| Oct 1, 2013
| 3:43 PM
A 45-year-old man has been charged with murder in the death of a woman whose body was found buried in a shallow grave in Glen Ellyn, authorities announced Tuesday.
Myron D. Ester is charged with first-degree murder in the stabbing death of Linda Valez...
| Sep 22, 2013
In the liberal remake of "Casablanca," the police captain comes upon the scene of the shooting and orders his men to "round up the usual weapons."
It's always the weapon and never the shooter. Twelve people are murdered in a rampage at the Washington...
| Oct 4, 2013
| 3:06 PM
Grieve for Miriam Carey. The 34-year-old woman who lived in Stamford did most things right in her life: She went to college, became a dental hygienist, started her own business. But by many accounts, she suffered from mental illness, which reportedly...
| Oct 29, 2013
| 10:35 AM
SACRAMENTO -- Thousands of mentally ill Californians are not being reported to the state Department of Justice so that they can be considered for a list of those prohibited from possessing firearms, a state audit said Tuesday.
More than 20,000 people...
| Oct 5, 2013
| 12:00 PM
If you were to spend much time at the Airport Courthouse, a branch of the Los Angeles County Superior Court located just south of LAX, you would begin to notice lots of yellow and blue. As in yellow shirts and blue pants, the outfits worn by Los Angeles...
| Oct 30, 2013
| 6:48 PM
Linda Valez's family begged her to come live with them. But the mother of seven repeatedly refused, cheerfully offering relatives a tour of her "home" underneath a stairwell in a Wheaton parking garage.
A pile of blankets and a pillow served as her...
| Oct 21, 2013
| 2:38 PM
One of the true-false questions I put to my college journalism students is drawn from their textbook.
The statement on the quiz is: "Concern for bias-free language betrays an overly zealous political correctness."
The correct answer to this is False....
| Sep 21, 2013
| 8:57 PM
WASHINGTON — For years, federal and state governments have struggled to build a background check system that can keep guns out of the hands of mentally troubled people.
Monday's mass shooting at the Navy Yard shows that goal remains elusive.
| Sep 23, 2013
WASHINGTON — In the liberal remake of "Casablanca," the police captain comes upon the scene of the shooting and orders his men to "round up the usual weapons."
It's always the weapon and never the shooter. Twelve people are murdered in a rampage...
| 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 26, 2013
| 10:00 AM
"Cleaver's Destiny" is an earnest but ultimately amateur production on all fronts that misses an opportunity to deal seriously with topics writer-director-star Karl Lentini obviously cares about.
Veterans and homelessness, mental illness and PTSD,...
| Oct 8, 2013
Re "Try compassion, not prison," Column, Oct. 6
As Steve Lopez explained, 3,200 mentally ill inmates fill L.A. County jails. Many of them are charged with nonviolent offenses. Many of them are suffering needlessly. The system is inhumane.