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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.
April 2, 2012
The Obama administration is stubbornly defending a policy that treats immigrants who are fleeing persecution unequally, resting its decisions on where immigrants initially sought asylum rather than on the merits of their cases. It should yield to the recommendations of immigrant and human rights groups and adopt a more consistent set of rules. About 41,000 immigrants applied to immigration courts for asylum last year, according to federal statistics. Those who sought protection at the borders or airports were immediately held until immigration officials released them or immigration judges granted asylum.
March 19, 2012
After extensive study, the Los Angeles Unified School District last year unveiled a new draft homework policy that looked like the product of some very badly done homework indeed. Flexible in the wrong ways, inflexible in the wrong ways, self-contradictory and at times simply muddled, it would have mandated that homework count for no more than 10% of a student's grade - meaning that it would make very little difference even if a student blew off half of it. At the same time, it failed to set appropriate amounts of homework based on students' ages and grade levels.
March 14, 2012 | By Houston Mitchell
Mike D'Antoni has resigned as coach of the New York Knicks, Yahoo Sports is reporting . The Knicks have lost their last six games and are tied for eighth place in the Eastern Conference. The top eight teams in each conference advance to the playoffs. It was only a month ago that New York was caught up in "Lin-sanity," when the Knicks went 8-1 in mid-February on the heels of the electrifying play of point guard Jeremy Lin. Lin-sanity came to a halt when Carmelo Anthony returned to the team after an injury.
February 3, 2012 | By Jessica Gelt, Los Angeles Times
It arrives at the end of the night. An intriguing cocktail that doubles as dessert and stands as an example of all that the new Hollywood restaurant and bar Sadie aspires to be. A tall, cold glass of the sweetly herbal Italian aperitif Campari mixed with a Campari-flavored soda called Sanbitter and topped with a scoop of housemade Peychaud bitters ice cream, the drink is subtle, easy on the eyes and delicious. The concoction demands respect and a slow, steady approach. The same can be said of Sadie, a very grown-up retreat in the space that housed all three incarnations of the famous Les Deux on Las Palmas Avenue.
December 11, 2011 | Michael Hiltzik
Watching mastodons of commerce do battle with each other can be awfully entertaining, as long as one's vantage point is well out of trampling range. The contest unfolding in Washington between a coalition of entertainment conglomerates and drug companies on the one hand and Google and its fellow Internet giants on the other, however, is of more than academic interest. Too much is at stake. The fight is over a pair of bills designed, theoretically, to shut down "rogue websites" devoted to pitching pirated or counterfeit movies, music, medicines and other goods at American consumers from overseas.
October 24, 2011 | By Peggy Stacy, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Two weeks after my double mastectomy, I lay on the exam table, slightly feverish from the plastic drains that attached beneath my skin and snaked silently under my shirt. Like a macabre version of speed dating, I had already met with five oncologists. My case was difficult and required the best of the best. Waiting for Dr. Linnea Chap to walk through the door, I closed my eyes in exhaustion and despair. Dr. Chap had an encyclopedic understanding of breast cancer, but she didn't overwhelm me with detailed explanations of tumor grade or cell replication.
February 5, 2011 | Grahame L. Jones, On Soccer
It hasn't taken Boston Red Sox and Liverpool owner John W. Henry long to get the hang of this soccer thing. Not long at all. In fact, if English clubs aren't careful, it won't be long before Henry and his fellow American owners ? Stan Kroenke at Arsenal, Randy Lerner at Aston Villa and Malcolm Glazer at Manchester United ? start calling the shots in the Premier League. Given soccer's sorry state of affairs ? highlighted by the ineptitude of the English Football Assn. and a spend-and-be-damned attitude by certain Premier League clubs already floundering in debt ?
January 19, 2011 | STEVE LOPEZ
The gun was in a backpack, we're told. The backpack was dropped or set down in a Gardena High School classroom Tuesday morning, and the gun fired accidentally, critically injuring a 15-year-old female student who was struck in the head. A male student, also 15, was shot in the neck. You send your kids to school, and before the lunch bell rings, they're in the hospital. So the questions begin. Why is it so easy to smuggle a gun onto campus? How many more guns are on school campuses in greater Los Angeles and beyond?
October 31, 2010 | By Jordan Steffen and Matea Gold, Tribune Washington Bureau
A high-spirited crowd numbering in the tens of thousands swamped the National Mall on Saturday, overwhelming the city's public transportation system as people flocked to what organizers billed as a "comedic call for calm. " Much of the "Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear," put on by "The Daily Show" host Jon Stewart and his Comedy Central colleague Stephen Colbert, resembled a large-scale variety show, with humorous sketches and surprise musical guests such as Kid Rock, Tony Bennett and Yusuf Islam, the former Cat Stevens.
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