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December 4, 2013 | By The Times editorial board
Los Angeles County officials are scheduled to make their pitch Wednesday afternoon for $80 million in state bond funds to construct a new women's jail. It wouldn't be just any jail, but a "reentry facility" specifically designed to prepare female offenders to return to their communities, with ample space for therapy, substance-abuse programs, mental health treatment and education. It is, in concept, the right approach for inmates who will shortly be regaining their freedom and seeking to lead responsible and productive lives.
December 3, 2013 | Steve Lopez
The visits were two weeks apart. First, I toured the Men's Central Jail in downtown Los Angeles. And then, on a family trip to San Francisco last week, I visited Alcatraz, which is now a national park. One of the two old pens is hopelessly decrepit, with leaky pipes, bad wiring and a ridiculously outdated design. That would be the Men's Central Jail, which dates to 1963, the year Alcatraz ceased operating as a federal lockup. Alcatraz had its own problems as a prison, and its isolation was responsible for exorbitant operating costs.
December 3, 2013 | By Chris Foster
Football Coach Jim Mora, after being enticed by Washington, has decided to stay at UCLA with a sweeter deal. Mora received a contract extension from UCLA, plus promises to increase pay for his assistant coaches and a commitment to improve the program's facilities. Mora spoke with Washington officials Monday after Huskies Coach Steve Sarkisian was hired by USC. UCLA officials and Mora then discussed what would be required for him to remain in Westwood. "Jim Mora has established himself as one of the preeminent coaches in all of college football," UCLA Athletic Director Dan Guerrero said in a statement.
December 2, 2013 | By Chad Terhune
Two longtime rivals, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and UCLA Health System, are teaming up to open a 138-bed rehabilitation hospital in Century City, reflecting both the growing need for this specialty care and the pressure on hospitals to control costs. The unprecedented deal between two of the biggest names in Southern California healthcare is expected to be formally announced Tuesday. The two healthcare giants in West Los Angeles will jointly own the new hospital along with Select Medical Holdings Corp., a Pennsylvania healthcare company that runs rehabilitation facilities across the country.
November 26, 2013 | By Abby Sewell
Los Angeles County officials took steps Tuesday to speed up a $48-million plan to rebuild and modernize one of the county's probation camps for young offenders. Camp Kilpatrick, an aging 125-bed facility for juvenile offenders in Malibu, is slated to be torn down and reconstructed under a new design that probation officials said would allow them to implement a new "small group treatment" model. "I think when it's finished, Los Angeles will have a state-of-the-art facility, and people will be coming from across the nation to see how to do it right," said probation department Assistant Chief Don Meyer, who oversees the county's 13 probation camps and three juvenile halls.
November 23, 2013 | By Jessica Gelt
Most of the actors on the set of HBO's newest program, "Getting On," are over 70. The show, which premieres Sunday, takes place in the Billy Barnes Extended Care Unit of the beleaguered Mt. Palms hospital in Long Beach. Elderly women are cared for under sallow fluorescent lights among sanitized hues of beige and muted pink. The staff is at the breaking point thanks to the burdens of the healthcare bureaucracy. Doesn't that sound funny? If you take your comedy black, like your coffee, it's a laugh riot.
November 19, 2013 | By Kate Mather and Richard Winton
The man charged in a deadly shooting rampage at Los Angeles International Airport has been released from a local hospital and taken to a federal holding facility, law enforcement sources confirmed. The sources said Paul Anthony Ciancia, 23, was released from Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center on Monday and taken to the federal facility. He has not been scheduled for a court date. Authorities allege it was Ciancia who opened fire inside the airport the morning of Nov. 1, killing Transportation Security Administration Officer Gerardo I. Hernandez and wounding three others.
November 14, 2013 | By Paul Richter, This article has been corrected. See the note at the bottom for details.
WASHINGTON - Iran's new government has slowed expansion of its nuclear program almost to a halt since August, according to the United Nations nuclear watchdog agency, in what experts view as a strong signal of Tehran's desire to resolve a decade-long diplomatic standoff. A report released Thursday by the Vienna-based International Atomic Energy Agency provides the first independent evidence that President Hassan Rouhani, who was elected in June after promising to end the crisis, has essentially stopped new work at Iran's nuclear facilities, including enrichment of uranium and construction of the heavy-water reactor at Arak.
November 6, 2013 | By David S. Cloud
WASHINGTON - The Obama administration is in talks with Yemeni officials to set up a detention facility outside their capital to hold dozens of terrorism suspects from Guantanamo Bay and Afghanistan, U.S. and Yemeni officials say. The plan affects only Yemeni prisoners but is considered key to a renewed push by President Obama to close the prison camp built at the U.S. naval base in Cuba after the 2001 terrorist attacks, a vow he repeated this week....
November 1, 2013 | By Jack Leonard
A proposal to release a serial rapist to a home in the Antelope Valley has been thrown into doubt after the landlord withdrew his support for the move, authorities said Friday. The landlord's decision will likely delay but not stop the release of Christopher Hubbart, who was convicted of raping dozens of women before he was committed to a state mental facility nearly two decades ago as a "sexually violent predator," a prosecutor said. Santa Clara County Deputy Dist. Atty. Vonda Tracey said a state contractor would start the search for a different location in Los Angeles County after the landlord withdrew consideration for the home in Lake Los Angeles, an unincorporated county area east of Palmdale.
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