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October 25, 2006 | Christine Hanley, Times Staff Writer
A Mission Viejo woman was convicted Tuesday of the attempted murder of her boyfriend, a well-regarded Los Angeles chef, and the slaying of his teenage son, clearing the way for the sanity phase of her trial. Tamara Bohler, 47, could face life in prison without the possibility of parole in the July 4, 2003, stabbing attacks of Alex Weber, 13, and his father, Jean-Marc. Bohler showed little reaction to the verdicts, reached by the jury in less than three hours. This was her second trial.
September 28, 2006 | From Times Staff Reports
A state appeals court Wednesday ordered a new sanity trial for a Buena Park man serving 25 years in prison for running his car into a bicyclist, then driving 13 miles as the victim -- thrown through the windshield -- bled to death in the passenger seat. Isidro Calderon Hernandez, 32, was convicted of first-degree murder in the 1999 death of John La Bord, 18, who was hit on Orangewood Avenue in Anaheim.
March 13, 2006 | Scott Martelle, Times Staff Writer
Roderick Gonzales and his brother, Raul, lurked in the darkness with the patience of predators. Their target -- Franz Aliquo, the Supreme Commander of the Shadow Government -- had already spotted them once and, with his bodyguards, slipped away into the San Francisco night. But in his haste, Aliquo had left the door to his North Beach safe house ajar, a mistake the Gonzaleses were quick to exploit. The brothers slipped inside, guns ready, and waited.
March 11, 2006 | TIM RUTTEN
IN the 10 years since Harvard political scientist Samuel P. Huntington first argued that the 21st century would unfold as a "clash of civilizations," the term has become shorthand for a certain kind of sloppy thinking about relations between pluralistic Western democracies and traditional Islamic communities. Troubled as that relationship may be -- and it's plenty troubled -- there's very little going on that evokes the epochal grandeur of Huntington's catchy phrase.
February 9, 2006 | James Gerstenzang, Times Staff Writer
Opening his public campaign for approval of the $2.77-trillion budget he had sent to Congress 48 hours before, President Bush said Wednesday that his call to reduce spending on social services -- a central feature of his proposal -- represented necessary fiscal discipline and was not really a cut. Bush said that the $65-billion reduction in entitlement programs, such as Medicare, would come from slowing the rate of growth. "People call it a cut in Medicare. That's not a cut," he said.
December 4, 2005
PATENT LAWS MAY BE AN inventor's best friend, giving someone with a groundbreaking idea the means to capitalize on it. But on many levels, the U.S. patent system is profoundly flawed. Too many patents are issued for "innovations" that are obvious, vague or already in wide use. Too many patent holders try to extend their claims to devices and services that weren't even contemplated when the patents were granted.
October 6, 2005 | Chris Erskine
I CONSIDER AN autumn trip back to the Midwest a success as long as I don't get picked off by hunters. Now, I am being tested like never before, taking a red-eye flight to Chicago with just the toddler -- a leprechaun with his mother's eyes and licorice on his breath. The smart money is on the leprechaun. As he pretends to sleep, I look at his face. Back home, his mother and I spend hours divvying up where he got his features. Eyes and chin from her. Smirk and Santa cheeks from me.
October 1, 2005 | Michael S. Roth, Special to The Times
ADAM PHILLIPS repeatedly makes the point in his new book that sanity is the "weak antagonist" of madness, and that although we have richly textured accounts of psychic suffering, when it comes to defining sanity, the Western tradition has had little of interest to say except that it's the opposite of madness. We like our literary and cinematic characters to behave excessively and we tend to associate intelligence with a propensity for neurosis.
April 3, 2005 | Mike Penner
After three weeks of upsets and busted brackets . . . after Vermont over Syracuse and Bucknell over Kansas and West Virginia over Wake Forest . . . after Patrick Sparks toeing the line and three regional finals going overtime, it turns out the final matchup of the 2005 NCAA men's basketball tournament could have been e-mailed in months ago. Monday night in St. Louis, with the national championship at stake, it will be No. 1-seeded Illinois against No.
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