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May 22, 2013 | By James Dale
At age 19, when I was an assistant scoutmaster, I was expelled from the Boy Scouts of America for being gay. The very group that had taught me the value of self-respect since I was 8 years old now told me that there was something fundamentally wrong with who I was, and am. Confronting institutional discrimination for the first time, I was overwhelmed with sadness, grief and anger. On Thursday, under the guise of progress, the Boy Scouts' National Council appears poised to endorse a compromise that will allow gay young people as Scouts but would continue to bar gay adults from any participation in Scouting.
April 22, 2014 | By Paresh Dave
A Boy Scout troop in Seattle that was chartered in November lost its affiliation with the national organization last week after refusing to remove a scout leader who is gay, Boy Scouts of America said. Geoffrey McGrath first announced his sexual orientation in 1988. But last month, his personal life caught the Boy Scouts' attention. McGrath had answered a news reporter's question about his sexual orientation during an interview about his troop, and the reporter in turn checked in with Boy Scouts officials.
October 25, 2000
Re "Scouts Armed With Bags Take Aim at Trash Left at Shooting Range," Oct. 8. I would like to thank the Times Ventura County Edition for this fine article and great photos. It is refreshing to see an upbeat article on the volunteer work done by Scouts. Scouting represents the largest volunteer group in the United States. Public service is important in Scouting; it is the cornerstone for rank advancement and the growth of our youth into responsible, sensitive and caring citizens of our community.
April 17, 2014 | By Steve Chawkins
John Claerhout, a former Boy Scouts of America executive known for his finesse at fundraising and his promotion of scouting programs for thousands of inner-city Los Angeles teenagers, has died in a Northridge hospital. He was 85. Claerhout underwent quadruple bypass surgery two weeks before his April 4 death from complications of pneumonia, said his son Kevyn Claerhout. Claerhout was a masterful networker who recruited a stream of local and national celebrities for gala dinners benefiting the Scouts.
April 19, 2013 | By Kim Christensen and Jason Felch
The Boy Scouts of America announced Friday a proposal to allow gay youths to join the program, a move that, if approved, would mark a dramatic shift for one of the nation's oldest and most traditional youth organizations. The proposal, which would continue to bar homosexual men from serving as Scout leaders, will be voted on at a May meeting of the organization's national council, Scouting officials said. "We believe the BSA can no longer sacrifice its mission, or the youth served by the movement, by allowing the organization to be consumed by a single, controversial, and unresolved societal issue," national president Wayne Perry said in a statement announcing the proposal.
April 10, 2013 | By Los Angeles Times Staff
Should the state of California revoke the Boy Scouts of America's tax-exempt status? A state Senate committee recommended Wednesday that such status be revoked from nonprofit groups -- including the Boy Scouts of America -- that do not allow gays and transsexuals to become members. The Senate Governance and Finance Committee voted 5 to 2 along party lines, with Republicans in opposition, to approve the measure by Sen. Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens). "The Boy Scouts provide a critical service for our youth," Lara told the committee.
April 19, 2013 | By Jason Felch and Kim Christensen
Top officials of the Boy Scouts of America have unanimously recommended allowing gay boys into the ranks of one of the nation's oldest and most traditional youth groups while continuing to exclude homosexual adults as leaders. Scouting's executive committee described the proposal as an effort to acknowledge changes in society while respecting the religious organizations that sponsor many scout troops across the country. It also aims to move the organization beyond a controversy that has rocked its foundation in the last several months.
April 19, 2013 | By Jason Felch and Kim Christensen, Los Angeles Times
Top officials of the Boy Scouts of America have unanimously recommended allowing gay boys into the ranks of one of the nation's oldest and most traditional youth groups while continuing to exclude homosexual adults as leaders. Scouting's executive committee described the proposal as an effort to acknowledge changes in society while respecting the religious organizations that sponsor many Scout troops across the country. It also aims to move the organization beyond a controversy that has rocked its foundation in the last several months.
December 30, 2012 | Jason Felch, Los Angeles Times
In 1987, a Scoutmaster at a camp in northeast Georgia was accused of fondling a boy in a sleeping bag. The local Boy Scouts executive, Wayne Brock, followed Scouting procedures and documented the allegation before forwarding it to the group's Texas headquarters, where it was added to confidential files on leaders suspected of molesting children. The Scoutmaster was expelled and left town in a matter of days. The police were never told, interviews and records show. DATABASE: Search the "perversion" files Today, Brock is the chief executive of the Boy Scouts of America.
November 29, 1992
I would like to pledge my full support and approval to Levi Strauss and Wells Fargo, who have decided against making a $112,000 contribution to the Boy Scouts of America. And as for Dana Rohrabacher, Christopher Cox, Robert K. Dornan, Ron Packard and William E. Dannemeyer, who I understand are conniving to launch a statewide boycott against these companies, I can only say that I do not know these men and I am sure that they are kind to their wives and good to their dogs and all of that, but the narrow focus of their thinking and the willingness to jump on any issue that will appeal to the most limited ultra conservatives, of whom there are many, is a desperate attempt to keep themselves visible.
March 30, 2014 | By Kevin Baxter
For more than two decades, the West Coast has played the part of Major League Baseball's strange uncle. You know, the one who is invited to the family reunion but hardly ever gets to sit at the head table. In the last 22 seasons, only three teams west of the Rockies - the team and the mountain range - have won a World Series. In 17 of those seasons, a team from the Pacific time zone didn't even advance to the game's biggest showcase. However, the tide may be turning. In the National League, San Francisco has won two of the last three championships and the Dodgers, with the game's highest payroll and best pitcher in 26-year-old Clayton Kershaw, seem poised to begin a dynasty.
March 30, 2014 | By Mike DiGiovanna
The name is familiar, but the title is not. The Angels hired Rick Eckstein, the older brother of former World Series-winning Angels shortstop David Eckstein, as their major league player information coach in November, which begs the question: What the heck - or would that be what the Eck? - is a player information coach? In short, it's a position that combines scouting and on-field coaching duties. "It's a hybrid role," General Manager Jerry Dipoto said, "one that will be very valuable to our club.
March 29, 2014 | By Broderick Turner
HOUSTON  - Even as the Clippers try to prepare for the playoffs that they will be in for the third consecutive season, it's not an easy task. It's a difficult challenge for the Clippers because of the uncertainly of whom they might face in the first round of the Western Conference playoffs. The Clippers, who have eight regular-season games left, could play any of four teams in the West because of all the jockeying that's still going on for playoff positions. Because things are so fluid, Clippers Coach Doc Rivers said he now looks at the West standings more than he did in the past.
March 6, 2014 | By Ricardo Lopez
A partnership between Mattel's Barbie and the Girl Scouts is under fire by two advocacy groups who say the deal harms young girls.  Announced in August , the partnership introduced a new Girl Scouts patch for Daisies and Brownies -- girls in kindergarten through third grade -- which features the Barbie logo and the slogan: "Be anything, Do everything. " The partnership is intended to promote a variety of careers Girl Scouts can explore.  The two groups --the Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood and the Center for a New American Dream -- criticized the move.
March 5, 2014 | By Ari Bloomekatz
Selling Girl Scout cookies can teach a children about hard work, fundraising and the best ways to get customers to buys Samoas, Thin Mints and Do-si-dos. Riverside County authorities say there is another lesson: Beware of fake money. In late February, police officers in Lake Elsinore were called to the area near Lakeshore and Riverside drives about at least one person suspected of buying cookies with counterfeit currency. Authorities say surveillance video captured a "person of interest," and investigators are hoping the public can help identify the woman on camera.
March 4, 2014 | By Los Angeles Times staff
The national commissioner for the Boy Scouts of America said the decision by Burbank-based Walt Disney Co. to cut funding for the organization over its ban on adult leaders who are gay was disappointing, but not a surprise. Tico Perez told the Orlando Sentinel that  Disney was "very forthright that this was coming down the pike," and that the Boy Scouts hoped to work with the media giant in the future "where our interests align. " Disney's decision  was made public  after the president of a Boy Scouts council in  Apopka , Fla., sent local troops a memo on the move.
Combing through the archives of the V. I. Lenin Library, a disenchanted Communist youth worker unearthed a once-banned book that he now hopes will change Russia's future. The book was long denounced by Soviet officials as "bourgeois," and its author, a foreigner, had once spied against Russia. With the advent of communism, those who tried to preach the book's message risked prison, even execution.
February 24, 2010 | Sam Farmer
The No. 1 question heading into this week's NFL scouting combine in Indianapolis is just that -- the No. 1 question. Who will emerge from the combine with the inside track on becoming the top pick in April's draft? Defense is likely to dominate the top of this draft (April 22-24), and the next step in the evaluation process begins Thursday when coaches, scouts and general managers gather at Lucas Oil Stadium to test players. The three top players heading into the combine come from that side of the ball: defensive tackles Ndamukong Suh of Nebraska and Gerald McCoy of Oklahoma, and safety Eric Berry of Tennessee.
March 3, 2014 | By Adolfo Flores
Walt Disney Co. said it will stop financial support for Boy Scouts-related organizations beginning next year because of the Scouts' policy banning adult leaders who are gay. The Boy Scouts said it is "disappointed" with the move. The company's decision was made public after the president of a Boy Scouts council in Apopka, Fla., sent local troops a memo on Disney's move. Robert Utsey's letter was posted on a website for Scouts for Equality, an organization advocating against the ban on gay leaders, according to the Associated Press.
March 2, 2014 | By Adolfo Flores
Starting in 2015 the Boy Scouts of America's policy banning adult leaders who are gay will cost the organization donations from the Walt Disney Co. Though Disney doesn't provide money to the Boy Scouts' national or local councils, the Burbank-based company with major theme parks in Anaheim and Orlando, Fla., provides small grants to local troops and packs, said Deron Smith, a Boy Scouts spokesman. “We believe every child deserves the opportunity to be a part of the Scouting experience and we are disappointed in this decision because it will impact our ability to serve kids,” Smith said in a statement.
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