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Sandip Roy

Tyler Clementi and the Eye of the Webcam

By Sandip Roy, Sep 30, 2010 10:19 PM

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After two decades in the U.S. I still feel a thrill of recognition when I see a South Asian name in the media. A winner on a cooking show on the Food Network, a congressional candidate in Kansas, a new appointee to some team on the White House - it does not matter, there is always that twinge of pride.

I look out for these names.

That was why I noticed Dharun Ravi’s name. And felt a chill go through me. 18-year-old Tyler Clementi had jumped off the George Washington Bridge after his roommate and a friend secretly taped him on their webcam having a sexual encounter with another man. And then they streamed it on the Internet.

The roommate’s name was Dharun Ravi. The headline on one article said
Dharun Ravi: The Reason for Tyler Clementi’s Suicide.

Vivian Po

Chinese Voters Could Decide District 10 Supervisor's Race

By Vivian Po, Sep 28, 2010 6:15 PM

 Chinese voters are expected to have an unprecedented influence on the choice of Sophie Maxwell's successor as San Francisco's District 10 supervisor, reports Shawn Liu for the World Journal.

Elena Shore

Univision Hosts First Spanish Gov Debate

By Elena Shore, Sep 28, 2010 5:05 PM

While many California voters were looking forward to the first debate between Jerry Brown and Meg Whitman today at UC Davis, Spanish-language media are anticipating another first -- the first-ever Spanish-language gubernatorial debate in California, to be held October 2 at CSU Fresno.

Suzanne Manneh

Modern Times Bookstore Falls on Hard Times

By Suzanne Manneh, Sep 24, 2010 10:00 AM

 The Mission District's Modern Times Bookstore, which has catered to progressive, Spanish-speaking and LGBT communities for 39 years, may become a casualty of the financial crisis and other factors, reports Michael Lucas for El Tecolote. The store's operations coordinator, Kermit Playfoot, told El Tecolote that Modern Times had no intention of closing its doors. But the shop is hurting. The amount of money it needs to stay in business has not been disclosed to the public, although bookstore staff members posted a letter on their website asking for community support, after initially sending the letter to the store's membership base. Modern Times staff members say they need help staying afloat until the more traditionally lucrative fall and winter months.

Rene Ciria-Cruz

Philippine Ex-President Sued in California for Death of Confidant

By Rene Ciria-Cruz, Sep 22, 2010 7:10 PM

Disgraced former Philippine President Joseph Estrada and six others have been sued for $180 million in Northern California federal court, reports the Philippine News. The US-based daughters of Salvador Dacer, a public relations consultant, are suing Estrada for compensatory and punitive damages for the death of their father.

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