CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 12, 2013 |
Despite the unrelenting objections of gay rights activists, city leaders in the heart of America's largest Vietnamese-American community voted unanimously to give a permit to organizers of a Lunar New Year parade who vowed to block gays from participating. Members of the Westminster City Council voiced sympathy to those barred from the colorful Tet parade, but said they had no choice but to grant the permit, since they had been advised by the city attorney that organizers of a private event have a free-speech right to determine its content.
November 23, 2013 |
Clippers players and Coach Doc Rivers were unanimous Saturday in offering their sympathy to Chicago Bulls point guard Derrick Rose , who tore the medial meniscus of his right knee and will require surgery. Rose lives in Los Angeles and spent time here during his rehabilitation from a torn left anterior cruciate ligament. The Bulls, who announced the nature of Rose's injury Saturday, will face the Clippers at Staples Center on Sunday afternoon. "To know how hard he worked to get back, it's the saddest thing ever," Chris Paul said after the Clippers' 103-102 victory over the Sacramento Kings.
October 3, 2013 |
CAIRO - One day he might be accused of being a foreign agent. On another, an Islamist sympathizer. On yet another, of being part of a traitorous conspiracy. Amr Hamzawy, a respected liberal politician and academic in Egypt, tries to shrug off the noxious stories that routinely circulate about him in the country's state-run media. But he sometimes feels compelled to reassure acquaintances, professional contacts and even friends that it's an orchestrated and false smear campaign. In Egypt, where nearly three years of political upheaval first toppled a tyrant, then ushered in and tossed out an Islamist government, and finally propelled a military man to power, activists of all stripes - many of them part of the country's intellectual elite - are feeling the chill.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 5, 2013 |
San Francisco dodged a bullet with Gov. Jerry Brown's deadline maneuver to block a strike by BART employees that would have left hundreds of thousands of Bay Area commuters and tourists stranded and scrambling. But the temporary delay won't resolve an issue that goes deeper than benefits and wages: This high-stakes standoff has fed the perception that public sector employees are oblivious to other workers' economic pain. Last month's five-day strike by Bay Area Rapid Transit workers brought that notion into stark relief, in a region where economy and geography make public transportation a lifeline, not just a convenience.
July 5, 2013 |
It's tough to watch the video that has circulated so widely of a Hawthorne police officer shooting a dog last week. I own a couple dogs -- a very responsible yellow Lab named Honeybee and big, gentle retriever named Woody -- and the thought of violence coming to either of them is stomach-churning. Many of our readers have responded similarly, calling the shooting “despicable” and a dangerous abuse of power, among other things. Others are even angrier, and Hawthorne police report that their officers are receiving threats.
May 25, 2013
Judging by the hundreds of letters we received on L.A.'s mayoral campaign (and other races) between the March 5 primary and Tuesday's election, Angelenos weren't exactly thrilled watching the candidates engage in political fisticuffs for nearly three months. Many letters were laced with exasperation, expressing disappointment over negative campaigning. That mood was reflected in a letter published Thursday by San Pedro resident Marie Matthews, who lashed out at the candidates for calling her house "constantly.