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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 12, 2006 | Steve Padilla, Times Staff Writer
WHEN it comes to mascots, California colleges have a bounty of Bulldogs (the University of Redlands and Fresno State, for example) and lots of Lancers (Pasadena City College and California Baptist University). There's a herd of Mustangs (the Master's College and Cal Poly San Luis Obispo), and the horsemen to go with them (Vaqueros at Glendale Community College and Gauchos at Saddleback College). But California colleges also specialize in the controversial and the strange. The Stanford Indians became the Cardinal (the color, not the bird)
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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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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
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!
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.
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)
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.
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.
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
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 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.
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.
OPINION
November 18, 2013 | By The Times editorial board
What team nickname would you give to a high school in Granada Hills? Something Spanish-sounding, to go with "Granada," perhaps? The folks at Granada Hills High School must have instead focused on the "Hills" part way back when, because the teams, the students, the teachers - they're all called the Highlanders. As in the Scottish Highlands. The marching band dresses in tartan kilts and includes bagpipers; rally squads dance the Highland fling. The wonderfully incongruous name is no slam on the real Highland Scots; in fact, Scottish American groups embrace the school and its salute to their culture.
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
June 1, 2004 | Jason Reid
A mascot for the Dodgers? That's one of the changes Lon Rosen, new Dodger executive vice president of marketing, is strongly considering to "try to insert a little bit more energy" into things at Chavez Ravine. "I think two-thirds of the Major League Baseball teams have mascots," Rosen said Monday. "The Angels have a mascot, the Yankees don't have a mascot, Philadelphia has a famous mascot, but I don't know if it will work. We're going to take a look at it and talk to people about it."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 18, 2013 | By Samantha Schaefer
The latest developments in the debate over Coachella Valley High School's mascot, the Arab, will be announced Tuesday at a news conference with the district and a civil-rights group. The American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee recently urged the district to eliminate the mascot - a man with a large nose and heavy beard wearing a kaffiyeh, a traditional Arab head covering - saying the school is perpetuating demeaning stereotypes. After a special board meeting, the Coachella Valley School District announced the school will keep the “Arab” name, but will discuss revisions to the mascot with the group, the Desert Sun reported . “(Changing)
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