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October 3, 1992
Mr. Davis, you are 0-4 and have a 50-52 record in Los Angeles. In the last seven years, you have produced only one good year (12-4 in 1990). The Coliseum is a problem again, which leaves you in search of a home that will give you that 12th man. It's sad to witness the fall of a great football team, a team that for 10 years has been losing its blue-collar origin. North is where I remember glory, and north is where you should have remained. Al, you left more than broken hearts and upset fans in Oakland.
June 27, 1994
This is in response to Kristin Pitman ("Song Strikes Wrong Chord," June 20) who bemoaned a song which she heard as a young girl. It contained some ethnic references which offended her. You are saying we should tolerate each other's differences but without mentioning them. To me, that's as wrong as can be. Why? Because we always fear what we don't know, and we always end up hating what we fear. I maintain you cannot just say, "Go and love one another." You have to explain why. Is there a song that you think is a put-down?
October 18, 1992
David Gritten's article "Voyage of Celebrity" (Oct. 4), about the career of Gerard Depardieu and his film about Columbus, was well-written and accurate on most counts but was totally misinformed about one central historic issue. Gritten criticizes Depardieu for not knowing more about Columbus when it is, in fact, the reporter who is ignorant of Columbus' origins. Unlike the simplistic black-and-white history textbooks used in most U.S. schools, Europeans and Latin Americans debate, to this day, whether Columbus was Italian or Spanish.
October 4, 2012 | By Brian Cronin
BOXING URBAN LEGEND : The term "the real McCoy" derived from a famous 19th-century boxer called Kid McCoy. The world of sports is rife with colloquialisms, many of which eventually work their way into our everyday lives. When something is easily achieved, it is a "slam dunk. " If you stick up for someone, you "go to bat" for them. When negotiating, you often tell the other side that "the ball is in their court now. " Adapting sports terminology to everyday usage is so common now that often phrases that have nothing to do with sports are given alleged origins related to sports, particularly when the real origin of the phrase is murky.
February 4, 2006 | Thomas H. Maugh II, Times Staff Writer
The oldest remains of African slaves in the New World have been identified in a graveyard in Campeche, Mexico -- skeletons dating from the late 16th century, about 100 years after Christopher Columbus set sail for the New World. The use of African slaves by Spanish conquistadors has been known through writings dating from the period, but the skeletons represent the first scientific evidence confirming the practice at such an early date.
April 30, 1987 | BETSY BALSLEY, Times Food Editor
If one could package the potent drawing power of the odor of frying onions, it might well be worth a fortune. One whiff of this earthy aroma, and anyone within "nose-shot" will, usually without being aware of it, gravitate toward the kitchen to see what's going on. Add a little garlic, another member of the allium family, to the same skillet and you'll be fighting off a veritable stampede.
April 11, 1995
I read with horror and shame about the plight of U.N. troops from the Third World. Being born in Bangladesh, the indignities suffered by the Bangladeshis in the Bosnian pocket of Bihac was particularly distressing to me. What exactly will the U.N. do in the future to avert such situations? The soldiers from the Third World provide a valuable service to the United Nation's objective of keeping peace in the world. By treating these soldiers as third-class world citizens the U.N. is not only abrogating its principles of equality in its charter, but risks undermining its credibility in places like Bosnia, where it is absolutely critical to maintain the value of human lives regardless of ethnicity and national origin.
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