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Before Oscar Grant and Trayvon Martin, There Was Oliver Beasley

Twenty-three years after an L.A. sheriff’s deputy shot and killed a quiet, much-loved veteran, too many people still can’t move beyond their stereotypical view of race.

Posted on Jul 30, 2013 READ MORE


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Why ‘Chain Reaction’ Must Be Preserved

The sculpture towers 26 feet above the Civic Center lawn in the Southern California coastal city of Santa Monica, a disturbing warning about the danger of nuclear arms. Now the artwork is in peril.

Posted on Jul 23, 2013 READ MORE



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America’s Lowest Class

For the hundreds of thousands of Americans who don’t even have a roof to sleep under, things are getting only worse.

Posted on Jul 8, 2013 READ MORE



AP/Marcio Jose Sanchez

Up to Their Eyeballs

One of the most disturbing aspects of the National Security Agency surveillance scandal is the way government has reportedly worked with private companies such as Yahoo, Facebook and Google.

Posted on Jun 20, 2013 READ MORE



AP/Carolyn Kaster

Obama’s Elitism on Full Display

I’m not surprised that President Barack Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder have been waging war on the news media. They and other members of the Obama team have always struck me as elitists who don’t think really intelligent or worthwhile people would go into journalism.

Posted on May 31, 2013 READ MORE



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Does Anything Change in Los Angeles With Election of New Mayor?

The Los Angeles election Tuesday again revealed a city unlike most of the country—more liberal, more deeply Democratic, yet also more interested in medical marijuana than the troubles of the poor.

Posted on May 22, 2013 READ MORE



AP/Rich Pedroncelli

Jerry Brown: California’s Mystery Man

In a time when America’s politicians strive to be everywoman and everyman, Brown goes his own way.

Posted on May 15, 2013 READ MORE



AP/Chris Park

Cowardly Court: Where’s Our Gay Marriage ‘Masterwork’?

Gutless action has no place in the high court’s deliberations on marriage.

Posted on Apr 8, 2013 READ MORE



"American Gothic" by Grant Wood.

I’ll Take Romance

The opponents of same-sex marriage are certainly an unromantic bunch. That grim vision hit me as I read the arguments submitted to the U.S. Supreme Court for and against Proposition 8.

Posted on Mar 8, 2013 READ MORE



AP/Chris Carlson

Christopher Dorner and the Lines That Divide Us

Issues of race and the LAPD have been raised once again in the case of Christopher Dorner, a dismissed African-American cop accused of killing four people before apparently losing his life in a gunfight with police and subsequent fire.

Posted on Feb 14, 2013 READ MORE


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