| Dec 4, 2013
Desperation often occupied the Glenview home of Julie and Michael Tracy when their son John was growing up. Now that he's a 21-year-old living on his own, a different type of desperation has settled in.
When John was a toddler he was diagnosed with...
| 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...
| Aug 24, 2013
| 1:45 PM
You'd think a personal care home would get its act together, knowing it already was under scrutiny for not discovering the body of a deceased resident for two days.
Emeritus at Allentown hasn't.
The home on Greenleaf Street continues to violate...
| Sep 14, 2013
| 10:00 AM
It's a short ride from L.A.'s skid row to Hollywood, but throw in a detour and a few bumps and the journey can take six months, as it did for my friend Nathaniel Ayers.
The Juilliard-trained musician had been ensconced in the same downtown apartment for...
| 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 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...
| 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...
| Sep 30, 2013
| 6:30 AM
Thinking about buying Facebook stock? You may be suffering from a mental disorder. No, really.
If you are thinking about buying Facebook, first make sure you are not suffering from Stockholm syndrome. This paradoxical psychological phenomenon refers to...
| Sep 30, 2013
| 6:30 AM
I cannot write this the way I want. Doing so would invade the privacy of too many people. But I can't be silent, either.
Last week, you see, President Obama spoke before a conference of mental health advocates at the White House. It is necessary, he...
| 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...
| Jul 12, 2009
He was so eager to make the trip, he called several times to make sure it hadn't been canceled.
"Mr. Lopez, is the pickup still at 9 a.m?"
"Yes, Mr. Ayers. I'll see you in the morning."
When I pulled up, he was standing on the sidewalk playing a skid...
| Nov 23, 2011
| 3:14 PM
Surveillance video revealed tense moments as a 49-year-old Indianapolis man, draped in an American flag and armed with a gun stood atop the steps of the Indiana War Memorial Tuesday.
The video showed Daniel Whitaker driving his SUV up the steps at 4:...