September 22, 2006
Re "Can stereotypes survive 'Survivor'?" Opinion, Sept. 19 With respect to CBS' decision to allow "Survivor" to set up teams according to race, I agree with Joel Stein that it is a good thing to bring this taboo subject into conversations. However, Stein is wrong to suggest that race is a biological reality such as gender and age. Race is a social construction. In his final sentence, Stein meant to be funny: "If we're going to survive, we really need to band together against the yellow people."
July 28, 1985
Meir Kahane's article (Editorial Pages, July 22) would have us believe that the survival of Israel and the Jewish people depends on maintaining a Jewish majority within Israel. He decribes the potential scenario of an Arab majority voting the Jewish state out of existence. To eliminate this potentiality, Kahane suggests, no demands, that the democratic process be denied to Arab citizens. Those of us who are familiar with Kahane's rhetoric know that he is willing to use far worse measures, including violence and forced expulsion.
April 23, 1989 |
"I must admit, there's a part of me that does a project to confront certain fantasies I have." Willem Dafoe was talking about his role of boxer Salamo Arouch in "Triumph of the Spirit." "I'm not a hard-core boxing fan, but to me it's an attractive sport because it's almost philosophical. "It's the ultimate sporting event--man against man. And, it's dangerous." Dafoe was intrigued by the notion of a boxer in a concentration camp: "Though I realize it could raise snickers, it's rooted in fact--which takes some of the curse off."
June 28, 1987 |
We continue to stockpile nuclear weapons, to pollute our water and air, and to build on what empty land is left us. Will planet Earth survive? "Reflections on Survival," a multimedia exhibition Friday to Aug. 7 at the Woman's Building, takes up the question. Initially, the exhibit was conceived as an observance of Hiroshima Day, the anniversary of the Aug.
April 29, 2011 |
Away from the spotlight of a presidential visit and the glare of national publicity, this rural town of 5,000 in northeast Alabama nursed its tragedy. The walls of the Rainsville Civic Center were blown out. Across the street, the Huddle House, a popular eatery, and the local credit union, were wiped out. Rainsville is part of DeKalb County, which is reporting 32 deaths from the tornadoes that have turned Alabama in the worst-hit state by the deadliest storms in decades. The county ranks right behind Tuscaloosa, where there are 38 confirmed deaths of the state's 210 reported deaths so far. President Obama visited Tuscaloosa on Friday.
October 6, 1989 |
Last December, Jill Krementz, the well-known photographer, sat quietly in the back seat of a taxicab. Nothing unusual in that, except that the entire East Side was crazed and cranky over "Gorbylock." All around her, cabbies and truckers, pedestrians and passengers fumed and growled over the immovable traffic stalled by the departure of Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev. Krementz just sat there and hummed to herself.
December 30, 1991 |
What individuals do right after learning that they will be laid off could have a dramatic impact on how well they survive the furlough, financial experts say. Those who act quickly to tally and preserve their assets are likely to emerge reasonably intact, while those who delay could find themselves financially devastated long after they've found new employment. What should you do the moment you receive a layoff notice? * Apply for unemployment compensation.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 26, 2001 |
A 55-year-old hiker missing overnight in the Cleveland National Forest walked out Sunday morning cold and wet but uninjured. Bill Cunningham of Mission Viejo said he got lost Saturday in the snow falling in the highest parts of the Santa Ana Mountains. "My goal was to reach Santiago Peak and come back," Cunningham said Sunday. He reached the peak, but during his descent "it was snowing heavily and I couldn't see . . . and I missed a turnoff point."
January 4, 1988
An 18-year-old woman jumped or fell from the Golden Gate Bridge more than 200 feet into chilly San Francisco Bay and survived, authorities reported. A Coast Guard cutter rescued weeping Sara Rutledge Birnbaum, administered oxygen and delivered her to shore where she was rushed to Letterman Army Medical Center, said Coast Guard spokesman Ken Freeze. The Piedmont woman was conscious, coherent and able to answer questions, he said.
December 27, 1988 |
Lance Cpl. Jayson J. Rother was one tough Marine, but the stark, chocolate-brown mountains and the furnace-hot desert of San Bernardino County where he was lost proved to be tougher. Left stranded by his outfit last summer, Rother, 19, disappeared somewhere out on the firing ranges of the 932-square-mile Marine Air-Ground Combat Center north of here.