October 12, 2007
It is natural to want to put the most positive spin possible on this week's homeless settlement, which allows people to spend their nights on public sidewalks almost anywhere in the city of Los Angeles without being rousted by police. Frustrated advocates, policymakers and observers grasp at any hint of forward momentum after years of official ping-ponging between approaches to the problem.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 23, 2007 |
In an age when you can have a coach show up at your home and tell you how to eat fewer carbs, strengthen your core or feng shui your living room, now comes the parenting coach. An L.A. County court commissioner's order on Tuesday that pop star Britney Spears get one -- or risk losing custody of her children -- throws a spotlight on this unusual entry on the roster of experts for hire.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 25, 2006 |
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 28, 2006 |
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 |
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 |
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 |
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.
HOME & GARDEN
October 6, 2005 |
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.