YOU ARE HERE: LAT HomeCollectionsAdulthood


Welland Rudd isn't a typical American. He's never eaten Thanksgiving turkey or watched fireworks on the Fourth of July. At 52, he has yet to set foot on U.S. soil. Rudd isn't a typical Russian, either. Although he speaks the language fluently and has lived his whole life in Moscow, he cuts an unusual figure here. What sets him apart is the cafe-au-lait color of his skin.
August 13, 2000
I have a difficult time accepting that little girls are growing up too fast. I have noticed that many elementary school girls dress like miniature women, sometimes being very provocative. We have dress codes, but after school they begin to transform into something different. I can see where these girls get their ideas of having to be sexy. We have these teen idols that our little girls look up to and want to be like. There already has been controversy about female teen idols such as Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera being far too sexy for their age. I have nothing against them as artists, but what kind of message is their sense of style sending?
August 20, 1989 | JOHN M. GLIONNA, Times Staff Writer
The muscular, blond teen-ager stood on the edge of the precipice, considering his reflection in the black waters 85 feet below, thinking about the jump. "What's his name?," someone asked from below. "Brett. Brett Johnson." came the answer. "You mean Brett 'The Crazy' Johnson." That's when the chanting began. Like taunting urban onlookers standing so many stories beneath a window ledge and a troubled soul, they cajoled: "Jump, jump, jump." So Johnson took a deep breath. And he jumped.
John Leguizamo quickly cranks up the party atmosphere in his solo show at the Wiltern Theatre, where he opened Wednesday. He begins with a raucous demonstration of differences in dance styles from various social groups, and he launches the second act by dancing with audience members in the center aisle. His talk is as rambunctious as his moves.
November 21, 2011 | By Shari Roan, Los Angeles Times / For the Booster Shots blog
High blood pressure usually concerns only people middle-aged and older. But a new study suggests that high blood pressure in early adulthood spells future heart problems and that it shouldn't be ignored. Researchers from the United States and United Kingdom followed almost 19,000 male students from Harvard who had their blood pressure measured when they entered college between 1914 and 1952. These men also responded to a health questionnaire mailed in the 1960s when they were an average age of almost 46. Assessments of death and cause of death were made in 1998.
November 18, 1991 | From American Health Magazine
Hugging, kissing and cuddling in childhood apparently makes for a happy adulthood. According to a 36-year study, affection rather than strictness and discipline is the best guarantee of a child's healthy development. And wealth, status and stresses such as divorce or alcoholism are less important than tender loving care in predicting a satisfying life.
December 27, 2002 | Daren Briscoe, Times Staff Writer
Peter Mejia's mother placed him in Judy Zdravje's arms for the first time when he wasn't much more than a week old. If words accompanied that motherly gesture, they are long forgotten. But Zdravje, who has worked at the Variety Boys and Girls Club in Boyle Heights for 32 years, knew it was a silent plea for help. The absent father and the mother hobbled by kidney problems were less important than the real message: "It can be a difficult neighborhood, and a dangerous one," Zdravje said.
September 7, 1999 | DUANE NORIYUKI
In August 1997, a month after the Margarita Mendez Apartments opened its doors to emancipated foster children, social worker Rafael Angulo knocked on one resident's door. When there was no answer, he went inside. There, curled up in a fetal position and sobbing, was a young woman. He went to her and asked what was wrong. It was her birthday, she said. No one remembered. "At that moment," Angulo says, "I realized how needy they were, how forgotten they were. Now I remember everyone's birthday."
Los Angeles Times Articles