September 30, 2002
The California Board of Prison Terms is no nest of bleeding hearts. The eight men and women appointed by Gov. Gray Davis (one seat is vacant) will hold some 4,500 hearings this year for murderers, rapists and kidnappers who have served their minimum terms and have become eligible for parole. Board members, many of whom have law enforcement backgrounds, have no patience with the sob stories told by hardened felons or with their sniveling promises to live an honest life.
July 31, 2002
Gov. Gray Davis has little to gain and much to lose by paroling murderers. The political risk is obvious: He would look insensitive to victims' families. If the parolee later hurt someone, Davis would become a target for political rivals, as 1988 presidential candidate Michael S. Dukakis did when he was hammered by Al Gore and, later, the elder George Bush over the Willie Horton release. All that Davis stands to gain by paroling a truly deserving convict is a measure of integrity and courage.
August 3, 2002
Re "Davis' Parole Policy Raises Questions," July 30: In your article on Gov. Gray Davis' shortsighted parole policy you note that the reports to the Board of Prison Terms are completed by psychiatrists. In fact, in recent years virtually all reports are completed by licensed psychologists. At this time the California Department of Corrections is one of the largest, if not the largest, employers of psychologists in the world. A pilot program is underway for a panel of forensic psychologists to perform these evaluations systemwide to ensure standardized risk assessment and uniformity of result.
December 9, 1999
Musical Theater Tony Award-winning actor John Rubinstein will star in Meredith Willson's classic "The Music Man" at the Interact Theatre in North Hollywood for eight performances starting tonight. The show is a fund-raiser for the theater company's efforts to build its new venue. * "The Music Man" starring John Rubinstein, tonight and Friday, 8 p.m.; Saturday, 2 and 8 p.m., Interact Theatre Company, 11855 Hart St., North Hollywood. Also Dec. 17-19. $50. (818) 773-7862.
March 21, 1994 |
By the event's name, you'd suppose that the eighth annual Blues Harmonica Blowdown would be a lung-powered cutting contest, with laurels going to whoever was left standing after all the gusts had died down. But far from presenting the blues as a zero-sum game that tries to winnow the losers from the winners, the show on Saturday at the sold-out Strand suggested that blues music is an open door through which musicians of varying temperaments and styles are welcome to enter.
December 8, 1988 |
Whitmont League powers Bell Gardens and El Rancho each placed five players on The Times Southeast All-Star High School Football Team. The selections are a reflection of the successful seasons the two teams have had--Bell Gardens was league champion and finished 11-1, while El Rancho, league runner-up, is 11-2 and has reached the CIF Southern Section playoff finals. La Mirada and Warren each have three players on the team that was selected by sports writers based on a poll of coaches.
January 20, 1996 |
The Fabulous Thunderbirds are too tuff to die. Written off time and time again, the veteran roots-rock group is on the rebound once more with new personnel and a new, highly acclaimed album, "Roll of the Dice."
August 14, 1997 |
Rescue teams on foot and in boats on Wednesday searched for the bodies of 10 hikers caught in a flash flood that sent an 11-foot-high wall of water roaring down a deep and narrow sandstone canyon near Lake Powell in northern Arizona. The body of an unidentified woman was discovered shortly after the flood swept through the fabled 6-mile-long Antelope Canyon on Tuesday afternoon. Only one person, a guide from Los Angeles for a company called TrekAmerica, was found alive.