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July 25, 2013 | By David Wharton
The last visual reminder of Aaron Hernandez is being removed from his alma mater, the University of Florida. School officials have spent the last few weeks erasing photos and images of Hernandez from around campus. On Thursday, workers used heavy equipment to dig up a tile outside the stadium that honored the tight end as an All-American. "We didn't feel it was appropriate to celebrate Aaron Hernandez," the university said in a statement. "We put together an immediate plan after the initial news broke to remove his likeness and name in various private and public areas in the facility, such as the South Endzone team area, locker room, football offices, Heavener Complex, Kornblau Lobby and the brick display entrance to the football facility.
April 16, 2014 | By Peter Gottschalk
The news that a former grand dragon of the Ku Klux Klan is suspected of shooting and killing three people near Jewish community centers in Kansas seems at first glance like a disparaged past flaring briefly into the present. Americans like to imagine that the KKK belongs to a long-gone South and anti-Semitism to a distant 20th century. Sadly, this better reflects a naive faith in the nation's history of religious tolerance than the realities experienced by many religious minorities. Although the KKK has evolved and its membership has dwindled, it remains part of an American legacy of religious intolerance.
October 8, 2009 | Mark Medina
If this had happened a month ago, the San Francisco Chronicle and city officials would have been another party skewered in Michael Jordan's Hall of Fame induction speech. The newspaper published photos Tuesday of Jordan smoking a cigar during a practice round at Harding Park, despite the city's ban on smoking on public golf courses. City officials asked the PGA Tour to remind Jordan he can't smoke while being an honorary assistant at the Presidents Cup. "It was sort of a gentle nudge reminding them that smoking is illegal and that we would appreciate their support," Recreation and Park General Manager Phil Ginsburg told the Chronicle.
April 7, 2014 | By Michael Hiltzik
In the torrent of debate flowing about Brendan Eich's resignation from Mozilla because of his support of an anti-gay rights ballot proposition (our contribution is here ), not much attention has been paid to the character of the campaign his money helped finance. It's proper to revisit that campaign, which established a new standard for odious political advertising. That's a real achievement, given the deceitful nature of most of the TV campaigns for and against California ballot propositions.  Over at Slate, Mark Joseph Stern has compiled a remembrance , with videos, of the Proposition 8 campaign to which Eich donated $1,000.
October 30, 2009 | John M. Glionna
They are the ships that fell from the sky; two immovable objects, their very presence defying reason. Residents call them acts of God. Most cannot fathom that the two ocean vessels were transported miles inland by floodwaters of the 2004 tsunami that ravaged this small city on Sumatra's northern tip. Miles apart, both have been left intact as memorials to the 170,000 residents of Aceh province who either died or disappeared in the catastrophe....
December 5, 2012 | By David Horsey
Two new movies, “Lincoln” and “Hyde Park on the Hudson,” are intimate portraits of the two most consequential presidents of the United States. They are timely reminders that politics has never been pretty and our leaders have never been perfect human beings, but that, without Abraham Lincoln and Franklin Delano Roosevelt, our country might have been lost to the disintegrating influence of lesser men.  “Lincoln” is such a stunningly good movie that I have already seen it twice.
July 8, 1989
Congratulations on the article covering the 30-year reunion of the California Golden Bears' NCAA basketball championship. It is nice to be reminded that college basketball in the state of California was successful before Coach John Wooden in 1964. DAVID SALTZMAN Beverly Hills
October 20, 2009 | DIANE PUCIN
Some of the highs and lows of watching Dodgers-Phillies Game 4: Say hey Tough opening montage for Dodger fans on TBS, accompanied by the voice of Manager Joe Torre says, "You never want to get your rear end kicked, no question about it." Thanks for the memories of the 11-0 Philadelphia win in Game 3. Say what? This is a general impression, but Chip Caray, on the play-by-play, makes every fly ball sound as if it's going to be a home run. And then, when there is a home run, it sounds as if it wasa fly ball out. An announcer's tone actually sets the tone.
April 4, 1998 | From Associated Press
A teacher who drew on an 11-year-old boy's eyelids as a reminder to dot his I's and cross his Ts has been named in a civil rights lawsuit. "What could she have been thinking?" asked Taylor Culver, the attorney who filed the suit Thursday seeking $1 million in Alameda County Superior Court. "It would never have happened if the kid were not black."
February 12, 2007 | Don Heckman, Special to The Times
The first sounds heard Friday night at UCLA's Royce Hall came from the rear of the auditorium, not the venue's spacious stage. Seeming to emerge from the distance, they approached rapidly -- the rumble and rattle of drums, the shimmer of cymbals -- finally bursting into full sonic blossom as members of the Japanese percussion ensemble Kodo made their way down the aisle. The procession instantly delineated Kodo's belief that its drumming is an expression of community.
April 6, 2014 | By Dylan Hernandez
When former Dodgers outfielder Raul Mondesi watches Yasiel Puig, he is reminded of a player he knew well: Himself. But, Mondesi added, “He's bigger than me. He's like 6-4, huh?” Now the mayor of San Cristobal in the Dominican Republic, the 43-year-old Mondesi was back at Dodger Stadium on Sunday to throw out the ceremonial first pitch. He was also collecting used clothes for his hometown. As Puig is today, Mondesi was a five-tool talent. The National League rookie of the year in 1994, Mondesi hit .273 with 271 home runs and 860 runs batted in over a 13-year career.
March 29, 2014 | By Rong-Gong Lin II
The magnitude 5.1 earthquake that rattled Southern California on Friday was a 10-second reminder of a fault that seismologists believe can produce a catastrophic disaster. The Puente Hills thrust fault is so dangerous because of its location, running from the suburbs of northern Orange County, through the San Gabriel Valley and under the skyscrapers of downtown Los Angeles before ending in Hollywood. Experts say a major, magnitude 7.5 earthquake on the fault could do more damage to the heart of Los Angeles than the dreaded Big One on the San Andreas fault, which is on the outskirts of metropolitan Southern California.
March 26, 2014 | By Mike Bresnahan
MILWAUKEE - It's been a common theme this season, all those Lakers in the last year of their contracts. It can lead to friction - Pau Gasol poked at the selfishness of some teammates after a loss last month in Memphis - and can obviously lead to frayed play. But Lakers Coach Mike D'Antoni has a different view. He hopes everybody is incentivized to play the final 12 games with a purpose, even if it's primarily financial. "They're auditioning for 29 general managers.
March 12, 2014 | By Michael Hiltzik
It's unsurprising if most Americans can't understand why job growth and economic expansion have been so lackluster since the Great Recession. It's because the country is still carrying around the dead weight of the sequester and other budget constraints passed in 2011 and imposed in earnest last year. The idea that the government shouldn't invest for job creation and economic growth has been a roadblock in the way of infrastructure construction, expanded preschool programs, and the rehiring of laid-off schoolteachers, police officers and firefighters.
March 10, 2014 | By Kevin Baxter
PHOENIX - Maury Wills looks at Dee Gordon and sees someone he recognizes. "That's me all the way," he said. Considering that Wills is a former National League most valuable player and Gold Glove winner who set a stolen base record and made seven All-Star teams, that's a pretty good compliment. But Wills wasn't talking about any of that. What he sees of himself in Gordon is far more fundamental. "I had two things: speed and a strong arm. Dee Gordon has that," said Wills, an instructor who has taken the young player under his wing.
March 4, 2014 | By The Times editorial board
Perhaps it's not a big surprise that "12 Years a Slave," the acclaimed movie based on the true story of a free black man who was sold into slavery in the 1840s, won the Academy Award for best picture. It had already won critical acclaim and praise for its lead actors, director and writer (all of whom were nominated for Oscars as well). Besides, as Ellen DeGeneres, the host of the show, joked at the beginning of the evening, Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences voters had only two options: Either they could bestow their highest honor on "12 Years a Slave," or they were all racists.
Mayo Genia answered the phone early Saturday and promptly flashed back to an anguishing experience of more than two decades ago. On the line was her husband. Television in Israel was reporting an explosion at the Olympics. He was checking on her. Genia turned on the television in her downtown hotel room and was immediately overcome by feelings of anger, frustration and helplessness. It was happening again. Just as she and her traveling companions had feared it would.
September 11, 2009 | Faye Fiore
Lt. Col. Brian Birdwell is in Texas now. Army Chaplain Henry A. Haynes is in South Carolina. Eight years ago today, they were inside the Pentagon at 9:39 a.m., when American Airlines Flight 77 hit its mark. The world tends to give its fullest attention to anniversaries that end in zero or five -- not eight. There will be bagpipes and drums in New York. The president will lay a wreath at the Pentagon. Most of the nation will take a collective pause and move on. But for those like Birdwell and Haynes, directly touched by the terrorist attacks on Sept.
February 19, 2014 | By Patrick Kevin Day
Arsenio Hall has been hosting his revived late-night show since last fall, but no one told the staff at "NBC Nightly News," it seems. During a recent report on Jimmy Fallon taking over "The Tonight Show," producers filled the screen with nine headshots of Fallon's late-night colleagues. There was Conan O'Brien, Jon Stewart, David Letterman, Chelsea Handler, Andy Cohen, Carson Daly, Craig Ferguson, Stephen Colbert and Jimmy Kimmel. Missing? Arsenio Hall. Hall was also absent from a New York Times report on the shifting late-night landscape.
February 16, 2014 | By The Times editorial board
It was just like old times at the Los Angeles Unified school board meeting last week. The board voted to close two excellent charter schools for reasons that had nothing to do with the quality of education they are providing to students but rather over provincial concerns about turf. This was the kind of board behavior - common a decade ago - that drove so many frustrated parents and policymakers into the arms of the school reform movement. We had hoped those days were over. At issue were charter renewals for two Huntington Park schools run by Aspire Public Schools, one of the most highly regarded charter operators in California.
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