CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 28, 2013 |
Two families, both loving and stable, are vying to adopt a 4-year-old girl with strawberry blond hair and large blue eyes. One is certain to be broken-hearted. The tug of war began in May 2011, when Los Angeles County child protection authorities took the girl away from her drug-addicted mother and placed her in a foster home. Five weeks later, her paternal grandparents found out and moved to get her back. But the Los Angeles Department of Children and Family Services sat on the couple's paperwork for nearly a year, according to a claim they have filed against the county.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 11, 2013 |
Janice Bellucci is a mother of two, the wife of a pastor and a former Girl Scout leader active in volunteer work. She lives in a gated community an hour's drive north of Santa Barbara, with needlepoint pillows on the sofa and a vegetable garden in the backyard. She is also the public face of an organization advocating for the closest thing to an untouchable caste in our society: California's 88,000 registered sex offenders. A former aerospace lawyer, Bellucci is the president of the California chapter of Reform Sex Offender Laws, a national group of offenders, family members, psychologists and attorneys registered as a nonprofit.
January 23, 2013 |
CHICAGO — When Mike D'Antoni first arrived in Los Angeles, he hobbled to the table at his introductory news conference and uttered the words that gave every Lakers fan hope. "We would love to be able to play 'Showtime' basketball," he said back in mid-November, a few weeks after his knee-replacement surgery and a few days after being hired instead of Phil Jackson as the Lakers' new coach. After further review, it might be time to slow this offense down. Trying to run is making this team crawl.
January 17, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - President Obama is considering White House insider Denis McDonough to serve as his chief of staff, but officials say the decision is caught up in deliberations about the makeup of his national security team. As one of the president's deputy national security advisors and a trusted aide, McDonough is an influential player in the White House foreign policy apparatus. Obama recently named another deputy national security advisor, John Brennan, as his choice to head the CIA. Obama doesn't want to shift McDonough until he has a "stable team" in his inner circle of foreign policy advisors, said one senior Democrat who noted that McDonough and Brennan, who is the administration's anti-terrorism expert, had played key roles.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 10, 2013 |
TAFT, Calif. - A 16-year-old was in critical condition Thursday night after a fellow student interrupted a first-period class at Taft Union High School southwest of Bakersfield, confronted him by name and fired a round from a 12-gauge shotgun into his upper body. The assailant, also 16, tried to shoot a second student and missed before a science teacher was able to talk him down, apparently taking the shotgun as the other students fled from the classroom through a door. Police officers arrived after the teacher had disarmed the assailant and took the teenager into custody.
November 15, 2012 |
What an exciting night, and it's all about basketball. It's been nothing but chaos, dysfunctional management and poor public relations around here the last few days, so what a relief to spend some time with the Clippers. It never fails to amaze how some franchises just can't get it right. Here are the Lakers, going on their third coach in the time Vinny Del Negro has been here with the Clippers. "I know that," says Clippers owner Donald Sterling , stability, I guess, just something you take for granted.