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March 19, 2013 | By Reed Johnson
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.
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April 24, 2014 | By Melissa Rohlin
Former Browns quarterback Bernie Kosar said in a statement that he has been removed as color analyst for Cleveland's preseason games because of slurred speech. He says his removal "stems from my slurred speech impairment, which is a direct result of the many concussions I received while playing in the NFL. " Kosar is being replaced by Solomon Wilcots, the Browns announced Wednesday. Kosar called that decision "unfortunate," adding that doing the preseason games was "truly one of the remaining joys in my life.
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ENTERTAINMENT
March 27, 2013 | By Christie D'Zurilla
Sean Penn's son, Hopper, sure said a mouthful Tuesday to a paparazzo hanging out outside a medical office building where he and his dad were headed. After the elder Penn passed the paps without incident, the 19-year-old muscled his way past and then hurled racial and homophobic slurs at a black photographer, according to TMZ. “I was accosted by paparazzi and made to feel like an animal - threatened and under attack, but that does not condone my own actions," the younger Penn told the website , which posted an unedited version of the video included above.
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March 25, 2014 | Steve Lopez
Consider this hypothetical situation. You're Joe Blow, an off-duty cop, and you've had too much to drink. Things begin getting out of hand just short of 2 a.m., at a saloon. Some guy's dancing with your wife and you don't like it. You give him a shove. A bouncer takes you outside. But you get into it with the guy you shoved as he's leaving the bar. You pull a .45 out of your pocket. You begin to drive away, but you're stopped by a sheriff's deputy. Then you use a slur to describe the black man with whom you scuffled, tell the deputy you're drunk and refuse a sobriety test.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 9, 2013 | By Greg Braxton
Julie Chen, host of CBS' controversial "Big Brother," has finally spoken out against the furor that has erupted around homophobic and racist remarks from two contestants, Aaryn Gries and GinaMarie Zimmerman. On the reality show, which puts several contestants inside a house totally isolated from the outside world, Gries told an Asian American contestant to "go make some rice. " Zimmerman, who had worked as a beauty-pageant contestant, used the N-word in criticism of welfare. Both comments originally aired on the show's online live stream, and were broadcast during Sunday's installment.
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December 19, 1999
In "Racial Slurs Uttered on Police Line" (Dec. 9), The Times focused on racial slurs uttered over the police radio frequencies during a manhunt for two bank robbers in Huntington Beach, ignoring the real story. The only real crime here was committed by the fugitives. They are the ones who exhibited contempt for the rule of law by committing an armed robbery. They are the ones who have no respect for the lives of others, as evidenced by brandishing handguns. They have no respect for the well-being of others, as proven by hitting a woman over the head with the butt of a gun. They are the ones who have no respect for the property of others, as demonstrated by trying to steal it. Yes, the slurs were impolite and regrettable.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 7, 1990
Regarding the Living Colour/Axl Rose conflict mentioned in Steve Hochman's Sept. 23 interview of Living Colour: I don't know that the problem is. When it comes down to it, Living Colour guitarist Vernon Reid and Rose (of Guns N' Roses) seem to have very similar views regarding the use of slurs in songs. In the Sept. 21 issue of BAM magazine, Reid is asked about his appearance on a Public Enemy song titled "Sophisticated Bitch." He says that although he finds the word offensive, he "knew where the song was coming from" and "didn't think it was supposed to be about all women, but a slag at a particular type of person in the community with a particular type of mentality."
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June 5, 2009 | My-Thuan Tran
Vandals painted death threats, profanity and anti-Muslim slurs on the walls of the Islamic Center of Cypress early Thursday, authorities said. The graffiti is being investigated as a hate crime. A patrol officer spotted the still-wet paint in the 5000 block of Ball Road about 4 a.m. The city has painted over the scrawl. "Unfortunately, Islamaphobia remains healthy and alive and well," said Shakeel Syed, head of the Islamic Shura Council of Southern California. "This mosque has always been peaceful."
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February 15, 2012 | By Robert Faturechi, Los Angeles Times
The deputy who arrested Mel Gibson in 2006 for drunk driving has tentatively settled his lawsuit against the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department for $50,000, attorneys said. Deputy James Mee alleged that his supervisors retaliated against him because he resisted requests to remove the actor's anti-Semitic slurs from an initial arrest report. "We did not settle for the purpose of making money," said Etan Z. Lorant, one of Mee's attorneys. "It was a task of the heart. " When the case was initially filed, it appeared to have the potential for high drama if it ever made it to trial, with the likes of Gibson and Sheriff Lee Baca taking the witness stand to address accusations of drunken rants, covered-up slurs and special favors.
SPORTS
June 28, 1989
Kicker Steve Rausch is one of two Arizona State football players who has been suspended by the university for violations of the school's code of conduct, the Arizona Republic reported. The paper said it was told by its sources that Rausch has been given a one-year suspension for his part in a brawl last April near the school's fraternity row. Another Sun Devil football player--redshirt freshman linebacker Ivory Irvin--was put on probation for two years by the university for his involvement in the incident.
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February 14, 2014 | By Sam Farmer
Days after the NFL said it was ready to make history by welcoming its first openly gay player, a report indicates that one team in the league promoted an intolerant locker room culture that harassed a player to the brink of suicide. Three Miami Dolphins players used "racial slurs and other racially derogatory language" as well as "homophobic name-calling and improper physical touching" to bully teammate Jonathan Martin as well as another player and an assistant trainer, both unnamed, according to independent investigator Ted Wells, who filed his report to the league on Friday.
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January 18, 2014 | By Todd Martens
Madonna on Saturday asked forgiveness for captioning a photograph of her teenage son boxing with a racial slur. The comment, initially posted on Friday on social network Instagram , was soon deleted, with Madonna initially referring to those who had questioned her use of the N-word as "haters. " On Saturday, Madonna was singing a more conciliatory tone.  "I am sorry if I offended anyone with my use of the N-word on Instagram," she said in a public statement posted on her Instagram and Facebook feeds.
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November 25, 2013 | By KTLA
Police are asking for the public's help in finding the person or persons responsible for tagging seven cars in Pacific Palisades with swastikas and racial slurs on Sunday. Seven cars parked curbside in a 3-square-mile area north and south of Sunset Boulevard were defaced between 4 a.m. and 8 a.m., according to Los Angeles police. Maritza Roberts, whose car was among those targeted, told KTLA that she felt “violated, invaded, disgusted” after she discovered a swastika and an apparent misspelling of the word “fuhrer” spray-painted on her vehicle.
SPORTS
November 14, 2013 | Bill Plaschke
The first real test of the Doc Rivers era has appeared, and it can appropriately be described in less than 140 characters. Can the new Clippers coach practice the same toughness that he preaches? Less than a month into his first season as the Clippers' $7-million savior, Rivers must start by repairing his own locker room after one of his players threatened to blow it apart. The player's name is Matt Barnes, his motive was anger, his weapon was Twitter, and 20 seconds worth of his insensitive typing could rattle this team for weeks.
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November 9, 2013 | SANDY BANKS
It's hard to think of Jonathan Martin as a hapless victim of bullying. He's 6 foot 5, 312 pounds, with a Stanford education and a job he loves. At least he seemed to love it until last week, when he walked away from the Miami Dolphins football team because of what he considered relentless torment and his teammates considered harmless hijinks. Was it bullying or bonding? The conduct included racial slurs, ugly insults and crude threats -- packaged as an effort to toughen up a young player who loves literature as much as he loves football.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 21, 2013 | By Greg Braxton
With the curtain drawn on the most controversial edition of CBS' reality show "Big Brother," cast member Aaryn Gries, whose ethnic and homophobic slurs made national headlines, is bracing herself to face a new reality - that many people feel she's a racist. But the 23-year-old college student from San Marcos, Texas, who was unaware of the tempest her remarks created until emerging from the show's imposed isolation earlier this week, is determined to reverse that perception. "I'm trying to show that I'm remorseful, and I hope that comes across because I really do feel very bad," she said in an interview with The Times.
NATIONAL
December 14, 2008 | Times Wire Reports
An Ecuadorean immigrant viciously beaten by men who yelled anti-Latino and anti-gay slurs at him and his brother died while his mother was en route from Ecuador to see him. Jose Sucuzhanay died late Friday, hospital spokesman Francisco Moya said. Sucuzhanay, 31, had been in critical condition since the Dec. 7 assault. Police were searching for three suspects in the attack. Sucuzhanay and his brother were walking arm-in-arm when a vehicle pulled up near them, police said. Witnesses said men in the car shouted slurs, then jumped out and attacked.
SPORTS
October 28, 1989
In Mike Downey's column on the Saugus-Palmdale football game, he mentions that the principal of Palmdale had heard that Palmdale's players were being taunted by racial slurs. There is no mention of who spoke those slurs. In fact, there is no confirmation from any other source that such slurs were spoken. My two sons, as two of the three Saugus team captains, state that they heard no such slurs being directed at Palmdale's players. Further, they claim that with only minor exceptions, the on-field relations between the teams was good.
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