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June 12, 2007 | Duke Helfand and Steve Hymon, Times Staff Writers
Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa spoke publicly for the first time Monday about the breakup of his 20-year marriage, saying he was responsible for the split even as he refused to talk about what caused it. In a somber meeting with reporters at City Hall, Villaraigosa declined to answer questions about whether the break with his wife, Corina, was triggered by another romantic relationship.
April 9, 2014 | By Tony Perry
SAN DIEGO - The guided-missile frigate Vandegrift returned here Wednesday with 15 officers, 190 enlisted sailors and a sick baby named Lyra. The rescue of the 1-year-old and her family from their crippled sailboat hundreds of miles out at sea was accomplished by a joint effort of the Coast Guard, California Air National Guard and the Navy, which redirected the Vandegrift from a training mission off Southern California. Avoiding the news media, Eric and Charlotte Kaufman and their two daughters - Lyra and 3-year-old Cora - disembarked at Naval Air Station North Island.
April 7, 2013 | By Susan Silk and Barry Goldman
When Susan had breast cancer, we heard a lot of lame remarks, but our favorite came from one of Susan's colleagues. She wanted, she needed, to visit Susan after the surgery, but Susan didn't feel like having visitors, and she said so. Her colleague's response? "This isn't just about you. " "It's not?" Susan wondered. "My breast cancer is not about me? It's about you?" The same theme came up again when our friend Katie had a brain aneurysm. She was in intensive care for a long time and finally got out and into a step-down unit.
April 1, 2014 | By Adolfo Flores
An aggressive mountain lion that had lurked in the brushy hills of southern Orange County was shot and killed after it began stalking a mother and her two children after they set off on a day hike. The woman, and a growing number of fellow hikers and passing mountain bikers, were unable to scare off the cougar, which at one point came within yards of her son. Authorities said the cougar was hiding in the brush near a grade school when they arrived and then marched directly toward them, seemingly unafraid.
Olympic sprint champion Florence Griffith Joyner died after suffering an epileptic seizure, according to autopsy results released Thursday, and her family and friends say they hope the findings will put to rest rumors that drug use contributed to her death. Griffith Joyner died last month in her sleep at age 38. Her husband, Al Joyner, bitterly criticized those who suggested that she took performance-enhancing drugs.
March 31, 2008 | From Times Wire Reports
A man killed his three children at a downtown Baltimore hotel, then called the front desk to report the killings, police said. Mark Castillo, 41, of Silver Spring was being held in the deaths. Police spokesman Sterling Clifford identified the children as Anthony, 6, Austin, 4, and Athena, 2.
January 23, 2009 | Times Wire Reports
An unoccupied delivery van mistakenly left in reverse jumped a curb and barreled into a group of children returning to their day-care center after a trip to the library, killing two and seriously injuring a third, authorities said. Fourteen other children were hospitalized with minor injuries. The incident occurred in the Chinatown district of Manhattan as the children walked less than two blocks through the busy area with their teachers. Police reviewed the incident and decided it was an accident.
She was a popular teacher, known for working past midnight on school projects and being a compassionate ally to her students. He was one of the special ones: a sixth-grader with whom she had recognized a kindred spirit when he entered her class, talented and intense.
November 7, 1989 | from Associated Press
Actress Bette Davis left her daughters and grandsons out of her nearly $1- million estate, according to a will filed for probate Monday. The bulk of the estate is split between her son and a close friend. Davis, who died on Oct. 6 of cancer at age 81, had been estranged from her daughter, Barbara Davis Hyman of Charlottesville, Va., since Hyman's book, "My Mother's Keeper," was published in 1985.
July 10, 2003 | Katherine Tolford, Special to The Times
Seven-year-olds Serena Beggs and Alexandra Valladares are in total agreement that the proper way to wipe their mouths at the table is to gently dab their lips with their napkins. "You don't want to wipe in big circles or you'll get it all over your face," Serena says. The two are students in etiquette consultant Maggie O'Farrill's six-hour manners class.
March 28, 2014 | By Anh Do
Orange County health officials met in an emergency session this week after the latest measles tally showed the number of cases in the county had rocketed in the last few weeks. There are now 21 confirmed cases of measles in Orange County, the most of any county in California and nearly five times the number of cases in the entire state at this time last year, health officials said. Across the state, the numbers also moved forward, climbing to 49 cases by Friday. Last year, at this time, there were only four reported in the entire state.
March 27, 2014
Re “U.S. schools remain plagued by racial inequity, data show,” March 23 Why blame the schools for the high rate of preschool (or any school) suspensions? The classroom must be manageable, with the teacher in control. When a child is disruptive, it takes a disproportionate amount of the teacher's time and energy and the learning environment for other children is spoiled. Because schools and teachers have no authority these days and are in fear of being sued, the recourse is to remove the disruptive child from the classroom.
March 23, 2014 | By Anky van Deursen
Question: I just took over the property management job for a 100-unit multistory apartment complex. The previous property manager let the tenants run wild here, and the owner has asked me to shape things up. There are children running all over the place at all hours of the day and night, breaking sprinklers, making noise, skateboarding on the railings, throwing rocks and breaking windows. I would like to establish some rules and regulations to help protect the property, ensure peace and quiet for all the residents, and protect the owner from liability.
March 21, 2014 | Sandy Banks
How do you help little children, too young to know what death really means, cope with the feelings of grief and pain that the loss of a loved one brings? If you're music therapist Arvis Jones, you let them bang on a drum, do the hokey-pokey or join a choir and sing. Jones is part of a growing professional field that taps the restorative power of music to help traumatized children heal. For 20 years, she's been going to crime scenes, hospitals, funerals and schools, reaching out to grieving families with a bin of unorthodox tools - keyboards, claves, jingle sticks, tambourines, djembe and tubano drums.
March 16, 2014 | By Rosanna Xia
Authorities are asking for the public's help as they search for four children who were allegedly abducted from their grandmother's house in Boyle Heights on Friday. The children's parents, Enrique Felix and Rosa Chairez, both 28, who had been ordered to stay away from the kids, took them from their grandmother's home in Boyle Heights on Friday, Los Angeles police said. The children were identified as Enrique Felix, 7, his brother Justin, 5, and 1-year-old twin sisters Veronica and Janet.
March 15, 2014 | By Jason Song, This post has been corrected. See note at the bottom for details.
Authorities are searching for four children who were abducted Friday from their grandmother's home in Boyle Heights. An Amber Alert was issued by the California Highway Patrol at 4:50 a.m. Saturday after the four children were taken from a home in the 1400 block of North Indiana Street. The children, two boys ages 7 and 5, and twin 1-year-old girls, were being cared for by their maternal grandmother when their parents abducted them around 12:30 p.m. Friday, according to Los Angeles Police Department officials.
Active parents of young children once had to stay home or find a baby-sitter if they wanted to jog or bicycle. Now, courtesy of fitness-oriented marketers plugging in to the booming baby market, a variety of safe and sleek devices help parents take their infants and toddlers on the road. Since 1984, parents serious about their jogging have been rolling their children out in jogging strollers, the three-wheeled devices that sometimes even have their own class in 10-K races.
As a child in post-World War II England, Shirley McGlade clipped a picture of movie star Jeff Chandler and put it in her wallet. That was her father, she told schoolmates--a rich American who had divorced her mother and was fighting for custody of her. "People believed me," she said. "I lived in a fantasy world."
March 14, 2014 | By The Times editorial board
Until about three years ago, federal agents annually intercepted some 8,000 unaccompanied minors entering the United States illegally. By last year, the number had jumped to nearly 26,000. This year's projection: As many as 60,000 youngsters may attempt to cross into this country without parents or papers. This surge of under-age humanity presents two problems. First is understanding the forces propelling it, which experts say include narco-trafficking, Central American gang violence and abusive homes.
March 13, 2014 | By David Pagel
The dark side of childhood may not be something adults like to think about. But it takes haunting shape in Yoshitomo Nara's wide-ranging exhibition at Blum & Poe, its presence all the more potent for being subdued. In 11 new paintings, 10 recent sculptures and more than 200 drawings made over the last 30 years, Nara treats children as complex creatures whose inner lives are as rich as anyone's and far more mysterious than adults usually treat them. The 54-year-old artist's bronze sculptures are big lumpy heads.
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