October 22, 2013 |
SPARKS, Nev. - He was dressed like any other student at Sparks Middle School: standard khaki pants and a Sparks sweat shirt. He was tall for a middle schooler, with dark, spiked hair, and he held a Ruger 9-millimeter semiautomatic handgun in his hand. The 12-year-old boy pointed the weapon at about 30 terrified students huddled in a corner near an outdoor school basketball court early Monday. He locked eyes with eighth-grader Omar Lopez, who was nearby. "You guys ruined my life, so I'm going to ruin yours," he told the group, Omar said.
October 19, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - The latest federal budget showdown has quickly set the stage for the next one, as Republicans and Democrats have just three months to craft a new agreement to avoid another shutdown crisis. This time, though, the parties come to the table with serious incentives to reach a deal. Both want to make changes to mandatory budget cuts that kick in next year, slicing into Pentagon accounts that Republicans want to protect, and domestic programs, such as Head Start early education classes, that Democrats favor.
October 11, 2013 |
BOSTON - With a giant "B Strong" logo mowed into the center-field grass at Fenway Park, there's no question the tragedy at this year's Boston Marathon still resonates in this city. The bombing that left three dead and many injured probably will be revisited again this weekend when the Red Sox play host to the Detroit Tigers in the American League Championship Series, which opens Saturday with Boston's Jon Lester facing Detroit's Anibal Sanchez. But as much as the Red Sox have used the "Boston Strong" campaign as a metaphor for their rags-to-riches season, Tigers pitcher Max Scherzer doesn't believe any town has a monopoly on finding inspiration from what transpired that day in April.
October 11, 2013 |
UCLA Health encourages a little goofing off on company time. But inefficiency is the last thing on the agenda. At least three days a week, employees from 10 departments at UCLA Health facilities gather as the music gets cranked up for a 10-minute workout. It's called Bruin Break, an adaptation of the "instant recess" initiative developed to motivate "mouse potatoes" by the late Dr. Antronette Yancey, a UCLA public health professor. One recent morning, physical therapists, administrative staff, the lift team (as in lifting patients)
October 9, 2013 |
Ed Orgeron made sure USC players watched specific video this week in preparation for Thursday night's game against Arizona. USC's interim coach wanted no misunderstanding about his expectations. To make his point, Orgeron ordered clips that focused on Trojans players making plays on the field and rocking the sideline during the heyday of the Pete Carroll era. "He was showing us former USC teams and how much fun they used to have," senior safety Josh Shaw said. "From the locker room, to walking down the tunnel, to on the field.
October 4, 2013 |
WASHINGTON -- As lawmakers on Friday praised the actions of the Capitol police, authorities were still trying to determine what prompted a woman to lead police on a car chase through the nation's capital, ending with her fatal shooting outside the Capitol building. Police say Miriam Carey, 34, drove up against a barricade at the White House on Thursday and then sped to Capitol Hill before being shot to death. Her 1-year-old daughter was in the car with her but was not harmed. Capitol police said the girl was in protective custody.
October 2, 2013 |
Surely, someone eventually would reveal what was wrong with center Anze Kopitar after the Kings lost in the playoffs to the Chicago Blackhawks. Perhaps his perplexing scoring slump had to do with a recurrence of the knee injury that sidelined him at the start of the year. Or maybe it was an issue with his hand, or his shoulder, or a wrist, all areas where a player needs to be strong in order to handle the puck … something, anything to explain why the Kings' perennial leading scorer came up dry at the most important time of year.
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September 25, 2013 |
In an auditorium in eastern China, Hacienda La Puente school board member Joseph Chang posed for a photograph with 15 students who planned to spend their senior year at Wilson High. Wearing a black suit and red tie, a beaming Chang was surrounded by teenagers whose parents would shell out tens of thousands of dollars for a year of secondary education in Hacienda Heights, ideally followed by a top American university. Also at the school that day in August 2012 was Norman Hsu, a former school board member who now works for Bela Education Group, a private company that recruits Chinese students to study in the Hacienda La Puente Unified School District.
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September 20, 2013 |
More than a dozen detectives are investigating a shooting in a tony Encino neighborhood that left an 80-year-old man dead Thursday morning, Los Angeles police officials said. Harvey Cohen died at a hospital after suffering a single gunshot during a possible home invasion in the 5300 block of Andasol Avenue, KTLA reported. Cohen's wife heard a noise early Thursday and went downstairs and found her husband lying on the floor, according to KTLA. Cohen had apparently confronted the suspect as he entered his home about 2:30 a.m., police said.
September 20, 2013 |
If lawyers are forbidden to remove prospective jurors based on their race or gender, they shouldn't be able to do so on the basis of the jurors' sexual orientation. That's the rule in California state courts, and this week the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals was asked to rule that it should apply in federal trials as well. We agree that all courts should treat sexual orientation in this setting in the same way they do race and gender. But that won't address the underlying problem, which is that it is easy for lawyers to conceal discriminatory motives for so-called peremptory challenges of prospective jurors.