CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 17, 2013 |
In a bid to ease jail crowding and increase time served by serious criminal offenders, Los Angeles County supervisors agreed Tuesday to spend millions to house more than 500 inmates at government firefighting camps in mountain and foothill areas. The $27-million, three-year deal will send 528 county inmates serving long-term sentences to five fire camps, jointly operated with the state prison system, that are scattered across the county. Supervisors acted after some complained about the increasing number of criminals -- including some serving time for violent offenses -- who are being released after serving a fraction of their sentences. As a result of budget cuts and so-called prison realignment, which shifted responsibility for some lower-level felons from state prison to county jails, inmates sentenced to county jail on some violent and sexual offenses currently serve 40% of their sentences.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 17, 2013 |
Los Angeles County supervisors have agreed to shift more than 500 inmates to mountain-area firefighting camps across the region in a bid to ease jail crowding and increase the amount of time serious criminal offenders remain behind bars. The move marks the latest attempt by county officials to deal with the effects of a federal court order that forced California to reduce its prison population. Under so-called realignment, California officials are redirecting lower-level felons to local lockups, which has swelled the county's jail population and caused some local inmates to be released long before they finish their sentences.
September 11, 2013 |
Frozen in time, Dustin Penner, Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry clutch the Stanley Cup - and each other - in a striking photograph that commands a prime display spot outside the Ducks' Honda Center dressing room. Six years and many strange turns later, the trio will reunite Thursday for the Ducks' first training camp practice at Anaheim Ice. In experimenting to see if their old bonds hold, Coach Bruce Boudreau will reassemble what was broken when Penner signed a five-year, $21.25-million offer sheet from the Edmonton Oilers in the summer of 2007.
September 10, 2013 |
Remember those wobbly, unfocused off-seasons the Kings once stumbled through? Indeed, they have become a thing of the past. Kings General Manager Dean Lombardi and his staff have been as efficient off the ice as the team has been proficient on it. They have sliced through another long to-do list this summer, largely keeping the core intact. As they will attempt to go deep into the spring for a third straight year, the Kings nevertheless face several questions with players arriving Wednesday and training camp officially opening Thursday.
September 9, 2013
After two knee surgeries, one missed season and long months of rehabilitation, Kings defenseman Willie Mitchell is ready to plunge back into his NHL career. "No tiptoeing into this. I've been scrimmaging with the guys, practicing, doing everything full steam and business as usual," Mitchell said Sunday during the team's Fan Fest event at Staples Center. "I had my first procedure on my knee and everyone, including myself, was rushing to get me back and it was probably a little too much, too soon.
September 6, 2013 |
Kobe Bryant has off-season time in China, Italy and the Philippines -- all while rehabbing his Achilles' tendon. With Lakers' training camp scheduled to start around Sept. 28, Bryant will make one last long-distance trip to Abu Dhabi and Dubai on Sept. 26 and 27 for the Kobe Bryant Health & Fitness Weekend in Support of Diabetes Awareness. Bryant's first stop Sept. 26 will be at the capital of the United Arab Emirates, where he'll hold a youth basketball clinic. On Sept.
September 4, 2013 |
Kings defenseman Willie Mitchell, who missed all of last season because of knee problems, is expected to be ready when the team opens training camp next week in El Segundo. Players are scheduled to report for physicals Sept. 11 and take to the ice the following day. “At this point everything has been positive -- as of today he will be ready for camp,” Kings General Manager Dean Lombardi said Wednesday via email. Mitchell, a veteran with an imposing physical presence, was sorely missed last season.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 28, 2013 |
The Beverly Hills Board of Education has voted to hire a law firm to conduct an independent review of its relationship with a for-profit summer sports camp for Beverly Hills High School athletes that is owned by the school's principal. The review came in response to an article in The Times that reported that the Beverly Hills Sports Academy, held on campus, is owned by Principal Carter Paysinger and operated by two school employees. The agreement was approved Tuesday evening on a 4-1 vote.
August 27, 2013 |
The hardest week of preseason practice is behind UCLA. The Bruins are days from their season opener against Nevada. "It's easier this week," Coach Jim Mora said. "You're actually focused on an opponent. " Last week was difficult. "The game is still on the horizon, it hasn't arrived yet," Mora said. "They're tired after two weeks of training camp. " Running back Jordon James said that last week was "definitely the dog days of camp. " This week, James said, "everyone is fired up. We've been in camp almost four weeks.
August 26, 2013 |
JERUSALEM -- In one of the most violent clashes in years between Israelis and Palestinians in the West Bank, Israeli security forces killed three Palestinians early Monday during a raid at the Qalandia refugee camp near Jerusalem. Palestinian medical officials said two others were in critical condition and 19 were wounded. All were shot in the chest and upper body, according to doctors at Ramallah Hospital. Israeli border police and soldiers entered the camp before dawn to make an arrest, prompting hundreds of Palestinians to riot against the operation by throwing rocks and Molotov cocktails, according to Israeli police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld.