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July 12, 2013 | By Kate Mather and Rong-Gong Lin II
Both a San Francisco Bay Area TV station and the National Transportation Safety Board apologized for their roles in the broadcast Friday of fake, racially insensitive names of the pilots flying ill-fated Asiana Airlines Flight 214. The segment that referred to the pilots by four false names, including "Capt. Sum Ting Wong" and "Wi Tu Lo," has gone viral and drawn heavy criticism on the Internet. In a statement read on KTVU-TV Friday night, anchor Frank Somerville said the station made several mistakes.
August 23, 2013
Re “Baby Messiah case brings ACLU, conservatives closer,” Aug. 19 Frankly, is the name Messiah any different than naming a child Moses, Mohammed or Jesus? All of those are fairly common in today's religious melting pot. It is our duty as members of a sane society to have the conversation about the correctness of such names. Those decisions can never be made by judicial fiat determined in a court of law. As I come from a family some of whose members were Holocaust survivors, no doubt I would have serious issues if I went, for example, to a school function and were introduced to the Campbell family mentioned in the article by their given names.
July 13, 2013 | By Kate Mather and Rong-Gong Lin II
The TV anchor who unwittingly broadcast fake, racist names of the pilots flying the ill-fated Asiana Airlines Flight 214 issued an apology Saturday as debate over the incident continued. The segment on Friday at noon that referred to two of the pilots as "Captain Sum Ting Wong," and "Wi Tu Lo," has gone viral and drawn heavy criticism on the Internet. "Apologies to all upset by a story on Noon News. A serious mistake was made @KTVU," anchorwoman Tori Campbell wrote on Twitter.
October 17, 2012 | By Michael Muskal
A small town in Maine has been wrestling with a prostitution scandal involving an zumba fitness dance instructor--but it is the naming of the accused johns that has created a mess.   The first list of 21 names of men accused of being involved in the scandal reportedly includes names that match several notable men around town. All are charged with the class E crime of engaging a prostitute. The names were released this week after a series of court battles. Police in Kennebunk plan to release the remaining names, perhaps more than 150,  every other week as the people are issued summonses.
September 3, 2013 | By Diana Marcum
FRESNO -- In 1948, a plane chartered by U.S. Immigration Services went down in Los Gatos Canyon, in the hills above Coalinga. All 32 aboard were killed in a fiery crash , including 28 farmworkers, many of whom were part of the former bracero work program. The workers were buried unnamed in a mass grave in Fresno. Stricken by the anonymity of the grave and the plight of farmworkers in general, Woody Guthrie wrote the poem "Plane Crash at Los Gatos. " It was later set to music by schoolteacher Martin Hoffman and the song lived on, recorded by a string of artists, including Bruce Springsteen and Johnny Cash.
July 15, 2013 | By Paresh Dave
Yahoo has freed up a substantial number of inactive user names and will give them to people on a first-come, first-served basis , the company announced Monday. A month ago, Yahoo announced it would deactivate accounts that hadn't been touched for a year. The plan is designed to entice more people to check out Yahoo and its email, news, search and sharing services. The scheme raised concerns among online security experts who worried that previous owners of an email could have their online identity hijacked if they had listed their little-used Yahoo email as a backup email on another service and since forgotten.
May 10, 2011 | Emily Christianson, Los Angeles Times
Alicia Silverstone received the ultimate early Mother's Day gift: a baby boy! Like Mariah Carey and Nick Cannon before them, she and hubby Christopher Jarecki went the nontraditional route, naming their little guy Bear Blu. (Sounds like the perfect playmate for Roc and Roe, right?) The "Clueless" actress, 34, welcomed the 7 pound, 15 ounce bundle of joy Thursday at a Los Angeles-area birthing center. "We are all three in love," Silverstone wrote on her blog. "I'm so grateful to this community for all the love, support, good wishes and happy vibes you've sent me during my pregnancy ... it has been wonderful.
September 1, 1992 | From Staff and Wire Reports
Karch Kiraly was named the most valuable player of the 1992 Assn. of Volleyball Professionals tour.
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