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Prison hospice: A sentence of death

Prison hospice: Life and death

Posted On: 1:00 a.m. | November 21, 2011

In March of 2011, prison hospice worker John Paul Madrona began a deathwatch with “the kid,” a 24-year-old thief named Freddy Garcia, who had colon cancer. Garcia, serving nine years for his second felony, had been a gangster. Menacing tattoos covered his shaved head. But he also was fragile, fearful and wanted his mother to hold him. View Post»

Prison hospice

In prison and dying: Hospice care in a high-security penitentiary

Posted On: 1:00 a.m. | November 19, 2011

In 2010, 372 inmates died of their illnesses in California state prisons, most from cancer, and 31 received a compassionate release. Inmate Freddy Garcia, 26, serving a 9 year sentence for armed robbery, had petitioned the state for a compassionate release and he’d been turned down twice. That was no surprise. Prison officials, judges and politicians are leery of sending sick convicts home... View Post»

A tuba revolution

A tuba revolution

Posted On: 6:30 p.m. | November 18, 2011

Fidel Bernabe, a talented trumpeter in Mexico, is among the brass band musicians who are part of Southern California's 'tuba revolution.' They're showing their chops on an instrument whose 'thunk thunk' attracts dance-minded partygoers. View Post»

Georgia teen struggles to support her family

Georgia teen struggles to support her family

Posted On: 4:57 a.m. | November 18, 2011

Miriam Hernandez is 16 years old, and a native-born Georgian. She has a learner’s permit and would like to take the driving class that would allow her to get a license — that elusive prize so many of her foreign-born friends will never have. View Post»

Occupy protesters promise day of action

Students and faculty rally after university police used pepper spray on protesters

Posted On: 8:38 a.m. | November 17, 2011

In Davis,  faculty members and students protest and listen to UC Davis Chancellor Linda Katehi after the campus police used pepper spay on a group of protesters at the university Friday. In New York, police and Occupy Wall Street protesters scuffled in Lower Manhattan as marchers tried to take their demonstration to the door of the New York Stock Exchange, leading to confrontations... View Post»

A cross to bear

A cross to bear: Camp Pendleton Marines honor fallen comrades

Posted On: 2:46 p.m. | November 14, 2011

To honor the memory of four Marine comrades killed in Iraq and to show respect for all military personnel sent to foreign lands, a small but determined group trudged up a steep hill at Camp Pendleton to erected a 13-foot cross observing Veterans Day. View Post»

Full measure of devotion

Marines’ cross honors fallen comrades

Posted On: 9:18 p.m. | November 11, 2011

At precisely 11:11 a.m. _ the time when World War I officially ended, giving rise to Armistice Day, the forerunner to Veterans Day a small group trudged up a steep hill at Camp Pendleton to erect a 13 foot cross as the nation observed Veteran’s Day. View Post»

Breaking the cycle of Abuse

Breaking the cycle of abuse

Posted On: 9:32 a.m. | November 10, 2011

By David Kelly, Special to The Times Reporting from Cleveland— Inside a stuffy Cleveland classroom, Tim Boehnlein explained the mechanics of domestic violence and then posed a question. "So why do women stay?" he asked his class of would-be counselors. Ignorance, low self-esteem, lack of education, they speculated. No one really knew. Except maybe the silent woman in back — the... View Post»

In his own words

In his own words

Posted On: 4:42 p.m. | November 9, 2011

Once badly malnourished, beaten and locked up in a garage, Ahmed Ibn Muhammed Mahdi Shabazz is now a strapping 6-foot-5, 215-pound young man who recently graduated high school in Avon, Ohio. He suffered serious depression after his ordeal at the hands of Mansa Musa Muhummed but after undergoing years of counseling he says, “I forced myself to forget it. It now seems like a video game that I... View Post»

Survivors of abuse

Survivors of abuse

Posted On: 11:10 p.m. | November 8, 2011

Laura Cowan survived life in one of the most notoriously abusive households in recent California history. Now a speaker, counselor and forceful advocate for  abused women, Cowan has come a long way since her abuser was sentenced to seven life terms in prison. Read David Kelly's story: Emerging from a notorious hell of abuse to counsel others View Post»

Pendleton Marines remember fallen camrades

Camp Pendleton honors Marines killed in Afghanistan

Posted On: 10:10 p.m. | November 4, 2011

Late last year, as more and more Marines were killed in Afghanistan in the fight for the longtime Taliban stronghold of Sangin, then-Defense Secy. Robert Gates offered to allow the Marines to withdraw. "Absolutely not," Commandant Gen. James Amos told Gates. Instead, the Marines ordered more reinforcements and equipment to Sangin and vowed not to quit until the Taliban is vanquished. In April,... View Post»

Taking on a leading role

Taking on a leading role

Posted On: 5:00 p.m. | November 4, 2011

A drug cartel attack in Mexico cost Adali Gutierrez, 20, of El Monte his parents and left him with a disfigured face and the responsibility of being patriarch to his four younger siblings. View Post»

Keeping boots on the ground

Keeping boots on the ground

Posted On: 10:24 p.m. | November 3, 2011

The Marine Corps, while still reveling in its reputation for having the toughest recruit training of any military service, has realized that boot camp injuries cost time and money and can be demoralizing to injured recruits and their buddies. View Post»

Nurses joing Occupy L.A. march

Nurses join Occupy L.A. in march through downtown Los Angeles

Posted On: 9:34 p.m. | November 3, 2011

Over 100 nurses from Los Angeles and Orange County join Occupy L.A. in a march from City Hall to the financial district in downtown Los Angeles. View Post»

A lifelong passion

Breeders’ Cup campaign feeds horse trainer’s lifelong passion

Posted On: 9:43 a.m. | November 3, 2011

Bill Spawr gets to the racetrack way before the crack of dawn and could be in line for a big career highlight if 5-year-old gelding Amazombie wins the sprint race at the Breeders' Cup this weekend. View Post»

West Hollywood Halloween Costume Carnaval

2011 West Hollywood Halloween Costume Carnaval

Posted On: 8:21 a.m. | November 1, 2011

Hundreds of thousands of Halloween revelers flocked to Santa Monica Boulevard in West Hollywood for the 2011 West Hollywood Halloween Costume Carnaval, billed as one of the world’s largest Halloween celebrations. View Post»


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