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November 10, 2008 | Carla Rivera, Rivera is a Times staff writer.
At the private New Roads School in Santa Monica, 20 families decided not to re-enroll in the fall because of financial nervousness. At Loyola High School near downtown, 40 families have come forward since the beginning of the school year seeking financial aid to help cover tuition costs, even as the school's endowment -- heavily invested in equities -- has taken a battering in the financial market.
It was 9:15 on the night of May 27, and Cara Vanni was chatting with a friend on the phone, just like any number of San Clemente teen-agers. Suddenly the line went dead. A minute later, strangers appeared in her bedroom doorway. "My parents brought these three people into my room," Cara, 16, recalled. "At first I thought they were old friends of the family who were about to say they knew me when I was 4. They weren't."
October 27, 2003 | Richard Fausset, Times Staff Writer
Nearly every day, former movie actor Erik Aude writes to his mother from his prison cell in Pakistan. He tells her about the beatings he has endured, the executions he has witnessed. He tells her about his boredom and despair, and the wasting away of his once-chiseled weightlifter's body. Sometimes, the 23-year-old muses about suicide. He tells her he is not a drug smuggler, despite the 3.6 kilos of opium found in his suitcase at the Islamabad airport.
August 4, 2010
For couples with children, the risk of divorce is highest when kids are young. Taking care of little kids is both stressful and time-consuming, and parents often find they have little time or emotional reserve left over for their spouses. But once children hit their teen years and become more self-sufficient, parents get a break and the risk of divorce eases, studies have found . So what happens to couples who have a child with an autism spectrum disorder ? These kids require lots of attention even as they become teenagers and young adults.
July 2, 2011 | David Zucchino
Sometimes the remains of American war dead arrive at the military morgue intact, sealed inside a "human remains pouch" — a body bag. Sometimes they arrive as "dissociated remains" — a leg, an arm or other body parts ripped loose by the force of a roadside bomb or suicide bomber or air crash. And sometimes there are commingled remains of several victims of a blast or crash, including service members, civilian bystanders and, in some cases, a suicide bomber. Air Force Lt. Col. Laura Regan literally lays hands on remains of the dead.
Two months after her husband, two young sons and nephew died at sea, Libby Cornett got a surprise visit from a U.S. Coast Guard commander who played for her a tape-recording of a three-second radio transmission. "May . . . Mayday, U.S. Coast Guard, come in," cried a tiny, frightened voice that Cornett immediately recognized as that of her 13-year-old son, Daniel.
May 8, 2011 | By Katherine Schlaerth
On the desk in my husband's office sits a black-and-white photo of his grandparents' massive brood from sometime in the 1930s. One of their nine children is missing, dead of an infectious disease that medical science has long since vanquished. Today, the photo seems like a relic. Increased confidence that children will survive, along with better birth control and more women working, has led to much smaller families. The average number of babies born per American female now stands at about 2.1, barely above replacement level.
November 19, 2010 | By Teresa Watanabe, Los Angeles Times
Recalling the last time he saw his family, he most remembers the tears shed as he left for what he thought would be a chance to earn more than 25 times his Thai income by picking apples in Washington. This week, he and his family shed more tears?but this time with joy as they reunited in Los Angeles for the first time in six years after his predawn escape in what authorities call the largest human trafficking case in U.S. history. "This is the most wonderful moment of my life," the Thai worker said as he hugged his wife and two daughters at the Los Angeles International Airport reunion.
May 2, 2010 | From The Los Angeles Times
I found a great website,, that recommends local weekend getaways specifically for families with kids. I have tried two of their recommendations, and they have been spot on. This is a great resource for parents. -- Cecilia Mikaelian, Burbank
September 15, 2011 | By Jen Leo, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Dare to do something different this Saturday. Here are six travel websites to up your game when it comes to planning a weekend activity, stellar first date or family outing. Kijubi : What could you be doing? Dust off your stale cubicle life. This is a great resource for active vacationers, friends looking to gift “experiences” to their besties, or couples and families looking for the thrill of adventure on land, in the air, or in the water. Urban Daddy : Get ready to push the envelope.
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