| May 18, 2014
| 5:40 PM
Graduation speeches can be pretty boring. But recent controversies are making this year an exception, with some graduates getting speeches perhaps more topical than they were expecting.
So far this commencement season, the big story had been the rash of...
| May 19, 2014
| 5:00 AM
Last week, former UC Berkeley Chancellor Robert J. Birgeneau joined a growing group of prominent public figures who have declined invitations to speak at college commencement ceremonies because of protests. Birgeneau — and the students who might...
| Apr 29, 2014
| 10:30 PM
A controversial double execution in Oklahoma was scrubbed Tuesday night after the first inmate to receive an experimental three-drug cocktail writhed and grimaced on the gurney, struggled to lift his head and died of a heart attack more than 40 minutes...
| May 19, 2014
| 5:00 PM
The fiery derailment in Virginia recently of a train transporting oil was the latest in a series of alarming accidents involving oil transport in North America in the last year. In 2013, more oil spilled from U.S. trains than in the previous four...
| May 14, 2014
| 4:50 PM
Sexual harassment and sexual violence complaints are surging on campuses. The Obama administration is pressuring colleges and universities to assure more confidentiality for accusers, conduct anonymous student surveys and train bystanders to intervene. It...
| May 20, 2014
| 1:12 PM
Seventy-nine artists interpreted the theme of "celebrate" in honor of the reopening of the Brand Library and its galleries. And "Celebrate!" their audiences did.
This past Saturday, some 200 art fans jammed the main exhibit space to "oooh" and "ahhh"...
| May 20, 2014
| 12:30 PM
According to a report released earlier this month in the widely respected health research journal The Lancet, the United States now ranks 60th out of 180 countries on maternal deaths occurring during pregnancy and childbirth.
To put it bluntly, for every...
| May 21, 2014
It's easy to criticize the college students who rallied against such commencement speakers as Condoleezza Rice, Robert J. Birgeneau and Christine Lagarde because they condemn their views on the Iraq war, the Occupy movement's conduct at UC Berkeley or the...
| Mar 25, 2014
| 12:36 PM
SACRAMENTO -- Abbot Archimandrite Theodor Micka was awakened on Tuesday morning by his fellow priests with some good news.
Gov. Jerry Brown had signed legislation allowing the ailing 76-year-old abbot, who has terminal cancer, to be buried on the...
| Apr 22, 2014
| 8:11 AM
WASHINGTON—The Supreme Court upheld Michigan’s ban on the use of racial affirmative action in its state universities Tuesday, ruling that voters are entitled to decide the issue.
The 6-2 decision clears away constitutional challenges to...
| Mar 26, 2014
| 12:33 PM
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SACRAMENTO -- For the second time in less than a year, agents are searching a Capitol office as part of a federal investigation.
Last year it was Sen. Ron Calderon (D-Montebello) who was targeted in...
| Apr 17, 2014
| 9:40 AM
Every year I ask the students in my “Wealth and Poverty” class to play a simple game. I have them split up into pairs and imagine that I’m giving one of them $1,000. They can keep some of the money only on condition they reach a deal...