CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 25, 2011 |
Ryan Ramos' 6 a.m. routine used to consist of the usual: a shower, breakfast, then a walk to the bus stop. But now, the 14-year-old eighth-grader has another activity: punching an identification code into a cell phone-size GPS device. Five times a day ? when he wakes up, when he gets to school, after lunch, after school and at 8 p.m. ? Ramos is required to enter his code into the machine. If he's not where he's supposed to be, the GPS provides a way to find him. Ramos and 31 other students in the Anaheim Union High School District are participating voluntarily in what some consider a cutting-edge solution to the age-old problem of truancy.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 14, 2011 |
In their ongoing battle against the city's entrenched gangs, Los Angeles prosecutors and police increasingly have relied in recent years on a favorite legal weapon: court-ordered injunctions. The injunctions aim to severely curtail gang activity by, among other things, prohibiting gang members and their associates from socializing with each other, carrying weapons or wearing certain clothing anywhere inside of so-called "safe zones" that typically encompass the neighborhoods where the gangs are active.
February 1, 2011 |
The push to topple Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak veered toward a pivotal confrontation as organizers appealed for a million compatriots to flood the streets of Cairo on Tuesday and brushed aside the appointment of new government ministers as meaningless. The rallying call for a massive protest march was issued as the largest crowds yet thronged iconic Tahrir, or Liberation, Square in the heart of the capital. The action could force Egypt's powerful army to choose sides: Either take violent measures to quell the unrest, or acknowledge through inaction that anti-Mubarak passions have become too great to contain.
January 31, 2011 |
Egypt's military moved more aggressively Sunday to take control over parts of the capital, but the sixth day of unrest ended with increasing questions about how much longer President Hosni Mubarak could withstand calls for his resignation, including an electrifying demand from opposition leader Mohamed ElBaradei that he step down to "save the country. " Just hours after fighter jets buzzed overhead and a column of tanks tried to enter Cairo's central Tahrir Square, thousands of protesters defied a government-imposed curfew to gather in a peaceful nighttime demonstration that culminated in the dramatic appearance by ElBaradei.
January 29, 2011 |
Egyptian protesters defied a government-imposed curfew for a second night and lawlessness spread across Cairo as police backed off from confrontations in most areas of the capital, allowing thousands of demonstrators free rein through the city center. On the fifth day of growing unrest by demonstrators demanding the ouster of President Hosni Mubarak, the embattled leader named a vice president for the first time in his 30-year reign, a sign that he would continue to resist the popular uprising's call for his resignation.
January 28, 2011 |
Saying he remains devoted to protecting Egypt, a defiant President Hosni Mubarak vowed to change his Cabinet to help bring social, economic and political reforms to the country, but defended his security forces' crackdown on anti-government protesters. Mubarak called the protests, which seek his ouster after three decades in power, part of a plot to destabilize Egypt and destroy the legitimacy of his regime. "I take responsibility for the safety of this country and the citizens," Mubarak said in a televised address.
December 16, 2010 |
After nine days in jail, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange was granted bail Thursday in a politically charged case concerning alleged sex crimes in Sweden. A high-court judge in London upheld an earlier decision to allow Assange to remain free while he fights extradition to Sweden, where authorities want to question him over allegations of molestation, unlawful coercion and rape stemming from encounters he had with two women in August. Assange, 39, can now swap what his lawyer calls the "Dickensian conditions" of a south London jail for the tony comforts of a country mansion owned by a friend, where the high-court judge agreed that he could stay while out on bail.
December 9, 2010 |
The Times' Nov. 23 editorial on local municipalities imposing beach curfews was well intentioned but misinformed. While recognizing fundamental public beach access rights and acknowledging that allowing local governments unilateral discretion over beach closures ? which the California Coastal Commission opposes -- is not a good idea, the editorial the commission's historic approach to dealing with this issue. The Commission is always concerned about public safety issues and takes them into careful consideration when reviewing locally imposed access restrictions.
November 24, 2010
Dignity amid tragedy Re "Kneeling again next to RFK," Column, Nov. 21 Thanks to Steve Lopez for his moving column on Juan Romero. May it stand as a reminder that no matter how many draconian Arizona laws or Proposition 187s pass, you cannot take away the human dignity of those who are here to work and make a living. It must bring the Kennedy family some solace that in that horrible moment, on the cold floor of that pantry, there was someone of conscience to comfort Robert F. Kennedy in the only way he could.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 18, 2010 |
The California Coastal Commission is taking aim at beach curfews established by cities up and down the coast, saying they are illegal without state approval and that people have a right to be on the sand whenever they want. The first major battle is brewing in Los Angeles, where the coastal agency has told the city that its longstanding midnight-to-5 a.m. curfew barring the public from beaches, piers and oceanfront parks from Will Rogers State Beach to Cabrillo Beach violates the state Coastal Act and must be relaxed.