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Counter-Recruiters Push for School Access

The No Child Left Behind Act forces high schools to allow military recruiters access to students. Counter-recruitment groups that pitch alternatives to military service are working around the country to try to limit the impact of the Pentagon’s $3.5-billion effort. One organization in the Los Angeles area is pushing, with some success, for equal access.

Posted on Jun 9, 2008 READ MORE


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Newspaper Tycoon to Slash and Burn

Sam Zell seems to get a kick out of antagonizing his critics, some of his own reporters among them, but this time the Tribune Co. boss has really outdone himself. Zell has announced a new model for his newspapers: 50 percent news and 50 percent ads. At the Los Angeles Times, that will mean 82 fewer pages of news every week.

Posted on Jun 9, 2008 READ MORE


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Could L.A. Accidentally Elect a White Separatist?

Not many people pay attention to judicial elections, especially one held in June, and it’s for that reason that some Angelenos are worried about the campaign of William Johnson. A white separatist, Johnson is apparently counting on a lack of attention and the support of Ron Paul’s local organization to help him to victory.

Posted on May 18, 2008 READ MORE


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It’s Official Again: LAPD Is Not Racist

After an internal investigation of over 300 complaints of racial profiling, the Los Angeles Police Department announced Tuesday that not even one accusation of profiling it received last year had merit. Even more ridiculous is the fact that 2007 marks the sixth consecutive year that the LAPD has failed to find any example of race-based misconduct within its ranks.

Posted on Apr 30, 2008 READ MORE



Truth or Consequences

We got snookered. Motoko Rich of The New York Times reports in her article posted March 4 that the just-published “memoir” by Margaret B. Jones, called “Love and Consequences,” about Jones’ “life as a half-white, half-Native American girl growing up in South-Central Los Angeles as a foster child among gang-bangers, running drugs for the Bloods,” is a fabrication.

Posted on Mar 3, 2008 READ MORE


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Postering for Change in ‘08

It’s hard to limit oneself to just a couple dozen names, slogans and events representing the worst of the Bush years, but that’s what the folks at The Huffington Post have done for a postering campaign designed to promote Democratic candidates and shame Team Bush for its transgressions.

Posted on Dec 15, 2007 READ MORE


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Questioning Adoption-Abortion Link

One of the right wing’s most frequently invoked alternatives to abortion is adoption—but, as an Op-Ed piece in the Los Angeles Times points out, the relationship between the two choices is not at all as direct or demonstrable as some politicians, such as Rudy Giuliani, have made it seem.

Posted on Oct 29, 2007 READ MORE


Royal Shakespeare Company’s ‘Seagull’ Soars

The Royal Shakespeare Company’s production of Anton Chekhov’s “The Seagull” seems, at first, to be merely a skillful and familiar rendition of a masterpiece. But like many great works of art, the power of this production is cumulative.

Posted on Sep 18, 2007 READ MORE


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Bridging the Democratic Divide

If a Democrat wins the next presidential election, she or he will have to tackle battles abroad—and, no less significantly, at home.  Boyarsky predicts that, after ending the Iraq war, a Democratic president would “immediately be confronted with domestic issues that have no Democratic consensus, issues in which debate is charged with deep feelings about national, ethnic and racial identity.”

Posted on Aug 24, 2007 READ MORE


Harnessing the Sun Leaves Vidal in the Dark

Powering his home with solar energy sounded like an enlightened idea to Gore Vidal, but after several exasperating rounds of “routine” inspections and unexpected blackouts, it seems that even Southern California’s most abundant natural resource can be caught up in red tape.

Posted on Jul 2, 2007 READ MORE


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Kids Say the Darndest Things

Chances are your elementary school education about how the federal government works (or doesn’t) wasn’t much like the schooling of these L.A.-area public school students.  Perhaps some big players on Capitol Hill might want to drum up their own hip-hop-inflected response to the key issues addressed here in “Showdown in the Senate.” 

Posted on Jun 12, 2007 READ MORE


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Truthdig Debate Highlights

On May 22, Sam Harris and Chris Hedges debated religion and politics in Los Angeles. Here is a condensed audio version of the event, broadcast on KPFK’s “Beneath the Surface” with Suzi Weissman.

Posted on Jun 6, 2007 READ MORE


L.A. Police Chief: ‘It All Broke Down’

As he delivered a report on the May Day incident to the Los Angeles Police Commission, Chief William Bratton acknowledged that his officers made mistakes born out of a breakdown in communication. Video of riot police firing rubber bullets into an apparently peaceful and compliant gathering of immigration protesters on May 1 sparked public outrage and an investigation.

Posted on May 30, 2007 READ MORE


Transgender Sportswriter Surprised by Tolerance

One would think the sports world would be the last place a transgender person could happily transition from one sex to another, but to Christine Daniels’ surprise, the opposite has been true. Daniels tells Newsweek about the fallout—or lack thereof—from her decision to stop being Mike Penner, a popular sports columnist for the Los Angeles Times, and resume her career with confidence, a new wardrobe and no writer’s block.

Posted on May 14, 2007 READ MORE


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L.A. Police Chief Sides With Marchers

As many as 60 LAPD officers have been pulled from the streets, following a violent clash with protesters on May 1. Chief William Bratton has called some of the actions of the officers, who attempted to break up an apparently peaceful and lawful rally by firing 148 rubber bullets, “indefensible.”

Posted on May 7, 2007 READ MORE


L.A. Police, Crowds Clash at May Day Rally

Around 35,000 protesters marched for immigrants’ and workers’ rights in Los Angeles on May Day, according to the L.A. Times.  Other sources give higher numbers for this year’s turnout.  The rallies continued without major incident until the early evening, when police in riot gear arrived to break up a gathering at MacArthur Park.  Watch the clip

Posted on May 2, 2007 READ MORE


The Most Polluted City in America

Citizens of Pittsburgh, Cleveland, Detroit and elsewhere, take a breath. Though your air is polluted, your lungs inflamed and your children at risk, you can rest assured that your city is not the most smog-ridden in the country. That dishonor belongs to Los Angeles, which has the worst air quality in the nation, according to the American Lung Association.

Posted on May 1, 2007 READ MORE


Discrimination Claim at L.A. Times

Los Angeles Times Managing Editor Doug Frantz is facing accusations of discrimination for refusing to run a report about the Armenian genocide written by Mark Arax, a seasoned LAT writer of Armenian origin.  Frantz claims Arax was biased in his take on the issue, but Armenian community leader Harut Sassounian says there’s a much bigger story behind Frantz’s move.

Posted on Apr 26, 2007 READ MORE



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Los Angeles Battles Chicago for Olympic Glory

Two of America’s great cities are going head to head for the opportunity to host the 2016 Olympic Games. With radically different cultures, Chicago hopes its work ethic and business savvy will impress the U.S. Olympic Committee, while L.A. is banking on experience and Hollywood-caliber glitz.

Posted on Apr 12, 2007 READ MORE


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Obama Cashes In at Hollywood Fundraiser

Barack Obama took in $1.3 million Tuesday from an L.A. fundraiser organized by Steven Spielberg, Jeffrey Katzenberg and David Geffen. Hollywood is a crucial pit stop on the road to the White House for Democratic candidates as they build their war chests, especially with so many contenders in the field.

Posted on Feb 21, 2007 READ MORE


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Robert Scheer: My Mother ‘the Illegal Alien’?

“Like so many May Day protesters taking part in ‘A Day Without Immigrants,’ I know about having an otherwise law-abiding family member who spends decades working long, hard hours for abysmally low wages.”

Posted on May 2, 2006 READ MORE


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Immigration Rally Is Largest in L.A. History

An estimated crowd of more than 500,000 thronged downtown Los Angeles on Saturday to protest a tightening of the country’s immigration laws.

Posted on Mar 26, 2006 READ MORE


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