| 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...
| 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...
| Nov 12, 2013
| 8:26 AM
A man and his son have been arrested after allegedly kidnapping his ex-wife and forcing her to undergo an exorcism in Stockton.
Jose Magana-Farias, 42 and his son, Victor Farias, 20, arranged to meet with his ex-wife and mother of the son at a Wal-...
| Oct 23, 2013
| 5:53 AM
Less than a mile into her taxi ride, a woman opened the vehicle's glass divider and threatened the Yellow Cab driver with a box cutter, demanding "50 bucks." When he refused, she whipped out a hammer and took aim at his head.
“When she brought the...
| Aug 28, 2013
| 6:41 PM
Depression can look very different in men and women. And many of its hallmarks — rage, risk-taking, substance abuse and even workaholism — can hide in plain sight.
Now researchers say that when these symptoms are factored into a diagnosis,...
| 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...
| Nov 11, 2013
| 8:29 PM
Gizzell Ford, 8, beamed with pride when she beat out dozens of older students earlier this year to win her school spelling bee.
The Chicago third-grader, who loved to write in her journal, was an excellent student who also appeared to have a family...
| Sep 11, 2013
| 7:41 AM
A Lake Mary police spokesman said no charges are expected into allegations of domestic violence involving George Zimmerman and his estranged wife, Shellie
A iPad that reportedly captured images of what happened between the couple is badly damanged, the...
| Sep 9, 2013
| 7:00 AM
The cramping came on quickly. Then the bleeding.
Samantha Bradley was only six months pregnant. She had already miscarried once. She knew she needed to get to an emergency room.
"I was in tears," she said. "The only thing I could think was 'Get me...