April 18, 2013 |
The Boston Marathon bombing on Monday provoked some lamentable knee-jerk reactions and unverified claims that were spread far and wide by the media -- in traditional news outlets and social media alike. (I'd link to some of the worst offenders, but I fear that would only perpetuate the problem.) We saw similar forms of chaos unravel around the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings and the Tucson rampage -- the latter when the tea party was senselessly blamed for the attack before we even knew what had really happened.
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April 17, 2011 |
Newspapers owned by Los Angeles Times Media Group won 15 awards Saturday at the 2010 Better Newspapers Contest, a yearly competition held by the California Newspaper Publishers Assn. The Los Angeles Times, Burbank Leader, Daily Pilot, Huntington Beach Independent and La Cañada Valley Sun were presented with the awards at the organization's annual convention in Los Angeles. The Los Angeles Times placed first in several categories, including investigative or enterprise reporting, writing, breaking news photo and feature photo.
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February 27, 2011
A memorial service for Hall of Fame football player Ollie Matson will be held at 11 a.m. March 12 at the First Baptist Church of Los Angeles, 760 S. Westmoreland Ave. Matson, who played for the Los Angeles Rams from 1959 to 1962 and also won a silver and bronze medal competing in track events at the 1952 Summer Olympics, died Feb. 19. He was 80. firstname.lastname@example.org
March 30, 2011 |
ROME (AP) — Silvio Berlusconi's defense lawyers on Tuesday named George Clooney, the Italian foreign minister and a bevy of showgirls as witnesses at the premier's upcoming prostitution trial, an attorney and news reports said. Prosecutors, for their part, have asked to hear from 136 witnesses, including the Moroccan teenager at the center of the scandal and 32 other women who allegedly worked as prostitutes during parties at Berlusconi's villa, according to Italian news reports.
January 28, 2010 |
Iran executed two men today and sentenced nine people described as political protesters to death as "enemies of God," in an apparent attempt to intimidate a widespread protest movement challenging the nation's hard-line establishment. Mohammad-Ali Zamani and Arash Rahmanipour were hanged before dawn for their alleged role in the deadly April 2008 bombing of a mosque in the southern city of Shiraz, the Iranian Students News Agency reported, citing a statement by the Tehran prosecutor's office.
December 29, 2009 |
Iranian authorities dramatically intensified a crackdown on the country's burgeoning opposition movement Monday, rounding up political activists and seizing the corpse of one leading dissident's nephew, along with the bodies of other victims of weekend violence, in an apparent effort to stem further protests. Authorities positioned swarms of police at main squares in Tehran, dispatched helicopters and shut down some subway stations and telephone service to prevent demonstrators from arriving as protests broke out Monday afternoon in the capital, news websites said.
June 6, 2012 |
BELLEFONTE, Pa. - A dozen jurors and four alternates were selected Wednesday to hear evidence in the case against Jerry Sandusky, the former Penn State University coach accused of sexually abusing 10 boys. More than half of the jury shares with Sandusky ties to Penn State, the iconic university shaken to its foundations by the molestation charges against the retired football coach. Sandusky, who retired in 1999 after a decades-long career as the football team's defensive coordinator, faces 52 counts of child sexual abuse.
November 19, 2009 |
Even before President Obama boarded his home-bound flight for Washington, capping a grueling weeklong Asian tour, the White House was scrambling to combat perceptions that the trip failed to produce concrete results. Compared to Obama's predecessor, George W. Bush, the U.S. is putting its alliances "on a firmer footing" and has "reasserted our leadership in the region," the White House said in a statement released to reporters hours before the president's flight home. "Overall, American leadership was absent from this region for the last several years," the release said.
February 23, 2010 |
A key Afghan Taliban leader has been arrested in northwestern Pakistan, that nation's intelligence sources said Monday, the fourth top Taliban figure to be seized in Pakistan in the last month. Mullah Abdul Kabir was arrested last week, the sources said. They would not disclose where, but CNN and Fox News reported that he was captured in Nowshera, a largely Pashtun city near Peshawar. During the Taliban regime, Kabir was a finance minister and governor of Nangarhar province. He is believed to have played a significant role in the insurgency's operations in eastern Afghanistan.
August 25, 2010 |
New York Gov. David Paterson and Archbishop Timothy Dolan on Tuesday called for peaceful dialogue in the ongoing discussions about plans to build an Islamic community center and mosque near the site of the Sept. 11 attacks in Manhattan. After a meeting with Paterson, the New York archbishop told reporters at a news conference that he and the governor agreed that people needed to not "be in one another's faces, but to kind of step back and take a sane look at things.