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October 26, 2004 | Joel Rubin, Times Staff Writer
For months, Helena Rutkowski, Judy Ahrens and Blossie Marquez stood together. At meeting after meeting, the three Westminster School District trustees sat stone-faced and unmoved as they endured a seemingly endless barrage of anger hurled by parents and teachers infuriated over their stance against a state antidiscrimination law.
October 23, 2004 | Mark Z. Barabak, Times Staff Writer
Four years ago, Susan O'Hare backed Al Gore for president. Still, she was grateful George W. Bush was in charge on Sept. 11, 2001. "I felt very safe with Bush for many months after 9/11," said the 49-year-old paralegal. Slowly, however, O'Hare soured on the incumbent, as Iraq spiraled into chaos. Now, she plans to vote for Sen. John F. Kerry on Nov. 2, even though she thinks he is making a lot of promises he probably can't keep.
October 12, 2004 | Joel Rubin, Times Staff Writer
The rebellious trustees of the Westminster School District appeared to end their confrontation with state officials and parents last April when they reluctantly agreed to adopt the wording of a state antidiscrimination law meant to protect transsexuals and others. Unwilling to let it lie, however, trustees and a conservative legal group announced plans last month to sue the state.
September 3, 2004 | Joel Rubin, Times Staff Writer
Months after narrowly avoiding severe financial sanctions because of its controversial stand against a state anti-discrimination regulation, the Westminster School District resumed the fight Thursday, voting to sue the state Department of Education.
June 4, 2004 | Joel Rubin, Times Staff Writer
After enduring a months-long barrage of anger and insult from parents and teachers, three beleaguered Westminster school trustees finally got some belated support for their stand against a state antidiscrimination law Thursday night. About 30 people -- rally organizers had predicted more than 100 -- turned out at the Westminster School District offices.
May 9, 2004 | Paul Watson, Times Staff Writer
Sanju Mausi offers voters a real choice. She could be the best man, woman, or cross between the two to represent them in India's Parliament. It depends on their point of view. The candidate dresses like a woman and campaigns under a woman's name. The chief electoral officer insists the candidate is a man. Mausi hopes voters will support her for who she is: a eunuch.
May 7, 2004 | Joel Rubin, Times Staff Writer
The three Westminster School District trustees who clashed with education officials and parents over an antidiscrimination law deposed the board president Thursday night, saying he failed to represent the wishes of the majority. The 3-2 vote in front of an overflow audience of angry community members stripped James Reed of his title and certain administrative powers, but he will continue to serve as an elected trustee of the district.
April 27, 2004 | Kevin Pang, Times Staff Writer
In Westminster, where a divided school board has incensed residents over the role of religious beliefs in public policy, a budding filmmaker has a unique perspective on the acrimony. Mark Ahrens, a 19-year-old student at USC, has been recording recent school board meetings with his $2,500 video camera.
April 21, 2004 | Ashleigh Collins, Times Staff Writer
More than 100 million children in developing nations between the ages of 6 and 11 -- 60% of them girls -- are not in school, according to a report released Tuesday by the Council on Foreign Relations. An additional 150 million children will drop out of primary school, the council reported.
April 14, 2004 | Kimi Yoshino, Times Staff Writer
State officials on Tuesday weighed the legality of a move by three Westminster school trustees to satisfy both antidiscrimination law and their Christian principles, leaving school officials and parents in limbo about the fate of $8 million in annual state funding -- and the future of the district.
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