- "But after a quick turn in the media spotlight, the pending furor fizzled out. A neighborhood group recently issued a statement with mosque leaders calling for “peaceful and constructive” cooperation, while the mosque’s leadership agreed to temporarily shelve the plan for the minaret.
They will spend the rest of the year reaching out to the non-Muslim community, opening their doors to promote understanding before moving ahead. “Whether it comes to building the minaret or not, we’ve started the dialogue and we’re going to continue it,” said Atnen Atakli, the mosque’s chairman."
- "The Arizona Legislature gave preliminary approval Tuesday to a proposal that would allow the police to arrest illegal immigrants on trespassing charges simply for being in the state.
The provision, which opponents and proponents call a first in the nation, is part of a wide-ranging bill whose sponsors say they hope will make life tougher for illegal immigrants."
- "A lawyer representing a Westlake Village man who was charged Tuesday in the fatal shooting of a Pasadena art college instructor said his client had become upset after hearing his wife subjected to "a racial and sexual slur."
Dmitry Gorin, whose law firm is representing Steven Ronald Honma — arrested Sunday in connection with the weekend slaying at a Persian new year's party — said the 54-year-old engineer had been traumatized from years of insults targeting his Japanese heritage."
- "The award is not only a significant boost for black playwrights and small theatres," he says, "it also gives new life to the whole awards circus, which has become monstrously repetitive and wearisomely predictable."
And, lest we forget, Benedict Nightingale points out that, "the choice of Katori Hall's excellent The Mountaintop as Best Play isn't just bold but significant. Sir David Hare recently deplored the absence of female dramatists from English-language stages and, hey, a black American woman wins the British theatre's prime award."