September 22, 2009 |
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 |
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.
August 2, 1999 |
"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.
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.
February 23, 2011 |
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.
March 11, 2012 |
Later this month, preliminary hearings are scheduled to begin for two Fullerton police officers in the beating death of Kelly Thomas, an Orange County homeless man. We all need to pay attention. It would be easy to conclude that Thomas was homeless by choice because he refused to take medication to treat a range of symptoms that had been diagnosed as schizophrenia. But things are more complex than that. I myself have never been truly homeless, but I have refused mental healthcare on many occasions, often when I was at my most vulnerable.