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  • There's Jim Crow in China, but no one seems to care

    There's Jim Crow in China, but no one seems to care

    The moral landscape of America’s self-understanding is often reduced to a few easily recognizable landmarks: slavery and abolition, Jim Crow and the Civil Rights movement, World War II and the Holocaust. Every dictator we confront gets compared to Hitler, and nearly every domestic controversy gets...

  • California has a ragged road to bail reform

    California has a ragged road to bail reform

    Senate Bill 10 is California’s road to bail reform — a rough, ragged road of unknown length, lined with hazards and requiring tunnels that are not yet dug and bridges not yet built. Traveling this road with the Legislature, as it votes to move the bill forward, requires a leap of faith that those...

  • All-renewable energy in California? Sorry, land-use calculations say it's not going to happen

    All-renewable energy in California? Sorry, land-use calculations say it's not going to happen

    Back in 2012, the environmental organization 350.org and its leader, Bill McKibben, took a “Do the Math” tour across America to talk about “the terrifying math of the climate crisis.” Alas, it appears McKibben has since developed an allergy to simple arithmetic. In a recent op-ed in the New York...

  • Even as California gets hotter and drier, lawmakers continue to punt on wildfire liability

    Even as California gets hotter and drier, lawmakers continue to punt on wildfire liability

    The most intense debate in the California Legislature this summer was also the wonkiest: Whether to lift the requirement that investor-owned electric utilities such as Southern California Edison reimburse property owners for losses caused when their electrical equipment sparks a fire, even if the...

  • Is it just me, or does Los Angeles feel a lot less safe these days?

    Is it just me, or does Los Angeles feel a lot less safe these days?

    I noticed a change in my neighborhood about a year and a half ago. It began to feel more dangerous, even during the day. Scavengers regularly dig through my trash and dump what they can’t use. The remains bake in the sun. Sometimes the scavengers pass out on my lawn. In late July, a homeless man...

  • Memories old and recent of Aretha Franklin

    Memories old and recent of Aretha Franklin

    To the editor: Three years ago, I took my parents to an Aretha Franklin concert in Los Angeles for their anniversary. It was the most incredible experience imaginable. The week before the concert, my mother and I made a pact: We agreed to limit the number of times that we would nudge each other...

  • The silly idea of uniting Baja and Alta California

    The silly idea of uniting Baja and Alta California

    To the editor: Allow me to apologize to columnist Gustavo Arellano. When he wrote a piece advocating voting rights for noncitizens, including immigrants in the country illegally, I took him for a fool. But now that you actually published his suggestion that we unite the two Californias — our state...

  • One way to break oil dependence: Don't drill

    One way to break oil dependence: Don't drill

    To the editor: California needs to break its oil dependence, as Severin Borenstein notes in his critique of our recent study. Avoiding the worst of climate change (think more fires) involves getting off oil, but Borenstein argues phasing out California’s oil production is a step too far. His main...

  • Why some reactions to Bible depictions are less than positive and loving

    Why some reactions to Bible depictions are less than positive and loving

    To the editor: I studied the Bible with renowned biblical scholar David Noel Freedman. The Bible is mankind's most important achievement. Curiously, Greg Laurie does not make that case and instead asks rhetorically why people find it offensive. Here is the answer to his question: People find it...

  • L.A. can't call itself a progressive city until it gets rid of DROP

    L.A. can't call itself a progressive city until it gets rid of DROP

    To the editor: Los Angeles leaders proclaim that their city is one of the most progressive metropolises in the United States. Often we hear the rhetoric of social justice emanating from the halls of 200 N. Spring St. Actions speak louder than words. The fact that the city’s Deferred Retirement...

  • NFL: Flacco, Jackson throw touchdowns to help Ravens ruin Andrew Luck's homecoming

    NFL: Flacco, Jackson throw touchdowns to help Ravens ruin Andrew Luck's homecoming

    Joe Flacco threw a touchdown pass in the first half, Lamar Jackson added another in the second half and the Baltimore Ravens ruined Andrew Luck's Indianapolis homecoming by topping the Colts 20-19 on Monday night. Flacco looked sharp, going 7 of 9 for 72 yards before departing. Jackson then showed...

  • College football notes: Urban Meyer’s fate to be decided in meeting

    College football notes: Urban Meyer’s fate to be decided in meeting

    Ohio State trustees set a private meeting for Wednesday to talk about the future of coach Urban Meyer as the university seeks to quickly move past a scandal that has consumed the football program for nearly a month. Meyer has been on leave during an investigation into his handling of domestic-abuse...

  • Body of missing hiker found in Yosemite National Park

    Authorities say the body of a hiker missing since last month has been found in Yosemite National Park. National Park Service officials announced Monday that the remains of 48-year-old Scott Tenczar, a native of San Jose, were found Saturday in a northeastern area of the park. The cause of his death...

  • Rams sign right tackle Havenstein to a four-year contract extension

    Rams sign right tackle Havenstein to a four-year contract extension

    The Rams on Monday ensured that another key element of their offense would remain in place for the long term and moved closer to taking a chance that a defensive player with a productive but bumpy history will fit in to a team with Super Bowl aspirations. The Rams signed right tackle Rob Havenstein...

  • Female lobbyist lodges complaint that state Sen. Joel Anderson threatened to hit her

    Female lobbyist lodges complaint that state Sen. Joel Anderson threatened to hit her

    State Sen. Joel Anderson is facing a legislative investigation after a female lobbyist accused him of threatening to “bitch slap” her and harassing her at a Capitol-area bar last week, sources say. Stephanie Roberson, a lobbyist with the California Nurses Assn., filed a complaint with the Senate...

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