August 28, 2013 |
The March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom 50 years ago was not only a galvanizing moment for African Americans and civil rights. It was also a watershed moment in popular music. Before that hot summer day, pop music was mostly about a catchy tune and a memorable lyric. Since then, it became commonplace for songs with a social message to race up the sales charts. The Beatles and James Brown did it in the '60s, and urban rappers, country singers and alternative-rock bands continue speaking out today.
June 25, 2013 |
SACRAMENTO - Gov. Jerry Brown's drive to revamp a nearly three-decade-old business tax break teetered late Tuesday as he struggled to round up commitments for aye votes from a needed two-thirds of the members of the state Senate. Lobbying and head counting on the controversial bill to all but eliminate the $750-million-a-year enterprise zone program forced multiple postponements of a scheduled 4 p.m. session and sowed doubts about whether the governor would get his way. The program "is wasteful.
December 9, 2012 |
SEATTLE - Customers have been drifting into Jay Fratt's alternative pipe and tobacco shop, Smokin J's, in the days since Washington state's marijuana law took effect, wondering when cannabis would take its place on the shelves next to the handblown glass pipes. Hold on, he told them. Fratt is, before anything else, a businessman, and he quickly realized there was a lot of smoke in the details. First of all, the law setting up the nation's first legal regulatory system for retail pot won't allow sales until next year.
May 8, 2012
Maybe it was another example of the irrepressible Joe Biden failing to repress an impolitic comment. Or perhaps the vice president's statement on a Sunday talk show that he is "absolutely comfortable" with same-sex marriage was part of an orchestrated attempt by the Obama administration to inch further toward an official endorsement of marriage equality. Either way, Biden's expansive remarks on "Meet the Press" are a reminder that his boss has been trying to have it both ways: supporting equal legal rights for gay couples while stopping short of embracing the "M-word.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 6, 2012 |
Each weekday, when classes are done and the last bell sounds at Dorsey High , Jeremiah Allison steels himself. He folds his lean frame into a weathered SUV and drives three miles to a convalescent home in South Los Angeles. Slowly, somberly, sneakers sliding softly against the linoleum floor, he enters room 214. "Hi, Mom," he says, voice hushed. "Mom?" Time slows. Jeremiah, 17, holds her hands and kisses her cheeks. He tells her about his day, speaks of the prom and the future, of his college scholarship and how good it will be to live far from the troubled neighborhood where she raised him. Tugging his black baseball cap to shield his watery eyes, he flips through Bible verses on his cellphone and reads to her. "I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you....
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 8, 2012 |
Did detectives move quickly enough? Did the school drop the ball on earlier complaints? Is Los Angeles Unified Supt. John Deasy helping clean up a terrible mess, or making matters worse? These are all fair questions in the sick and sordid case of Miramonte Elementary School, where two teachers were arrested in the last week and charged with lewd acts involving students. One of the cases, in which a teacher is accused, among other things, of feeding semen to blindfolded students, is about as depraved as it gets.