February 11, 2014 |
Black History Month reminds me of a really great golden oldies station, always blaring the same handful of terrific tunes. Every February, it plays Martin Luther King Jr., Rosa Parks and Harriet Tubman soul - with a chorus or two of the George Washington Carver blues. Now don't get me wrong. This is my kind of history, and my kind of heroes, and I understand why we must tell every generation their stories. I just think that including some fresh tales too would produce a far fuller picture of how blacks enriched America.
February 5, 2014 |
SEATTLE - First came the Seattle Seahawks' blowout victory, one of the most lopsided final scores in Super Bowl history. Then the unofficial celebration burbled up, a little Sunday night mayhem in polite Seattle fashion - a few torched sofas, a damaged historic building, maybe half a dozen arrests. A Twitter hashtag (#HowSeattleRiots) followed, with tweets mocking the ways a laid-back citizenry goes crazy when its home team wins the Vince Lombardi Trophy for the first time: “Throw garbage in the compost-only bin.” “The Priuses are honking.” “Wearing sandals without your socks.” Tuesday, the president called.
February 4, 2014 |
Oh c'mon, of course Seattle is still celebrating. Anyone who wants in on the craziness that erupted after the Seahawks victory over the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl XLVIII on Sunday should head to Seattle for the big doings. The Welcome Home Victory Celebration Parade is set for 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, where an expected 250,000 fans and spectators will be able to see the players and celebrate. The parade will start on 4th Avenue south of Denny Way and continue all the way down 4th until it heads west and south to end at the city's CenturyLink Field , according to the city.
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February 1, 2014 |
At last, they marched. On Saturday, dozens of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender immigrants marched in the annual Tet parade in Little Saigon. The rainbow flag, a distinctive symbol of gay pride, fluttered alongside emblems of California, the United States and South Vietnam. "We love you," participants yelled at friends, family members and thousands of others lining the parade route in Westminster, many dressed to celebrate the Lunar New Year. "We love you, too," some eager youths responded, whistling with joy. The historic moment followed months of fighting as organizers initially sought to ban LGBT activists from joining one of the community's biggest events.
January 31, 2014 |
Parade magazine publishes its All-America high school f ootball team on Sunday (it comes with The Times), and the only two players from Southern California to make the team are defensive back Adoree' Jackson from Gardena Serra and offensive lineman Damien Mama from St. John Bosco. Quarterback Will Grier from Davidson Day School in Davidson, N.C., was named the player of the year. He has already started classes at Florida. Jackson and Mama are scheduled to make their college announcements on Wednesday.
January 27, 2014 |
KIEV, Ukraine - The protest movement seeking to push Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich from power is providing a stage for what one analyst calls "wild protest factions" that are at times driving developments on the street and complicating efforts to negotiate a solution. Members of one group don black masks and have combat experience fighting for Ukrainian nationalist or anti-Russian causes in several conflicts across the former Soviet Union. A leader denied the group is anti-Semitic, even while declaring that most Ukrainian bankers are Jewish.
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January 20, 2014 |
Down at Lily's Bakery, the talk among those hunched over their beignets and iced coffee is focused on the upcoming Lunar New Year parade. The much-anticipated Feb. 1 procession, filled with lion dancers and dignitaries waving from passing cars, winds through Little Saigon as firecrackers pop and the old flag of South Vietnam flutters. The pressing question now is if a rainbow flag will be added to the colorful mix. After firm resistance, organizers of the Tet parade, along with other groups called to a community assembly, relented, agreeing to let a troop of Vietnamese American LGBT activists march.
January 20, 2014 |
With calls for a day of service to the poor and a renewed commitment to nonviolence, Americans on Monday commemorated Martin Luther King Jr. Day, the federal holiday that honors the slain civil rights leader. President Obama and his wife, Michelle, will lead a day of service, according to the White House, and they will be joined by hundreds of thousand of volunteers feeding the hungry in cities, including New York. Parades in honor of King will be held in many places, including Los Angeles.
January 16, 2014 |
WASHINGTON - Rep. Howard “Buck” McKeon (R-Santa Clarita) teared up Thursday as he formally announced plans to retire after more than two decades in Congress. “I should have Boehner here, right?” he joked, referring to House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio), who often wells up on emotional occasions. “For me, it's time to walk away,” McKeon, chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, said as he made his announcement in the committee's wood-paneled hearing room in front of a row of flags and surrounded by official portraits of former chairmen.
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January 7, 2014 |
Gay activists who fought to be included in a long-running lunar new year's parade in Little Saigon said their participation is now in doubt because it appears the event's code of conduct would prevent them for carrying a rainbow flag, an international symbol of gay pride. Organizers of the Tet parade, which attracts political leaders and dignitaries in the Vietnamese American enclave, initially refused to let members of Viet Rainbow of Orange County march, saying the group did not reflect the event's traditional roots.