| Jan 9, 2014
Five years ago, Joseph Hale didn't care whether he lived or died. He was unemployed, hooked on drugs and deeply depressed.
Help came after Hale swallowed a bottle of pills and landed in South Shore Hospital. There, an outreach worker persuaded him to...
| Jan 15, 2014
Re "Ex-officers acquitted in beating," Jan. 14
Ironically, the Kelly Thomas verdict comes almost one year to the day after the senseless homicide of Ethan Saylor, a 26-year-old man with Down syndrome who died at the hands of sheriff's deputies trying to...
| Dec 15, 2013
| 8:58 PM
A 17-year-old high school student remained in critical but stable condition Sunday as Colorado officials tried to understand why a fellow student shot her and tried to shoot his debate coach before committing suicide last week.
Two days after the...
| Dec 8, 2013
Re "More than one way on jails," Editorial, Dec. 4
We agree that L.A. County's failure to implement a reasonable pretrial release program and its meager use of split sentencing disqualify it from state funding to build new jails. However, your editorial...
| Dec 9, 2013
| 4:35 PM
Post-traumatic stress disorder has been on psychiatry's books for just 23 years, and before the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, no one ever entertained the possibility that watching disturbing images of trauma on TV could give rise to the disorder....
| Dec 15, 2013
| 2:20 PM
A 17-year-old high school student was battling for her life Sunday as Colorado officials tried to understand why a fellow student shot her and tried to shoot his debate coach last week.
Two days after the incident at Arapahoe High School in Centennial,...
| Dec 12, 2013
| 2:00 PM
A Virginia tragedy, not quite a year after the Sandy Hook school shooting in Connecticut, prompted Rep. Robert C. “Bobby” Scott, D-Newport News, to join nine others to host a mental health training session so Members of Congress and their...
| Dec 14, 2013
| 4:13 PM
He was a handsome lad, with dark eyes and olive skin. In family photo albums, his smile was luminous, and he often had an arm around his little brother. When he was just 11, he took the initiative to raise thousands of dollars for the distraught family of...
| Oct 16, 2013
| 8:33 PM
Janina Hapaniewski remembers the tears. Her brother, Edward Szymczak, had been accused of raping a woman in the office building where he worked as a janitor, a charge he assured her was untrue. And so on a spring evening in 1980, Szymczak wept as he...
| Sep 9, 2013
| 3:19 PM
In 1979, a man with a long history of mental illness robbed an Oakland department store and was sentenced to seven-years-to-life in prison. At the time, the average time behind bars on such a conviction was seven years.
Thirty-two years later, at age...
| Nov 26, 2013
| 7:35 AM
After its launch was delayed for a month by the Madison, Wis., city attorney, the Snuggle House was cleared and scheduled to open on Nov. 15 to provide in-bed, pajama-clad “intimate, non-sexual touch(ing)” for $60 an hour. “So many...
| Nov 26, 2013
| 4:33 PM
Midlothian police officials are asking for the public's help to find an 89-year-old man suffering from cancer and a mental disability who was last seen on Nov. 16.
Edwin Stahl was last seen leaving Advocate Christ Hospital in Oak Lawn when he was...