Working People : 'The Diversity They Want, They're Losing' LUKE MAGEE has been a Los Angeles police officer since Feb. 26, 1990. After spending more than six years in the Marines, Magee, who grew up in Los Angeles and graduated from Dorsey High School, entered college and decided to follow his old dream of becoming a cop for the department that he says he'd always thought of as the best. and But the LAPD now finds itself losing nearly 100 sworn personnel a year
through pre-retirement resignation; as many as two-thirds of those who resign move to smaller but better-paid departments. Magee talked with JAMES BLAIR about the factors he's weighing on whether to stay on or leave the department. and
Youth Opinion : 'When You're High, You Don't Care' BETZY MENDEZ, 15, raised in a home where domestic violence was common, ran away for the first time when she was 11. Alcohol and drugs have been constants in her life. But with the help of her mother and the staff at Phoenix House, a nonprofit residential high school in Lake View Terrace, Betzy has sought to shake her old life. She has undergone counseling aimed at developing self-esteem and setting goals for the future. She spoke with Times staff writer KEVIN BAXTER. and
C'mon, Howard, We All Want Better News CINDY VANDOR, Cindy Vandor is a veteran TV reporter who has won two Golden Mike Awards and has been nominated for Emmy Awards four times. She has worked for NBC, KCAL, KTTV, CNN and "The Wall Street Journal TV Report" based in New York.