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November 6, 2010 |
A former police officer convicted of involuntary manslaughter in the shooting of an unarmed man on an Oakland train station platform was sentenced Friday to two years in prison, sparking outrage from relatives and supporters of the victim who denounced the punishment as too lenient. Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Robert J. Perry said evidence in the racially charged case showed that the shooting was an accident caused when Johannes Mehserle mistakenly reached for a firearm instead of an electric Taser weapon he meant to use. As Perry spoke, the victim's mother rushed from the courtroom with other relatives and supporters.
October 8, 2010 |
A doyenne of Southern cooking, Nathalie Dupree, is the latest addition to an already memorable race for a U.S. Senate seat in South Carolina.?? Republican Sen. Jim DeMint is popular in the state, despite remarks like those he reinforced last weekend -- that gays and single women in sexual relationships should not be schoolteachers. He believes such issues should be decided locally. ?DeMint is favored for reelection after an unemployed, unknown Democrat, Alvin Greene, won his party's primary earlier this year.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 1, 2010 |
Before KNX-AM (1070) offered "all news, all the time," and before KFWB-AM (980) promised to give you "the world" in 22 minutes, there was XTRA-AM (690). XTRA made its debut May 6, 1961, when the Hollywood Reporter called it the nation's first all-news radio operation. It was also one of the most unusual. First, it wasn't based in the United States; it was located in Tijuana, and occasionally the studio received surprise visits by farm animals and reptiles. XTRA didn't have a reporter in the U.S., let alone Southern California.
March 10, 2010 |
Melanie Oudin was a happy girl Tuesday morning. She was announcing her newest marketing deal, with Virgin Mobile USA cellphones, and what 18-year-old doesn't like a new cellphone? And not to put any pressure on Oudin, but Virgin Mobile will donate $1 million to homeless youth organizations should Oudin win the U.S. Open in next September. That would be a pretty gigantic accomplishment for Oudin, who is content for now to be the highest-ranked American woman entered in the BNP Paribas Open, which begins with women's main draw play Wednesday and men's on Thursday.
March 7, 2010 |
Unincorporated Persons in the Late Honda Dynasty Poems Tony Hoagland Graywolf: 100 pp., $15 paper Despite being a poet, Tony Hoagland has maintained an unprejudiced relationship with language. With the same casual delivery as his contemporaries, Dean Young and David Berman, he walks the line between the high poetic and the mass-media idiom, seemingly unaware that the line even exists. His poetry expresses itself not just as a significant art, but as the best kind of entertainment.
December 29, 2009 |
Katharine Weber has a way with historical fiction. She brilliantly dramatized the Triangle Shirtwaist fire in "Triangle." She brought us into the worlds of art history and Vermeer in "The Music Lesson." In "The Little Women," she took a new look at Louisa May Alcott's Meg, Jo, Amy and Beth. "True Confections" is her most delectable novel yet, a book that interweaves a history of candy, chocolate in particular, with a sweeping story of America's immigrants, race relations and religion from before World War II to the present day. Written in the form of an affidavit, "True Confections" is narrated by Alice Tatnall Ziplinsky, a woman trying to clear her name.
December 21, 2009 |
Reporting from Tehran and Dubai, United Arab Emirates — Tens of thousands of opposition supporters today took to the streets of Qom, Iran's main theological center, to mourn the passing of the country's top dissident cleric, Ayatollah Hossein Ali Montazeri, who died at age 87 late Saturday. Witnesses described a steady procession of mourners in Qom walking from Montazeri's home to the shrine of Fatemeh Masoumeh, where he was laid to rest. Despite the presence of security forces, many chanted anti-government slogans and carried green ribbons and banners signifying allegiance to the opposition movement that sprang out of Iran's disputed June presidential elections.
December 21, 2009 |
Reporting from Tehran and Dubai, United Arab Emirates -- Tens of thousands of opposition supporters took to the streets today in Qom, Iran's main theological center, to mourn the passing of the country's top dissident cleric, Ayatollah Hossein Ali Montazeri, who died late Saturday at the age of 87. Witnesses described a steady procession of mourners walking from Montazeri's home to the shrine of Fatemeh Masoumeh, where Montazeri was laid to...
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December 7, 2009 |
As the calendar goes, December tends to be a winning month for God. Christians celebrate the birth of Christ. Jews mark the story of Hanukkah. Muslims this year will observe the start of Al-Hijra, the Islamic New Year. And the American Humanist Assn. has decided to join the festivities with an alternative celebration in mind. The group, consisting of atheists and others who say they embrace reason over religion, has launched a national godless holiday campaign, with ads appearing inside or on 250 buses in five U.S. cities, including Los Angeles and San Francisco starting today.
October 12, 2009 |
Tens of thousands of gays, lesbians and supporters marched through the nation's capital Sunday in a festive, forceful call for equality, culminating in a boisterous rally at the Capitol. The National Equality March took place one day after President Obama made sweeping pledges to the gay community, including a vow to end the military policy of "don't ask, don't tell" -- which bans gays and lesbians from serving openly in the armed forces. Obama gave no timetable for repealing the policy.