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April 13, 1996 | MAL FLORENCE
Cincinnati Red owner Marge Schott recently said whimsically, "Wouldn't it be nice if we were all dogs?" This is the same Schott who said she felt "cheated" that a game at Riverfront Stadium was being postponed after umpire John McSherry's death. Comment from Peter Gammons of the Boston Globe: "My dog is insulted by the thought of being in the same species as Marge Schott." Trivia time: Who are the four former UCLA players drafted by the Lakers in the first round?
December 25, 1990
For ages, pacifiers have calmed fussy infants and offered parents a better night's sleep. But with pacifier use comes parental concern: Will pacifier use in infancy mean outlandish orthodontia bills later on? Is a pacifier just a crutch? Here, two experts discuss pacifier use and abuse. Dr. Wanda Claro, Irvine pediatric dentist and orthodontist "Pacifiers are better than thumbs. If the child needs a pacifier to calm himself, let him have one.
May 15, 1990 | LANIE JONES
On a quiet Monday morning, Pauline Geiger--the Plaque Buster--came to Hoover Elementary School in Santa Ana to talk about teeth. Wearing blue boots, a blue-jean jumpsuit with the words "Plaque Busters" stitched on the front and dangly earrings made from a tiny toothbrush and tube of toothpaste, she strolled to the front of a kindergarten class. "Hi. Gimme a pretty smile," she said to a 6-year-old.
May 24, 1985
Of all the interviews coming out of West Philadelphia after the assault on the radical group, MOVE, one made what happened in the aftermath of the fire truly personal. A woman tearfully related that she lost to the flames baby clothes worn by her newborn son when they left the hospital. He's 18 now. We accumulate a lot over the years that is testimony to our productivity and success--TVs, stereos, appliances and clothes. Yet, when we lose all to fire, flood or theft, it's the loss of personal items that create the most pain, things only of value to the owner.
September 21, 2006 | Robert Lee Hotz, Times Staff Writer
No one knows how her body found its way into the stream or how long her parents may have searched the shallows for the missing 3-year-old. The child's fossilized skeleton -- a tiny skull, a jaw with baby teeth still intact, a clutch of finger bones, the curled commas of ribs -- are remains of a domestic calamity 3.3 million years ago when the human family was in its infancy, so long ago that the river in which she may have drowned has turned to stone.
January 4, 2014 | By Howard Blume
After an extended period of layoffs and hiring freezes, the Los Angeles Unified School District has resumed bringing on new teachers, while also being more selective about their quality than in the past. The nation's second-largest school system forecasts hiring 1,333 instructors for next year; it hired 718 for the current year. The total teaching force numbers about 26,000. The turnaround represents the first significant positive change in the employment climate since 2007; each year since, the district had faced significant budget cuts - from an economic recession, a drop in federal funding and declining enrollment.
January 11, 1988
Add to the list of electrifying problems the one of metallic party balloons filled with helium that drift into power lines, especially in Santa Monica, and cause power outages. They're not as dangerous a New Year's diversion as celebrating with your gun, maybe, but Southern California Edison blames those balloons for 11 outages over the New Year weekend. They ended up cutting off power to 13,700 customers for up to two hours. Most of the weekend outages were in Santa Monica.
Seven-year-old Brenda had a serious face to hide two teeth ravaged by decay. "Heavy blanket," said dental assistant Jane Kelley, explaining the covering she was placing on the child to protect her during the X-rays of her teeth. Carlos Pujol, a volunteer patient coordinator, used soft, reassuring tones to explain the procedure in Spanish. Everyone but Brenda stepped out of the room at the renovated dental clinic at MEND, or Meet Each Need with Dignity, while the girl's mouth was X-rayed.
April 20, 1991 | NANCY WRIDE
"I Alone" was all it said. But for its pure starkness, the coffin-sized patchwork, spray-painted on a sheet by a dying person, stood out Friday among the pieces of a huge quilt memorializing AIDS victims worldwide. From such simple farewells to intricately sewn tomes about lost loved ones, 666 quilt panels went on exhibit for the first full day Friday at UC Irvine's Student Center, where scores of people paid an emotional visit.
Kylah Morse was resting in her mother's arms when the man in a passing car sprayed their Compton street with assault weapon fire. The 10-month-old girl, who was just showing her first baby teeth, was shot in the head and killed. On Sunday, neighbors and family members gathered on the bloodstained sidewalk where the attack occurred the day before, recounting what happened and asking themselves why.
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