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November 11, 2004 | Steve Henson, Times Staff Writer
One after another, baseball's general managers approached the youthful DePodesta and did all the talking. And one after another, they stroked his chin and said "cootchie, cootchie, coo." Dodger General Manager Paul DePodesta is only 31. But the baby talk wasn't a jab at his youth. It was directed at his son, Trevor, 10 months, seated in a stroller by his father's side Wednesday in the Ritz-Carlton banquet room.
Listening to a newborn's plaintive squall, parents hear the hungry promise of a life to come. In the babbling that precedes an infant's first halting attempts to talk, however, scientists are discovering crucial clues to how children master the languages that connect humans to one another.
July 10, 2004 | Mary McNamara and Gina Piccalo, Times Staff Writers
It's a typical movie plot: Smart-mouthed swinging single comes in contact with winsome child and goes suddenly soulful and soft. Only this time, it's the Hollywood press who are mooning amid the baby bottles. With the recent deliveries of a string of A-list stars, celebrity scribes -- historically the gleeful chroniclers of Tinseltown's love triangles, court appearances and rehab relapses -- have ditched the wasp-tongued, dirt-digging persona for one of doting godparent. "Oh, Baby!"
December 7, 1997 | BILL McCOY, Bill McCoy is the author of "Father's Day: Notes From a New Dad in the Real World" (Times Books)
Brian Hall no doubt received the advice all new parents get when they start crowing about Samantha's first steps or Zachary's particularly telling insight at the dinner table: "You ought to write these things down." He has done just that, with a vengeance. In "Madeleine's World," however, Hall's aim is more ambitious than simply to record milestones, poignant moments and adorable stories from his daughter's first three years of life.
June 28, 2008 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Baby crocodiles start calling to one another and their mothers just before they hatch, perhaps signaling that it is time to be born, according to a report Monday in the journal Current Biology. Researchers tested 10 crocodiles and their eggs, recording sounds the babies made. When the sounds were played back, the babies hastened to break out of their shells and eight of the mothers tried to dig up their eggs. Researchers said that many baby reptiles are eaten by predators right after birth, so it may be important for them to hatch together and for the mother to be there as they do.
November 21, 2010 | By Yvonne Villarreal, Los Angeles Times
There's a very visible baby bump on the set of "How I Met Your Mother," but no one's paying it much attention. In a flashback scene for an upcoming episode, the ever-present narrator's memory is lapsing and he can't recall whether Lily ( Alyson Hannigan) was pregnant during the moment he's recounting. As Lily spars with Barney ( Neil Patrick Harris), her burgeoning belly remains unmentioned, serving simply as a resting spot for a plate of Chinese food. Now in its sixth season, the show is toying with the idea of employing a device much belabored in sitcom land: the addition of a baby.
August 29, 1999 | JANET WISCOMBE, Janet Wiscombe is a frequent contributor to The Times who last wrote about professional beach volleyball for the magazine
Sally Ride doesn't look like a woman outrageous enough to sit on top of a stack of enormous flaming rockets. There's absolutely nothing about her refined appearance or manner to suggest she has the grit to travel into the great, dark, airless abyss strapped to the seat of a hurtling piece of machinery. She's small, reserved, a reluctant heroine uneasy with eminence, a self-possessed but distant star who navigates her rarefied universe with quiet control.
August 6, 1995 | Jaclyn Easton, Jaclyn Easton is the host of "Log On U.S.A.," which airs Wednesdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 1 p.m. on KIEV-AM (870). and
You've just finished watching your 956th episode of "Sesame Street" and want to discuss it in-depth, but a concrete analysis with your toddler is out of the question. Believe it or not, other parents out there feel the same way and are communicating on a number of Internet Usenet discussion groups that focus on live-action children's programming. On , grown-ups talk about why they enjoy the show and about the educational advantages of its multilingual element.
January 30, 2013
Re "Gay marriage opponents attempt unusual tack," Jan. 27 Same-sex marriage opponents Paul D. Clement and Charles J. Cooper seem to have discovered a solution for the potential threat of "irresponsible procreation" posed by heterosexuals. The answer is clear: Only same-sex couples should procreate because they engage in "substantial advance planning. " Still, what to do with the millions of heterosexuals? Clement's and Cooper's answer is also clear: Heterosexuals, once married, will begin to act like homosexuals and also engage in "substantial advance planning.
"Baby Talk," the ABC comedy based on the hit film "Look Who's Talking," will finally debut on Friday, March 8, at 8:30 p.m. Originally scheduled to premiere last September as part of ABC's starting fall lineup, production was delayed when the sitcom's star, Connie Sellecca, departed after a dispute with the producers and Columbia Pictures Television. Her role was subsequently recast with Julia Duffy, formerly of "Newhart." Tony Danza stars as the voice of the baby.
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