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May 8, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
A state judge suspended the criminal cases against 98 defendants in New Orleans over concerns they could not get adequate representation from the city's office for defending the indigent. Judge Arthur Hunter Jr. also ordered the release of 20 prisoners. The charges are not being dropped, he told dozens of defendants in his court, but until they get lawyers they won't be prosecuted.
April 27, 2007 | Susannah Rosenblatt, Times Staff Writer
Los Angeles County supervisors are urgently lobbying Congress this week to block a Bush administration proposal that some fear would strip millions of dollars from the five public hospitals that treat the county's poorest residents. County officials say the nation's second-largest public health system is in danger of losing $200 million a year in federal money under the president's cost-saving plan.
April 27, 2007 | Teresa Watanabe, Times Staff Writer
Fifteen years after the Los Angeles riots devastated parts of Koreatown, residents are still struggling with low wages, limited healthcare and substandard housing, according to a survey released Thursday. Some areas have undergone a face lift with fashionable new malls and luxury condos, and Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa's trip to South Korea last year helped secure $300 million worth of projects.
March 30, 2007 | Emi Endo, Newsday
Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg unveiled a novel $50-million program Thursday to pay New York families cash for taking steps to lift themselves out of poverty by keeping their children in school, staying healthy and earning more. Under the privately funded two-year pilot program, called Opportunity NYC, 2,500 families will earn rewards of $50 to $300 for meeting goals such as attending a parent-teacher conference, visiting the dentist or getting job training.
March 30, 2007 | Jenny Jarvie, Times Staff Writer
When Georgia instituted a statewide public defender system in 2005, human rights groups praised it as a milestone in ensuring that poor criminal defendants received their constitutional right to a fair trial. Until then, counties determined how indigent people would be represented. In some counties, the courts operated like assembly lines, with defendants pleading guilty after talking with their appointed lawyers for a few minutes.
March 30, 2007 | Mary Engel, Times Staff Writer
Los Angeles County received a $162-million federal grant Thursday for a three-year program to help low-income adults with no medical insurance manage chronic illnesses. The California Department of Health Services awarded grants to 10 counties for innovative approaches to improving the quality of care while reining in costs.
January 30, 2007 | Henry Chu, Times Staff Writer
A month after police unearthed 17 skulls and other bones in the backyard of a home in this New Delhi suburb, the horror hasn't faded. Two weeks ago, more than 40 plastic bags were fished out of a drainage ditch near the house, stuffed full of human remains. The grisly find was the latest evidence of one of the worst suspected cases of serial killing in Indian history, a string of brutal crimes that authorities fear may have included dozens of victims.
January 28, 2007 | Kathy M. Kristof, Times Staff Writer
Anna Escobedo Cabral knows what it is like to be poor. The 47-year-old treasurer of the United States grew up in San Bernardino. The eldest of five children, Cabral said her dad moved from job to job -- picking up garbage, working in the laundry room at a mental institution, toiling as a fry cook and finally as a chef. When she was 16, money was so tight that Cabral decided to drop out of high school and apply for full-time jobs to help support her family.
December 12, 2006 | Gregory W. Griggs, Times Staff Writer
Providing better assistance to indigents discharged from hospitals, teens transitioning from foster care and former jail and prison inmates reentering society are among the things Ventura County agencies can do to prevent homelessness and help end the problem within a decade, advocates said Monday.
December 7, 2006 | Susannah Rosenblatt, Times Staff Writer
It was small, what he came to see: just a humble metal marker in the dusty grass that read "1978." That's the year Lance Georgeson's father died, alone and unbeknownst to the family he had left long ago. And so his estranged son stood Wednesday morning -- in the acre-sized patch where Los Angeles County buries its unclaimed dead in common graves -- to finally say goodbye.
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