July 22, 2010 |
He didn't reach her on the first try, but President Obama phoned former Agriculture Department official Shirley Sherrod on Thursday to apologize for her abrupt firing based on a 2 1/2-minute video clip that gave a misleading portrait of her views on race. Obama and Sherrod spoke for about seven minutes, in which he mentioned his own exploration of race in his first book, "Dreams From My Father," White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs said. Obama urged her to continue speaking up for poor people.
July 22, 2010
Nobody involved in the Shirley Sherrod scandal emerged with reputation intact — except, of course, for Sherrod herself. But although key players Andrew Breitbart, Tom Vilsack or Benjamin Jealous all deserve a measure of scorn, we're even more distressed by a political culture that, despite the promise of a "post-racial" society after Barack Obama's election as president, has clearly made little progress in coming to terms with the issues that...
July 22, 2010 |
The White House has apologized to a former USDA employee it now says was fired before the situation involving controversial videotaped comments was fully reviewed. "A disservice was done, for which we apologize," White House press secretary Robert Gibbs said Wednesday afternoon, saying he spoke for the entire administration. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack was attempting to reach the former employee, Shirley Sherrod, to speak further about the matter, Gibbs added. Vilsack said in a statement released overnight that he would reconsider the department's decision to demand Sherrod's resignation.
July 21, 2010 |
A feud between the NAACP and the "tea party" movement engulfed the Department of Agriculture this week when the agency ousted an African American official for remarks that some have called racist. Shirley Sherrod, the USDA's director of rural development for Georgia, was pressured to resign Monday when a video surfaced in which she told an NAACP audience that she had not given a white farmer "the full force of what I could do" to help him save the family farm in 1986, when she worked for a Georgia nonprofit group.
June 29, 2010 |
UCLA has dismissed three incoming freshmen football players after they were arrested last week on suspicion of felony theft. Paul Richardson, Shaquille Richardson and Joshua Shirley, all 18, were informed Tuesday morning that they would not be allowed to continue summer school or enroll at UCLA for the fall quarter. However, each of the players is still bound by their letter of intent to UCLA, school spokesman Marc Dellins said. If the players meet certain requirements set by Coach Rick Neuheisel, they may be allowed to return to UCLA in January.
June 26, 2010 |
Three incoming UCLA football players have been arrested on suspicion of felony theft, according to L.A. County Sheriff's Department records. Paul Richardson, Shaquille Richardson, and Joshua Shirley, were arrested Wednesday afternoon on the UCLA campus by campus police. All three are 18-year-old freshmen enrolled in UCLA's summer school session. They were booked into county jail and released early Thursday morning, records show. The Richardsons, who are cousins, were each released on $20,000 bail.
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April 8, 2010
Shirley Mills Hanson Child actress in 'Grapes of Wrath' Shirley Mills Hanson, 83, a former child actress who played young Ruthie Joad in "The Grapes of Wrath," director John Ford's classic 1940 film based on the John Steinbeck novel, died March 31 of complications of pneumonia at a convalescent hospital in Arcadia, said stepdaughter Deniece Zwick. Born April 8, 1926, in Tacoma, Wash., Hanson moved with her family to Southern California in 1937 to break into the movies.
February 10, 2010
Shirley MacLaine and Hector Elizondo are discussing ways of coping with the loss of a loved one -- the four-legged kind. Elizondo still gets choked up when he talks about his late cats, especially Ninja, a pure black Burmese he and his wife once owned. "There was a long period of tangible loss," he tells MacLaine. "I wouldn't for days vacuum her fur. . . . I couldn't let her go that way." The Oscar-winning MacLaine ("Terms of Endearment") is besotted with Terry, her rat terrier who was the subject of her book "Out on a Leash" and is featured prominently on her website.
February 10, 2010 |
They had colorful nicknames like "The Mongoose" and "The Snake," initially raced mostly for glory in light of skimpy prize money and became legends as professional drag racing's popularity expanded nationwide. As the National Hot Rod Assn. holds the 50th anniversary of the Winternationals this week, here's a look at some of drag racing's most notable drivers over the decades in the premier top-fuel and funny car classes, some of whom will appear to help celebrate this year's Winternationals in Pomona: 1960s "Big Daddy" Don Garlits In the Winternationals' first 10 years, and for decades after that, Garlits was the driver even casual fans knew as being synonymous with drag racing.