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September 8, 1995
A South Los Angeles group announced Thursday it is forming a chapter of Mad Dads, an anti-violence and drug organization that was founded by 18 African American men in Omaha, Neb., in 1989. Taking the concept of "community policing" to its fullest, the group hits the streets to contact runaways, drug abusers, gang members and troubled youths. When the men see a crime occur, they call in police, although they have been known to make citizen arrests, said Edna Sims-Porter, a project consultant.
November 13, 2013 | Robin Abcarian
He's not resigning, he's not taking a leave of absence and he's not admitting he has a problem. So what's next for Rob Ford, Toronto's delusional crack-smoking mayor? “There might be a hanger left in my closet,” he admitted Wednesday during a raucous Toronto City Council meeting. Ya think? He's the subject of a police investigation into misbehavior that includes not just cocaine, but possibly prostitutes and drunk driving. (He won't cooperate with the cops, he said, but that's only because he's acting on advice of his attorney.
If you're old enough to have midriff bulge, the fashion stories emanating from television can be a major turnoff. There's no denying the spandex-and-denim set dominates the tube's style waves, from "Melrose Place" to MTV. But a few stylish, mature role models--for whom black leather motorcycle jackets are not the be-all and end-all--do exist.
July 26, 2013
Why did Ryan Braun use drugs? He had 127 million reasons to use them. And he gets to keep every single one of them. Why is anyone shocked by this? Jeff Heister Chatsworth :: Ryan Braun: "I am not perfect. I realize now that I have made some mistakes. " Translation: "If I were perfect, I wouldn't have made the mistake of getting caught using PEDs. " Ron Tom Pasadena :: Media question to Brewers Manager Ron Roenicke: "How do you feel knowing that Ryan Braun lied to you?"
April 1, 2001
Saturday was California's first Cesar Chavez Day, the new state holiday honoring the late labor leader on his March 31 birthday. But to San Fernando, the largely Latino city in the northeast San Fernando Valley, the state is a latecomer to the party. The first city in the nation to honor Chavez with a holiday, San Fernando celebrates its 8th annual Cesar Chavez march and cultural arts festival today.
June 23, 2013 | By Reed Johnson
When Jennifer Lopez received her star last week on the Hollywood Walk of Fame , the Bronx-born singer/actor gave thanks for the honor and cited a number of female artists who'd inspired her own career. It was a revealing list of women who, like Lopez, all set out to conquer more than one medium at a time: pop music, film, television, cosmetics, fashion and, in the case of Jane Fonda, feminist politics and physical fitness as well. Among those symbolic mentors, Lopez mentioned Fonda, her co-star in the 2005 feature film "Monster-in-Law.
June 11, 2013 | By Oliver Gettell
After five years playing the strong, supportive guidance counselor and wife Tami Taylor on the football drama "Friday Night Lights," it's no surprise Connie Britton developed an image as something of a role model. "When 'Friday Night Lights' was over, I definitely was almost stunted in a way by having this sense of responsibility - that I needed to somehow maintain this role model or this image that I was putting out into the world, and that I had a responsibility to that," Britton said during a recent Envelope Emmy Round Table on the topic of TV dramas.
March 27, 2013 | Rebecca Trounson, Los Angeles Times
As one of the first high-ranking Latina administrators at a top American private university, Cecilia Preciado Burciaga inspired and mentored hundreds of Chicano and Latino students and faculty members during 20 years at Stanford University. She taught hesitant young women and men, many the first in their families to attend college, that they belonged and could thrive at the elite private school, and later kept more than a few from dropping out. She soothed nervous parents, persuading them, in Spanish and English, that the university was a safe place for their children and that it would open their eyes to new worlds.
March 20, 2013 | By Jenn Harris
A man was caught on camera during a Magic vs. Pacer game refusing to share his ice cream cone with his girlfriend. He's watching the game, enjoying his ice cream, when all of the sudden, his girlfriend tries to stick her spoon in it. He nonchalantly pulls away causing her to give him her best "oh-no-you-didn't face. " If you're his girlfriend, or any one of her friends, you're probably thinking this guy is a jerk. She just wanted a little ice cream. What's the big deal?
February 2, 2013 | T.J. Simers
BIRMINGHAM, Mich. - When Ron Artest first came to town I ignored him, wanting nothing to do with a wacko. "A lot of people do that," Artest says. I thought he was just a thug. "I tell people who call me a thug you're calling the right person a thug," he says. "I was raised to be a thug. " Others insist he's a sweetheart, although Ron Artest and sweetheart don't really seem to go together. But here we are in a Detroit suburb, the wacko thug more sensitive, insightful and sweet than advertised.
January 10, 2013 | Eric Sondheimer
Sitting at the top level of the gymnasium bleachers, Harvey Mason Jr. leaves no doubt about his joy as a father watching his son, Trey, play basketball for Los Angeles Loyola. Yes, he has been nominated for Grammy Awards, is recognized as one of the world's most accomplished music producers and songwriters, gets to hang out with the likes of Jennifer Hudson, Aretha Franklin and Justin Timberlake, and once averaged 28 points for his high school basketball team in the 1980s, but the elder Mason looks so content just playing the role of proud dad. "Sitting in the stands is definitely a great thing for me," Mason said.
November 9, 2012 | By Jessica Guynn
After just one episode, Bravo's new reality TV series on Silicon Valley has already gotten a lot of grief for how it portrays women in technology. Executive producer Randi Zuckerberg said she was aiming to get young women excited about becoming entrepreneurship and technology. Some people feel the show has missed that mark . But cast member Kim Taylor, 30, seems -- at least at the outset -- to be acting the part of female role model in tech (and less like the Silicon Valley version of "Real Housewives")
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