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February 17, 2014 | By Adolfo Flores
Jury selection begins Tuesday in a discrimination case in which three Latino police officers contend they were routinely passed over for promotions and two of them were given the "dead end" job of patrolling a local mall. The three Westminster officers maintain that despite years of service and numerous awards their careers have languished as non-Latino officers have been promoted and given prestigious assignments in the predominantly Asian city. "These three Latino officers dedicate their lives, put their lives on the line and have been outstanding officers and they've been denied opportunities, at every turn, to move up the ranks," said Victor Viramontes, an attorney representing the officers.
February 16, 2014 | By The Times editorial board
The Universal Declaration of Human Rights adopted by the United Nations in 1948 says, "Everyone has the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion. " But, like other rights enshrined in that declaration, religious freedom is widely violated around the world. Is that any of the business of the United States? President Obama thinks so, and he's right. Before the most receptive audience imaginable - a National Prayer Breakfast - Obama recently insisted that "promoting religious freedom is a key objective of U.S. foreign policy.
February 8, 2014 | By Steven Zeitchik
A publicity-stunt boxing match is no more. The much-hyped and even more divisive bout between DMX and acquitted Trayvon Martin killer George Zimmerman has been called off, according to the promoter. "This was the wrong person to put in the ring and define celebrity boxing," Damon Feldman said Saturday on Twitter, referring to Zimmerman. He said he was scrapping plans because "I'd rather be happy and make people happy. " PHOTOS: Celebrities by The Times The DMX camp, meanwhile, was putting its own spin on the cancellation, suggesting DMX had second thoughts.
February 7, 2014 | By Chris Foster
Jeff Ulbrich, UCLA's linebackers coach, has been promoted to defensive coordinator. He replaces Lou Spanos, who was hired last month by the Tennessee Titans to coach the NFL team's linebackers. Ulbrich, who turns 37 on Feb. 17, spent the last two seasons working with the linebackers, one of the Bruins' strengths with future NFL picks Anthony Barr and Jordan Zumwalt and, in 2013, freshman Myles Jack. Ulbrich also coached the UCLA special teams. It leaves UCLA with one staff spot to fill.
February 6, 2014 | By Howard Blume
Critics of a $1-billion school computer project in Los Angeles have launched an increasingly popular Facebook page asserting that the money should be spent instead on campus repairs. The page, called “Repairs Not IPads,” was started anonymously but has been supplied with ample comments and pictures by school staff. The images include missing ceiling tiles, broken sinks and water fountains, ant invasions, dead roaches and rat droppings. The creators describe the page as, “a place for teachers & the community to document neglected school repairs while construction bond $$ is diverted to purchase iPads.” Overall, many teachers have supported the technology program in the L.A. Unified School District, while many others have expressed concerns.
February 6, 2014 | By Melanie Mason
SACRAMENTO -- The world's most recognizable beagle may soon be spotted on California cars. Assemblywoman Toni Atkins (D-San Diego), along with officials from the Department of Motor Vehicles and other state agencies, publicized a new option for California motorists Thursday: a license plate adorned with a picture of Snoopy, the beloved canine from the "Peanuts" comic strip. Atkins wrote the law last year that allows the California Cultural and Historical Endowment to create a grant program funded by revenue from the license plates that would pay for small capital projects at museums.
February 6, 2014 | By Lance Pugmire
They might not agree on doing business with one another and may compete over fight dates, but fight promoters Top Rank, Golden Boy and Ultimate Fighting Championship are acknowledging the effects of their sports. The companies, along with Bellator MMA and Glory kickboxing, combined to give $600,000 to continue the Cleveland Clinic's brain health study that is in its third year of operation in Las Vegas. “We're all contributing to it, fighters want it and senators are supporting it,” Top Rank Chairman Bob Arum said.
January 30, 2014 | By Jared S. Hopkins
Jack Mortell leaned in and his eyes widened at the scenario he dreamed up: Who would win if all the gold medalists in speedskating from the upcoming Winter Olympics faced off against one another? "I think people would want to know, don't you?" Mortell asked, grinning. "I think that kind of race would generate some interest. " Fans may find out. In May, Mortell and well-heeled investors plan to launch Ice Derby, an entertainment ice show centered on a professional speedskating tour and featuring figure skating and ice dancing.
January 29, 2014 | Chris Erskine
On the phone, history-making NFL figure Carol Channing. You mean you didn't know she was the first Super Bowl halftime star? Before her 1970 appearance, Super Bowls had featured only marching bands. Then Channing came marching in, and the game's halftimes would never be the same. In fact, Super Bowl halftime is now considered the most-watched entertainment event in the world. She turns 93 on Friday and doesn't hear well. Over the phone, my questions about her pioneering performance in New Orleans get bantered back and forth like fumbles on a frosty field, her assistant trying to help, her publicist graciously stepping in, me trying to make sense of it all in my usual ham-handed way. Wish I had a recording.
January 28, 2014 | By Helene Elliott
Sometimes, giving away a bobblehead or a banner just isn't enough for a minor-league team to draw crowds or attention. The Bakersfield Condors of the ECHL are going to try something different this weekend by staging a promotion Friday that will give one lucky fan a cemetery plot for two. The next day's prize is a mini-basketball with either a Lakers logo or a Clippers logo. Write your own punchline there. As for the cemetery plot giveaway, the Condors' news release had a little fun. “Everyone in attendance will have the opportunity of a lifetime, or should we say "post-lifetime," to win two cemetery plots at Historic Union Cemetery valued at over $5,000,” the release said.
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