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August 23, 2003
Re "A Double-Edged Sword for Latinos," Commentary, Aug. 20: I agree with Kenneth Miller's view that Latinos/Latinas need to reorganize their priorities and focus on making Lt. Gov. Cruz Bustamante a strong and probable replacement in case the governor is indeed recalled. We Latinos need to stop wasting our energy on fighting UC Regent Ward Connerly's Proposition 54. Oct. 7 is right around the corner. Latinos/Latinas and most other minorities need not worry that their backgrounds and experiences will become completely disregarded.
September 4, 2013 | By Michael Muskal
If a rose by any other name would smell just as sweet, would hate language, even if designed to be tough love, be just as hurtful? As far as a federal jury in New York is concerned, the N-word -- even when uttered by a black person and aimed at another black person -- is just as demeaning. The eight-person federal jury on Tuesday awarded $30,000 in punitive damages, in addition to $250,000 in compensatory damages awarded last week, to Brandi Johnson, 38, a worker at STRIVE, an East Harlem employment agency.
January 24, 2013 | By Lisa Dillman
EDMONTON, Canada -- The first casualty of the Kings' slow start turned out to be left wing Dustin Penner, a healthy scratch for Thursday night's game here against the Oilers. Kyle Clifford will be taking Penner's spot on the second line with Jeff Carter and center Mike Richards, at least at the start. Penner thought this move might be serving as a wakeup call for the Stanley Cup champion Kings, off to an 0-2 start. “It's one of those things that the guillotine has to fall somewhere when the team under-produces and more times than not, it's fallen on me,” said Penner, who especially struggled in the 3-1 loss at Colorado on Tuesday.
September 17, 2000
Although I didn't hail from the affluent Westside as did Michelle Markel ("It's a Tough Love, but a Westsider Learns It for Her Valley," Aug. 27), I can somewhat equate my life with hers. It was nearly one year ago that I departed "L.A. proper" (to some, improper) for the sedate suburb of Sylmar because of expediency, not desire. The building that had been my home for more than 7 1/2 years was sold, and it's quite difficult to find a rental that accepts pets. How my life was changed for the better!
December 5, 2002
As Alice Callaghan intimated in her Nov. 27 commentary, "Wheels of Commerce Are Rolling Over the Homeless," it is like a war zone at the front door of our soup kitchen, with the police detaining anyone who simply looks like he or she might be homeless. The Central City Assn. claims that the current conflict is between tough love practiced by high-minded people like themselves who want to empower the police to arrest the "criminally homeless," and softheaded, compassionate people like us who mindlessly defend the "rights" of the poor to sleep on the streets.
September 6, 2003
Re "For Love of the Game, if Not for Pete's Sake," Opinion, Aug. 31: With due respect to Robert David Jaffee, he is misguided in his effort to save major league baseball via putting Pete Rose in the Hall of Fame. Baseball does not need to condone betting on the game in order to better itself. If we are to celebrate scrappy players, let's celebrate a team like the 2002 Angels, which personified hustle and grit. Baseball must look ahead to remedies in equitable revenue-sharing and distribution of talent, not backward to tainted icons.
May 23, 1999
Re "State Panel Assails Judge for Remarks," May 6: Orange County Superior Court Judge Susanne S. Shaw is an excellent judge who should be commended, not condemned, for her actions in the courtroom. What this country needs is more straight-talking, tell-it-like-it-is, no-nonsense judges like her. If more judges would emulate Shaw's integrity, concern and diligence, there would be more respect for authority in this country. It's time somebody turned this country around. If more judges would speak plain English to defendants instead of spewing all the wishy-washy, politically correct nonsense, which no one can understand, maybe these folks would get the message.
May 25, 1989 | MARCI SLADE, Slade is a Sherman Oaks free-lance writer.
Five years ago, Burbank teen-ager Joe Metz was more interested in breaking the law than enforcing it. "I've tried almost every drug you can think of," he said. Today, Metz has been clean for more than three years, and he is thinking about a career in law enforcement. "I'm kind of interested in SWAT," the 17-year-old said. "I want to get a career going before I start a family." Family used to be something to escape. At age 12, Metz became addicted to drugs. "I started dealing drugs, got into gangs, stopped going to school in the seventh grade and didn't go for about three years.
November 20, 2010
Is it the end or a new beginning? It's all over ? oh, right, it never began ? in Minnesota, where reviled General Manager David Kahn gave away Al Jefferson , whereupon Coach Kurt Rambis began yo-yoing Kevin Love .... Or it's just starting, one or the other. Love played long enough to average 21 points and 17 rebounds over six games, including his 31-31 against the Knicks, before Friday's 0-7 against the Lakers. Meanwhile Michael Beasley , stolen from Miami for two No. 2 picks, averaged 31 points.
October 18, 2009 | Margaret Wappler
It's not uncommon for Tegan and Sara Quin, the Canadian twins known for warm but prickly love-pop, to field marriage proposals from their fans. Taking a break from recording their upcoming album "Sainthood" at the Sound City Studios in Van Nuys earlier this year, the creatively coiffed sisters played off of each other's tales about their most ardent admirers. "At one show," Tegan said, "a girl shrieked out, 'I want to marry you, Tegan!' I think she was maybe 16." "We'd rather they flirt with us than some creepy guy in leather pants," Sara added.
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