February 23, 2014
Re "A humane stance on dying kids," Opinion, Feb. 20 Unsettling decisions regarding a child's "right to die" and whether his or her life measures up anymore must be determined carefully. Members of a medical and psychosocial team, as well as the patient and patient's family, should be included in the process. With guidance by trained professionals, the process of listening to a sick child's fears and frustrations can help to decipher sometimes subtle differences between depression, cognitive disorganization, feelings of hopelessness and a desire to hasten one's own death.
February 21, 2014 |
HARLINGEN, Texas - They come from Central America with slips of paper sewn into their pockets bearing names they are sometimes too young to spell. Parents send them with Bibles, rosaries and small wooden crosses in their backpacks. The flood of undocumented immigrants has slowed compared to five years ago - likely due to tighter border enforcement and the economic downturn in the U.S. - but in its place is a new immigration surge even more confounding: children and teenagers traveling through the rugged border lands into south Texas, lured by the promise of safety.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 17, 2014 |
It had already been a tough winter in the Central California farm town of Riverdale. The drought had crippled some farms and caused some of the almond trees, long a sign of pride and prosperity, to wither and die. "Everybody's been tightening their belts," said Kathryn Ervin, 60. "Times are hard. " But no one was prepared for what unfolded Saturday night: A horrific accident that sent an SUV carrying a mother and her four children hurtling in flames toward a nearby house. A man pulling up seconds later, sprinting toward the wreckage to help, burning his hands and arms as five people died in the flames - his people.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 16, 2014 |
A mother and her four children died in an accident near Fresno, as the woman's husband tried in vain to pull them from the fiery wreckage of their car, authorities said Sunday. The 29-year-old mother, who was not identified, was driving south about 7 p.m. in a 2003 Ford Expedition in the community of Riverdale, south of Fresno. With her in the car were her four children, 1- and 3-year-old boys and 6- and 11-year-old girls. Another woman, identified by the California Highway Patrol as Juana Martinez Bejarano, 41, was driving west on Excelsior Avenue in a 2004 Nissan at about 60 mph. At the intersection with South Marks Avenue, Bejarano apparently failed to heed a stop sign, and the two cars collided, the CHP said.
HOME & GARDEN
February 14, 2014 |
I am of a mind that the Sunday paper should be strewn gloriously across the house, a little everywhere - like leaves across New England, like lingerie across a bridal suite - and my wife, having now moved beyond the honeymoon stage of our relationship, thinks the Sunday paper ought to be stacked neatly in one single spot. Multiply that times 1,000, and you have a modern marriage. The minister never said you have to agree on every little thing. Most divisive, I suppose, are children.
February 11, 2014 |
CAIRO - An Algerian military transport plane carrying at least 78 people crashed Tuesday in eastern Algeria, and rescuers who rushed to the scene found one survivor but confirmed the deaths of dozens of others, the state news agency said. The aircraft, a U.S.-built C-130, went down in mountainous terrain as it was making its descent in the province of Oum El Bouaghi, about 250 miles east of the capital, Algiers, the official Algeria Press Service said. Seventy-four passengers, mostly soldiers and their families, and four crew members were reported to be aboard.