August 19, 2007 |
It was the fear of persecution that drove Yang Pahua to flee her native Laos -- twice. Yang, 17, is one of 21 girls and five boys whose stories have drawn new attention to the plight of the Hmong, an ethnic minority. Their families first fled Laos in 2004 for an informal refugee settlement in the Thai province of Phetchabun. The youths were sent back to Laos in December 2005. In June this year, it emerged that a dozen of them had run away again. They have now made it back to Phetchabun.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 26, 2000 |
Yang "Kelly" Yang has a way with words. To hear the 15-year-old Cal State L.A. sophomore and literacy wunderkind describe her passion for the English language is like hearing a young Mozart savor his music. Since the day she arrived on these shores from China at the age of 6, knowing nary a word of English, there has been no doubt she would become a scholar, teacher and writer in her adopted language.
June 2, 1995 |
He Ping's exquisite "Red Firecracker, Green Firecracker" takes us to northern China at the turn of the century, where the Cai family rules over territory so vast that a peasant remarks that one could walk through it three days and three nights and still not cross it from border to border.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 14, 1995 |
A New York rabbi's assistant accused of sexually molesting a 15-year-old girl during an airplane flight has been indicted on a charge of sexual abuse of a minor. A federal grand jury issued the indictment in Los Angeles on Tuesday, charging that Yehudah Friedlander, 44, "knowingly engaged in a sexual act with a 15-year-old female" aboard a commercial airline flight from Australia to Los Angeles.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 14, 2002 |
In her first major move since taking office a month ago, U.S. Atty. Debra W. Yang has tapped an experienced former federal prosecutor to become her second-in-command. George Cardona, who currently serves as chief of the Los Angeles city attorney's criminal division, will assume his new duties July 1. As chief assistant U.S. attorney, the 41-year-old Cardona will help set policies and oversee the work of the office's 240 lawyers. The U.S.
May 27, 2008 |
Deng Meirong's knees grew weak as she walked up the scenic path high above her hometown. Fallen boulders were everywhere. The air smelled of disinfectant. Then, hundreds of feet below, the remains of Beichuan came into view. Deng, 22, looked for the middle school she had attended but could see only a slope of dirt and rocks. The river was plugged by a landslide. She pointed down at the old section of the town, where her best friend had lived.
January 23, 2013 |
PARK CITY, Utah - Ryan Coogler was at home in Oakland on New Year's Day 2009 when it happened: Oscar Grant, a 22-year-old unarmed black man, was killed by a transit policeman at the BART station in the city's Fruitvale neighborhood. Cellphone videos of the incident soon went viral, sparking protests and demonstrations. "I saw the videos almost at once," the 26-year-old filmmaker said. "He was dressed like me and my friends dress, he looked like us. It was kind of like it happened to me, or someone I know.
September 21, 2009 |
A softer, gentler form of yoga seems to be quietly on the rise. From Los Angeles to London, so-called yin yoga is increasingly being taught at studio classes and yoga retreats, not to mention via books and DVDs. The power or "yang-styled" yoga forms so popular in the West -- with their fast shifts between poses and emphasis on sweat -- have left a gap for more meditative, longer-held stretches, says Paul Grilley, a martial arts and yoga practitioner who helped develop the yin yoga style along with fellow proponent Sarah Powers.
February 2, 1997 |
At the rear of West L.A.'s Whole Foods Market, next to carefully calculated stacks of bright-skinned produce and in front of the spinach balls and vegetable tamales, Peggy Curry sets up a crock pot containing pasta and her special marinara. "Kids love it," she tells a woman in shades and a baseball cap screwed on backward. The woman takes a bite, then offers a taste to the toddler in her shopping cart.
December 6, 1997 |
Saddleback freshman Kim Nguyen might ponder for a few days that easy forehand putaway she missed. But when she forgets about her missed opportunity, Nguyen will reflect on how well she played against some of the top competition in Southern California. Nguyen's spectacular and improbable run in the Southern Section individual tournament ended Friday with a 4-6, 6-4, 6-2 loss to West Torrance junior Morisa Yang in the semifinals at the Racquet Club of Irvine.