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

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.

Woman who spent 17 years in jail is innocent of murder, LA judge rules

smh.com.au — Susan Mellen, left, sits with her lawyer Deirdre O'Connor as she is exonerated of murder by Superior Court Judge Mark Arnold in Torrance, California on Friday. Photo: Brad Graverson LOS ANGELES - Describing the case as a failure of the criminal justice system, a Los Angeles County judge has thrown out the murder conviction of a woman who has spent more than 17 years behind bars.

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

latimes.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.

About 25,000 expected Sunday at AIDS Walk Los Angeles

latimes.com — About 25,000 participants are expected to turn out Sunday at West Hollywood Park for the 30th annual AIDS Walk Los Angeles. The opening ceremony is scheduled to kick off at 9:15 a.m. with speeches from Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and West Hollywood Mayor John D'Amico.

Infant found dead at Compton home

latimes.com — Authorities are investigating the death of an infant reported Saturday at a Compton residence. Homicide detectives were dispatched to a home in the 13000 block of South Harris Avenue about 8 a.m., Los Angeles County sheriff's Lt. Michael Hannemann said. The child was less than a year old and pronounced dead at the scene.

Woman behind bars 17 years walks free after judge says she's innocent

latimes.com — A woman convicted of murder and imprisoned for 17 years walked out of a Torrance courthouse Friday after a judge called her life sentence "a failure of the criminal justice system" and ordered her release. Susan Mellen, 59, was embraced by her three children who had waited more than eight hours after the morning hearing for the prison detainer to be lifted.

Judge voids woman's conviction in 1997 killing

latimes.com — That August day began with a simple promise: A Happy Meal for a daughter. It was a Monday morning and Susan Mellen and 9-year-old Jessica got into their white sedan to head to the neighborhood McDonald's in Gardena. When they arrived, a 17-year legal nightmare began.

L.A. judge says woman who spent 17 years behind bars is innocent

latimes.com — Describing the case as a failure of the criminal justice system, a Los Angeles County judge on Friday threw out the murder conviction of a woman who has spent more than 17 years behind bars for a crime that he said she did not commit.

Woman expecting prison release in 1997 murder she says she didn't commit

latimes.com — The Los Angeles County district attorney's office has decided not to oppose a request to throw out the murder conviction of a woman who has spent more than 17 years behind bars for a crime she said she didn't commit, according to the woman's lawyer.
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RT @nytimes: Women's wages: Why Microsoft's Nadella is wrong about women and raises nyti.ms/1o3XwjG

Oct 12, 2014

RT @nbcbayarea: Venomous brown spiders "bleeding out of the walls" force family from home nbcbay.com/fQhsy46 pic.twitter.com/PZZFpumuLQ

Oct 11, 2014

.@latimes paper story on Susan Mellen: 17 yrs behind bars until @innocencematter took case & judge voided conviction fw.to/sKWVbeh

Oct 11, 2014

Woman behind bars 17 years walks free after judge says she's innocent fw.to/ACxjLDG

Oct 10, 2014

8 hrs after a judge ordered her released, Susan Mellen walks out of Torrance courthouse, says she's not angry about 17 yrs behind bars

Oct 10, 2014

Judge voids woman's conviction in 1997 killing fw.to/sKWVbeh "I was in prison but I didn't let prison live in me."

Oct 10, 2014

RT @latimesnational: Second mistrial declared in case of Detroit cop who accidentally shot and killed 7-year-old. lat.ms/ZTIdPJ

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