Why replacing L.A. County's health director won't be easy

When Los Angeles County supervisors describe the kind of person they want for a top department post, they often say something along the lines of, “We want a Mitch Katz type.” That certainly speaks volumes about Dr. Mitchell H. Katz, who on Friday told the supervisors he’d be leaving the county at the end of the year. His departure culminates a stunningly successful run as leader, first of the massive …

1-year-old in stroller fatally hit by truck; mom badly hurt

CLEVELAND (AP) — Cleveland police say a truck veered off a road and plowed into a woman and the stroller she was pushing, killing her 1-year-old son and leaving the mother hospitalized in critical condition. The medical examiner’s office says the boy, Troyonn Berger, died at the scene Monday. It wasn’t immediately clear why the driver of the truck went off the roadway. Police say the driver didn’t appear to …

Puerto Rican Combat Vet Says Hurricane Maria Worse Than War

Miguel Olivera, now 75, survived combat and being impacted by Agent Orange in Cambodia as the US waged war against the Viet Cong decades ago. Miguel Olivera and his wife Diana Aponte show a picture from his time in service. (Credit: CNN) Now, at home in Puerto Rico, he is facing another threat to his life — a fridge without power. He needs insulin to survive but his last vial …

Why California schools need more assignments like the 4th grade 'mission project'

To the editor: Your wish of “good riddance” to the California mission-modeling project assigned to thousands of fourth-graders misses an important point: Learning to create things with your hands is an important part of a full education. (“Good riddance to California’s ‘mission project,’” editorial, Sept. 19). Where some see “questionable educational value,” I see a type of learning that shouldn’t be presumed to be less valuable simply because it doesn’t …

Cops: Gas found on slain woman's body; suspect bought gas

WORCESTER, Mass. (AP) — Police say socks and a hair tie found on the body of a Google employee slain while out for a run near her mother’s Massachusetts home tested positive for gasoline, and the man charged with killing her bought $5 worth of gas on the day of her death. The police affidavit in the death of 27-year-old Vanessa Marcotte was filed in a Massachusetts court. Marcotte lived …