July 5, 2012 |
The call came in mid-December. "We're giving you a full ride," said a man, who introduced himself as the vice president of admissions at Syracuse University. "Room and board, books included. " Lizardo Reyes, 18, froze. He quietly uttered "thank you," pocketed his cellphone and stood dazed in the one-bedroom apartment he shares with his mother, father and brother near Koreatown. "I didn't believe it until the official letter came in the mail," he said. "And it didn't truly hit me until about two weeks ago. " Lizardo, who graduated from Palisades Charter High School in June, said intense studying and volunteer work kept him away from drug use and gang activity, which, he says, were rampant in his neighborhood.
September 23, 2012 |
Joy and Andrew Giordano thought they could save their Baltimore home from foreclosure without any help. But in the end, they couldn't. To avoid foreclosure, the Giordanos applied twice to their lender for refinancing under the government's Making Home Affordable program. Twice they were turned down. "We were not getting the right information from our bank," said Joy Giordano, who had to close her advertising specialties business because of the economic downturn. "We did everything we were told to do. But each time, we were not approved because of this or not approved because of that.
December 24, 2002 |
A former counselor at the Boys Choir of Harlem Academy was sentenced to two years in prison for molesting a student. Frank Jones, 53, was convicted in November. He was accused of abusing the teenager, now 17, from 1998 to 2000. Jones was a counselor for more than 20 years at the academy, which has 500 students in grades four through 12 in academic and music programs.
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March 16, 2012 |
As R&B singer Millie Jackson performed at Hollywood Park Casino on Sunday night, Dwayne Alexander sat at the VIP table. So did singer Norwood Young, whom Jackson had also invited. Alexander had directed a concert documentary for Jackson in 2007. As an executive for Capitol/EMI in the 1980s, he had signed Young to his first record contract, but the men hadn't seen each other for a good while. "We acted like schoolboys all night," said Young in a telephone interview Thursday.
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January 30, 2004 |
A counselor at a North Hills middle school pleaded not guilty Thursday to charges of sexually molesting a young female relative more than a decade ago, prosecutors said. Herman Delarosa, 51, an employee of Sepulveda Middle School, was charged with 12 counts of forcible rape. Prosecutors said he molested the girl from 1988 to 1991. The alleged victim, now 30, reported the assaults to police this month. She allegedly was molested from ages 12 to 18, but because of a U.S.
October 24, 2013 |
As cold, precise and soulless as the diamonds that figure briefly in its plot, "The Counselor" is an extremely unpleasant piece of business. You could call it "Three Beheadings and No Funeral," but even that doesn't give an accurate idea of what you're in for. The film is ably directed by the veteran Ridley Scott and features a high-powered cast headed by Michael Fassbender, Penélope Cruz, Cameron Diaz, Javier Bardem and Brad Pitt, none of whom...