June 13, 2013 |
Fannie Mae has fired the executive who headed its Irvine office amid a federal investigation into alleged kickbacks from real estate brokers. One former employee of the home-finance giant has been indicted on charges of soliciting illegal payments from a broker, and another former worker has alleged that such conduct was common at the office. Federal investigators are trying to determine whether the alleged corruption extended to other employees, according to two people with knowledge of the probe.
February 18, 2013 |
Two recent studies linking childhood television viewing to antisocial behavior and criminal acts as adults are prompting some pediatricians to call for a national boob tube intervention. A commentary published alongside the studies in the journal Pediatrics on Monday lamented the fact that most parents have failed to limit their children's television viewing to no more than one or two hours a day -- a recommendation made by the American Academy of Pediatrics. On average, preschool-age children in the United States spend 4.4 hours per day in front of the television, either at home or in daycare.
February 15, 2013 |
As part of a broader gun control plan he announced last month, President Obama said he will push Congress to fund research into the causes of gun violence - including, potentially, the role of entertainment. Researchers have been tackling the subject of links between violent entertainment and violent behavior for years, often coming to divergent conclusions. Here are a few intriguing findings: In a 2009 study called "Comfortably Numb," psychologists at the University of Michigan, Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam and Iowa State University found that exposure to violent media numbs people to the pain and suffering of others.
November 21, 2012 |
People diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder are more likely to commit crimes when they are not receiving medication, according to a study published Wednesday in the New England Journal of Medicine. Numerous studies have shown that ADHD is associated with an increase in criminal behavior, but it has remained unclear how medication use influences this equation after adolescence. The study, which followed 25,656 Swedish people diagnosed with ADHD from 2006 to 2009, is the largest such analysis of the long-term effects of ADHD treatment.
October 2, 2012 |
When teenagers engage in dangerous behavior, adults usually chalk it up to some innate fondness for risk - the thrill of an unsafe situation. But in fact, adolescents may be more risk-averse than adults, a new study has found. Their willingness to engage in risky behavior may have less to do with thrill-seeking per se than with a higher tolerance for uncertain consequences, researchers reported Monday. “Teenagers enter unsafe situations not because they are drawn to dangerous or risky situations, but rather because they aren't informed enough about the odds of the consequences of their actions,” said Agnieszka Tymula, a postdoctoral researcher at New York University and coauthor of a report detailing the study, in a statement.
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July 19, 2012 |
The City Hall park that was used - and some would say abused - byOccupy L.A.protesters last year reopened Thursday after a $1-million rehabilitation. With a smaller lawn and native succulents and salvias, the park will need one-third less water than it did before the demonstration, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa said, making it a "symbol of sustainability. " The mayor marked the reopening with a ceremony on the south lawn. But not everyone was invited. PHOTOS: City Hall park reopens A dozen Occupy protesters, who had been barred from entering by police, stood unhappily on the other side of a concrete and chain-link fence.