| Mar 27, 2013
Soldier, Megan P. Tatu has your back. And just about anything else you might need. The two-star Army Reserve general has just taken charge of the 79th Sustainment Support Command, the modern iteration of an Army logistics branch that is a year older...
| Dec 19, 2011
Irving Berlin wrote "White Christmas," one of the biggest-selling songs of all time, with tongue planted firmly in cheek. Although the wistful tune soothed homesick soldiers in such God-awful places as Guadalcanal more than half a century ago, and no...
| Jul 17, 2013
Several weeks ago, the night before an early screening of "Pacific Rim," I could not sleep.
In the middle of the night I woke up and realized that I had been dreaming of the neon-colored images from the movie's trailer. I could not say why, exactly,...
| Jan 16, 2013
It's a tidy coincidence that Jackie Lacey, newly elected as Los Angeles County's first female and first African American district attorney, is a graduate of the city's Susan Miller Dorsey High School, named for L.A.'s first female schools superintendent....
| Dec 18, 2012
On Friday, in his moving and heartfelt statement in response to the horrific shootings in Newtown, Conn., President Obama said, "As a country, we have been through this too many times…. And we're going to have to come together and take meaningful...
| Aug 1, 2013
Talking about your shrink isn't just for Woody Allen characters anymore. Once the kiss of death for a political career, announcing that you're in or about to enter therapy has actually become go-to damage-control strategy for public servants.
| Jul 17, 2013
| 5:00 AM
If you routinely hear voices, hallucinate, sink into suicidal depression or suffer inescapable torment, Los Angeles has a place for you.
The county jail.
On Monday, the jail held 3,200 inmates diagnosed with a mental illness and accused of a crime....
| Apr 3, 2013
The Los Angeles County jail system is, in a way, two systems. There's the one Sheriff Lee Baca says he yearns for, a place where you do your time but also get help, a place enriched with educational and mental health programs. And there's the one under...
| Sep 18, 2011
As a species, it seems we're doomed to interact with jerks.
It happens in high school, and we think, "Once I get to college, things will be different."
Then it happens in college, and we think, "Once I get a job, people there will be more mature."...
| Aug 28, 2013
For about 15 years, Sheryl Abel was in and out of the city lockup, Cook County Jail and the state's prison system for crimes she committed to feed her heroin addiction.
Today, having been clean for more than two decades, Abel, 54, often returns to...
| Aug 27, 2013
| 3:56 PM
I have a friend who is one of the best parents I know.
He and his wife are loving and generous. They have opened their home to those in need, adopting several children.
Watching them is both inspiring and humbling.
Yet it has also kept me up at...