| Feb 9, 2013
In middle school, my daughter had a friend who'd spent most of her life in foster care. During the next few years, the girl would pass through almost a dozen foster families, group homes and probation camps.
She had a habit of running away when she felt...
| Feb 2, 2013
| 4:25 PM
Do we have a little spat going on now at the Archdiocese of Los Angeles?
Archbishop Jose Gomez and Cardinal Roger M. Mahony seemed to be going at each other in recent days over the molestation scandal that just won't die, thanks to Mahony's years-long...
| Jan 22, 2013
| 8:36 PM
Every time we learn something new about the molestation scandal in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, it becomes more obvious why Cardinal Roger M. Mahony and his minions have fought so tenaciously to keep things under wraps.
Not to protect the privacy...
| Jun 7, 2013
| 7:06 PM
I'm tired of hearing "culture change" held out as a fix for idiocy.
That's the standard excuse when institutions fail: A dysfunctional culture is to blame when students don't learn or jail inmates are beaten.
And it's the explanation being offered...
| Jun 5, 2013
| 7:26 PM
SACRAMENTO — Bill Lockyer should have been governor. He would have been good for California — and great for people in my line of work.
The state treasurer — who announced Monday that he'll retire next year from elective office after...
| May 31, 2013
| 7:11 PM
Come to find out, boxing is about to get back to boxing.
Floyd "Money" Mayweather Jr., will fight Saul "Canelo" Alvarez in Las Vegas on Sept. 14. This time, pre-fight talk may actually include some substance. Every fight is always "going to be great."...
| May 19, 2013
| 6:45 PM
SACRAMENTO — It seemed like a fairly good idea at the time — the idea of Abel Maldonado running for governor.
He wasn't going to win. But neither would he be a Republican embarrassment.
There was no Republican in sight with even a faint...
| Jan 11, 2013
| 3:51 PM
It was a reign of terror that reeked of rednecks and white hoods.
Tires were slashed, rocks hurled through windows and acid pellets fired at the car of a black family, who finally fled their neighborhood in November after months of attacks and racial...
| Jan 11, 2013
| 7:29 PM
For Kings defenseman Drew Doughty, this season is all about making the right decisions.
He seems to be off to a good start. Doughty, prone to weight problems, stayed in shape during the NHL lockout by working with a trainer and practicing with the...
| Dec 3, 2012
| 9:43 PM
Two years ago, Los Angeles County probation officer Michelle Guymon was asked to help child abuse experts study human trafficking.
She imagined a globe-trotting break from 23 years in the trenches managing law-breaking teens. "I figured I'd be traveling...
| Apr 2, 2013
| 10:55 PM
Mari Edelman called upstairs to the caretaker, asking if her husband was awake and in good enough shape to handle a visitor.
As we ascended the stairs of their Westwood home, Mari explained that her husband's cruel condition — an advancing...