| Sep 2, 2013
| 9:52 PM
A neatly typed letter arrived at the office the other day. It included a check made out to the National Rifle Association, on my behalf.
The reader, disgruntled by my call for reasonable gun control laws, thought it pertinent to take another lick at...
| Aug 14, 2013
Re "Community college district bans guns from its 9 campuses," Aug. 11
The Times writes that a mass shooting at and around Santa Monica College in June "renewed debate that had begun after the 2007 shootings at Virginia Tech over whether to allow guns...
| Aug 14, 2013
| 5:15 PM
NEW YORK — The bank's infamous "London whale" trades involved complex financial products, but prosecutors alleged that a cover-up by former JPMorgan Chase & Co. employees involved simple lies.
The accusation was part of criminal charges filed...
| Aug 15, 2013
| 5:29 PM
The penalty for harming yourself, or for consenting adults to get their jollies by harming each other, can be the same, and often it is far harsher than the penalty imposed on a savage brute who harms or kills an unwilling victim.
That rank perversity...
| Jul 3, 2013
| 11:52 AM
IN CONGRESS, July 4, 1776.
The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America,
When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume...
| Jul 3, 2013
| 3:34 PM
A hearing to determine whether a 15-year-old accused of murder will have his case heard in adult or juvenile court was continued Wednesday in Washington County Circuit Court, but the state did outline what it expects from Jenaro Torres if it consents to...
| Jun 5, 2013
| 9:24 PM
Lawmakers introduced at least seven bills to carve exceptions into the state Freedom of Information Act — and, while the most controversial one passed, blocking release of photos and videos of murder victims after the Newtown massacre, most of the...
| Jul 5, 2013
| 2:21 PM
The cost to taxpayers of a long-running racial-bias lawsuit by death-row inmates has topped $3.5 million, with more possible before an expected judge's ruling within a few months — and then a possible appeal by whoever loses.
News coverage of the...
| Jul 7, 2013
| 5:00 AM
The recent spike in shootings in Baltimore and the city's endemically high rate of violent crime underscore why reducing gun violence must be the top priority for city officials. Violence exacts an enormous toll on Baltimore beyond the direct costs from...
| Jul 8, 2013
| 11:16 AM
DENVER (AP) — The ad seems like an artifact from an earlier political era — a grainy mug shot of a convicted murderer, flashing police lights, a recording of a panicked 911 call and then a question about Colorado's Democratic governor, up...
| Jul 1, 2013
Under the Defense of Marriage Act, the federal government does not recognize same-sex marriages even in states that have legalized it. Last week, the Supreme Court ruled DOMA unconstitutional.
There are two possible grounds, distinct and in some ways...