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  • DNA patent ruling could aid women

    June 19, 2013 | 12:16 pm

    When the Supreme Court decided on June 13 that unaltered human DNA cannot be patented, it was more than a victory for cancer patients and corporate rivals in the field of genetics; it was a reason to celebrate for Dr. Wayne Grody, a professor at UCLA School of Medicine who assisted...

  • Political Correctness and Honesty—Time for a Change

    May 8, 2013 | 2:45 pm

    The bombing of the Boston Marathon last month has called into question some notions that have been close to sacrosanct in the civil rights/human relations communities for decades.

    That act of terror has raised profound questions about the nature of our democracy, the rights of...

  • Secularism: Great for government, destructive to everything else

    By Dennis Prager

    March 14, 2013 | 5:01 am

    Most non-Orthodox Jews venerate secularism. Virtually every movement and organization advancing secularism in the United States has been founded or led by Jews, and Jews are disproportionately active in these movements.

    The initials ACLU are loved and respected by most American...

  • Beware the Slippery Slope

    By  David A. Lehrer

    February 13, 2013 | 2:43 pm

    It isn’t often that within days of each other two news stories on disparate topics---drones and guns-- both highlight a method of analysis on different sides of the political spectrum that fosters poor public policy choices and conclusions.

    Recently, news stories have abounded...

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  • “Rise of the Planet of the Apes” Q & A with Author Eric Greene [VIDEO]

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    August 5, 2011 | 6:09 pm

    Eric Greene is a civil rights activist and the regional director of the Progressive Jewish Alliance & Jewish Funds for Justice.  But I didn’t first meet him as a result of my job at the Jewish Journal.  Rather, it was the late 1990s and Eric was lecturing on the original five...

  • “Rise of the Planet of the Apes:” Let My Monkeys Go! [VIDEO]

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    August 3, 2011 | 2:47 pm

    After a screening of “Rise of the Planet of the Apes” (opening Aug. 5), my husband, Ron Magid, and I, were discussing Rupert Wyatt’s new film as Jewish parable – specifically a retelling of the biblical story of Moses—with Eric Greene, the Southern California regional...

  • Sheriff Lee Baca previews House panel testimony at ACLU “People’s Hearing”

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    March 9, 2011 | 1:05 am

    On Thursday, March 10, Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca will testify before the first in a series of hearings on radicalization in the American Muslim community. Organized by Peter King, a Republican Congressman from New York and the chairman of the House’s Committee on Homeland...

  • Danny Goldberg: Hangin’ with the ‘geniuses’ of rock ‘n’ roll

    November 26, 2008 | 3:48 pm

    No one ever said the life of a rock 'n' roll star was easy, and if you're the one responsible for their success, keeping an artist both successful and happy can be no less daunting.

    Danny Goldberg gives us a good taste of life in the music biz in his new memoir, "Bumping Into...

  • Briefs: Three plead guilty in SoCal terror plot; Report says UCI acted properly

    December 20, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    Three Plead Guilty in Terror Plot

    Three members of an Islamic terrorist cell who were on the verge of attacking the Israeli consulate, an El Al ticket counter and two synagogues, face up to 20 to 25 years in prison after pleading guilty in federal court to conspiring to levy war...

  • Briefs: Local nonprofits named ‘most innovative;’ Molestation arrest at Valley shul; ACLU backs Samm

    October 11, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    'Slingshot' Cites Innovative Nonprofits

    Jewish World Watch and IKAR were among a handful of L.A. nonprofits included last week in an annual guidebook of the 50 most innovative Jewish organizations.

    "The organizations listed in Slingshot '07-'08 are among the most forward thinking...

  • ACLU Dispute Shows Tension Among Interfaith Friends

    By Marc Ballon

    July 19, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    As local pro-Israeli and pro-Arab groups hold ever larger and more heated demonstrations, relations among Los Angeles Muslim and Jewish groups threaten to go into a deep freeze. In one reflection of the changing climate, a longtime Jewish member of the American Civil Liberties Union...

  • The Circuit

    September 29, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Dual Appointments

    It was a busy few days for attorney Andrew Friedman. L.A. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa appointed him fire commissioner and the L.A. County Board of Supervisors nominated Friedman to serve as commissioner of the L.A. County Judicial Procedures Commission.

    In...

  • Both Sides of Seal Debate to Fight On

    By Idan Ivri

    June 24, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    It came from Redlands like a fever: one of the most divisive religious battles to hit Los Angeles in years.

    The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), fresh from successfully challenging the Redlands city seal a month earlier, set its sights on removing a Christian cross from the...

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