August 17, 2013 |
I openly admit that I am one of those people who is confused by how to manage my 401(k). Friends and family have tried to help. Financial self-help guides have become a perennial gift each Christmas. Last year, for example, I received a copy of “401(k) for Dummies” as a stocking stuffer. Turns I'm not alone. As The Times' reported Friday, a new survey by Charles Schwab finds that of the 1,000-plus people interviewed, “nearly half (46%) don't feel they know what their best investment options are and one-third (34%)
September 4, 2009 |
In 1971, Melvin Van Peebles scorched screens across America with "Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song," a surreal odyssey in which Van Peebles played a pimp on the lam after becoming involved in the killing of a brutal cop, emerging as a symbol of defiance of mythic proportions. It became a landmark film in the flowering of black independent cinema. Now, at a vigorous and sly-as-ever 77, Van Peebles returns to the screen with "Confessions of a Ex-Doofus-Itchy Footed Mutha," another surreal odyssey about a black man surviving countless misadventures, arriving at the conclusion that it has taken him 40 years to reach the age of 21. Ideally, "Confessions" should be screening along with "Sweetback" and will be best appreciated by those able to see it as a companion film.
August 23, 2013 |
It has been five years since a commission made up of prosecutors, defense lawyers, judges and others presented its startling report detailing holes in California's criminal justice system and making recommendations on how to mend them. One of the biggest problems the experts found was dozens of false confessions - assertions by people under interrogation that they had committed crimes when in fact they had not. The same panel reported that some jurisdictions, including some California counties and cities, had successfully responded to the surprisingly common phenomenon.
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April 14, 1988 |
John C. Holmes, the world's premier pornographic film star, sobbed as he sat in a steaming bathtub early one morning in July, 1981. Haltingly, Holmes confessed to his wife that he had played a central role in four brutal murders earlier that month in a drug dealers' hillside home in Laurel Canyon. "There's somebody out there who wants to kill me," Holmes told Sharon, his wife of 16 years. Frightened, she asked, "Why?" For a time, John Holmes was silent. Finally, he replied: "The murders . . .
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April 9, 1991
If you couple the beating of King with the court decision to condone coerced confessions, you can begin to see how the government's "success" in the Persian Gulf will translate into an equivalent domestic policy of overwhelming force. Wake up and smell the coffee, America. It is being brewed in a political sewer and it has that rich aroma of fascism. MICHAEL YEOMANS, Goleta
March 2, 2014 |
BEIJING - The headline news on state-run Chinese Channel 13 was juicy: A mining tycoon and 35 others had been charged with running a mafia-style enterprise in Sichuan province, gunning down enemies in the street, bribing people and operating an illegal casino. But viewers didn't have to just listen to police or prosecutors describe the evidence against the three dozen suspects: CCTV aired extensive clips of many of them, dressed in blue jailhouse jackets, admitting their misdeeds.