CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 19, 2013 |
An associate pastor at a church in Norwalk arrested on suspicion of sexually assaulting more than 20 female parishioners allegedly told his victims the sex acts were a necessary part of using "healing hands. " Jorge Juan Castro, 53, was arrested last Friday on allegations that during his eight years as associate pastor at Las Buenas Nuevas Church in Norwalk, he repeatedly sexually assaulted at least 20 parishioners. He told the alleged victims who questioned the sex acts that they were part of the faith-healing process, said L.A. County Sheriff's Capt.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 11, 2013 |
Months after much of organized labor fought hard to block his election as mayor of Los Angeles, Eric Garcetti tried to mend fences Wednesday with a call for solidarity with unions in their struggle for more jobs that pay middle-class wages. “Now more than ever, our fight must be for more than just jobs,” Garcetti told hundreds of union leaders at a national AFL-CIO convention in downtown Los Angeles. “It must be for good jobs - jobs that don't just pay rent, but that help you buy a home, jobs that don't just pay the bills, but that can send your children to college.” Maria Elena Durazo, the Los Angeles County Labor Federation leader who ran a major independent campaign against Garcetti in the May election, welcomed the mayor's remarks, saying unions were focused on the tasks ahead.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 6, 2013 |
They came to court on Friday hoping to put the "49th Street Massacre" behind them but knowing they never will. Sergio Marcial Sr. stepped to a lectern in a downtown Los Angeles courtroom and spoke of the grief he has suffered since the day, more than seven years ago, his 10-year-old son and 22-year-old younger brother were gunned down by gang members wielding AK-47 rifles outside the family home. His sister told the packed courtroom her family has "been scarred for life. " Marcial's wife wiped away tears, saying she would never see their slain son David graduate from school or celebrate the birth of his children.
August 29, 2013 |
Tens of thousands of volunteers in California gather regularly at local beach and coastal cleanups in an effort to reduce trash flows that contribute to the rising amount of marine debris. These efforts make a difference and help heighten civic awareness about keeping our beaches clean and healthy. But they cannot stem the tide of plastic pollution. To do that, we need to address the problem at its source. Such action will also be a major step toward lowering the high costs to California cities and taxpayers of dealing with this waste.
August 13, 2013 |
Yuan Yuan the giant panda and her new baby had a heart-melting reunion at Taipei Zoo that began with the cub swinging gently from her jaws and ended with the pair asleep in a heap on the floor. The female giant panda cub was born July 6, bright pink and tiny at about 6 1/2 ounces, according to the Taiwanese zoo. The cub, called Yuan Zai, is the first offspring of giant pandas Tuan Tuan and Yuan Yuan, who were given as a diplomatic gift to Taiwan by the Chinese mainland. The cub was "slightly injured" by her mother in the first days after her birth, reported the AFP, so zookeepers separated the infant and placed her in an incubator.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 12, 2013 |
SAN DIEGO -- Hannah Anderson has returned to California after the kidnapping ordeal her father described as "horrific. " "The healing process will be slow. She has been through a tremendous, horrific ordeal," Brett Anderson said at a press conference. Anderson urged the media to give his daughter her privacy. In interviews with law enforcement, the girl made it "very clear" that she is "a victim in every sense of the word," San Diego County Sheriff Bill Gore said. Shel is "doing as well as can be expected" for someone who was kidnapped and held for days against her will "from the time she left Boulevard to the time she was recovered in Lake Morehead," Idaho, Gore said.
August 11, 2013 |
The 1987 film "Ishtar" has long held a cultural status much larger than that of just a single movie, as shorthand for the utter worst, an epochal flop with audiences and critics alike and a huge financial bomb. Its air of failure has become all-encompassing, or as one of the songs featured in the movie put it, "Hello, Ishtar ... You're a state of mind. " The notorious reputation of "Ishtar" as too-expensive and no-good has long crushed the actual film. Last summer, the headline of a New York Times article on the box-office performance of "John Carter" declared "'Ishtar' lands on Mars," and just recently an angry investor railed against a string of summer flops at Sony by declaring it was putting out 2013 versions of "Ishtar.
August 1, 2013 |
A blue-ribbon commission on child protection, set to meet Thursday for the first time, was formed in response to the death earlier this year of 8-year-old Gabriel Fernandez of Palmdale after county Department of Children and Family Services workers missed or ignored warning signs and complaints that the boy was being regularly and severely abused. This week, county officials announced that they had taken steps to fire four workers involved in the Palmdale boy's case, and that others had received warning or reprimand letters.
July 18, 2013 |
X-rays taken this week showed that the broken bone in Peter Bourjos' right wrist hasn't fully healed, a setback that will delay the return of the center fielder by one or two more weeks. Bourjos, injured when he was hit by a pitch June 29, hoped to be back by the end of July, but he has been able to only throw and run; he hasn't picked up a bat. "It's better than it was, but it's still sore," Bourjos said Thursday. "The doctor looked at the X-rays and didn't see a whole lot of healing.
July 13, 2013 |
If you are looking for a spiritual experience at a spa, think about what spirituality means to you. "Spirituality means different things to different people," says Susie Ellis, president of the marketing company SpaFinder Wellness. "Today a spa treatment or a getaway with a spiritual component is often centered on helping people cope with record levels of stress and achieve inner peace or balance. " Here are some spots in Southern California that offer spirituality-related treatments.