On the hunt for fugitive ex-cop Christopher Dorner

 Los Angeles Times: Dec. 8-15, 2013



A 3-part series on Iraq veterans transformed by war in unexpected ways:


The Hidden Man

America saw Stephen Hill's face for 15 seconds.
It took him a lifetime to show it.

Los Angeles Times: Dec. 29 , 2013


Healing Sgt. Warren

On a hellish day in Iraq, he watched his friend burn.
Should he have done more, he wondered?

Los Angeles Times: Oct. 6, 2013


A Soldier's Wife

Her husband came home, and the war came with him.

Los Angeles Times: Sept. 8, 2013


On the run from everything but each other 

On freight trains, Adam and Ashley found a gritty hide-out from adulthood. One one thing could separate the young lovers as they crossed the country.                                                                                                   

Los Angeles Times: May 13, 2009 



Al Moreno has fought all his life against the shame of his father's desertion of the Navy in 1944. At 60, he wants a tour in Iraq as redemption.                                                                                                             

Los Angeles Times: November 11, 2006


10 times bigger than life

Attorney Jeff Rawitz faced his death the way he did everything else: over-the-top and fully prepared.              

Los Angeles Times: September 10, 2010


Public triumph, private torment

When Times sportswriter Mike Penner announced he'd become Christine Daniels, he sought "joy and fulfillment." After a year of accolades and ordeals, he returned as Mike. But his struggles continued.             

Los Angeles Times: March 27, 2010


A full portion of pressure

It's the Super Bowl of college cooking, and the team from Orange County is ready to score. Oh no, who forgot to plug in the deep fryer?                                                                                                                            

Los Angeles Times: September 6, 2007 


Max Kennedy patrols the U.S.-Mexico frontier as a volunteer. But this alienated man may be the most ambivalent of border warriors.

Los Angeles Times: June 23, 2007
At 8 years old, he saw something so barbaric that his mother thought he would never recover. Now he's in the protection business, dedicated to shielding others from the evil he knows.
St. Petersburg Times: January 23, 2000
The word of one witness put Michael Mordenti on death row. What the jurors didn't know could kill him.
St. Petersburg Times: March 14, 2004
A man's death sentence is a life sentnece for a boy who desperately wants to believe his father is innocent.
St. Petersburg Times: March 11, 2001
As CEO of the Crisis Center of Tampa Bay, Dennis Ross implored those drowning in depression to call for help, but couldn't heed his own advice.
St. Petersburg Times: May 29, 2005


A 5-year-old racked by seizures must make a sacrifice, as her little brother did, to stop the slow, steady killing of her mind. But how much of a sacrifice?                                                                                                     

St. Petersburg Times: May 16, 1999

Dominique Bacci, 5, rests after a series of seizures. Photo by Toni L. Sandys 



The man who wouldn't be Mickey

When Dad gives a little guy a big name, anything short of immortality can seem like a letdown.                      

St. Petersburg Times: July 12, 2005


Hip pocket stories

The way to a man's soul is through his wallet                                                                                               

St. Petersburg Times: July 1, 2004


Father, Son and Holy Rift

For Pastor Chuck Smith, the big issues are undebatable. For Chuck Smith Jr., also a pastor, it's not so crystal clear. Something had to give.                                                                                                                       

Los Angeles Times: September 2, 2006


Seeking a son gone silent

A desperate Vietnamese mother sent him to the U.S. 20 years ago. Now she must find him before her visa runs out or illness claims her.                                                                                                                    

(with Mai Tran)                                                                                                                                           

Los Angeles Times: December 19, 2006


A double life

For more than two decades, a prominent South Tampa man maintained two families just 20 miles apart.   

(with John Martin)                                                                                                                                       

St. Petersburg Times: June 4, 2003


Invisible Ink Got Gang's Deadly Note Past Guards

Aryan Brotherhood trial also uncovers the use of ancient ciphers and other ruses

Los Angeles Times: June 27, 2006





Project 50: Four walls and a bed

Identifying and finding the hard-core homeless, then cajoling them to accept housing, proves a daunting challenge.                                                                                                                                                   

Los Angeles Times: August 1-7, 2010  


The Collar and the Gun

John Kaiser was warned by other priests that his style in confronting the Moi government was too reckless. Kaiser knew he was in danger but kept speaking out -- until he could no longer do so.                                  

Los Angeles Times: Feburary 8-10, 2009


The $40 Lawyer

After passing the Bar exam on his fourth try, Charley Demosthenous wasn't exactly a hot property. Even his father thought he should go sell screwdrivers. Representing the poor and miserable was his last chance to be somebody.                                                                                                                                                   

St. Petersburg Times: January 22-29, 2006


The Hard Road

Inside the Jennifer Porter case                                                                                                                        

(with Tom French and Jamie Thompson)                                                                                                      

St. Petersburg Times: November 13-20, 2005 





Nixon's library to go by the book

An exhibit telling his version of Watergate is the first to go as the National Archives takes over the facility.     

Los Angeles Times: July 8, 2007


A new take on Watergate at Nixon library

Where the old exhibit was designed to burnish the 37th president's legacy, the new one is a raw and detailed look at the scandal that drove him from office.                                                                                              

Los Angeles Times: April 1, 2011


New batch of Nixon tapes released

The tapes, make public by the Richard M. Nixon Library and Museum, contain 154 hours of conversations from January and February 1973                                                                                                                         

Los Angeles Times: June 24, 2009


Berstein makes 1st visit to Nixon Library

The former Washington Post reporter who helped break the Watergate story pronounces his tour "a moving experience."                                                                                                                                                

Los Angeles Times: October 23, 2007


Archives show Nixon's targeting of foes

Newly released tapes and documents reveal the president's crusade to intimidate those who antagonized him.                                                                                                                                                           

Los Angeles Times: December 3, 2008





Philip Roth unbound

When the novelist picked his biographer, he chose Ross Miller, to whom he gave unfettered access after their years of "intellectual friendship."                                                                                                                  

St. Petersburg Times: July 4, 2004


The man behind Maus

An interview with Art Spiegelman                                                                                                              

Originally published in the Fish Rap Live! at UC Santa Cruz, 1992