| Dec 24, 2013
| 2:43 PM
"So the last shall be first, and the first last." This quote from the King James Bible is my response to Scientific American's Top 10 stories of 2013. Their tenth-ranked story about the BRAIN initiative is my top story for the year.
I refer to Brain...
| Jan 23, 2014
| 8:00 AM
Jennifer Percy's debut book, "Demon Camp" (Scribner: 223 pp., $26), is a true story about one American soldier's struggle with post-traumatic stress disorder. By telling the story of Caleb Daniels and his demons, the writer shines a bright light on...
| Dec 30, 2013
| 9:19 PM
TRAVIS AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. — Shortly after he arrived at Ramstein Air Base in Germany in March 2012, Air Force security guard Trent Smith was at an off-base apartment when, he says, a male sergeant touched him and pressed him to go into the...
| Dec 17, 2013
| 4:00 AM
Mark Tyree was chasing death.
The 25-year-old Marine veteran drank heavily and drove fast — often at the same time. Tyree had walked away from two serious accidents that demolished his cars.
On a foggy November morning in 2011, he slammed his...
| Nov 20, 2013
Help Zimmerman cope
The continuing news about George Zimmerman and his run-ins with the law give me pause. When a person is charged with a crime and found not guilty — but remains a target of attention — steps should be taken to help that...
| Dec 20, 2013
| 3:00 AM
SAN FRANCISCO — Glenda Flowers stood at the edge of a crowd of angry veterans at San Francisco's War Memorial building. They had been waiting months, even years, to hear whether they would receive disability benefits, and they were tired of excuses....
| Nov 14, 2013
| 11:32 AM
Katniss Everdeen is back in action in “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.” The movie sequel, based on the second installment […]...
| Nov 21, 2013
| 6:00 AM
Scott Cooper's stark, compelling Rust Belt drama, "Out of the Furnace," which premiered earlier this month at AFI Fest, turns on the relationship between two brothers: Straight-arrow steel mill worker Russell Baze (Christian Bale) and his anguished...
| Nov 6, 2013
| 5:55 AM
An officer's brutal beating of a Hollywood man mistaken for a gun-waving suspect may cost taxpayers nearly $200,000.
Arben Bajra, 33, is on the verge of winning a $195,000 settlement from the city, with commissioners set to approve the deal on...
| Jan 17, 2014
| 9:00 AM
A combination of exposure therapy and gene stimulation may be the best way to alter fear-provoking memories that are the persistent core of post-traumatic stress and anxiety disorders, a new study suggests.
Using fear-conditioned mice, researchers found...
| Oct 27, 2013
Re "New tactics on mentally ill inmates," Oct. 24
It is distressing to read a correctional psychiatrist's assertion that psychotic prisoners "would have no memory" of being repeatedly pepper-sprayed and "have a higher than average threshold for pain...
| Nov 25, 2013
| 1:12 PM
A Northern California woman is suing Groupon and a Huntington Beach day spa claiming she purchased online vouchers for a treatment that left her with chemical burns.
Rebecca Fisher of Hayward has taken action against an owner and employee of CloudMover...