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November 12, 2004 | Carina Chocano, Times Staff Writer
"All characters, whether grown-ups or babes, must wear a child's outlook as their only important adornment," wrote Scottish playwright J.M. Barrie in the stage directions for "Peter Pan." This directive became a guiding principle for "Finding Neverland," Marc Forster's unabashedly loving, and largely fictionalized, take on Barrie's relationship with the Llewelyn Davies family, who inspired his most famous work.
June 19, 2004 | Paul Lieberman and Dan Morain, Times Staff Writers
Chuck Graner flew both Marine Corps and American flags outside his house after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, and they were far from the only flags in Uniontown, just an hour from where one of the hijacked planes crashed into the Pennsylvania countryside. Three month later, the Desert Storm vet reenlisted, joining an Army Reserve unit that needed military police. "I just thought it was the right thing to do," he told a neighbor.
May 10, 2004 | Jane E. Allen
Children who have grown up with serious diseases might be expected to grow into adulthood plagued by anxiety and depression. Instead, they become thriving young adults no more prone to major psychiatric illnesses than their peers.
January 12, 2004 | Jane E. Allen
Despite the perception that people give up their hard-drinking, drug-taking teenage ways by middle age, it's only an illusion for the youngest baby boomers. Big indulgers in high school tended to stay that way. "The foundation for later substance use is set for most people by the time they finish high school," said Alicia Merline, a University of Michigan psychologist who studied men and women who graduated from high school between 1977 and 1983.
September 9, 2003 | Katie Flynn; Steven Barrie-Anthony, Special to The Times
By Katie Flynn: Hit on parade: "This is an interesting show, considering a lot of people here are drunk," says a model for American Apparel, oozing out of a tank and terrycloth shorts the size of a wash rag. "Everybody gets hit on, no matter what they are wearing." Extreme prejudice: Upstairs from the action, a rep for the marketing firm Board-Trac tells sporting-goods industry pros that, although retailers say they feel the economic pinch, "extreme" sports are robust, even growing.
July 9, 2003 | Denise M. Bonilla, Times Staff Writer
Growing up in group foster homes, Danielle Poland longed for someone to teach her how to be an adult. So when she was a teenager, she attended the Orangewood Children's Foundation's Independent Living Program to learn the finer points of adulthood: how to cook, do laundry, balance a checkbook. Not everything stuck. "I still don't know how to balance my checkbook," Poland said with a laugh. "I have to go online to check my balance all the time."
May 9, 2003 | From Times Wire Reports
The law may imply that you're a grown-up when you're old enough to vote, serve in the military or drink legally. But most Americans really think adulthood begins at age 26, according to a study from the University of Chicago. The study said most people don't consider a person grown up until they finish school, get a full-time job and start raising a family. Tom W.
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.
Janea Barton gyrates across the parquet with her fiery-red dyed hair and three-inch platform shoes, thrusting her ample hip into a spike-haired boy flapping around in a donated suit. Around her, a crush of teenagers wiggles and wails to the depth-charge beat, tearing up the church hall dance floor as a DJ spins the "Thong Song" on a toasty June night. "The Grind," Janea explains. "I taught myself. I watch a lot of MTV."
The sky is but a shadow when the girl walks onto the field just before dawn. In the distance, a campfire crackles. The aroma of potatoes and bacon, fresh tortillas browning over the fire, drifts in the breeze. "Say a prayer before you start," her grandmother calls. The girl's name is Claudia Griggs, but everyone calls her Angel. She is 15, though on this day her face is solemn, more like the woman she is soon to become than the girl she is.
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