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July 25, 2010
When the race card shows its face as often as it did last week, you can bet discriminating cartoonists will ante up. Tony Auth blindsided the "tea partyers" with his contrasting black-and-oh-so-white treatment. Nate Beeler saw more shades of gray, and trotted out a wrongheaded three-headed monster. (Nate really puts the "irate" in "triumvirate.") And Jack Ohman regarded the whole USDA-approved rhubarb as irrigated by irritated media provocateurs. Great stuff. No one's demanding that these guys resign.
April 27, 2014 | By Marty O'Brien
RICHMOND - For sheer memorability, the Toyota Owners 400 earned its place on the list of unforgettable Sprint Cup Series races at Richmond International Raceway. Crazy start. Twenty lead changes. Multiple car fires. Great beat-and-bang finish. The 400-lap, 300-mile race never failed to offer the kind of Saturday night short-track atmosphere so many fans crave, and even threw in a good fistfight afterward. Joey Logano emerged victorious in a multi-car battle for the checkered flag over the final laps, with Jeff Gordon second, Kyle Busch third, Brad Keselowski fourth and Matt Kenseth fifth.
May 30, 2013
Re "Greuel team lost control of message, insiders say," May 27 While I agree that Los Angeles City Controller Wendy Greuel's mayoral campaign was wrought with missteps and mixed messages, I think The Times overlooks the fact that Mayor-elect Eric Garcetti ran a pretty good campaign. He not only capitalized on his strengths, he was also able to use Greuel's strengths and endorsements against her very effectively. Greuel did Garcetti a favor by being so negative, enabling him to appear cool as a cucumber.
April 26, 2014 | By Marty O'Brien
RICHMOND -- Joey Logano emerged as the winner of a wild short-track shootout in the final laps of the Toyota Owners 400 on Saturday at Richmond International Raceway. The victory is Logano's second this season in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, the other coming on April 6 at Texas Motor Speedway. Logano made a quick pass for the lead with four laps to go just moments after he was in the fourth position. Logano benefited from the help of Penske teammate Brad Keselowski, who gave leader Matt Kenseth a bump that allowed Logano to make the winning pass on the inside.
September 9, 2010 | By Sheri Linden
Once upon a time kids got to hang out, play, do nothing in particular. Increasingly there's been an outcry against how structured — and future-focused — the lives of America's college-bound students have become. As "Race to Nowhere" demonstrates, the intense pressures they face, sometimes before they've reached the double-digit age bracket, continue to take their toll: rampant cheating, sleep deprivation, anorexia, depression, anxiety, self-mutilation, suicide. Collecting the testimony of those who have been through the stress machine and those who have observed it firsthand, the documentary is a dire warning and solid piece of advocacy journalism, complete with an action checklist at film's end. Filmmaker Vicki Abeles (who directs with Jessica Congdon)
August 21, 2013 | By Hailey Branson-Potts and Matt Pearce
DUNCAN, Okla. - Even before his name became known worldwide - before authorities said he and two other boys killed an Australian college student because they were "bored" - the boy known as "Bug" had changed. His sister saw it; so did family friends: His American Eagle clothes and sweet demeanor were replaced about six months ago by drooping pants, the do-rags, and a vile stream of braggadocio, sexism and racism the 15-year-old unleashed over his social media accounts. In an Oklahoma town of about 23,000 that was 82% white, Bug, who is black, sometimes tweeted things like "90% of white ppl are nasty.
April 20, 2014
Re "Obamacare enrollments top 8 million," April 18 As a physician devoted to the care of the indigent, I applaud President Obama's initiative to provide healthcare insurance for uninsured Americans. That reporting enrollments in a federal program is considered front-page news underscores the troubled history of this program. Of far deeper concern is that these are just enrollments. In other words, the hard work has not even begun. With the most expensive healthcare system in the world by an order of 10, and one that has many Byzantine contortions to stymie patients and providers alike, providing cost-effective care to those previously considered uninsurable will certainly stress the system in unforeseeable ways.
July 23, 2013
Re "A president reflects on race," July 20 Speaking about the George Zimmerman verdict, President Obama correctly stated that "the African American community is looking at this issue through a set of experiences and a history that doesn't go away. " Scientists agree that there is no biological basis for the word "race. " Rather, the concept has been used historically to justify discrimination against people with dark skin. This history in America started in the mid-1600s in Virginia, when black indentured servants were forced to work for life while whites were freed after their term of service.
July 22, 2013 | By Alexandra Le Tellier
Critics were quick to call President Obama a “race-baiter” after he addressed the nation Friday about Trayvon Martin's killing and what it's like for young black males in this country who, he said, “are painted with a broad brush.” “You know, when Trayvon Martin was first shot, I said that this could have been my son. Another way of saying that is Trayvon Martin could have been me 35 years ago,” Obama said, reflecting on how he...
December 27, 2012 | By Jim Peltz
A bizarre fire. A brush with fame. A crushing loss. A historic champion. It was a memorable 2012 in motor racing. And as the sport, well, gears up for next season, here's a look back at five major stories this year in chronological order: 1. NASCAR's Daytona 500 was one for the books. After a rain delay pushed the race to Monday night, Juan Pablo Montoya's Chevrolet broke as it went around the track under caution, slamming into the back of a jet-dryer truck blowing the track clean.
April 26, 2014 | By Nathan Fenno
The racist comments purportedly made by Donald Sterling in the audio recording that surfaced Saturday via are the latest in a years-long string of racially charged incidents linked to the real estate mogul. In 2009, Sterling agreed to a $2.765-million settlement in a case that alleged discrimination against African Americans, Latinos and others at apartment buildings he owned in Los Angeles County. Sterling denied the charges by the Justice Department and in two separate lawsuits by former tenants.
April 25, 2014 | By John M. Glionna
Militant Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy on Friday apologized for his comments published this week on African Americans and slavery but refused to back off from his intended point that the federal government was too powerful, saying that his remarks came “from the heart.” In a daily news conference from his ranch in Bunkerville, north of Las Vegas, the 67-year-old rancher, who is in a prolonged battle with federal officials over grazing rights...
April 24, 2014 | By David Wharton
MESA, Ariz. -- In his first competition since coming out of retirement, Michael Phelps finished second to Ryan Lochte in the 100-meter butterfly at a Grand Prix event Thursday evening. The longtime rivals provided their sport with a fast, close race before a sold-out crowd and reporters from around the world. Lochte finished in 51.93 seconds, the second fastest time in the event this year. Phelps was .2 seconds behind. An upbeat Lochte said that, as they swam neck-and-neck at the turn, he peeked over at Phelps and "almost started smiling.
April 24, 2014 | By Jim Peltz
Santa Anita Park plans to hold twilight horse racing on most Fridays, with a first post time of 3 p.m., during its 40-day spring meet that starts Friday. One exception to the new Friday schedule is May 2, on the eve of the Kentucky Derby, when Santa Anita's first race will go off at 12:30 p.m. In the past, Santa Anita's winter meet that begins the day after Christmas had ended in April. But when Hollywood Park in Inglewood closed last year, its racing dates were picked up by Santa Anita and other Southern California tracks.
April 23, 2014 | By Jim Peltz
Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III was tapped to drive the pace car for NASCAR's Sprint Cup Series race in Richmond, Va., on Saturday night, thanks to prodding on Twitter by his friend Dale Earnhardt Jr. Earnhardt, this year's Daytona 500 winner and a longtime Redskins fan, tweeted a month ago that perhaps Griffin could be grand marshal at the race at Richmond International Raceway. Raceway President Dennis Bickmeier then asked Earnhardt if Griffin could drive the pace car that leads the 43-car field to the green flag.
April 23, 2014 | By Mark Z. Barabak
HONOLULU - In primaries across the country - in Idaho, Kentucky, Mississippi and other states - Republicans are locked in a heart-and-soul battle between purists and pragmatists clashing over what it means to represent the party, its philosophy and core values. Here in Hawaii there's a similar fight over power and purpose, but this one is between Democrats. It's a fight for a U.S. Senate seat, a rare enough prize in a state that has elected just six people senator since statehood in 1959.
May 30, 2010 | Wire reports
Kurt Busch used a lightning-fast final pit stop to chase down the leaders and give team owner Roger Penske a coveted Memorial Day weekend victory at Concord, N.C. That the win came in the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway, and not at his beloved Indianapolis Motor Speedway, probably didn't matter to Penske. Busch and Chip Ganassi driver Jamie McMurray were the class of the field at the end of NASCAR's longest race of the season, and McMurray was hoping to give Ganassi a sweep of the two prestigious Memorial Day weekend races.
May 22, 2013 | By Seema Mehta and Laura J. Nelson
Wendy Greuel called Eric Garcetti early Wednesday morning to concede the mayoral election, a Greuel campaign source told The Times, ending a two-year campaign to determine Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa's successor and the new political leader of Los Angeles. Garcetti will be the first elected Jewish mayor of the city. At 42, he will also be the youngest in more than a century. He is scheduled to take office July 1. "Thank you, Los Angeles," Garcetti wrote in a tweet posted at 2:52 a.m. PDT. "The hard work begins but I am honored to lead this city for the next four years.
April 21, 2014 | By Michael Muskal and Tina Susman
Californian Meb Keflezighi became the first American since 1983 to capture the men's division of the Boston Marathon, as the city that was knocked to its knees by two bomb blasts last year rebounded on Monday. Keflezighi, who began running as a student in San Diego and became a U.S. citizen after an award-winning stint at UCLA, hung on to win the men's division in 2:08:36. He fought to hold his lead as the racers tore down Boylston Street at the finish. LIVE: Tweets, photos from Boston Marathon At the award ceremony, Keflezighi cried as he held the trophy, his head decorated with the symbolic laurels wreath.
April 21, 2014 | By Jean Merl
Gang prosecutor Elan S. Carr, a Republican in the crowded race to succeed retiring Rep. Henry Waxman (D-Beverly Hills), on Monday became the first of the candidates to start airing campaign ads on cable TV. The 30-second spot, dubbed "Doing What's Right," introduces the first-time candidate by highlighting his experience as a Los Angeles County deputy district attorney who has "put hundreds of violent criminals behind bars. " "But we need to keep kids out of gangs in the first place," Carr says in the ad, "with more after-school programs, job training and better schools.
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