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November 30, 2003 | Jonathan Kirsch, Jonathan Kirsch, a contributing writer to the Book Review, is the author of the forthcoming "God Against the Gods: The History of the War Between Monotheism and Polytheism."
Playwrights and pop singers -- from Luis Valdez ("Zoot Suit") to the Cherry Poppin' Daddies ("Zoot Suit Riot") -- have elevated the 1942 slaying known as the Sleepy Lagoon murder and the so-called Zoot Suit Riot of 1943 to mythic status in the popular culture.
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ENTERTAINMENT
November 22, 2003 | From Associated Press
It'll be pop and circumstance at the University of North Carolina-Charlotte's graduation ceremony next month, with Clay Aiken among the graduating class. The "American Idol" runner-up will pick up his diploma Dec. 20, his publicist said. And for only the second time in the school's seven-year history, graduation guests must have tickets to attend. Each ticket will be printed with a bar code and scanned at the door to prevent the use of counterfeits.
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November 16, 2003 | Jim Sleeper, Jim Sleeper, a lecturer in political science at Yale, is the author of "Liberal Racism" and "The Closest of Strangers."
Liberalism is "living on borrowed time -- taking for granted the spiritual and cultural resources that liberals depend on but do nothing to replenish," writes historian David L. Chappell, revivifying an old argument in his stunning reinterpretation of the American civil rights movement as a profoundly illiberal undertaking.
SPORTS
April 14, 2003 | Bill Dwyre
Kansas Coach Roy Williams, attending the 27th Wooden Awards banquet Sunday night in Los Angeles, said he is struggling with the possibility of becoming coach at North Carolina, where he attended school and was an assistant under Dean Smith. "I'm going to go home and get a good night's sleep for the first time in two weeks," said Williams, who was presented with the John R. Wooden Legendary Coaching Award on Sunday. "I have a huge decision to make.
NATIONAL
February 8, 2003 | From Times Wire Reports
A hacker used a University of North Carolina computer system to steal personal financial information from EBay users, and at least one person lost money, the FBI said. Users of the Internet auction site complained to the FBI that they had received fraudulent e-mails that appeared to come from EBay. The e-mails told recipients their accounts were suspended until they verified some personal information -- including their credit card numbers.
NATIONAL
August 20, 2002 | STEPHEN BRAUN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A federal appeals court on Monday tersely turned down an attempt by a conservative Christian group to halt the University of North Carolina from using a text on the Islamic holy book, the Koran, to teach new students. Without elaborating on the reasoning behind its decision, the U.S. 4th Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond, Va., said lawyers for the Family Policy Network had "failed to satisfy the requirements" for halting the study program.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 17, 2002 | YONAT SHIMRON, RELIGION NEWS SERVICE
In the 1920s, the North Carolina Legislature banned the teaching of evolution in public schools. In the 1960s, state lawmakers banned Communists from speaking on state-supported campuses. Last week, a state House committee moved in to prevent the University of North Carolina from requiring incoming freshmen to read a book on the Koran--Islam's Scriptures.
BOOKS
July 7, 2002 | RICHARD BREITMAN, Richard Breitman is the author of "The Architect of Genocide: Himmler and the Final Solution" and "Official Secrets: What the Nazis Planned, What the British and Americans Knew."
The gas chambers and crematories at Auschwitz-Birkenau annihilated thousands of Jews each day, creating the haunting specter of modern technology harnessed to the goal of genocide. But before that, high-ranking Nazi officials meticulously organized mass shootings of hundreds of thousands of Jews (and some other groups). Even after the establishment of extermination camps, shooting continued where it was the more efficient method in Poland and in conquered areas of the Soviet Union.
BOOKS
May 19, 2002 | JONATHAN KIRSCH, Jonathan Kirsch, a contributing writer to the Book Review, is the author of, most recently, "The Woman Who Laughed at God: The Untold Story of the Jewish People."
"All good teenagers go to California," Brian Wilson once quipped, "when they die." Wilson's remark, far edgier and more richly ironic than any of the hit songs he wrote and sang for the Beach Boys, is invoked by Kirse Granat May in "Golden State, Golden Youth," a study that deconstructs the popular culture of postwar America and shows exactly how the California dream and the cult of youth came to be linked in powerful but also cynical and even ominous ways.
SPORTS
March 12, 2002 | PAUL GUTIERREZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
When North Carolina Wilmington qualified for the NCAA tournament in 2000, it was the first time in school history that the wallflower Seahawks had been invited to the Big Dance. It didn't matter that they were the 15th-seeded team in the South Regional. Nor did it upset them that they were scheduled for early elimination by facing powerful Cincinnati in a first-round game. The Seahawks were just happy to be in Nashville.
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