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April 30, 2013 | By Tony Perry
A military appeals court Monday overturned the attempted-suicide conviction of a former Marine from Oceanside. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces ruled that the military did not prove that the suicide attempt of Pvt. Lazzaric Caldwell disrupted good order and discipline or brought discredit on the armed forces, conditions necessary for a finding of guilty. Caldwell had been diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder and depression. He slashed his wrists in 2010 while serving in Okinawa and was given six months in the brig and a bad-conduct discharge.
April 20, 2013
Re "'Willful defiance' in schools," Editorial, April 16 As a principal in the Los Angeles Unified School District, I have a few concerns about your editorial on suspension policy. The Times said that suspending kids from school rarely makes sense except in cases of safety. Yes, but students witnessing "willful defiance" must be able to see accountability. Teachers should provide homework for that student and have a day off from being treated with disrespect. How wonderful it would be to follow your suggestion of setting up special classrooms and school detention centers with tutors.
April 15, 2013 | By Robert Faturechi, Los Angeles Times
A commander in the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department was disciplined after his phone rang during a meeting with top brass. But it wasn't failing to put his phone on silent that raised eyebrows. It was the ring tone. Cmdr. Paul Pietrantoni, one of Sheriff Lee Baca's hand-picked jail reformers, was meeting with other top supervisors when his personal cellphone played "The Oriental Riff" - accompanied by a mock, stereotypical Asian voice saying: "Hello, you pick up phone, you pick up phone.
April 7, 2013 | By Susan Spano
Forget about learning the state capitals, at least, as the sum total of your knowledge of geography. "Geography is about meaning, not knowing place names and memorizing lists - that was school geography," said Daniel Edelson, vice president for education programs at the National Geographic Society in Washington, D.C. Say hello to the new geography. It runs your GPS unit, takes you on mobile-device-guided tours, helps you find and see hotel rooms before you book them. Want to calculate your estimated time of arrival, locate a nearby gluten-free restaurant, or find out whether it's raining in Río?
February 15, 2013 | By S. Irene Virbila
The current Wall Street Journal Magazine queries six luminaries on the topic of  discipline. Among those asked were designer Karl Lagerfeld, performance artist Marina Abramovic and London-based restaurateur and author of “ Plenty ” and “ Jerusalem ,” Yotam Ottolenghi . Here's what he had to say about discipline in the kitchen. "I don't think discipline applies to one single school of cooking. I don't think molecular gastronomy requires more discipline than rustic French cooking or mama's cooking in a Greek village.
February 5, 2013 | By Rebecca Trounson, Los Angeles Times
She was a star player of the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League , the pioneering women's league that kept baseball alive during World War II. When the league folded after the war ended, she, like other women players of the day, packed her groundbreaking history away, along with her glove, bat and baseball uniforms. But with the 1992 release of the hit film "A League of Their Own" about the short-lived women's league, Lavone "Pepper" Paire Davis, an All-Star catcher and gritty clutch hitter, was rediscovered, becoming a popular speaker and tireless promoter of women in professional sports.
February 1, 2013 | By Robyn Dixon, Los Angeles Times
SEGOU, Mali - In swirls of red dust along a highway on the edge of the desert, the military convoys push north, French and Malian army forces pressing their advantage as town after town has fallen from the grip of Islamic militants. Ancient, storied Timbuktu one day. Kidal, the last major militant stronghold, the next. As insurgents have fallen back, France has made clear its intent to wind down the military intervention it launched Jan. 11, when it appeared that even the capital, Bamako, might be at risk and that Mali could become the next failed state where Al Qaeda affiliates could take root and strengthen.
January 24, 2013 | By Anthony York and Evan Halper, Los Angeles Times
SACRAMENTO - Seeking to reclaim the state's identity as an innovator and engine of growth, Gov. Jerry Brown declared in a sweeping State of the State address that "California did the impossible" in emerging from financial crisis poised to lead again. Brown outlined a vision for the state Thursday in remarks that were equal parts history lesson, lecture and rhetorical flourish. It includes major investment in water and rail systems, more robust trade and an education structure free of regulations that crush creativity.
January 13, 2013
Two months ago, the state's legislative analyst delivered a familiar warning: The budget that the Legislature had approved in June, which was supposed to include a $948-million surplus, was actually heading toward a $1-billion shortfall because of lower-than-expected revenue and higher costs. It was the same kind of message the Legislative Analyst's Office has delivered midway through every fiscal year since the housing market collapsed in 2007 - a sure sign that budgets held together by chewing gum and baling wire were coming apart.
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