Journalist, born overseas, raised in the Midwest, now living it up in Cali. @latimes

The homeless and hungry are welcomed to Thanksgiving feasts

latimes.com — In downtown Los Angeles, a man who calls himself Stickshift grinned while surveying a crowd feasting on plates of turkey, mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce and green beans. "You might be feeling down in the dumps, but days like this prove there are people out there who care," he said.

Woman ruled innocent in 1997 slaying; payment for prison time expected

latimes.com — A woman freed last month after 17 years behind bars for murder was declared factually innocent Friday by a Los Angeles County judge. "I'm sorry for what happened to you," Judge Mark S. Arnold told Susan Mellen after he issued his ruling in a Torrance courtroom.

L.A. Unified ends Miramonte sex abuse case with $139-million deal

latimes.com — The L.A. Unified School District has agreed to pay about $139 million to settle claims that a Miramonte Elementary School teacher abused his students, drawing to a close the lengthy case that led to changes in state law and district policies. It is believed to be the largest payout ever by a school system in a child abuse case.

L.A. schools will pay $139 million in child abuse scandal

latimes.com — The Los Angeles Unified School District will pay out $139 million in settlements in the Miramonte Elementary School child abuse scandal, bringing the school system nearer to a close in the costly and lengthy case that led to changes in state law and district policies, attorneys said Friday.

Jailed on word of 'habitual liar,' a convicted killer is declared innocent

latimes.com — A woman freed last month after 17 years behind bars for murder was declared factually innocent Friday by a Los Angeles County judge. "I'm sorry for what happened to you," Judge Mark S. Arnold told Susan Mellen after he issued his ruling in a Torrance courtroom.

L.A. Unified discusses possible settlement in Miramonte case

latimes.com — The Los Angeles Board of Education discussed a possible settlement offer Tuesday involving a former Miramonte Elementary School teacher accused of feeding semen to his students in what became the largest and costliest child abuse case in the school system.

Business partner held in killing of McStay family

latimes.com — The family of four appeared to have left their Fallbrook home in a hurry, vanishing into the chill of a February night. A carton of spoiled eggs and a rotten banana sat on their kitchen counter. Neighbors began to feed the family's dogs.

After federal probe, state examines need for civil court interpreters

latimes.com — Sung Kyung Hyun calls the year it took to gain custody of her daughter bichamhada. Miserable. First there was the paperwork, confusing for someone with limited English skills - she had to file it several times before Los Angeles County Superior Court accepted it.

Slain Pomona officer known for contagious smile

latimes.com — The orange hospital visitor's badge had begun to curl away from her black cardigan, but Joy Diamond ran her hand over it, an attempt to smooth it back in place. Hours had passed since her son had been honored by dozens of fellow police officers in a procession to the Los Angeles County coroner's office.

Tuskegee Airmen join final leg of 450-mile bike ride for injured vets

stripes.com — Two Tuskegee Airmen are expected to join more than 200 injured veterans and their supporters for the conclusion of a seven-day, 450-mile bicycle ride that ends Saturday in Los Angeles. Robert Friend, 94, plans to bike the last several miles of UnitedHealthcare Ride 2 Recovery, an event that kicked off last Sunday in Palo Alto.
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Dec 17, 2014

Roman Polanski's request for court review could shed light on decades-long case fw.to/E2ccHnV Great reporting by @marisagerber

Dec 17, 2014

Phew, I was worried: "Worrying About Stuff Is a Sign of Intelligence" nym.ag/13yf66o

Dec 17, 2014

LAPD announces reforms to boost accuracy of city crime statistics fw.to/61Mcl1Y by @joelrubin @bposton

Dec 17, 2014

Stephen Collins admits sexual contact with three girls, report says fw.to/SHFQNdW

Dec 17, 2014

RT @LANow: BREAKING: Gunman wounds 3 in Mid-City. Police say he "chased them" through the neighborhood. No one in custody, per @JosephSerna

Dec 15, 2014

Suspect in Pennsylvania shooting is an Iraq War veteran fw.to/yjVx8Cb

Dec 10, 2014

Operation Resident Evil: Dozens of arrests and federal racketeering indictment for eastside street gang Big Hazard. pic.twitter.com/QkAiCAmSM2

Dec 08, 2014

Jay-Z delivers "I can't breathe" tees to LeBron, Irving, Garnett, others: deadsp.in/LqkZVdT

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