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March 9, 1998 | GREG KRIKORIAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
His crimes were repugnant and the evidence against Howard Davis Jr. of Woodland Hills was so overwhelming that neither his attorney nor his family ever disputed his involvement in sexual assaults on five females, including a 10-year-old girl. But before and after the portly son of a retired cop was sentenced to 338 years in prison, those who stood by him still maintained he was innocent. He may have been involved in the attacks, they said. But he didn't commit them.
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January 29, 2011 | Patt Morrison
Cartoons about mental health cover Elyn R. Saks' office door at USC. Not funny, you say? Oh yeah? Panel one: drowning man yelling to his collie, "Lassie, get help!" Panel two: Lassie, on the couch in a shrink's office. Saks deserves her laughs. The lawyer and law professor, author, MacArthur "genius" grant winner and head of USC's Saks Institute for Mental Health Law, Policy and Ethics has been on that couch -- and has probably hidden under it. Her book about life as a schizophrenic, "The Center Cannot Hold: My Journey Through Madness," is as ferocious and droll as Saks herself.
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OPINION
January 29, 2011 | Patt Morrison
Cartoons about mental health cover Elyn R. Saks' office door at USC. Not funny, you say? Oh yeah? Panel one: drowning man yelling to his collie, "Lassie, get help!" Panel two: Lassie, on the couch in a shrink's office. Saks deserves her laughs. The lawyer and law professor, author, MacArthur "genius" grant winner and head of USC's Saks Institute for Mental Health Law, Policy and Ethics has been on that couch -- and has probably hidden under it. Her book about life as a schizophrenic, "The Center Cannot Hold: My Journey Through Madness," is as ferocious and droll as Saks herself.
SCIENCE
September 22, 2009 | Thomas H. Maugh II
A Los Angeles artist who specializes in incorporating found objects into his pieces and a USC law professor whose own battle with schizophrenia has informed her advocacy for those suffering from mental illness are among the 24 winners of this year's "genius" grants from the MacArthur Foundation. Mark Bradford, Elyn Saks and 22 other winners will each receive $500,000 over the next five years to spend any way they please. For Bradford, 47, the MacArthur award is the third major prize he has received in the last three years.
SCIENCE
September 22, 2009 | Thomas H. Maugh II
A Los Angeles artist who specializes in incorporating found objects into his pieces and a USC law professor whose own battle with schizophrenia has informed her advocacy for those suffering from mental illness are among the 24 winners of this year's "genius" grants from the MacArthur Foundation. Mark Bradford, Elyn Saks and 22 other winners will each receive $500,000 over the next five years to spend any way they please. For Bradford, 47, the MacArthur award is the third major prize he has received in the last three years.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 15, 2003 | Zeke Minaya, Times Staff Writer
In a trial that tests the definition of deviant behavior, the lawyer for a former Newport Beach youth recreational leader accused of molesting several preteen boys hopes to convince a jury that his client's behavior is not criminal, just strange. Trenton Veches is charged with 25 felony counts of lewd acts with minors. Almost all the charges stem from incidents in which the 32-year-old after-school program supervisor sucked the toes of two dozen boys ages 8 to 11.
HEALTH
August 2, 1999 | PETRA BRANDO
"Cursing at the Sun," a documentary on mental illness by Petra Brando, an attorney who graduated last year from USC Law School, will be screened Thursday in the Los Angeles City Council Chambers for city leaders, mental health workers and organizations that provide care. The documentary is scheduled to air simultaneously on Channel 35, the city's cable channel outlet, at 1 p.m.
OPINION
September 13, 2007
Re "A secret life of madness," Column One, Sept. 10 My deepest respect goes out to Elyn Saks for finding the courage to share her private life. Many who suffer from mental illness are reluctant to face their problems or to seek help because of the social stigma attached to being labeled as such. What a shame that we are so frightened by the idea of mental illness that we ostracize those in need, when the truth is that we are all susceptible.
NEWS
February 23, 2011 | By Shari Roan, Los Angeles Times
Schizophrenia is a severe, complicated illness. There are no obvious explanations for what causes the condition, which causes hallucinations and delusions. Genes are known to play a big role. The condition is often clustered in families. Scientists announced a significant step in understanding the genetics of the disease this week. A large nationwide consortium of scientists led by Jonathan Sebat of UC San Diego has identified a gene mutation that is strongly linked to the disorder.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 4, 2014 | By Carolyn Kellogg
The L.A. Times Festival of Books announced on Tuesday the names of the hundreds of authors who will  participate in the annual event. Taking place at USC, the Festival of Books is one of the largest literary festivals in the U.S., attracting more than 150,000 attendees. The 2014 Festival of Books will be held April 12 and 13. On stages, in theaters and in classrooms, authors and others engage in discussions about books with one another and audiences, followed by book signings.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 9, 1998 | GREG KRIKORIAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
His crimes were repugnant and the evidence against Howard Davis Jr. of Woodland Hills was so overwhelming that neither his attorney nor his family ever disputed his involvement in sexual assaults on five females, including a 10-year-old girl. But before and after the portly son of a retired cop was sentenced to 338 years in prison, those who stood by him still maintained he was innocent. He may have been involved in the attacks, they said. But he didn't commit them.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 7, 2012 | By Yvonne Villarreal, Los Angeles Times
For eight seasons, Eric McCormack played jovial gay lawyer Will Truman on NBC's "Will & Grace," a man surrounded by voices competing for his attention: his neurotic roommate Grace, his flamboyantly peppy friend Jack and boozy socialite sidekick Karen. His latest TV role one-ups the babble: In TNT's new summer drama"Perception," premiering Monday, McCormack stars as Dr. Daniel Pierce, a scruffy neuroscientist and professor who helps the federal government solve difficult cases with the help of his own multiple voices.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 13, 2012 | By Phil Willon, Los Angeles Times
A San Bernardino County jury Wednesday rejected a controversial "Zoloft" defense presented by a former Westminster police detective accused of kidnapping and raping a waitress in 2010, finding the defendant guilty of all eight charges. Anthony Nicholas Orban's attorney acknowledged from the outset that his client attacked the woman, but argued that the former detective was rendered mentally "unconscious" by a powerful dose of the prescription antidepressant and was not responsible for his actions.
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