CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 22, 2011 |
A teenager who fatally shot a gay classmate in the back of the head during an Oxnard middle school computer lab will spend 21 years in prison under a plea deal reached Monday, closing the books on a case that drew international headlines and ignited debate on how schools should handle sexual identity issues. Brandon McInerney, who was 14 when he pulled a gun out of his backpack and shot Larry King two times at point-blank range, will be kept behind bars until he is 38 under the terms of the deal struck by Ventura County prosecutors.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 26, 1997 |
The end for Marv Albert probably came when he picked up the morning papers and saw these three words in the same sentence as his name: panties, garter, hairpiece. Game, set and match. Charges that Albert bit and forced sex on a longtime lover were nothing compared to the humiliation of picturing Marv in drag. Forget being a criminal; Marv had become a joke. One tries to imagine him court-side at Madison Square Garden or interviewing Dennis Rodman with a straight face, and it cannot be done.
November 19, 1988 |
A 1966 World Championships gold medal in the women's downhill may be retroactively awarded to former French skier Marielle Goitschel because the winner turned out to be a man, a skiing official said Friday. Erika Schinegger of Austria, who won the gold medal at Portillo, Chile, discovered during medical tests later in her career that she was in fact a man, according to a new autobiography.
July 21, 1990
At tennis matches, I've seen a lot of tennis, but I've never seen a performance of sex. Unlike Margaret Court, I wasn't afraid to take my niece to see Martina (Navratilova) and Chris (Evert) play tennis, that her sexual identity would in any way be influenced. Admiring an athlete for his or her talent, determination and hard work makes sense. Expecting their personal lives to fit some unrealistic model is nonsense.
February 26, 1997 |
Homosexuals around the world are being killed, tortured and imprisoned, Amnesty International said in a report on gay human rights released in London. "In countries all over the world, men and women are harassed, abducted, imprisoned, tortured and even murdered for their sexual identity," Amnesty said.
March 1, 1998 |
They are the Cartwrights of the Me Generation--Ben, Hoss and Little Joe on their blond-wood, urban Ponderosa--Oedipal cowboys for a nervous age. They are sophisticated and intelligent, pompous and snooty, highbrow, low-cal, nonfat, half-caf stuffed shirts. Custom-made shirts.
September 17, 2009 |
Magazine or TV makeovers are frequently as queasy-making as they are jaw-dropping. Whether the transformation involves weight loss, a new haircut, wardrobe, nose, or some combination thereof, the end result might have you going back to the "before" picture and wondering if more harm than good has been done. This was exactly the case last week when South Africa's You magazine featured a cover story about Caster Semenya, the 18-year-old South African middle-distance runner who won the women's 800 meters in the World Championships in Berlin last month by an astonishing 2.45 seconds.
March 19, 2013 |
Once upon a time, Michelle Shocked was universally regarded as one of the most politically progressive and active of rock artists, an outspoken supporter of an array of liberal causes. She also embraced an ambiguous sexual identity. Once she made a joke about being up for an award with Tracy Chapman and the Indigo Girls, quipping that the honor could've been for "best lesbian vocalist. " In other interviews she expressed a desire not to be branded by her fans' expectations as gay, straight or bisexual.
July 22, 1994 |
Leslie Lee's "The First Breeze of Summer" may be a good play, but one would never know it from the production at the Globe Playhouse in West Hollywood. Set in a small northeastern city in 1975, Lee's drama looks at how racism has affected three generations of an African American family.