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May 10, 2005
This week, we asked our parent panelists: The state board of education in Kansas is now considering whether nonscientific theories about the origins of human life should be taught alongside the scientific theories of evolution. What benefit do you see for public school classrooms to include alternative theories about how humans were created? Although the media and some scientists like to mischaracterize it, the intelligent design movement and the Kansas discussion are not about teaching creationism, the Bible, religion or any "nonscientific" theories.
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NEWS
May 19, 2007
With the recent controversy regarding allegations of hateful speech at UC Irvine, the Pilot asked campus spokeswoman Susan Menning about the university's free-speech policy. Question: What are the specific guidelines regarding free speech at UCI? Answer: UC Irvine protects virtually all speech, in accordance with the United States and California constitutions. No matter how abhorrent we may find hate speech, the courts have upheld its protection under both constitutions and have consistently struck down hate speech regulations, including every university or college campus hate speech code that has been litigated to the point of a published opinion.
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By JOSEPH N. BELL | February 2, 2006
Several years after we bailed out of Vietnam, I wrote an essay for Harper's Magazine expressing distress over the abrupt and pervasive change in the students I was teaching at UC Irvine from socially involved to socially disinterested. Part of this change, I'm sure, was the result of public officials using citizen revulsion at student excesses during the Vietnam War as a club to beat down university budgets and anesthetize what they saw as the troublemaking potential of students and faculty alike.
NEWS
March 20, 2003
I'm writing this the morning after the sheriff from Texas gave those varmints 48 hours to get out of town. I can no longer remember what I was planning to write before I heard the ultimatum, but trying to write about anything else today is impossible. The president's last words were "God bless America." If God is to be called on in this crisis, I would strongly suggest extending the appeal for his blessing to all mankind. For starters, it seems like we need to broaden our base a little to make contact with the Almighty.
NEWS
December 16, 2001
Orange Coast College political science professor Kenneth Hearlson has been cleared by college administrators of the majority of charges that he harassed Muslim students. A report released by college administrators Tuesday found that most of the accusations against him were "unsubstantiated". However, Hearlson received a letter from college president Margaret Gratton that he believes is a reprimand. The teacher's union will be filing three grievances on Hearlson's behalf -- one against the so-called reprimand, one over the issue of academic freedom and one blaming the administration for interfering with Hearlson's classroom management.
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By From Pilot staff reports | December 31, 2007
1 City Hall Lead City Hall in the Park proponent Bill Ficker has proved you can fight city hall, or at least have a say in where the next one should be built. After Newport Beach City Council members rejected his suggestions on building the next city hall on a parcel of city-owned land next to the municipal library on Avocado Avenue, he went out with petitions for a ballot measure and came back in August with more than 15,000 signatures, representing nearly a quarter of the city’s registered voters.
NEWS
December 30, 2002
JANUARY Costa Mesa is the first city to have a library with no books. The Orange County Public Library opened its pilot technological branch in a small city shopping center just blocks away from South Coast Plaza. The small venue lacks aisles of bookshelves. Instead, it has tables full of computers. Newport Beach's most wanted: They are legged and dangerous -- to paved surfaces, planters, benches and railings. Their weapon of choice is a piece of timber fixed firmly on four wheels.
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