More women falling into ranks of homeless veterans: The number of homeless female vets has risen sharply during the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Though they didn’t have direct combat roles, they suffer many of the stresses that plague male vets — often while trying to raise children alone.
Photo: Ruth Donaldson with her son, Dante, at Jubilee House, a private shelter for homeless female veterans in Fayetteville, N.C. Credit: David Zucchino / Los Angeles Times
Much has changed for gay and lesbian Catholics in L.A.: A Mass in Hollywood celebrates the 25th anniversary of the gay and lesbian ministry established by then-Archbishop Roger Mahony. Despite a larger acceptance, participants know that challenges remain.
Photo: Luis Manuel Torres, left, Nick Rocca, Doug Anderson, Frank Galvan and Renee Stampolis were among those who attended a Mass at Blessed Sacrament Church in Hollywood celebrating the 25th anniversary of the founding of a ministry for gay and lesbian Catholics. Credit: Liz O. Baylen / Los Angeles Times
As protesters come and go, the one constant at Occupy L.A. is art. There is rarely a time on the grass surrounding City Hall that someone is not expressing themselves creatively.
Universal flu vaccine may be on horizon: Two drug companies are testing formulations of universal flu vaccine in hopes of bringing a successful version to market in the coming years. Such a shot may work for several years, possibly replacing the annual flu shot.
Photo credit: Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times
Nov. 2, 1976: Nuns from the Little Sisters of the Poor vote early in the morning at an East 1st Street polling place during heavy turnout in the presidential election pitting Republican incumbent Gerald Ford against Democratic challenger Jimmy Carter. The sisters ran a home for the elderly next to the polling place.
Photo credit: Steve Fontanini / Los Angeles Times
Is family-friendly TV going extinct? The new fall season highlights how scripted TV shows with a broad family appeal have become a rarity, with “Terra Nova” and “The Middle” among the few.
This is fascinating:
Also, the family unit itself has markedly changed since the mid-1970s, when the Federal Communications Commission pressured the top three networks to institute a “family viewing hour” from 8 to 9 p.m. Over the last four decades — as divorce and single parenthood climbed sharply — the percentage of children younger than 18 living in a two-parent household slid from roughly 85% to 67%, according to statistics from the U.S. Census Bureau. Meanwhile, the family viewing hour policy, born from protests about the rising tide of sex and violence on TV in the early 1970s, was scrapped by the courts within a couple of years, leaving the networks to pledge their best effort in maintaining suitable family programming in that prime-time hour.
Photo: A family watching a television program in which an elephant performs tricks circa 1955. Credit: Harold Lambert / Getty Images
Personal stories warm up Seoul’s subway rides: In South Korea, placards on trains offer short tales of love, loss and coping with everyday life for harried commuters. “The storytelling program began last year as an antidote to the drudgery of Seoul’s daily commute in packed subway cars that hurtle along, funeral-home silent, on one of the planet’s most heavily used rapid transit systems,” John M. Glionna writes.
Some of the stories:
A man tells of his boyhood shame at learning from a friend that the sneakers his mother gave him were the castoffs of another child. A woman realizes her selfishness after years of complaining how she had to care for an Alzheimer’s-ridden mother-in-law — guided by her own son’s devotion to his ailing grandmother.
Photo: A Seoul subway rider looks up at a placard bearing one of the personal stories submitted by everyday commuters. Credit: Matt Douma / For The Times
The high price of the California bullet train: Its proposed route would destroy churches, schools, homes, warehouses, banks, medical offices, stores and much more.
Whether the Central Valley can force significant changes in the bullet train plan is unclear. Up and down the valley, people know they are not playing with a strong political hand.
“Some people will say they screwed a bunch of farmers in Kings County. So who cares?” said Frank Oliveira, a farmer. “The answer is they will screw you too when it comes to your neighborhood.”
Photo: Fernando Salazar, 17, a junior at Bakersfield High School, makes a box in the wood-working shop at Bakersfield High School. A proposed high-speed rail route would require closure of the school’s industrial arts building. Credit: Anne Cusack / Los Angeles Times
Photo album provides a new picture of Wyatt Earp: Two brothers find evidence of the personal life of the legendary lawman. He wasn’t always a tough guy.
Fun read if you were really into HBO’s “Deadwood.”
Photo: Keith Collins, left, and his brother Brian display photographs of Wyatt Earp as a boy and as a man. They were among many others in a photo album the brothers discovered in an antique store in Hesperia. Credit: Mel Melcon / Los Angeles Times