- Newsmaker: 2001 Hate Crimes Hit Historical High in LA County
LA County-s Commission on Human Relations released some grim statistics today. Hate crimes in the year 2001 increased 11 percent from the year before. Of that grim total, 20 percent were related to September 11. Robin Toma, Executive Director of the Commission, says that the majority of violence was directed against Middle Easterners and Muslims.
- Reporter's Notebook: Marlene Marks, Woman-s Voice in Jewish Community, Dies
Marlene Adler Marks, columnist for the Jewish Journal, died last week of lung cancer at the age of 54. For the past two weeks, she surrounded herself with friends. Since her death, she-s been mourned by politicians, rabbis and others who-ve praised her powerful writing and her vastness of spirit. Rob Eshmnan, Editor-in-Chief of the Jewish Journal, remembers Marks- illuminating gift for filtering daily life through Jewish values.
The media lost another strong voice last week with the death of 24-year KCBS news veteran Larry Greene, who was killed in a helicopter crash in the Persian Gulf. A brilliant and hardworking news reporter who brought stories to life with his camera, Green had an infectious sense of fun. Larry Greene was 50, and left a wife and two sons.