| Sep 3, 2013
Los Angeles County's child welfare system, as noted recently by this newspaper, is facing a critical shortage of foster homes. But a simple policy shift could go a long way toward eliminating this crisis. We need to provide better support for relatives...
| Sep 13, 2013
"What do you think of 'Orange Is the New Black?'" Since Netflix's series about life in a women's prison premiered this summer, I've fielded the same question from almost everyone I know. I guess it's because I have some experience on the subject. Before I...
| Oct 17, 2013
Imagine that you walk into the newborn nursery ward at an American hospital and you see 100 babies in their bassinets. You are then informed that 33 of these babies will spend time in jail or prison.
This is the reality today for African American...
| Oct 24, 2013
Born to a mother in prison, 15-year-old Davion Only has been in foster care all his life. Last month he walked into a church in St. Petersburg, Fla., and pleaded for a family of his own.
"I'll take anyone," Davion said. "Old or young, dad or mom, black,...
| Nov 5, 2013
When the 1980 edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (commonly known as the DSM-3) was being prepared, psychiatrist Allen Frances lobbied for the inclusion of a new diagnosis: masochistic personality disorder. His push...
| Sep 10, 2013
| 4:53 PM
LAKE MARY – iPad video recorded by George Zimmerman's wife during a dispute this week could determine whether her husband will face domestic violence charges, police said Tuesday.
Lake Mary police Officer Zach Hudson, an agency spokesman, said...
| Jul 22, 2013
| 2:27 PM
WASHINGTON -- At a summer lunch with reporters in her Capitol conference room, Rep. Nancy Pelosi rolled out an ambitious economic agenda for women with next year’s congressional elections in mind.
She launched a legislative agenda of family-...
| Aug 2, 2013
| 6:11 PM
A grandmother has been charged with killing her 1-year-old grandson and injuring a granddaughter by rubbing methadone on their gums, Baltimore police say.
Towanda Reaves, 50, was arrested Thursday and charged with murder and multiple assault charges....
| Jul 26, 2013
| 7:00 AM
JERUSALEM — After four years of marriage, Tamar Tessler filed for divorce, taking her infant daughter and embarking on what she hoped would be a new chapter of her life.
Today that daughter is 36 years old — and Tessler is still awaiting the...
| Jul 24, 2013
| 3:12 PM
Weinergate, we hardly knew ye -- and apparently, readers liked it that way.
With disgraced ex-congressman-turned-redemptive New York mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner facing yet another sexting scandal, every reader who has sent us a letter so far has...
| Aug 15, 2013
| 2:52 PM
“Fifty Shades of Grey” glamorizes violence against women. That’s according to a new study published in the Journal of Women’s Health by psychologists at Michigan State University and Ohio State University.
That should seem...