CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 15, 2013 |
He was 10 when the gangsters flung rocks through the windows, and 12 when they beat him black and blue. At 15, a gang member shot at him while he was shopping at a grocery store - and killed his cousin instead. At 17, he left Honduras for the United States. He applied for political asylum, telling a judge that if he returned home, the gang that had slain his father would kill him, too. Now 20, working as a gardener and living with his mother and siblings in Los Angeles, the man is one of a growing number of Central Americans asking for asylum.
August 20, 2013 |
Behaving like Scrooge is typically not the best way to win points with a date. But a new study concludes that many love seekers think savers are actually more attractive than spenders. Savers are viewed as having higher powers of self-control than their free-spending peers. That kind of discipline can extend into other areas as well, making life more pleasant for potential mates, the study said. For example, savers may also be more careful about exercising and watching their nutrition.
February 2, 2012 |
The unemployment rate rose in January, while job cuts soared as much as 39% year over year, according to three separate reports Thursday. But don't panic -- Experts say the new data is not only expected, but possibly even promising. Gallup said that joblessness rose to 8.6% from 8.5% in December. But the polling group added that the figure is down significantly from the 9.9% recorded for January last year and the 10.9% rate from the same month in 2010. The percentage of people working part-time but hoping for full-time work spiked to 10.1% from 9.8% in December, reaching its highest level since Gallup began keeping track of the measure at the beginning of 2010.
January 9, 2002
Your two-part series on refugees trying to enter Australia, by Richard Paddock, was excellent for its detail and bringing to the attention of the rest of the world our appalling treatment of these people (Jan. 4-5). Australians pride themselves on their tolerance, easygoing nature and giving everyone what they call a "fair go." Unfortunately it is all a myth. Aussies are just as racist as any other nationality but have difficulty accepting it. Our federal election last November was race-based, where both the major political parties tried to outdo each other by being tough on refugees trying to get to Australia.
May 2, 2012 |
NEW DELHI — As a candidate in last month's municipal elections, Guinness Rishi didn't do any campaigning. In fact, he thinks the 30 votes he got were 30 too many. He suspects his wife voted for him out of spite. Rishi's real goal was to garner zero votes and become the world's most-losing politician, complementing the seven Guinness World Records certificates on his wall. There should be 22, the self-described record maniac grumbles, but Guinness has it in for him. Although every country has its share of glory seekers, India has really taken to this particular form of chest thumping.
October 28, 2012 |
EL PASO - One of his clients, a Mexican waitress and widowed mother of three, says she played dead under a pile of bodies to survive a massacre in Ciudad Juarez led by men she recognized as federal police. Another client says Chihuahua state police hacked off his feet after he refused to pay them bribes. They came to El Paso seeking Carlos Spector, 58, a burly, hard-charging immigration attorney who has developed a strange specialty in this Texas border city. His clients, instead of crossing into the United States illegally and hiding out, are seeking asylum.