CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 13, 2013 |
The broadcast Friday by a Bay Area television station of fake, racially insensitive names of the pilots flying the ill-fated Asiana Airlines Flight 214 has sparked outrage. 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. In a statement read on KTVU-TV on Friday night, anchor Frank Somerville said the station made several mistakes. Somerville did not say how exactly the station got the names.
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 15, 2013 |
In the wake of Asiana 214's crash-landing in San Francisco, there are surely myriad lawsuits to come - three passengers died, scores of others were injured, numerous flights were canceled and an aircraft was left gutted. But the first suit to be announced a week after the crash, though, wasn't over any of the injured passengers or wrecked equipment; it was over Asiana Airlines's reputation, which the company says was damaged when a Bay Area television aired bogus names of its pilots with racist undertones last week.
May 10, 2011 |
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 15, 2014 |
Was Boston Marathon bombing survivor Adrianne Haslet-Davis right to leave a taping of “Meet the Press” the other day because producers of the news show apparently reneged on a promise not to use the names of the two brothers accused of the carnage? Haslet-Davis is the professional ballroom dance instructor whose left foot was blown off exactly one year ago today by one of the bombs allegedly planted by the Tsarnaev brothers. She is rightfully receiving a lot of attention now, because it is the anniversary of the blast and because her recovery has been remarkable.
June 3, 2012 |
Dropped Names Famous Men and Women As I Knew Them Frank Langella Harper: 356 pp., $25.99 Frank Langella's "Dropped Names" is a different kind of memoir. Rather than recapping his life story, the veteran stage and screen actor offers a series of quick sketch profiles of those he's crossed paths with whose fame, generally speaking, outshines his own. Intimately acquainted with the capriciousness of the limelight and its warping effect on celebrity souls, the book has wicked fun placing its subjects (all dead save socialite Rachel "Bunny" Mellon)
July 17, 2010 |
As Jeremie Fazel stood to pay his respects at his adored grandfather's grave, something felt profoundly wrong. "The name on the headstone was Benjamin Fazel. It was my grandfather's name but not the one he was born with. For me, it was very symbolic because I felt like it wasn't him," the 32-year-old Parisian said recently. "It was then I decided I had to change my name." You can call Fazel many things: He is French, the grandson and son of Jewish emigres from Poland, a documentary maker and a film editor.
September 1, 1992 |
Karch Kiraly was named the most valuable player of the 1992 Assn. of Volleyball Professionals tour.