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January 31, 2012 | By Maura Dolan, Los Angeles Times
Criminal defendants who are sane enough to be tried for a crime may nevertheless be too mentally ill to act as their own lawyers, the California Supreme Court decided unanimously Monday. In rejecting an appeal from a man denied the right to represent himself, the state high court said judges may insist that defendants be represented if they suffer from "a severe mental illness to the point where [they] cannot carry out the basic tasks" needed to mount a defense. But Justice Ming W. Chin, writing for the court, warned judges to apply the standard cautiously.
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ENTERTAINMENT
January 29, 2013 | By Meredith Blake
Bob Costas found himself at the center of controversy in December after expounding about guns during halftime on  “Sunday Night Football.” He quickly became the enemy of 2 nd Amendment purists across the country, and has since made pains to qualify his brief remarks regarding the murder-suicide of NFL player Jovan Belcher and girlfriend Kasandra Perkins. But, as Costas made clear Monday on “The Daily Show,” he's not about to keep quiet about guns, especially in the wake of the Sandy Hook massacre.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 30, 2002
A jury found Tuesday that a pyromaniac was sane when he set a drunken man on fire in 1997. Jose Manuel Carranza, 22, of Sylmar faces 30 years to life for first-degree murder and arson. He killed Luciano Olmeda, 45, on May 18, 1997. If found insane, he could have been sent to a mental hospital, possibly for life.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 26, 2013 | Steve Lopez
I got into a minor fender-bender once near downtown Los Angeles and suggested to the other driver that we pull off the highway and deal with the matter on a safer city street. She said OK, then disappeared. Was she uninsured, or maybe unlicensed? It wouldn't be surprising. A national study by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety found that unlicensed drivers are much more likely to leave the scene of an accident. And the California Department of Motor Vehicles recently reported that unlicensed drivers are three times as likely to cause a fatal crash as licensed drivers.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 4, 1990
By voting YES on Measure Z, Fullerton citizens can have a direct impact on improving the safety of the community. By approving Measure Z, Fullerton can align itself with 23 other Orange County municipalities, including four of its neighboring cities, and ban the sale and use of what the fireworks industry and its lobby would like us to call "safe and sane" fireworks. Unfortunately, there is no such thing as "safe" fireworks--especially here in drought-plagued Orange County. The devices we are talking about are incendiary devices capable of causing ignition of gasoline tanks, wood-shingle roofs and dry grass and foliage.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 27, 2003
I take issue with the statement by philosopher Lou Marinoff that philosophical counseling is "therapy for the sane" ("The New Insight," by Bettijane Levine, Sept. 23). The implication is that those in therapy are not "sane." In my experience as a practicing psychotherapist, people in therapy are among the sanest in the world. They exert great effort, sometimes at great monetary expense, to confront their fears and to change in order to be the best they can be. Jane Bolton Culver City
ENTERTAINMENT
May 20, 1990
I commend Public Enemy in their choice of African-American scholars who can inspire them in a consciousness of their history and heritage. It is good that the young rappers realize the need for a solid cultural grounding from which to approach adult lives that demand a well-rounded world view. Welsing, as well as Minister Louis Farrakhan, provides sane objective counsel. DAIMA WHITE Compton
TRAVEL
March 29, 1998
Regarding "Too Old to Rent an Auto?" (Travel Insider, March 8): I'm not worried about being too old to drive in Europe. I'm worried about driving at all. Having only been to Europe about half a dozen times, I wonder why anyone encourages sane, American drivers to take to the roads in Europe. European drivers are motivated only by aggression. Maybe I'll miss a few sights, but I'll take the train. DONALD J. SINEX Huntington Beach
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 14, 1985
People tend to slant the truth to fit their particular beliefs--even editors. In reference to your editorial "It's Not Sane, It's Not Safe" (June 30), you say that in 1983 a youth lost a finger knuckle and toe. A man lost part of a hand. The list could go on and on. You don't lose these things to sparklers and snakes (legal fireworks) but to illegal ones such as firecrackers and cherry bombs. And illegal these latter type should be. Get your facts straight before trying to form public opinion.
OPINION
June 17, 2004
"Hahn Opens the Door to Scaled-Back LAX Plan" (June 11) once again mentions Los Angeles City Councilwoman Cindy Miscikowski's instrumental role in negotiating an acceptable compromise between the mayor and City Council over changes to Los Angeles International Airport. It seems that the councilwoman is growing nicely into her job and has a promising future ahead of her as a much-needed force for the sane working out of differences in local government, right? Wrong. Term limits: Los Angeles' guarantee that experience on the job shall not be tolerated.
OPINION
August 26, 2012 | Nathan Lean, Nathan Lean is editor in chief of AslanMedia.com. He is the author of "The Islamophobia Industry: How the Right Manufactures Fear of Muslims."
On Friday, a Norwegian court ruled that Anders Behring Breivik, who mowed down 77 people in a bombing and shooting rampage in Oslo in July 2011, was sane. It was a verdict that many had waited for, one ensuring that the cold and loveless man who carried out the country's worst bloodbath since World War II would be held responsible for his actions and not dismissed as a helpless victim of his sick mind. It was also the verdict that Breivik himself wanted. He loathed the idea of incarceration in a mental facility, a fate he called "worse than death," and insisted during the 10-week trial that his fertilizer bomb and machine gun were necessary instruments to stop what he viewed as a creeping Muslim takeover of Europe.
BUSINESS
August 18, 2012 | By Salvador Rodriguez
SaneBox is a service that claims it'll save you more than 100 hours a year by filtering your email inbox and showing you only the emails that truly matter when they come in. And it works. The service is surprisingly similar to Google's Gmail Important label system, which is supposed to show you emails based on how you label them. But SaneBox works better by doing the one thing Gmail won't that's taking most of the control away from the user. With Gmail, users mark how important emails are or aren't and can do so by simply clicking a button.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 6, 2012 | By Ben Fritz
Financially strapped video game publisher THQ has decided not to get "inSANE," canceling production on a title of the same name that was created by "Pan's Labyrinth" film director Guillermo del Toro. In a conference call with analysts discussing the company's second quarter financial results, THQ's recently installed president, Jason Rubin, said "inSANE" was a victim of ongoing belt-tightening at the Agoura Hills company.  Also this year, THQ has canceled a planned action game called "Devil's Third" and ended a deal to make licensed games based on the Ultimate Fighting Championship league.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 13, 2012 | By Phil Willon, Los Angeles Times
A San Bernardino County jury Wednesday rejected a controversial "Zoloft" defense presented by a former Westminster police detective accused of kidnapping and raping a waitress in 2010, finding the defendant guilty of all eight charges. Anthony Nicholas Orban's attorney acknowledged from the outset that his client attacked the woman, but argued that the former detective was rendered mentally "unconscious" by a powerful dose of the prescription antidepressant and was not responsible for his actions.
NEWS
May 25, 2012 | By Catharine M. Hamm, Los Angeles Times Travel editor
It's going to be an incredibly busy summer for London , starting with the Queen's Diamond Jubilee June 2-5, followed by World Pride Week in June, the Olympics in July and August and the Paralympics in August and September. I just returned from four days in London -- so action-packed that I spent part of one day in Greenwich and then went to Paris for dinner and was back in London by midnight. (You can read about this and other suggestions for a different view of London in the Sunday Travel section or online .)
WORLD
May 22, 2012 | By Chris Kraul
BOGOTA, Colombia -- A little wild pig named Josefo, abandoned by his mother, helped keep Sgt. Jose Libardo Forero sane. For nearly 13 years, Forero was one of the "forgotten" hostages held by the leftist rebels known as the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC. During that unending stretch of his life, spent chained to other prisoners round the clock or confined in barbed-wire pens, he found mental escape in bonding with jungle animals. The career police sergeant tells of the tiny bit of happiness he found befriending monkeys, parrots and, finally, Josefo, whom he initially kept alive by feeding him milk with a syringe (and who later got hooked on coffee)
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 4, 1991
Our Catholic archbishop, Cardinal Roger Mahony, recently paid for space in this newspaper (Oct. 18,) that interested readers might know his church's stand regarding abortion. His quarter-page "pastoral message" repeated in the public press what had appeared very recently in our local Catholic paper, The Tidings. He asked for two things: daily prayer for greater respect for life; and that Catholic people support their Parish Respect Life Committee. Strange that some seemingly sane people object to such a reasonable call from a religious leader (letters, Oct. 28)
NEWS
January 26, 1986
JoAnn Bitner is aware, as an elder of the Presbyterian church, what God has to say about the sanctity of marriage. She also should know how he views adultery--as sin, along with murder, rape, stealing, lying, etc. How can she, knowing how God feels, run a support group for women engaged in adulterous affairs? And rationalize it as being a "sane human being who is responsible, and who has the ability to be non-judgmental." Now I would be the first to agree these women and men need help--but not advice on how to continue in their affairs.
OPINION
April 30, 2012 | Jim Newton
City Councilman Bernard C. Parks likes to describe Los Angeles' budget woes as the consequence of an untreated addiction - the city's habit of adding workers in good times and then being unwilling to let them go in bad times. The result is ever-increasing personnel costs and ballooning pension and healthcare obligations for retired city workers. In recent years, Parks, a former chief of the Los Angeles Police Department, has become increasingly strident in his insistence that the city must mend its ways, and his message has made him plenty of enemies.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 31, 2012 | By Maura Dolan, Los Angeles Times
Criminal defendants who are sane enough to be tried for a crime may nevertheless be too mentally ill to act as their own lawyers, the California Supreme Court decided unanimously Monday. In rejecting an appeal from a man denied the right to represent himself, the state high court said judges may insist that defendants be represented if they suffer from "a severe mental illness to the point where [they] cannot carry out the basic tasks" needed to mount a defense. But Justice Ming W. Chin, writing for the court, warned judges to apply the standard cautiously.
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