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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.
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 | Chris Erskine
The golden March morning smells like a fistful of Easter lilies. But Dirk Spits - formerly of Amsterdam, currently of anywhere he parks his tent - is remembering a less serene moment: the day he fell asleep on his bike in his grinding bid to pedal from Alaska to Argentina. "It was four days of bad weather from Olympia [Washington] to Castle Rock, some of it on Interstate 5," he remembers. "I hadn't had any food and I fell asleep…maybe three or four seconds. If there hadn't been that guardrail….
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.
March 12, 2014 | By Christie D'Zurilla
Those who don't know history are doomed to repeat it -- and Kevin Bacon doesn't want that to happen when it comes to the 1980s. Really, who does want that to happen when it comes to the 1980s? "Awareness of '80s culture and technology has been in a significant decline, especially among a certain demographic," he says in a mock PSA posted by Mashable . "I'm talking to you, millennials. "  The White Pages, Rubik's Cube, BlockBuster video, "Gremlins" and the Cold War are all seamlessly invoked by "The Following" star -- also an '80s icon for his lead role in 1984's "Footloose.
March 12, 2014 | By Garrett Therolf
The mother of two hungry children found wandering the streets of Los Angeles has had six older children removed by county caseworkers into the foster care system. Despite that history, the family was enrolled in a program designed to help the mother keep her children while learning to be a better parent.  The two younger children, boys ages 2 and 3, and their mother, 32-year-old Sidnicka Wilson, had been under the direct supervision of Los Angeles County's child protective services agency.
March 11, 2014 | By Randy Lewis
"Keith Richards" and "children's book" may sound like the starting point for a “Saturday Night Live” sketch, but in fact the Rolling Stones songwriter and lead guitarist, who delivered a bestselling memoir in 2011 with “Life,” is now set to write a children's book slated to publish in September. “Gus & Me: The Story of My Granddad and My First Guitar” will be a collaboration between Richards and his daughter, Theodora Richards, who is supplying the illustrations for the picture book that relates the story of Keith's introduction to music by his grandfather, Theodore Augusts Dupree, who had played in a jazz big band.
March 11, 2014 | By Garrett Therolf
Two hungry children were wandering the streets of South Los Angeles alone last week when they walked into a liquor store, searching for a loaf of bread. At one point, they nearly headed across busy Manchester Boulevard until a passerby intervened. The children's ages: 2 and 3. Both wore soiled diapers when authorities picked them up. This week, officials acknowledged that the children and their mother had been under the direct supervision of Los Angeles County's child protective services agency.
March 10, 2014 | By Monte Morin
Many people agree that focusing on a smartphone or tablet is a bad idea when you're supposed to be driving a car, but what about when you're parenting a child? As mobile devices become increasingly absorbing and pervasive, social commentators and researchers worry what effects they're having on interactions between children and distracted caregivers. In a paper published Monday in the journal Pediatrics, Boston researchers described what they called the first-ever investigation into the topic.
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