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July 4, 1992 | AARON CURTISS, Aaron Curtiss is a Times staff writer.
Times are tough all over, brother. No sense getting down about it, though. It could be worse. No job? There's your health. That shot, too? What about the family? Maybe their health is good. There's got to be something, anything, to keep a faint flicker of hope alive. At least that's the attitude of the folks who gather each week in the basement of the Burbank Church of Religious Science.
January 23, 1987 | PATRICK GOLDSTEIN
The best horror movies begin with the simplest of premises--and "The Stepfather" (citywide) has a doozy. What if you found a new face at the head of the dinner table, a stepdad who loved you and--just maybe--wanted to kill you too? That's the kicker for this eerie new thriller, which sets its vivid (and sometimes violent) case study in madness in the carefully manicured streets of suburbia, as we watch the new pop on the block go careening down the slippery slope of sanity.
December 4, 1987 | HILLIARD HARPER, San Diego County Arts Writer
When he was a 26-year-old junior high dropout from Spanish Harlem, Reuben Gonzalez walked into Fordham University, passed the entrance examination and registered in the school's writing program. A few years later, while studying in New York University's graduate writing program, a penniless Gonzalez, needing cash, zipped off a "spec" script to "The Cosby Show," which promptly bought it and put Gonzalez under contract to develop the script.
May 14, 2012 | By Matt Pearce
Dear graduates: It's that time of year again: graduation season.  Across the country, the Adults are scrambling to their lecterns and op-ed columns for one last chance to tell you what to do, despite ample evidence over the last couple of years that the Adults have no idea what they're doing. (Full disclosure: This reporter is a Young Person.) Some of this advice will be useful. Some of it - such as in 2005, with Steve Jobs' commencement speech at Stanford University ( “Connect the dots” )
November 4, 2012 | By Cindy Carcamo, Molly Hennessy-Fiske and Matt Pearce, Los Angeles Times
- With power slowly returning to New York and New Jersey and emergency fuel being rushed into the region, authorities turned Sunday to a potentially bigger problem since super storm Sandy: where to house the tens of thousands of people whose homes are no longer habitable. With a freeze expected in some areas Monday and another, smaller storm on the horizon, the housing problem took on urgency. Even with power and fuel restored, many houses no longer have functioning heating systems, since flooding saltwater ruined many basement heaters and electrical systems.
It was just another tragedy in family court. A young crack mother, desperate to conceal her pregnancy, had locked herself in a tenement bathroom and given birth to a three-pound boy. As she pushed, he fell to the floor and broke his skull. The mother abandoned him, like she had two previous babies. All were born addicted to crack. "Can we do anything about this woman?" asks Judge Judith Sheindlin, her voice taut with anger.
For Drew Birtness, the last straw came when he realized he was arresting the grandchildren of suspects he had picked up years ago. The Los Angeles County sheriff's deputy had been working the streets of East Los Angeles for 21 years, long enough to be hardened by the shootings and deaths and gangs--but also long enough to try something new. "I was tired of picking up kids' bodies off the street," he said.
February 19, 1995 | jesse katz, Jesse Katz is Houston bureau chief for The Times.
I became the Los Angeles Times' gang reporter on a September evening in 1991 when I stepped into a roomful of Bloods and Crips at the home of former NFL star Jim Brown in the Hollywood Hills. The week before, I had covered a devastating arson fire in Watts that killed five members of a Latino family in a mostly African American housing project. Outside the charred apartment, I met an ex-gangbanger named Chopper, a chiseled man in his mid-20s.
May 12, 1986 | CHRIS COBBS, Times Staff Writer
The night before had been unseasonably cold for late April, with a low near 20, but now the campus was basking in sunshine. Shirtless joggers bounded past pale co-eds stretched out on blankets, and leafless trees seemed to sprout green buds in a matter of hours, as in time-lapse photography. In a dark and cramped basement room in venerable Sorin Hall, a restless freshman football player slipped on a pair of shorts and boat shoes.
January 17, 1990 | From Associated Press
The actress who portrayed housekeeper Aunt Bee on "The Andy Griffith Show" lived her last years in seclusion in a dark, dingy house and kept a 1966 green Studebaker with four flat tires in the garage. The home of Frances Bavier reflects little of the coziness of the fictional house that Aunt Bee managed for Mayberry's sheriff and his young son on the popular television series of the 1960s. The 86-year-old Miss Bavier died Dec.
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