February 11, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - The Pentagon has agreed to expand benefits for gay and lesbian couples serving in the military, but officials continued to withhold equal access to base housing, healthcare and educational services. Leon E. Panetta, the outgoing secretary of Defense, signed an order Monday that permits same-sex partners and their dependents to use numerous family-oriented facilities and services on U.S. military bases, including recreation areas, counseling programs, school buses, child care and shopping exchanges.
February 6, 2013 |
An independent counsel has completed his review of the NCAA enforcement program and is expected to submit a report late next week. The college governing body called upon Kenneth L. Wainstein, former homeland security advisor to President George W. Bush, after the recent announcement of potentially severe misconduct by investigators in the long-standing University of Miami case. NCAA staff members allegedly paid the criminal defense attorney for Nevin Shapiro - a former booster at the center of the Miami scandal - to improperly obtain information for an investigation.
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February 4, 2013 |
Evelyn Freeman, a pioneer in the field of aging who in the twilight of her life helped people cope with the challenges of getting older, has died. She was 96. Freeman, who was the longtime director of the senior counseling program at what was then called the Center for Healthy Aging in Santa Monica, died Jan. 14 of old age at her Brentwood home, her close friend Antoinette O'Connor said. Freeman was instrumental in adapting peer counseling techniques for seniors facing the difficult issues of aging, such as losing loved ones, isolation and stress from chronic pain.
January 29, 2013 |
Tribune Co. has named Edward Lazarus, a former high-ranking Federal Communications Commission official and one-time federal prosecutor in Los Angeles, as its executive vice president and general counsel. Lazarus, 53, is the first key hire for Tribune's new chief executive Peter Liguori, who took office this month. Tribune, parent company of the Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune and KTLA-TV Channel 5, emerged from protracted bankruptcy proceedings Dec. 31 with new ownership and plans to redefine the Chicago-based company's leadership and direction.
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January 14, 2013 |
Before sunrise, a troubled 10-year-old Riverside boy quietly crept downstairs with a loaded revolver, held it at his sleeping father's head and, using two fingers, squeezed the trigger. That's not in dispute. Neither is this: The youngster will be a free man before his 23rd birthday, if not sooner. A Riverside County judge will make the difficult decision Monday about whether the boy, now 12, possessed the mental capacity to know it was wrong to kill his father, an abusive neo-Nazi activist.
December 31, 2012 |
Tailgating and mental health don't necessarily go together - unless you're living in Lady Gaga's world. On the coming leg of her Born This Way Ball tour, the singer will offer free counseling during the BornBrave pre-show, courtesy of the Born Brave Bus. "[I]t will be a fun tailgating experience for monsters to unite," Gaga said on her Facebook page. "At the BornBrave Bus you have access to professional private or group chats about mental health, depression, bullying, school & friends.
November 26, 2012 |
Univision Communications' top lawyer, C. Douglas Kranwinkle, is retiring after 12 years with the Spanish-language media giant, leaving the company without a corporate presence in its marquee market of Los Angeles. On Monday, the company said Kranwinkle will be succeeded by Jonathan Schwartz, who most recently served as general counsel of JPMorgan's Investment Bank. Schwartz will be based in New York. The move continues the consolidation of the media company's corporate functions on the East Coast. The company's headquarters are in New York, and its TV network operations and studios are located in Miami.
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November 23, 2012 |
SAN FRANCISCO - This is what it's like to be Ross Mirkarimi, the love-him-or-hate-him sheriff of San Francisco. Mayor Edwin M. Lee isn't talking to him. Women's advocates are considering a recall. A band of Mission District healers wants to restore him to spiritual health during a drumming and dancing commemoration of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Towards Women and Girls. Oh, and he probably won't get his gun back until he's off probation. It has been quite a year for Mirkarimi, starting with the revelation that he had grabbed his wife during a New Year's Eve fight, bruising her arm and leading to misdemeanor charges of domestic violence.
October 28, 2012 |
The Lakers were 0-8 in exhibition play, but Coach Mike Brown insists it's only a matter of time before players adjust to one another and his new Princeton offense. "Come January, in my opinion, I think this could be like a machine," he said. They averaged 18.6 turnovers per game while Kobe Bryant battled shoulder and foot injuries and Dwight Howard tested his surgically repaired back, but Brown won't fret about those turnovers, at least initially. "They're turnovers for the most part from guys trying to figure out the reads and hit guys that they think are open," he said.
October 23, 2012 |
Lamar Odom leaned forward at lunch, his eyes bright, a smile on his face, as he explained his thoughts about the inner peace he has found. Odom said it took some "spiritual and psychological counseling" to find the necessary resolve to gather himself. And he has embraced the process since becoming a Clipper again in June. "My focus is a lot stronger," Odom said. "I had to take care of myself mentally before anything else. "Because of life's burdens or anything that … didn't go my way or that hurt me, it started to weigh.