PALM SPRINGS, California, July 21 (Reuters) – Forty-four
years after American sprinters Tommie Smith and John Carlos
electrified the Mexico City Olympics with their heads-bowed,
arms-raised civil rights protest, they have no regrets about
their controversial gesture.
They were rebuked as unpatriotic and for using the Olympic
platform to make a political statement, but both men say their
stand was for human rights.
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Police opened the gates to a revived Los Angeles City Hall Park Center on Thursday for the first time since November when a tent city of Occupy demonstrators turned it into a sandlot before they were evicted.
But sign-waving protesters were barred from the $1 million project while local politicians and city workers held a press conference in the park.
NEW YORK/LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Los Angeles has sued U.S. Bancorp, accusing a unit of the fifth-largest U.S. commercial bank of becoming one of the city’s biggest slumlords and blighting the city by allowing hundreds of foreclosed homes to fall into disrepair.
Monday’s civil lawsuit by the office of Los Angeles City Attorney Carmen Trutanich alleges that U.S. Bank NA has taken title to more than 1,500 foreclosed residential properties in the city in its role as trustee for various mortgage-backed securities trusts.
(Reuters) – The artist who painted a post-mortem halo over Joe Paterno’s head on a mural featuring the late Penn State football coach erased it on Saturday following a report that found Paterno helped cover up child sex abuse by a former assistant coach.
Michael Pilato said he removed the halo on the outdoor mural in State College, Pennsylvania, home of the main Pennsylvania State University campus, and also painted a blue ribbon for child abuse awareness on Paterno’s suit.
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A Philippine immigrant filed a lawsuit on Thursday seeking a legal right to stay in the United States based on her same-sex marriage to an American.
The suit seeks to win for gays and lesbians the same immigration rights as heterosexual couples. The group that helped file the suit against the U.S. Department of Homeland Security called it the first proposed class action of its kind.
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Los Angeles County voters will decide in November whether to require porn actors to use condoms during film shoots, in a ballot measure that marks a new front for an AIDS group that has long targeted the adult entertainment industry.
The ballot initiative is the latest salvo against the industry, after the city of Los Angeles passed a similar requirement in January that has yet to be enforced.
(Reuters) – A Washington state voter initiative that sought to restrict marriage to a partnership between a man and a woman has failed to gain enough signatures to get on the ballot, eliminating any risk of confusion with another competing measure.
Opponents of gay marriage in Washington state had pursued two separate signature-gathering drives after Governor Chris Gregoire, a Democrat, signed into law in February a measure to allow same-sex marriage.
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Mark Spitz’s advice to Michael Phelps ahead of the London Olympics would be that, when you have already won more gold medals at a single Games than any swimmer in history, less could turn out to be more.
Phelps, 27 this month, beat Spitz’s 1972 record of seven gold medals four years ago at the Beijing Games and will compete in the U.S. Olympic trials beginning on Monday in Omaha, Nebraska.
LOS ANGELES, June 24 (Reuters) – Mark Spitz’s advice to
Michael Phelps ahead of the London Olympics would be that, when
you have already won more gold medals at a single Games than any
swimmer in history, less could turn out to be more.
Phelps, 27 this month, beat Spitz’s 1972 record of seven
gold medals four years ago at the Beijing Games and will compete
in the U.S. Olympic trials beginning on Monday in Omaha,
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Olympian Bruce Jenner, without a hint of hurt pride, swears he is happy his stepdaughters the Kardashians are outshining him, and that young viewers of their reality TV show have no clue he won the decathlon gold medal in 1976.
At the London Games, Jenner’s life as a secondary player on “Keeping Up with the Kardashians” will come head-to-head with his youthful past as an Olympian who became the poster boy for breakfast cereal Wheaties.