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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 19, 2001 | PATRICK McGREEVY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Having survived the crowded primary, when 10 candidates jostled and elbowed for position, Beth Garfield and Tom LaBonge are now alone in the final sprint for Tuesday's election to fill the Los Angeles City Council's 4th District seat. Whereas the primary was a battle to break from the pack, the runoff has turned out to be a big-budget free-for-all, with the candidates engaging in a flurry of personal attacks.
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NEWS
March 6, 2001 | MARTHA GROVES JILL LEOVY and DAVID COLKER, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Student Web sites are pushing the envelope of free speech nationwide, forcing teachers, students, parents--and their attorneys--to contend with the fallout of unfettered adolescent expression. The ease of starting such sites, and the anonymity they afford, complicate efforts to rein them in or hold anyone accountable, as the case of SchoolRumors.com illustrates. That Southern California site was shut down last week after being accessed more than 67,000 times since mid-February.
NEWS
August 5, 2000 | EDWIN CHEN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Vice President Al Gore offered a scalding review Friday of the Republican National Convention, calling it a "masquerade ball" that hid the GOP's yearning for "the faded days and the rusted ways of the Old Guard." Fresh from a weeklong family vacation, Gore waited only a few hours after the lights went out in Philadelphia to offer his harsh critique. "Behind the masks we found the same politics of personal attacks," Gore said about the four days of Republican festivities.
NEWS
February 5, 2000 | ELIZABETH MEHREN and T. CHRISTIAN MILLER, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Presidential politicking took a nasty personal turn Friday as George W. Bush depicted John McCain as a phony and Bill Bradley suggested Al Gore had sold out his vote on the Persian Gulf War in return for publicity. As candidates caromed from the Midwest to the East and South, fallout from the first-in-the-nation New Hampshire primary continued to unsettle the contest, mostly on the Republican side. Texas Gov. Bush insisted he had no plans to retool his campaign, despite McCain's landslide win.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 27, 1999 | LOUIS SAHAGUN and PETER HONG, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Tempers flared early in a debate Wednesday night at Dorsey High School between Los Angeles school board member Barbara Boudreaux and challenger Genethia Hayes when they were asked to explain what sets them apart. "My record really outstrips my opponent's," said Boudreaux, who is seeking a third term. "I do not speak to people in a very demeaning manner, and I don't tell lies about my opponent."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 30, 1998 | JEAN MERL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Looking at the campaigning for the pivotal open seat in Los Angeles County's 36th Congressional District, anybody but a political junkie would find it hard to believe just how badly both major parties want to win here. The main contenders in the Venice-to-San Pedro coastal district--Democrat Janice Hahn and Republican Steve Kuykendall--have stuck to the issues and, at least so far, avoided the bitter attacks that have begun surfacing in other hot races as election day draws near.
NEWS
March 28, 1998 | THOMAS B. EDSALL, THE WASHINGTON POST
House Majority Whip Tom DeLay (R-Texas) sharply escalated his attacks against President Clinton on Friday, declaring that the president "seems to have no shame, no integrity, no dignity." DeLay was the first member of the Republican congressional leadership to abandon a cautious approach to the sex and perjury controversy when he made a speech on the House floor last week rebuking the Clinton administration for a lack of honesty.
SPORTS
July 31, 1997 | JULIE CART, TIMES STAFF WRITER
She has been told she's a has-been. Her grunts have been measured for their decibel level. She has been called fat. She has been counseled to wear different tennis dresses. In one tabloid newspaper, Monica Seles' head was pasted on the body of a middle-aged woman with dimpled, cellulite-ridden thighs. Most hurtful was the insinuation that, with her father battling cancer, Seles is taking refuge in food.
SPORTS
May 23, 1997 | ELLIOTT TEAFORD, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Saying he was angry about "personal attacks" and hoped to tell his side of the story, Mighty Duck President Tony Tavares still refused to explain precisely why Ron Wilson was let go as coach. "You want to fix blame, OK, fix it on me," Tavares said Thursday. "But personal attacks have no business here." Of his absence from Tuesday's news conference announcing the Ducks' decision not to renew Wilson's contract, Tavares said: "I was not hiding. I had a prior engagement.
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