September 18, 2013 |
With the nation still reeling from another mass shooting, Starbucks has made it clear that customers should enjoy their beverages unarmed. Starbucks Corp. Chief Executive Howard Schultz has issued a public letter "respectfully requesting" customers to refrain from bringing guns into his stores. It's not a flat-out ban. Enforcing such a prohibition "would potentially require our partners to confront armed customers," Schultz said. So don't expect signs discouraging firearms or employees asking gun-toting patrons to disarm.
August 30, 2013 |
SAN FRANCISCO - A California ban on the sale of foie gras, a delicacy produced from force-fed birds, meets constitutional muster, a federal appeals court ruled Friday. A three-judge panel of the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals unanimously upheld a district judge's refusal to block the law, which prohibits the sale of products made from birds that have been forced to eat abnormally large amounts of food to enlarge their livers. The court's decision means the ban, which took effect in July 2012, may continue to be enforced.
July 18, 2013 |
The federal Fair Housing Act was passed 45 years ago, just one week after the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. Initially the law prohibited discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin or religion. Over the decades, it has been amended to include protection from discrimination on the basis of gender or disability or whether there are children in the household. Now it's time to amend the law again to prohibit bias based on sexual orientation and gender identity. Currently, the law does not set aside as a protected class people who are gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgendered.
July 10, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - A Senate committee approved a bill Wednesday prohibiting workplace discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity, a victory for gay rights activists just two weeks after the Supreme Court handed down rulings expanding protections for married same-sex couples. Three Republicans - Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, Orrin G. Hatch of Utah and Mark Steven Kirk of Illinois - voted for the bill, which passed on a 15-7 vote. The Republican support gave the perennial bill called the Employer Non-Discrimination Act, or ENDA, some hope of passage in the Senate, though its prospects in the House were less certain.
July 1, 2013 |
WIMBLEDON, England - Serena Williams insisted her round-of-16 loss to Germany's Sabine Lisicki wasn't a shock, because Lisicki is a good grass-court player with a "massive, massive serve" and was vastly underrated as the 23rd seed. In many ways, that made sense. What triggered gasps throughout a sport thrown off-kilter by a flood of upsets last week was how unaggressive Williams often was. Overwhelmingly favored to win her sixth Wimbledon and 17th Grand Slam title, she was so ineffective at crucial moments, and so tentative, that "shocking" is the only fitting description for her performance, if not the result itself.
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June 20, 2013 |
When Hoag Hospital announced this spring that it would no longer provide elective abortions, officials at the esteemed Orange County medical center said the decision was made because of low demand. But records and interviews show the decision was closely tied to the Newport Beach hospital's new partnership with a Catholic healthcare provider. Hoag Hospital officials told The Times this week that they wanted the deal to go through and knew elective abortions were a "sensitive issue" for St. Joseph Health System, which has a "statement of common values" that prohibits the procedures.
June 12, 2013 |
Often, by the end of an election, the weaknesses of the existing campaign finance laws have become evident, and the need to update them has been made clear by the ways those weaknesses have been exploited. That is certainly the case with Los Angeles' most recent city elections. Some of the problems are not fixable locally. The explosive rise of independent expenditures, for instance, is constitutionally protected. The Supreme Court has held that the 1st Amendment protects the right of individuals, unions and corporations to spend unlimited sums on a political race, so long as the spending is not made directly to (or coordinated with)
June 7, 2013 |
Many Californians have helped their schools in recent years by voting for bonds to build and refurbish campuses. For the most part, the investment in schools has been necessary and right, but that doesn't mean voters always got their full money's worth. As Times staff writer Dan Weikel reported this week, many school districts have gotten around the state's prohibitions on spending public money for bond campaigns by forging relationships with companies that stand to benefit when the bond is issued - underwriters or building contractors.
June 6, 2013 |
Under pressure from lawmakers and flight attendants, the Transportation Security Administration said it would indefinitely prohibit passengers from carrying small pocket knives on planes - a ban that began after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. The decision is a dramatic reversal for TSA chief John Pistole. Two months ago he decided to lift the ban, saying the move would enable airport security officers to focus on bigger threats, such as explosives. Just days before the TSA planned to lift the ban April 25, Pistole said he was temporarily putting off the policy change to consider the comments and concerns of a security panel made up of pilots, flight attendants and other airline workers.
May 31, 2013 |
Starbucks is breaking up the love affair between smokers and their joe. The classic pairing of coffee and cigarettes will be no more at the java giant, which beginning June 1 will prohibit anyone up to 25 feet from a Starbucks store from lighting up. The Seattle giant already bans smoking inside its cafes. But spokeswoman Jaime Riley said the expanded rule stems from “a sense of responsibility to provide customers with a safe and healthy environment.” The new decree applies to all 7,000 company-owned stores within the U.S. and Canada, regardless of whether the cafes feature outdoor seating.