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March 8, 2013 | By Kim Murphy, Los Angeles Times
SEATTLE - Problems with combat stress in soldiers have escalated so rapidly that the Army has doubled its behavioral health workforce over the last five years and still needs to hire more help, according to a nationwide review of the military's troubled system for handling the mental wounds of war. The review, released Friday, said about 4% of those returning from combat come home with behavioral health problems. In seeking help, they face a confusing array of programs, inconsistencies in training for mental health workers and gaps in mental health records because of uncoordinated record-keeping systems.
March 1, 2013 | By Paige St. John, This post has been updated. Please see below for details.
SACRAMENTO -- California's growing trouble with sex offenders removing their GPS monitors now involves an alleged murder. A convicted sex offender with a history of repeated arrests for ditching his state-mandated GPS tracker is accused of killing his 76-year-old grandmother, Racheal Russell. Her body was found Tuesday in a wheelbarrow in the backyard of her Stockton home. Stockton police say Sidney Jerome DeAvila, 39, was arrested in a nearby park several hours later. California has issued some 3,400 arrest warrants for state parolees accused of disabling or removing their GPS ankle monitors since the penalty for such violations was greatly reduced in October 2011.
February 28, 2013
Is Scott Weiland still the frontman of Stone Temple Pilots? Depends on whom you ask. Early Wednesday, the other three members of that grunge-era holdover - guitarist Dean DeLeo, bassist Robert DeLeo and drummer Eric Kretz - released a tersely worded statement declaring that they had "officially terminated Scott Weiland. " The firing came after what Rolling Stone recently described as "a rocky period" for the band, which, following a lengthy break, reunited in 2008 and toured heavily in support of a self-titled 2010 album.
February 27, 2013 | By Joe Flint
Concerned about a backlash against violent television shows and movies in the wake of several high-profile mass shootings, the entertainment industry is rolling out an advertising campaign it hopes will keep lawmakers off its back. The goal of the initiative is to inform parents about the "many tools that can help them manage what their children see on television and at the movies. " Among the groups backing the effort are the Motion Picture Assn. of America, National Assn. of Broadcasters, the National Assn.
February 15, 2013 | By Phil Willon, Los Angeles Times
A Riverside County judge on Friday postponed the sentencing of a 12-year-old boy found guilty of shooting his neo-Nazi father in the head while he slept on his living room couch. Superior Court Judge Jean P. Leonard said she needed more information from the probation department about the youth's mental health and more time to allow officials to complete an education assessment. She rescheduled sentencing to March 1. Leonard could send the boy to a juvenile detention facility run by the state Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation or to a less restrictive institution, such as a facility in Indio run by the Riverside County Department of Probation.
February 15, 2013 | By Michael A. Memoli
WASHINGTON -- Lakers forward Metta World Peace lent his star power - and his personal story - to a Los Angeles congresswoman's effort to fund mental health services in schools. Just don't ask him to auction off any more championship rings. “I kind of wish I hadn't,” he joked at a news conference near the steps of the U.S. Capitol on Friday. World Peace, formerly known as Ron Artest, spoke about his own issues with mental health and the critical role that treatment had played in his life, in support of legislation from Rep. Grace F. Napolitano (D-Norwalk)
February 8, 2013 | By Steven Zeitchik
The last time David O. Russell went to the White House, to screen “Three Kings” for Bill Clinton in 1999, he brought his 5-year-old son Matthew. Russell didn't fully know it then, but a world  of struggle loomed for the boy, who grappled with emotional difficulties for much of his childhood and adolescence. Those challenges also awaited the director, who felt acutely the frustrations of raising a son with behavioral issues. Russell was back at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. on Thursday, making the trip to visit Vice President Biden with his star Bradley Cooper.
February 5, 2013 | By Mary MacVean
There is oh, so much publicity about fish oil pills, calcium and vitamin D - let alone the many more unusual dietary supplements. Are Americans persuaded? About half of U.S. adults use dietary supplements, and less than a quarter of the people who take them do so at the advice of a healthcare professional, according to a survey of almost 12,000 people in 2007 to 2010 published in the Journal of the American Medical Assn. Americans spent more than $30 billion on supplements in 2011.
February 5, 2013
One of the standard criticisms of programs to unburden California's overcrowded network of prisons and county jails is that crime will increase as more felons are released on parole and more lower-level offenders are put on probation instead of being sent to jail. The argument goes that inmates are criminals by definition and we can expect them to commit more crimes when they are freed. And if that's the case, we can expect arrest records to show that parolees and probationers make up a huge portion of the population of people arrested for new crimes.
February 4, 2013 | By Kim Murphy
JOINT BASE LEWIS McCHORD, Wash. - With suicides in the Army reaching another record in 2012, Army Secretary John McHugh said Monday he is reviewing recommendations from a study of soldier behavioral health evaluations and intends to adopt mental health “resilience” training for all soldiers. McHugh said he was not ready to announce the results of the behavioral health review - launched after several troubled soldiers at the Madigan Army Medical Center here complained that their post-traumatic stress disorder diagnoses were downgraded by a forensic psychiatric team.
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