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  • Waiting until college to teach about affirmative consent is too late

    California's new affirmative-consent law has garnered national attention this fall, and for good reason. The first-of-its-kind “yes means yes” statute requires
  • A journalist's recipe for fixing L.A.

    A journalist's recipe for fixing L.A.
    Efforts to improve local government and the services it provides have come and gone over the 22 years I have covered Los Angeles for this newspaper. Some have been successful: The Christopher Commission reset the accountability systems at the LAPD, and...

    On Bill Cosby, hard to keep the faith

     On Bill Cosby, hard to keep the faith
    A few weeks ago, I spent a delightful afternoon and evening with Bill Cosby. I was the emcee of a gala for historically black Claflin University, which is in my hometown; Cosby was the headliner. Both of us were donating our time to a worthy cause. It...

    Schmich: We're entering the season of stuff

     Schmich: We're entering the season of stuff
    I wanted that yellow coat the way you might want an oxygen mask when the plane is going down. This was several years ago, on a cold and gray Chicago day when assorted worries were pecking at my mind. The minute I saw the coat in the shop window I knew...

    Cop's story in shooting of WWII vet doesn't wash

    Cop's story in shooting of WWII vet doesn't wash
    John Wrana had to die. The World War II vet was 95 years old, just a few weeks shy of his 96th birthday. He was active and sharp, he liked to gamble, tell jokes and have a drink. He was alive. But he wasn't stupid. He knew he was very old. He knew...