CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 22, 2012 |
Susan Kang Schroeder ticked off the facts of the case: A man bought a 5-year-old girl from Vietnam, used her as a sex slave for more than a decade and forced her to invite over friends whom he molested during sleepovers. "She was made to do every possible sex act," Schroeder said with a bluntness she honed as a prosecutor. But this wasn't a jury. It was the seven members of the Huntington Beach City Council. And if the aim of the Orange County district attorney's chief of staff was to grab their attention with the story of one of the county's most notorious pedophiles, it worked.
April 20, 2012 |
It's no coincidence that National Missing Children Day is observed May 25. The date marks the disappearance of Etan Patz, the young boy who vanished 33 years ago and is now the subject of an intense search by the FBI and local authorities in New York. FBI agents this week dug up the basement of a home in Manhattan's SoHo district in search of his remains. Etan, with his flowing hair and soulful eyes, captured the public's imagination, and his disappearance in 1979 changed the way the nation handles cases of missing children.
April 11, 2012 |
Child safety seats are difficult to properly install in cars, according to an insurance industry research group, because of the design of most passenger seats. Joint research conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety and the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute found that just 21 of 98 top-selling 2010 and 2011 model year vehicles have seat designs that are easy to use with child restraints. The low percentage was notable, considering that the auto industry is using a system called Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children - or Latch - that was intended to make it easier to install the safety seats.
September 16, 2011 |
Many preteens have dived into the expanding worlds of social networks and smartphone apps, but federal rules designed to protect their privacy are still in the era of Web portals and flip phones. Now, regulators want an update. The Federal Trade Commission on Thursday proposed tougher privacy protections for children younger than 13, broadening requirements covering the collection of personal information by websites and online apps, as well as how they obtain parental approval.
August 27, 2010 |
Long before Austin "Jack" DeCoster became a central figure in one of the largest egg recalls in history, he had paid more than $10 million in fines and suit settlements, his eggs were banned in one state and quarantined in another, and he was almost single-handedly responsible for new restrictions on child labor in his native Maine. He also was embraced by local governments in two states eager to reap the economic benefits of a large egg farm — even a rule-breaking one. Earlier this month, DeCoster's Wright County Egg farms in Iowa recalled 380 million eggs.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 6, 2010 |
Los Angeles County's top child welfare official pulled back Friday from her published comments in The Times that the department was suspending efforts to reduce the number of children in foster care. Trish Ploehn, director of the county Department of Children and Family Services, was quoted in an article Friday as saying the efforts would continue "only when I can assure everyone that the work we do results in safety for the child who is going home" to his or her family. After a flurry of criticism flooded her e-mail and voice mail, Ploehn issued a press release later in the day backing off those remarks.