CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 15, 2013 |
Ricky Lewis was driving along Florence Avenue on April 29, 1992, when the neighborhood erupted. "I saw all the crowds and thought, 'What is going on here?'" He was witnessing, as he soon learned, a defining moment in Los Angeles. The verdict had just landed in the trial of the officers who beat Rodney G. King senseless, and the rioting that followed would lead to dozens of deaths and hundreds of injuries. Fires flared, businesses were looted, and National Guard and Marine units were called in. Lewis, a University of the Pacific graduate and member of the predominantly black Omega Psi Phi fraternity, lived in South L.A., and he understood the reaction to the verdict as well as how the long cycle of economic decline in the neighborhood fueled the anger.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 9, 2013 |
California's largest healthcare foundation Wednesday announced a $50-million initiative to support minority boys and young men, saying the odds against their succeeding in school and in future careers were staggering. The California Endowment said the seven-year project would aim to boost attendance 30% in targeted schools, reduce by half the number of those suspended, train campus police on the effect of trauma on students, establish conflict-resolution programs in 10 communities, develop 1,000 youth leaders and make sure all eligible children have health coverage.
September 6, 2013 |
Jesmyn Ward's heart-wrenching new memoir, "Men We Reaped," is a brilliant book about beauty and death. The beauty is in the bodies and the voices of the young men she grew up with in the towns of coastal Mississippi, where a kind of de facto segregation persists. There is C.J. Martin, one of her many cousins. "He was small and lean, angled all over with muscle," writes Ward. "His face was shaped like a triangle, and the only things that were dark about him were his eyes, which were so deep in color they were a surprise.
July 28, 2013 |
Along with barked orders and the whine of chain saws, the clank of steel on rock was certainly one of the sounds that rose from a hillside near Yarnell, Ariz., last month as clouds of superheated smoke roiled the sky, portending a tragedy. One morning a dozen years ago, I heard an opportunity in that sound. "Hold up a second," I said. My son Rob, 12 at the time, gave me a withering look and kept stomping on the pedals of his mountain bike. It was pushing 90 degrees in the Southern California foothills that spill from forested mountains into San Bernardino, and Rob had no interest in losing our plodding upward momentum.
July 9, 2013 |
Nearly naked young men are probably not what Ernst & Young was hoping would come to mind when it changed its name to EY. Perhaps the accounting firm should have run a Google image search first. Doing so would have brought up a host of steamy pictures of scantily clad young men gazing into the cameras with sultry looks. PHOTOS: The 10 biggest tech gadget fails As reported by my colleague Ricardo Lopez, the photos are from EY! Magateen, which apparently celebrates young men and their bodies.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 5, 2013 |
It's a story line that's become so familiar over the years it hardly makes us blink: A gang member hunting down rivals kills an innocent kid. But the courtroom drama that unfolded last month left me unexpectedly troubled. The child, shot to death a year ago, was a toddler in his father's arms. The gang member who shot him was 15. He'd fired into a pack of strangers because someone had the wrong color on. He was sentenced to 90 years in prison in a courtroom heavy with outrage and grief.