November 21, 2007 |
A former child soldier in Sierra Leone's civil war was named an ambassador for the United Nations Children's Fund, vowing to be an advocate for children worldwide, not just in African war zones. Ishmael Beah lost his family in a rebel attack when he was about 12, was kidnapped by Sierra Leone's national army and forced, along with other captured children, to fight a war.
October 28, 2007 |
His backup plan is a change of scenery -- Shannon has been painting sets in Hollywood for 26 years, most recently for TV shows such as "Cold Case," "Pushing Daisies" and "Without a Trace." He has been able to make good money, earning $100,000 or more a year. Recently, though, the Huntington Beach resident took steps to apply for a contractor's license, concerned that the TV work would dry up and he wouldn't be able to pay his ex-wife the $3,200 a month required for spousal and child support.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 25, 2007 |
Abused children throughout California and the nation who are undocumented but entitled to green cards are frequently not receiving them -- putting them at risk of deportation and drastically limiting their educational and work opportunities. Under federal law, certain abused, neglected or abandoned dependents of the state are eligible for legal residency, but officials in many counties are unaware of the benefit.
June 1, 2000 |
The next time you fly into New York's LaGuardia Airport, look out the right side of the plane, and as the wheels touch the runway, you'll see Rikers Island, the largest penal colony in the country. Overflow from the barred ghetto, the population of which is 92% black and Hispanic, floats in the East River on a prison barge. A few miles to the north and west lies the South Bronx, America's poorest congressional district, an area that makes war-ravaged Beirut look like a vacation spot.
January 31, 2000 |
Cindy Espinoza took to the gutted, gravelly streets of this barrio last year to campaign for president. Knocking on the doors of cinder-block shanties and wielding a bullhorn to be heard by voters behind barred windows and doors, she pledged to work for better schools, new community services, paved roads and more parks in the crime-infested slum.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 8, 1999
Contrary to what David Horowitz would like to believe (Commentary, Nov. 26), it's not because of some high-minded stand for principle that the U.S. is today one of the only two nations on Earth to not ratify the U.N. Convention on the Rights of the Child, but instead a campaign of scare stories by far-right anti-U.N. activists. Contrary to what is claimed, the convention recognizes the importance of family and parents. As for it being "unenforceable," a Nov. 18 article described how many nations are making the convention part of their legal codes.