubbed a "performance character. " You can read Dilbeck's entire is-he or isn't-he (a mascot) piece here, but it got us thinking about some of the strange, silly and controversial college and professional sports mascots we've read about over the years. Put that huge ball cap on your head, break out your pencil and take a deep whiff of team spirit and see if you're a major leaguer in the mascot department -- or if you're destined to flounder on the farm team -- with a quick sports mascot quiz.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 16, 1995 | JULIE FATE SULLIVAN
Selina Seal, Dana Dolphin, Sally Swallow and Corky Coyote are the people's choice. Those are the recycling mascots chosen by adult and child residents of San Clemente, Dana Point, San Juan Capistrano and Laguna Niguel, respectively, as part of a new public awareness program. Coordinated by Solag Disposal Co., the program aims to get residents, especially children, in the habit of recycling, said Daniel Batty, recycling manager for San Juan Capistrano-based Solag.
SPORTS
September 17, 2005
I watched in horror as the "Burger King" King mascot danced into the end zone during a commercial. Don't we realize how offensive that is to kings and kingdoms everywhere? CHRIS MACDONALD San Clemente
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 18, 1998
Re "Suite Targets Schools' Ban on Indian Mascots," Jan.8 In response to the boosters who are suing the schools, I say, "Get a life!" If American Indians donot want to be your mascots, leave them alone. Pick an animal or something else. The money being spent on lawyers and frivolous lawsuits should be spent on tutoring programs, textbooks or helping low-income students. How about donating money to the Native American Rights Fund? MILAGRO BUNKERS Glendale I pity Eugene Herrod (of)
ENTERTAINMENT
October 31, 2013 | By Robert Lloyd, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
"MasterChef Junior" (Fox, Friday). This small-fry-ification of "MasterChef," hosted as in the grown-up version by Gordon Ramsay, Joe Bastianich and Graham Elliot, ends its first season (of what I hope will be many) this week, with a semifinals-to-finals double header that will earn one talented child $100,000 and a handsome keepsake trophy. Only four, chosen from an auditioning horde of thousands, remain. [ Updated, Nov. 3, 1:43 a.m. : It turned out that only the semi-finals aired Nov. 1; the finals -- Alexander vs. Dara -- will take place this Friday.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 20, 1997 | DARRELL SATZMAN
About 20 members of a committee calling itself "Save the Braves" held a rally across the street from Birmingham High School Friday to protest the Board of Education's decision earlier this month banning references to American Indian names and images in public school mascots.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 29, 2000
The nationwide campaign to encourage the state of South Carolina to stop flying the Confederate flag at the capitol is right on target. But why stop there? Georgia and Mississippi have the Confederate flag as the centerpiece of their state flags. The state flags of Arkansas, Alabama, Florida and Tennessee all use designs that were clearly derived from the Confederate flag. South Carolina flies the only state flag in the South without a hint of the Confederacy in it. South Carolina just needs to take the Confederate flag down.
SPORTS
April 8, 2014 | By Steve Dilbeck
When is a mascot not really a mascot? When the Dodgers tell you it isn't. Only don't look now, but bouncing around out there in those new plaza areas behind the pavilions and in the kids' areas in the upper decks is an oversized, oh-so-cute person in a Dodgers uniform with a giant bobblehead who looks amazingly like a mascot. “It's not a mascot,” said Dodgers executive vice president of marketing Lon Rosen. “It's a unique performance character.” See, that's what's great about being a marketing wiz, you can just make stuff up. Rosen also called it a “bobblehead character,” so you can see he's really trying hard.
SPORTS
February 8, 2014 | By Dan Loumena
Kate Upton, the model best known for gracing the cover of Sports Illustrated's Swimsuit Issue, received a marriage proposal Friday night, but it wasn't from boyfriend Justin Verlander, the hard-throwing pitcher from the Detroit Tigers. While watching the Oklahoma City Thunder play the Orlando Magic at Amway Arena, Stuff the mascot for the Magic spotted Upton sitting alone and swooped in. The rest of the story can be followed on Twitter.   Thanks @STUFF_mascot for the proposal tonight!
NEWS
January 10, 2014 | By Matthew Fleischer, guest blogger
On Thursday, journalist Paul Lukas published a report on ESPN's website indicating that the Cleveland Indians were relegating their “Chief Wahoo” logo to “secondary status” and would in the future use a stylized letter “C” as the graphic representation of the team. For those out there who aren't baseball fans, Chief Wahoo is the buck-tooth-smiled, tomato-red Indian who looks like he wandered straight out of a Nazi propaganda cartoon and whose image serves as the logo for the team.
NATIONAL
December 20, 2013 | By Michael Muskal
For those of you who think that insensitive speech is just an issue for reality television and “Duck Dynasty,” consider Wisconsin, where Gov. Scott Walker has quietly signed a bill that will make it harder to force public schools to drop tribal nicknames. The measure, pushed by GOP lawmakers and signed by the Republican governor on Thursday, makes it more difficult to get a state review on whether a school or team nickname is offensive to some groups. The measure also eliminates pending state orders to drop racially or ethnically based mascots.
SPORTS
December 15, 2013 | By Kevin Baxter
The best sports nicknames connote power, speed, bravery and even whimsy. But many fans say they see something else in some of the country's most popular team names and mascots - racism. The Oneida Indian Nation is pressuring the NFL and Washington Redskins owner Daniel Snyder to change that team's name and logo, which many Native Americans say is offensive. And thousands of baseball fans have signed an online petition asking the Cleveland Indians to retire Chief Wahoo, the team's smiling, red-faced caricature.
SPORTS
December 15, 2013 | By Kevin Baxter
Should NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and team owner Daniel Snyder agree with Native American activists that the logo and nickname of the Washington Redskins is racist and needs to be changed, they would be following a well-worn path. Since 1970, more than 600 colleges and high schools -- as well as the state of Oregon and the Los Angeles Unified School District -- have done away with Native American nicknames and mascots. NOTABLE COLLEGES Stanford: From Indians to Cardinal in 1972.
SPORTS
December 31, 2001 | Associated Press
Temple's mascot, Hooter the Owl, was ejected late in the game Sunday after going on the court and gesturing at the referee following a technical foul. The ejection came with 3:12 left in the Owls' 68-62 loss to Penn. The man in the costume went on the court right after Temple Coach John Chaney received a technical for arguing with official John Hughes. The mascot approached Hughes at the foul line and made a gesture. He was given a technical and ejected.
BUSINESS
March 23, 1998 | P.J. HUFFSTUTTER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Students at UC Irvine rally around the Anteaters. Over at USC, it's the Trojans. And at Cal State Long Beach, fans cheer for the 49ers. So what could possibly serve as a mascot for a virtual school? That's the current quandary for the staff at California Virtual University, a statewide initiative to put courses from California colleges and universities on the Internet.
OPINION
November 24, 2013
Re "Much ado about a school mascot," Letters, Nov. 21 It seems odd that a teacher should object to discussion about the propriety of using a gross caricature of an Arab as a school mascot on the grounds that it distracts from more serious issues in education. In other words, we cannot focus on more than one issue at a time. Shouldn't a debate about civic engagement and shared respect be considered an educational opportunity to exercise some critical thinking? Respectful debate and scholastic achievement are not mutually exclusive.
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