YOU ARE HERE: LAT HomeCollectionsMinorities


Republican critics of affirmative action hailed Monday's Supreme Court decision as a mandate for even more sweeping action by Congress and vowed to press home their attack on federal programs of racial preference.
April 27, 2014 | By Steve Lopez
Dear Donald Sterling: Tell me when and where, and I'll come by for a chat. If the racist comments attributed to you by TMZ were actually made by someone else, here's your chance to clear the record. If your voice is the one we hear on the tape, but it's been edited misleadingly or there's some context for the comments that you'd like to explain, here's your chance. And if indeed that's you and it's really the way you think, might as well come clean now or this is going to drag on interminably.
July 9, 2009 | Gail MarksJarvis
Millions of Americans aren't saving enough for retirement, but African American and Latino investors, on average, are further behind than whites and are more likely to be a greater burden to their families because they save too little and invest too conservatively, new research has found. "It's extraordinarily disconcerting," said Mellody Hobson, president of Ariel Investments, which along with benefits firm Hewitt Associates conducted a study of 401(k) participants.
April 27, 2014 | By Dylan Hernandez
Hanley Ramirez was smiling Sunday. Clayton Kershaw wasn't. Whereas Ramirez was able to pinch-hit a day after he bruised his surgically repaired right thumb, Kershaw was informed by the Dodgers he would pitch in another minor league game before making his return from the disabled list. Asked whether he was fine with the team's decision, Kershaw replied, "Not really. " Sidelined because of a strained back muscle, Kershaw hasn't pitched for the Dodgers since the their season opener in Australia on March 22. Kershaw wanted to pitch for the Dodgers on Wednesday in Minnesota.
June 9, 1999
If television's fall schedule is a white world (May 28), the reaction from minorities ought to be, "Whew." One need only scan the comedies on independent stations to see the low-brow stereotypes that all networks love. Unless our sole motive for getting up each day is booty worship, quality precedes equality as an issue. VAL BUTLER Irvine
June 18, 2013 | By Anna Gorman
Black and Latino infants exposed to air pollution are at heightened risk for developing asthma, according to a study led by researchers from UC San Francisco. The study is the largest of its kind looking at the connections between asthma and air pollution exposure in minority children, researchers said. The study included about 4,300 black and Latino children from Chicago, New York City, Houston, the San Francisco Bay Area and Puerto Rico. The authors said that they hoped the study would lead to stricter standards on air pollutants, including nitrogen dioxide.
July 20, 1994
"Majority rules" is an abstract mathematical goal cherished by those who find truth in numbers, but it has nothing whatsoever to do with justice ("Is the Court Becoming the Politburo?" by Paul Craig Roberts, Column Right, July 12). A poor black candidate running against a wealthy white one has almost no chance of getting elected. Check the demographics of the U.S. Senate for confirmation of this fact. Justices Antonin Scalia and Clarence Thomas, arguing against the use of the Voting Rights Act for setting racial and ethnic quotas, fail to understand that the philosophy of majority rule without a financially level playing field has often been used and continues to be used to keep minorities out of the power structure.
February 26, 1993
I just read the most heinous and misleading attack on the colleges and universities of this nation I have ever seen in Ruben Navarrette's article ("Education's Broken Promise to Minorities," Opinion, Feb. 14). I can understand his frustration on the initial review of your analysis of the disparity in salaries between whites and nonwhites but his frustration is clouding his reasoning. Can he name a better country in offering opportunity to its citizens and immigrants through higher education?
October 5, 1989
The column expresses several unsupported allegations against the economics achieved by government units contracting certain services with the private sector. These opinions are not surprising from two college professors, who often express liberally slanted views on economics which need to be challenged. One paragraph states, "privatization does not even meet its short-term objectives of efficiency and cost effectiveness." I contend they would be hard-pressed to prove these allegations.
September 8, 2013 | By Peter Galbraith
The Obama administration - with the backing of key Republicans in Congress - is poised to embark on a strategy that entails punitive airstrikes on Syrian government positions and stepped-up lethal aid to moderate elements of the Syrian opposition. So far, however, the Syrian opposition has been unable to win significant support from the country's ethnic and religious minorities. Without such support, the opposition is unlikely to prevail even with stepped-up U.S. assistance. Moreover, the inability of the Syrian rebels, who are almost all Sunni Muslim Arabs, to win over the country's Kurds, Alawites and Christians raises the question of whether their victory is even desirable.
April 23, 2014 | By Eric Pincus
On Wednesday, the NBA announced Phoenix Suns guard Goran Dragic was selected as the league's most improved player this season. Lakers guard Jodie Meeks was recognized in the voting, albeit with a single second-place vote, tying for 20th place. With Kobe Bryant playing just six games this past season with Achilles' and knee injuries, Meeks made the most of his opportunity to start 77 games for the Lakers. Meeks averaged 15.7 points per game while shooting 46.3% from the field and 40.1% from three-point range.
April 23, 2014 | By Lalita Clozel
WASHINGTON - The Food and Drug Administration plans to begin regulating electronic cigarettes for the first time, banning sales to minors and requiring manufacturers to put health warnings on the nicotine-delivering devices that have become a multibillion-dollar industry, according to officials who described the agency's proposal. But the agency will stop short of steps that many public health advocates and some members of Congress have called for, including restrictions on television advertisements and flavorings, such as pumpkin spice or chocolate, that may target younger consumers, officials said.
April 21, 2014 | By Carla Rivera
Sichen Hernandez-Martinez is the type of undergraduate who is increasingly in demand at four-year colleges: She had been a community college honors student, a member of campus government and was active in school clubs. After three years at Chaffey College in Rancho Cucamonga, she was admitted to USC, UC Riverside and Cal State San Bernardino. She accepted a scholarship to Pomona College, a selective, private school in Claremont, which she entered as a junior this year. The Pomona admissions committee was as impressed with her academics as it was with her community involvement.
April 17, 2014 | By Los Angeles Times staff, This post has been corrected; see note below for details.
A Korean Airlines plane struck some light poles at Los Angeles International Airport, causing slight damage to one of its wings, authorities said Thursday. The incident occurred about 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, airport officials said, according to L.A. Airspace, a Daily Breeze news blog. The Associated Press reported: The plane's right wing was scratched, but no one was injured. Two 30-foot light poles were bent. The A380 is the world's largest commercial airliner, carrying passengers in a double-deck configuration.
April 15, 2014 | By Steve Dilbeck
Turns out the Dodgers didn't send down Chris Withrow or have some other reliever go on the disabled list with a sudden injury to activate Brian Wilson. Instead, they decided to make do with one left-handed reliever. Prior to Tuesday's game against the Giants, the Dodgers activated Wilson and optioned Paco Rodriguez to triple-A Albuquerque. J.P. Howell needs to be ready to make plenty of appearances. He is now their lone left-hander in the bullpen. Rodriguez spent all last season with the Dodgers, after appearing in only 21 minor league games before being called up in 2012.
April 6, 2014 | By Kenneth R. Harney
WASHINGTON - When you're raking in tens of billions of dollars in profits by helping credit-elite borrowers buy homes, couldn't you lighten up on fees a little for everyday folks who'd also like to buy? That's a question increasingly being posed to government-controlled home mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac and their federal regulators. Though most buyers are unaware of the practice, Fannie and Freddie - by far the largest sources of mortgage money in the country - continue to charge punitive, recession-era fees that can add thousands of dollars to consumers' financing costs.
April 4, 2014 | By Dylan Hernandez
Chad Billingsley will pitch Sunday for Class-A Rancho Cucamonga, the first of his five scheduled starts on a minor-league rehabilitation assignment. Billingsley, who is recovering from Tommy John elbow surgery, last pitched in the major leagues on April 15 of last year. Standing in the Dodgers clubhouse Friday before the team's home opener, Billingsley said, “It felt like a year since I'd last been at the stadium. You almost forget how beautiful the stadium is.” When the Dodgers departed spring training for their season-opening series in Australia, Billingsley remained in Arizona.
April 3, 2014 | By Patrick McGreevy
SACRAMENTO - The state Senate on Thursday approved a bill that would reduce the maximum possible misdemeanor sentence from one year to 364 days,  to reduce deportations of legal residents for minor crimes. The bill addresses concern that federal law allows legal immigrants to be deported if they are convicted of a crime and given a one-year sentence. Sen. Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens) said his bill would prevent families from being torn apart if one member commits a crime that is not a felony, such as writing a bad check.
Los Angeles Times Articles