November 12, 2013 |
"Character is what you do when no one is watching. " It's a bit of a trite saying, attributed to coaches, motivational speakers and fortune cookie authors (by the way, whose idea was it for fortune cookies to replace predictions with treacly aphorisms from the "Successories" reject pile?). Still, the expression's popularity illustrates the power of the idea behind it. Character is what you do when the only controlling authority is your conscience. Because young people do not yet have fully formed characters, they often need incentives beyond exhortations to do the right thing.
November 12, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - The undercover FBI informant warned Pakistani immigrant Basit Javed Sheikh that it was not too late to back out. "You don't have to do it," he told Sheikh in a private Facebook message Oct. 17. But Sheikh, 29, a permanent U.S. resident living in central North Carolina, was adamant, according to a federal affidavit, telling the informant: "I'm serious" and "Akhi Wallahi!" - Arabic for "Brother, I swear to God!" Now Sheikh is under arrest on allegations of attempting to reach Syria to provide material support to Al Nusra Front, an Al Qaeda-affiliated group in Iraq that the U.S. deems a terrorist organization.
October 28, 2013 |
In the wake of his latest run-in with the law, it might be time to ask if TV needs to take a vacation from Chris Brown. A permanent vacation. The volatile singer was arrested and charged with felony assault on Sunday after allegedly punching a man -- and delivering a homophobic epithet -- outside a Washington, D.C., hotel. On Monday, Brown was released and the charge was downgraded to a misdemeanor. Brown deserves a fair hearing at trial, but we don't have to wait to conclude that he's already been attached to way too many seriously violent incidents before now. He's still on five years' probation from the 2009 assault case involving his then-girlfriend Rihanna, a case that sparked a national debate about domestic violence.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 10, 2013 |
Tens of thousands of spectators crowded sidewalks and rooftops last October as the space shuttle Endeavour crawled across the streets of Los Angeles and Inglewood, an overwhelming welcome home for the retired spacecraft. Two weeks later, when the California Science Center opened the shuttle to public view, attendance at the Exposition Park museum surged. In just a few months, more than 1 million people visited the Science Center, which had averaged roughly 1.6 million visitors per year prior to the shuttle's arrival.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 28, 2013 |
Veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder and other psychological diagnoses end up living in the streets because they're too disabled to seek help, advocates have long argued. The answer, they say, is permanent supportive housing, with medical, mental health and substance abuse treatment wrapped on-site around vets' residential complexes. Bureaucratic inertia and neighborhood opposition have stalled development of this type of housing, officials said. Now Los Angeles County, which has the most homeless veterans in the nation, has taken a step forward with a $48-million permanent supportive housing project called New Directions Sepulveda I and II in North Hills in the central San Fernando Valley.
September 27, 2013 |
On the Department of Veterans Affairs' two huge campuses in Los Angeles County, there are only two buildings slated to provide permanent housing for veterans with special needs: New Directions Sepulveda I and II in North Hills, which celebrate their grand opening Friday. And it took the developer 11 years, much of it spent clearing a vast amount of red tape, to complete them. As welcome as Sepulveda I and II are, they're also a depressing reminder of how hard it is to persuade the VA to do more on its own property for homeless vets.