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June 12, 2007 | Duke Helfand and Steve Hymon, Times Staff Writers
Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa spoke publicly for the first time Monday about the breakup of his 20-year marriage, saying he was responsible for the split even as he refused to talk about what caused it. In a somber meeting with reporters at City Hall, Villaraigosa declined to answer questions about whether the break with his wife, Corina, was triggered by another romantic relationship.
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April 8, 2014 | By The Times editorial board
More than a year after it approved a report critical of the CIA's interrogation and detention policies, the Senate Intelligence Committee has voted to make a portion of the document public. It's now up to President Obama to ensure that the agency doesn't mount a rear-guard attempt to censor or sanitize the committee's findings in the name of national security. Thanks to news reports and a report by the CIA's inspector general, Americans long have been aware of both the broad outlines and some abhorrent details of the Bush administration's mistreatment of suspected terrorists after 9/11.
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ENTERTAINMENT
June 19, 2008 | Lisa Rosen, Special to The Times
SHE MADE a name for herself in the '90s with movies like "A League of Their Own" and "Tank Girl," but Lori Petty likes to say she was an accidental movie star. Moving to New York at age 18, she worked as a waitress in between auditions and slept on friends' couches, at the YMCA, or, on occasion, in Central Park. "It was so comfortable it was like home," Petty recalls as she sits at a deck cafe overlooking the Santa Monica beach, her big blue eyes and cropped hair rendering her immediately recognizable to "Point Break" fans sitting nearby.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 17, 2014 | Sandy Banks
It's a story whose elements are all too familiar. It's easy to deem it another indictment of our failing child welfare system: A drug addict who has already lost six children to the foster care system is jailed after her two little boys wander into a liquor store alone, hungry and looking for food. The toddlers - 2 and 3 years old - are wearing soiled diapers and dirty clothes. It takes police two days to track down their mother whose rap sheet includes arrests for prostitution and theft.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 5, 2014 | By Garrett Therolf
The grandparents of a fatally injured 8-year-old Palmdale boy, whose history of alleged physical abuse has prompted a sweeping review of Los Angeles' child welfare system, have sued, accusing officials of missing repeated opportunities to save the child. The complaint naming the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services asserts that more than 60 reports of abuse involving Gabriel Fernandez were lodged with the agency. But only five to eight investigations were initiated, the suit says, and none of those met the department's own requirements for thoroughness.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 20, 1992
Learning abuse--the lack of air conditioning in Los Angeles schools. TERESA JANICS Glendale
OPINION
December 28, 2012
Re “ Scouts employ aggressive tactics in abuse defense ,” Dec. 25 I was an assistant Cub Scout den leader in the early 1990s. I was required to participate in training that was all about protecting the boys from any sort of abuse. As I recall, we were instructed to be sure that boys were never left alone with only one adult; there were always supposed to be at least two. Maryly Cushingham Fullerton The Roman Catholic Church and the Boy Scouts have long fought public exposure of their pedophile scandals, at the expense of future victims' safety.
WORLD
February 5, 2014 | By Tom Kington
ROME -- The Roman Catholic Church has “systematically” protected predator priests, allowing “tens of thousands” of children to be abused, a United Nations committee said Wednesday in a scathing report that cast the first shadow over Pope Francis' honeymoon period as pontiff. The panel called on the Vatican to remove all suspects from their posts immediately and to open up its confidential archives in order “to hold abusers accountable.” “The committee is gravely concerned that the Holy See has not acknowledged the extent of the crimes committed, has not taken the necessary measures to address cases of child sexual abuse and to protect children, and has adopted policies and practices which have led to the continuation of the abuse by and the impunity of the perpetrators,” the report said.
OPINION
June 24, 2012
Re "Trial starts for man who beat priest over alleged molestation," June 21 Being a spiritual but not a religious person, I never could swallow the concept of heaven and hell. However, after reading John Lynch's story, I now know that those two little boys experienced their own personal hell by coming face to face with the devil in the form of Father Jerold Lindner, who was accused of molestation by more than a dozen people. As far as I am concerned, the wrong man - Lynch, who allegedly assaulted the elderly Lindner - is on trial.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 18, 2010 | By Garrett Therolf
The South Los Angeles foster mother under investigation in the fatal beating of a 2-year-old child had been the subject of five previous child-abuse complaints, including one substantiated allegation that she had severely neglected her own biological child in 2002, confidential records show. Kiana Barker's troubled history, coming in the wake of disclosures about her live-in boyfriend's criminal record, has raised questions about how she could have been approved last year as a foster parent by child-welfare authorities.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 16, 2014 | Louis Sahagun
When it comes to a battered environment, few places can match Ken Malloy Harbor Regional Park, an empire of weeds, trash and vagrant encampments surrounding a polluted lake crawling with nonnative snails as big as baseballs, voracious water snakes and snapping turtles. The park's Lake Machado is best known as the swampy hideout of the abandoned alligator Reggie, who won international fame after officials spent $200,000 trying to catch him. Reggie was finally snagged in 2007 with a dog-catcher's pole.
NATIONAL
March 16, 2014 | By David Zucchino, This post has been corrected. See below for details.
DURHAM, N.C. -- Brig. Gen. Jeffrey A. Sinclair will plead guilty to lesser charges in a deal with Army prosecutors, who have agreed to drop charges that he twice sexually assaulted an Army captain by forcing her to perform oral sex, threatened to kill her and her parents and engaged in "open and notorious" sex in a parked car and on a hotel balcony. The plea deal would end a flawed prosecution in a high-profile military sexual abuse case that came to an abrupt halt last week, when a military judge ruled that improper political considerations may have tainted the Army's decision to reject an earlier plea offer. The Army's handling of the case has been under intense political and public scrutiny as the military struggles to cope with a surge of sexual assault claims.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 14, 2014 | By Paloma Esquivel and Adolfo Flores
Former state Assemblyman Chris Norby was free on bail Thursday after being arrested on suspicion of domestic abuse and child endangerment, the latest in a series of domestic issues dating back to his days as an Orange County supervisor. Norby was booked and then released on $10,000 bail after Fullerton police were summoned to his home around noon Wednesday. Citing state law, authorities said they were prohibited from releasing more information about the victims in the case. But Norby said Thursday that he believes his wife, Martha Norby, went to the Fullerton police station with the allegations of abuse.
WORLD
March 10, 2014 | By Laura King and Amro Hassan
CAIRO - Three veteran activists of Egypt's 2011 revolution told a court Monday that they were suffering abuse at the hands of their jailers and that they were even beaten up by the prison guards bringing them to court. The allegations by the well-known figures highlighted the worsening plight of detainees in Egypt's jam-packed prisons. Thousands of people have been imprisoned since July, when the military-backed interim government took over, and human rights groups have cited a deluge of what they describe as credible accounts of maltreatment.
NATIONAL
March 8, 2014 | By Paresh Dave
An Army sergeant at Ft. Hood who was tasked with helping prevent sexual assault now faces potential court-martial for sexual abuse, adultery and other criminal charges. The 21 initial charges filed Friday by the Army against Sgt. 1st Class Gregory McQueen are related to pandering, conspiracy, maltreatment of a subordinate, abusive sexual contact, adultery and detrimental conduct, the Texas base said in a statement. Army investigators started looking into McQueen, 38, last May after allegations surfaced that he had turned a few cash-strapped female soldiers into prostitutes who he then offered to higher-ranking members.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 7, 2014 | By Los Angeles Times staff
The mother of two toddlers found wandering malnourished and soiled in South L.A. earlier this week was charged Friday with child abuse, prosecutors said. Sidnicka Wilson was charged with two felony counts of child abuse, one felony count of possession of a controlled substance, two misdemeanor counts of possession of a smoking device and one misdemeanor count of giving false information to a police officer.  Wilson, 32, was arrested Wednesday, two days after her two sons, ages 2 and 3,  were first spotted inside a liquor store at Stanford and Manchester avenues Monday morning trying to get a loaf of bread.  A good Samaritan grabbed them before they walked into traffic.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 29, 2012 | Steve Lopez
Call them cretins, barbarians - whatever you like. I'm with you. But there are two very good reasons many California drivers abuse disabled placards when they park their vehicles. First, it saves them a lot of money. Second, the chance of getting caught is next to nil. My Wednesday column on the subject has drawn hundreds of responses from readers who have disabilities but struggle to find parking because of all the cheaters, and there were scores of people offering their own evidence of abuse.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 8, 2010
Dear Amy: The Department of State is both troubled and concerned by the letter in your column from "Worried," regarding the allegation of a host parent abusing an international exchange student. The department appreciates the letter writer bringing this matter to the public's attention and strongly encourages the writer, and anyone else who learns of similar incidents, to report such incidents to law enforcement authorities immediately. As the responsible agency for regulating and monitoring international high school exchange student programs in the U.S., the Department of State's top priority is the safety and well-being of these young people.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 6, 2014 | By Robert Faturechi
Two Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies pleaded not guilty Thursday in connection with allegations that they assaulted a handcuffed inmate, according to a spokesman for the U.S. attorney's office. Deputies Joey Aguiar and Mariano Ramirez were the latest in a string of 21 current and former sheriff's officials charged by federal authorities in connection with the FBI's three-year investigation into brutality and other misconduct in the Sheriff's Department. Last month, federal authorities alleged that Aguiar and Ramirez violated the civil rights of the inmate by assaulting him Feb. 11, 2009, inside Men's Central Jail.
OPINION
March 6, 2014
Re "Prescribers fuel drug epidemic," March 4 The Times offers a very simplistic analysis of America's drug dependence. As an emergency room physician, I see many chronic-pain patients who "run out" of their allotted opiates and then run to an emergency room. I am sometimes threatened with being sued for not giving them enough opiates. Patients have, unfortunately, interpreted their right to stabilizing emergency medical conditions as a right to obtain their opiate of choice. And don't forget the role of patient satisfaction scores.
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