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January 30, 2014 | By Hector Tobar
More than two centuries ago, our Founding Fathers declared that all humans are born with the same inherent potential. Ever since, having the phrase "created equal" in our Declaration of Independence has been one the coolest things about being an American. Now, married Yale law professors Amy Chua and Jed Rubenfeld have stepped forward to say that being "created equal" doesn't matter. Instead, their controversial (and sometimes cringe-inducing) new book, "The Triple Package: How Three Unlikely Traits Explain the Rise and Fall of Cultural Groups in America," argues that our cultural background largely determines our fate and the fate of our progeny.
January 20, 2014 | By Adolfo Flores
A 23-year-old woman was on life support after she was beaten into unconsciousness outside a Santa Ana nightclub, and police said they have arrested a woman and are seeking four other people in connection with the incident. The violence occurred early Saturday as patrons waited to get into the Crosby, a popular nightspot in the city's increasingly vibrant historic district. Police said the young woman who was beaten, identified by family and friends as Kim Pham, was hit and stomped after an argument between two groups.
January 19, 2014 | By The Times editorial board
The Texas teenager who played the "affluenza" card to stay out of prison certainly sounds like a spoiled brat. In fact, he wouldn't deny it; that was his argument for a light sentence - that his overprivileged, under-disciplined life had led to a lack of judgment and concern for others, and therefore he shouldn't be punished severely for his crimes. And in the end, although he stole alcohol, drove far above the speed limit while exceedingly drunk, killed four people with his father's pickup and then fled the scene, he was sentenced to probation rather than jail time.
January 18, 2014 | By Martha Groves
A 23-year-old woman remained in serious condition in a hospital Saturday after she was assaulted overnight while waiting in line to enter an establishment in Santa Ana's downtown arts district, authorities said. Police said they were looking for witnesses who might have shot cellphone video of the altercation. "Based on interviews, we think people in line shot video," said Cpl. Anthony Bertagna of the Santa Ana Police Department. According to police, the victim was standing in line with friends just after midnight Friday at 400 N. Broadway in the Downtown Artists Village when an argument broke out with another group of patrons.
January 10, 2014 | By Kevin Baxter
OK, I get it: steroids are bad and cheating is worse. What I don't get is why Hall of Fame voters have decided to draw this line at this time. Long-time members of the Baseball Writers Assn. of America, who sit as judge and jury to decide who gets in the Hall and who doesn't, voted this week to enshrine pitchers Greg Maddux and Tom Glavine and slugger Frank Thomas in Cooperstown. Fine. All three are deserving and the Hall is much richer with their inclusion. Passed over again, however, were Roger Clemens, Barry Bonds, Mark McGwire, Sammy Sosa and Rafael Palmeiro.
January 8, 2014 | By Adolfo Flores
Closing arguments in the trial of two former Fullerton street cops accused of killing a mentally ill homeless man during a violent altercation will stretch into a third day before finally being handed to jurors. On Wednesday, the attorney for one of the former officers urged jurors to check their emotions on the case and focus on the facts instead. Defense Atty. Michael Schwartz was referring to a 33-minute surveillance video of the police beating that the prosecution repeatedly played for jurors, saying the tape had captured not only a violent encounter, but a homicide.
January 4, 2014 | By Kate Mather
A Los Angeles judge heard arguments Friday over her tentative ruling this week denying Katherine Jackson's request for a new trial against entertainment giant AEG Live in the death of her son, Michael Jackson. Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Yvette Palazuelos took the case under submission following the morning hearing, which came three months after jurors decided AEG was not responsible for Jackson's death. Palazuelos issued her tentative 44-page ruling Thursday. When the judge makes her final decision, the parties will have 30 days to file an appeal.
December 24, 2013 | Jonah Goldberg
Normally at this time of year, the culture war fight is over a guy with a white beard. That's true again this year. What's different is that Phil Robertson has taken Santa's place, and instead of a war on Christmas, we have a war on "Duck Dynasty. " The patriarch of the popular A&E reality show said some crude things about homosexuals to GQ magazine. A&E was sufficiently offended that it suspended him from a show about his own family. So far, the controversy understandably has been framed as a fight over free speech.
December 15, 2013 | George Skelton, Capitol Journal
SACRAMENTO - Maybe I've watched the movie "Chinatown" too many times, but a major justification for digging Gov. Jerry Brown's massive water tunnels just seems suspicious. Brown's not creating a drought by dumping water in the ocean and poisoning wells, as Noah Cross (John Huston) does in the classic film inspired by Los Angeles' draining of the Owens Valley. Developer Cross was selling L.A. voters on the need for a water bond to finance an aqueduct and reservoir. Brown and the water buffaloes - government bureaucrats, corporate farmers, urban expansionists - are peddling their own rationale for a $25-billion re-plumbing of the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta.
November 20, 2013 | By Jeff Gottlieb
Using a slide presentation that began with a stack of $100 bills atop the city seal, the prosecutor Wednesday said that the widespread corruption in Bell was the work of the city's top administrators - Robert Rizzo and Angela Spaccia. "There wasn't a mastermind in this case," Deputy Dist. Atty. Max Huntsman said. "There was a master and a mind. Mr. Rizzo was in charge. He was the boss, he had the power… but Ms. Spaccia made what he wanted to happen, happen. " After a month of testimony, but no appearance by Rizzo, who quietly pleaded no contest to 69 felonies last month, Spaccia's trial began winding down as the prosecution began its closing argument in a case that is rooted in the 2010 Bell corruption scandal.
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