January 3, 2010 |
Everywhere he went in Freetown's ghettos, a dreadlocked young vocalist named Innocent heard the plea. People were fed up with lies, theft and corruption. This government had to go, they said, and they begged Innocent to speak out. So late one night, Innocent drove to Forensic Studios, a rundown pair of rooms on a clamorous downtown street. The sound engineer was asleep on an old sofa, and Innocent shook him awake. "Let's do something," Innocent said, "and release it tomorrow."
April 26, 2005 |
The radical priest who once bucked the will of Pope John Paul II looks old and frail now, with his wintry beard and shuffling gait. He's still wearing his beatnik beret, and when he speaks of the glory days of the '70s and '80s his eyes blaze with an apostle's ardor.
June 15, 1992 |
Cardinal Roger M. Mahony did not rise to archbishop of Los Angeles--where Mass is celebrated every Sunday in 42 languages and the Roman Catholic flock grows by 1,000 each week--at the age of 49 without arousing suspicions, bruising egos and making enemies. It is a lesson Mahony learned early on.
December 29, 1994 |
Victor Crawford's story is sadly familiar, that of a man who started smoking in his early teens and now is dying of cancer. But Crawford stands out among the thousands who share his predicament, because he is a former lobbyist for the Tobacco Institute and has turned on his former client--speaking out against youth smoking and the tactics of the industry. "I've got to make some amends," the 62-year-old Maryland lawyer said in an interview.
September 15, 2011
Politics and the pulpit Re "Pastors heed a political calling," Sept. 11 I was deeply dismayed to read about the pastors who are becoming politically active ahead of the 2012 election. They do not speak for the thousands of Christians like me who refuse to have our politics defined by a handful of vague biblical references to abortion or homosexuality. Do they read the same Bible I do? What shapes my political worldview are the pervasive references to caring for the poor.
February 7, 2006 |
For more than a decade, the youth-and-civics group Rock the Vote has been the coolest kid on the political playground. Founded in Los Angeles in 1990 with the goal of politically empowering the MTV generation, Rock the Vote quickly became a cause celebre among Democratic and entertainment power brokers. At rock concerts, on college campuses and with ads featuring a near-naked Madonna, the group helped register millions of young voters.
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October 23, 2012 |
Michael Wahl is aware that he has a choice - President Obama or Mitt Romney. "It's either this guy or that guy," the Cal Poly Pomona sophomore says. But he didn't know about the candidates lower on the ballot, or the measures that could shape California's future - until volunteers came to his ethnic studies class one evening with a video aimed at convincing Asian Americans to turn out on election day. Wahl, who is half-Chinese, is among the thousands of prospective voters targeted in what is probably the most aggressive push yet to unlock the Asian vote in Southern California.
April 28, 1991 |
RESTAURATEURS BRUCE and Rebecca Marder are a classic Santa Monica couple having a classic Santa Monica argument. Young, smart, prominent members of the Armani crowd, the Marders are doting parents and business partners. But they are also opposites in that subtle way their hometown has of creating political chasms measured by the millimeter. Bruce, surly, darkly handsome and wearing his starched white chef's coat, is taking a break to listen to his wife with a mixture of disapproval and respect.
October 10, 2008 |
Silicon Valley insiders call it the O'Reilly Radar: Tim O'Reilly's uncanny ability to spot a technology revolution before it happens. But lately the entrepreneur, investor and book publisher has been busier trying to incite the next one. He is urging young entrepreneurs and engineers to stop making some of the sillier software that lets Facebook users throw virtual sheep at their friends or download virtual beer on iPhones, and instead start making a real difference in the world.
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April 21, 2001 |
Black churches' political activism is spotty and focused more on voter registration and getting people to the polls than on shaping public policy, says a scholar who has spent three years studying the churches. The Rev. R. Drew Smith of Morehouse College in Atlanta, a political scientist and Baptist minister, said two-thirds of the 1,893 pastors he interviewed said their churches ran voter registration drives and half said voters would be given rides to the polls on election day.