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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 5, 1992
As the trial of suspected serial arsonist John L. Orr approaches, his attorney has moved to quash two key pieces of evidence: Orr's fingerprint, found on a fire-setting device, and the Glendale fire captain's unpublished novel. Douglas McCann said he also plans to seek an independent psychiatric review to find whether his client, Glendale's chief arson investigator, possesses an arsonist's mental and emotional profile.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 6, 1992
The retired judge investigating allegations of brutality by Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies hired a psychologist Wednesday to assist him in the probe. Retired Superior Court Judge James G. Kolts said that Fred Loya Jr. will prepare a psychological evaluation of recruitment and training practices of the Sheriff's Department. Loya, who will be paid $75 an hour, is a former assistant professor of psychology at UCLA.
MAGAZINE
June 5, 1994 | Ann Japenga, Ann Japenga is a contributing editor for Health magazine. Her last story for this magazine was "Grunge R Us," a lament for the disappearing counterculture
Patients walk into Peter Breggin's office and lay their diagnoses on the couch: They're depressed. They're anxious. They're sure they have a measurable, palpable illness, with shape, substance, gravity, consistency. "A little boy came in with his parents and I asked him: 'Do you know why you're here?' " Breggin says. " 'Yes. I'm here because you're the doctor who doesn't believe I should take Ritalin for my ADHD (attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder).'
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 24, 1991 | SHERYL STOLBERG, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Following the recent arrests of two Los Angeles County foster mothers--one of whom allegedly killed the toddler she cared for--the head of the county's child welfare agency is proposing that all potential foster parents undergo psychological testing and receive mandatory training in child care.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 7, 1989 | ERIC LICHTBLAU, Times Staff Writer
A confidential report recommends that Sheryl Lynn Massip be confined to a psychiatric institution for at least 6 months to evaluate whether she has recovered from a psychotic illness that contributed to the killing of her infant son, officials said Monday. The report, completed last week by county health officials, will help Superior Court Judge Robert R.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 15, 1994 | ANNA CEKOLA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A judge ordered an Orange woman, charged with torturing and abusing her 10-year-old nephew, to undergo psychiatric testing after her lawyer contended Friday that she is incapable of standing trial. * The action came after Cynthia Medina pleaded not guilty to the charges against her in the county's first child-torture case. Criminal proceedings against the 31-year-old woman in Municipal Court in Santa Ana will be halted until the questions of her mental capability are resolved in Superior Court.
NEWS
June 30, 1990 | TERRY PRISTIN and SANTIAGO O'DONNELL, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
An incendiary device used to ignite a fire in Santa Barbara that claimed one life and more than 500 homes has been shipped to a laboratory for fingerprint testing, but investigators said Friday they are not "even close" to finding the arsonist responsible for the most destructive Southern California blaze in at least three decades. "We don't have a person or a car we can focus on right now," said Thomas E. Buckley, a U.S.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 8, 1990 | DAVID FERRELL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The long-playing, woe-filled ballad of Beach Boy Brian Wilson's return from mental illness and substance abuse took a bizarre turn on Monday as Wilson's cousin filed a court petition claiming that the rock singer has been "brainwashed" by a former psychologist who has taken control of Wilson's recording enterprises.
NEWS
March 14, 1988 | JESSE KATZ, Times Staff Writer
When Ken Hammond took over as Indio's new fire chief last year, he inherited the common woe of an overworked, underbudgeted department. But instead of appealing to voters or the City Council for more funds, he sought help from a far more unlikely source: a psychologist. As part of the remedy, Hammond and 11 of his top officers took a personality quiz designed to identify their behavioral styles and show them how to work more efficiently as a team.
SCIENCE
February 8, 2007 | John Johnson Jr., Times Staff Writer
NASA announced a review of its screening process Wednesday after the arrest of astronaut Lisa Marie Nowak this week in Florida on charges of assault and attempted murder. Under the space agency's recruitment process, astronaut candidates undergo a battery of behavioral tests and are interviewed by a psychologist and a psychiatrist before being selected. Only 0.7% of candidates are chosen.
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