CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 4, 2014 |
Los Angeles County supervisors agreed Tuesday to study the financial feasibility of recommendations made by the Blue Ribbon Commission on Child Protection reform. Their decision will allow staffers to determine the cost of the commission's interim proposals in time for a final report and more recommendations in April. In December, the commission released an interim report calling the county's child welfare system "dysfunctional" and in need of "fundamental change. " The commission began its work last summer to improve the county's child welfare system after the death of 8-year-old Gabriel Fernandez.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 2, 2014 |
At least two people were injured late Sunday when a vehicle rammed into a senior care center in Palms. The vehicle struck the convalescent home in the 3500 block of Overland Avenue about 10:30 p.m., according to the Los Angeles Fire Department. It was not immediately clear if the injured were resident. CBS 2 reported that the car had backed into the home and that responders found one person pinned under the vehicle. The driver also sustained minor injuries, the station reported.
December 15, 2013 |
LOVELOCK, Nev. - For years, school nurse Deborah Pontius came to work with nits to pick. On some days in this isolated central Nevada town, she'd actually sift through the hair of students found with live head lice. But something bigger bugged her: the district's policy of sending children home when they were infested with head lice - grayish-white insects that suck blood from the scalp and cause severe itching. Pontius saw stricken students miss weeks of school. A reentry ticket involved painstaking inspections, with parents required to prove that not a single hitchhiker resided on a child's head.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 11, 2013 |
Two weeks ago, Lance Holger Anderson gave his Christmas tree to a neighbor, telling her "we're not having Christmas this year. " The neighbor thought nothing of it until Wednesday, when deputies swarmed the apartment complex. Authorities allege that Anderson killed his ailing wife at their Canyon Country apartment, then took a cab to a North Hills nursing facility, where he fatally shot his near-comatose sister. Anderson then dropped the gun and patiently waited for officers to arrive, police said.
December 5, 2013 |
In 2009, I was sitting in my flat in New York on stand-by, playing Part No. 4 in yet another studio film. In the U.K. my career was healthy, but I was typecast and a little frustrated. An agent I'd just fired decided to dent my confidence by telling me that another hotshot agent had said of me, "I wish I'd gotten hold of Steve Coogan when he was 35. " I was nearly 44. I decided to experiment: I would ignore all the professional advice I was getting, like, "Steve, you need to be in a frat-boy comedy," and I would find a project and pursue it just because I wanted to. No advice, no market research, no focus groups - just something that spoke to me. I came across an article in the Guardian online titled "The Catholic Church Sold My Child.
November 24, 2013 |
I'm a stomach doc. I've seen thousands of patients, inside and out, for 25 years. I've done research, I've taught, I've been an administrator. And as the years rolled by, I've watched the healthcare industry begin to undo healthcare itself. It's complex, cumbersome and bureaucratic, and the bigger the practice or the clinic or the hospital and research facilities - like the universities I used to work at - the worse the problem. For a physician and his patient, the exam room visit is everything.