CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 17, 2013 |
Craig McGruder tilts his head to hear a plea for help in the heart of Watts. "I've got trouble," says a guy who used to run with the Grape Street Crips. "Been thinking about doing some dirt. Thinking about robbing so I can get my kids the school supplies they need. " McGruder understands trouble. He'd grown up with most of the men meeting in this white-walled community center on a midsummer night. Some had been dealers who'd sold him crack when he was at his lowest, skulking around Jordan Downs, where he'd been born in 1962 and never much left.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 10, 2012 |
Brandon Ty Garner died on the day he was born: July 1, 2011. He came into the world at 24 weeks, 5 days. His lungs hadn't developed. He lived for six hours. Very few people ever saw him. Nearly a year and a half later, his parents remain swaddled in grief. They visit his grave twice a week, even though it's an hour's drive from their Menifee home, and decorate it for each holiday he cannot share with them. Full coverage: City Beat Recently they put up a small Christmas tree, full of colorful lights and ornaments.
November 30, 2012
LACMA body set to quit Diana Gutman, chairwoman of the Art Museum Council at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, reports that her 40-member board has voted unanimously to stop volunteering at the museum next year because of its plans to nearly triple council members' fees. As the museum announced this week, members who once paid a minimum of $400 to participate on various councils (or $450 for this particular council) will be required to pay $1,000 plus a $250 membership fee starting next June.
November 29, 2012 |
Diana Gutman, chairwoman of the Art Museum Council at LACMA, says the group's 40-member board has voted unanimously to stop volunteering at the museum next year because of its plans to triple council members' fees . As the museum announced this week, members who once paid a minimum of $400 to participate on various councils (or $450 for this particular council) will be required to pay $1,000 plus a $250-level membership starting next June. The Art Museum Council, which has some 200 members, is one of 10 such museum support groups -- the only one raising money for museum acquisitions and exhibitions across the board and not for a specific department.
November 22, 2012 |
Each day at 5 a.m., Denise Peace rises and begins the task of waking and feeding five grandchildren, ages 2 to 17, and shepherding them out the door of her cramped but miraculously neat apartment in Brooklyn. The 5-year-old needs to be on his school bus by 6:26. The eldest has to catch a 7 a.m. train. The 4-year-old must be walked to school in time for the 8:10 bell. The 2-year-old plays while Peace prepares the 3-year-old for day care. In the early afternoon, she reverses the drill, fetching children from bus stops and schools and getting them home for dinner, baths and bed. Peace collapses about 9 p.m. "Then I just start all over again," the 56-year-old said of the moment when her alarm sounds the next morning.
October 3, 2011 |
I recently had surgery to remove a cancerous tumor from my breast and will soon be starting chemotherapy. I was surprised by the amount of medication I was told to take before I begin chemo, including anti-nausea and allergy medications. I'm wondering if this is common. How are patients typically prepared for chemo treatment? Anti-nausea and anti-allergy medications are routinely given to breast cancer patients preparing for chemotherapy, says Dr. Christy A. Russell, co-director of the breast center at USC Norris Cancer Hospital and past president of the California division of the American Cancer Society.