Category: Los Angeles Times

Clippers sponsors slow to return despite NBA ban of Donald Sterling

May 10th, 2014 in 2014, Chris Cakebread, College of Communication, Los Angeles Times, Newsmakers 0 comments

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Chris Cakebread, College of Communication

The NBA has banned L.A. Clippers owner Donald Sterling for life, but that’s not good enough for many advertisers and sponsors…

Expert quote:

“Even though the commissioner has made it very clear that Sterling is out, the perception and the negativity that has developed is something the brands will be very cautious about.”

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The closing of Abu Ghraib and the U.S. failure in Iraq

April 20th, 2014 in 2014, Andrew Bacevich, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Los Angeles Times, Newsmakers, OP-EDs by BU Professors 0 comments

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By Andrew Bacevich, College of Arts & Sciences

The government of Iraq last week announced that it had padlocked the infamous prison at Abu Ghraib. The gates are closed, the inmates moved. Whether the closure is permanent or temporary — Iraqi officials suggest the latter — this ought to qualify as a notable milestone. By any measure, this ought to qualify as a notable milestone. What does it signify?…

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Russia’s Crimea takeover breeding anarchy and fear throughout East

April 7th, 2014 in 2014, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Los Angeles Times, Newsmakers, Ukraine-Russia-Crimea, Walter Connor 0 comments

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Walter Connor, College of Arts & Sciences

Russian President Vladimir Putin’s unimpeded success in annexing Crimea has inspired Russian nationalists in eastern Ukraine to seize territory and sown fear region-wide that such provocations will spur Moscow to intervene on behalf of ethnic Russians…

Expert quote:

“The mob actions taking place in the eastern cities are not freelance nationalists. They are groups ready to be organized and mobilized and in no sense unaware that they are doing the work of Russia.”

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Study: Rockies’ wildflower season 35 days longer from climate change

March 17th, 2014 in 2014, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Los Angeles Times, Newsmakers, Richard Primack 0 comments

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Richard Primack, College of Arts & Sciences

The Rocky Mountain wildflower season has lengthened by over a month since the 1970s, according to a study published Monday that found climate change is altering the flowering patterns of more species than previously thought…

Expert quote:

“It is probably the most detailed, long-term data set on flowering times that exists in the United States and perhaps even the world.”

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FDA wins high-profile support in consumer genetics kerfuffle

March 13th, 2014 in 2014, George Annas, Los Angeles Times, Newsmakers, School of Public Health 0 comments

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George Annas, School of Public Health

When the Food & Drug Administration last November ordered the Mountain View, Calif.-based firm 23andMe to stop marketing its genetic test kit to consumers, the ensuing debate took on a “rage against the machine” tenor…

Expert quote:

“The FDA was right to issue a warning to 23andMe.”

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As marijuana laws change, health risks of pot use are weighed

February 14th, 2014 in 2014, Los Angeles Times, Newsmakers, School of Medicine, Timothy Naimi 0 comments

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Timothy Naimi, School of Medicine

Now that people in Colorado (and, soon, Washington state) can buy marijuana about as easily as they can pick up a 12-pack of Bud Light, it’s a good time to ask: How risky is it to turn to pot?…

Expert quote:

“Saying marijuana’s safer than alcohol sets an incredibly low bar. Marijuana can still be a dangerous substance.”

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Bitcoin’s endgame? A second firm suspends withdrawals

February 11th, 2014 in 2014, Bitcoin, Los Angeles Times, Mark Williams, Newsmakers, School of Management 0 comments

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Mark Williams, School of Management

Bitstamp, one of the largest bitcoin exchanges in the world–if not the largest–today became the second major firm to suspend customer withdrawals of bitcoins from their accounts, or “wallets.”…

Expert quote:

“The cracks are starting to show.”

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State dinner for France’s Hollande may get awkward after his breakup

February 11th, 2014 in 2014, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Erik Goldstein, Los Angeles Times, Newsmakers 0 comments

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Erik Goldstein, College of Arts & Sciences

President Obama’s first state dinner was memorable for who showed up uninvited. His sixth, a high-glitz affair for the president of France scheduled for Tuesday, may be remembered for who was initially invited but did not attend…

Expert quote:

“For President Hollande, it comes at a useful moment for him to show him operating at a world stage.”

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Bitcoin’s problems are much worse than you thought

February 10th, 2014 in 2014, Bitcoin, Los Angeles Times, Mark Williams, Newsmakers, School of Management 0 comments

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Mark Williams, School of Management

The bitcoin faithful would like you to believe that the virtual currency’s recent price swings result solely from the crisis at Mt. Gox, a leading bitcoin exchange firm headquartered in Tokyo…

Expert quote:

“Bitcoin is an experiment that needs to remain in the laboratory until it can meet the basic standards required to become a beneficial transaction currency.”

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Unraveling any weight-gain links to stress, cortisol

January 25th, 2014 in 2014, Los Angeles Times, Newsmakers, School of Medicine, Susan Fried 0 comments

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Susan Fried, School of Medicine

Here’s some not especially breaking news: Lots of Americans are over-stressed, and lots of those very same Americans also are overweight…

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