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NEWS
May 24, 2012 | By Catharine M. Hamm, Los Angeles Times Travel editor
As travelers gear up for Memorial Day, families flying coach on United Airlines who don't have "elite" flier status may need to pack an extra dose of patience. United has dropped the “families can board first” do-si-do from its boarding process. "We figured it would be better to simplify that process and reduce the number of boarding groups," United spokesman Charles Hobart told CNN. If you and your family are flying first- or business-class, you can board early. United isn't the only airline that doesn't give families priority.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 4, 2013 | By Alene Tchekmedyian
More than $20,000 has been raised online for the families of five people who died in a fiery crash in Burbank as businesses throughout the city plan to host more fundraisers this weekend. The  single-car crash occurred about 4 a.m. Saturday near the Scott Road off-ramp of the 5 Freeway. It appeared the vehicle was traveling south on San Fernando Boulevard at a high rate of speed when the driver apparently lost control and slammed into a concrete abutment, Burbank police said.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
September 11, 2012 | By Michael A. Memoli
Vice President Joe Biden drew on tragedy in his own life as he shared in the grief of families of victims of Flight 93 on Tuesday, offering his hope on the 11th anniversary of 9/11 that each passing year brings them additional comfort. Biden lost his wife and infant daughter in a car accident, which also seriously injured his two young sons, just weeks after he was first elected to the Senate 40 years ago. He said at a Tuesday gathering in Shanksville, Pa., that he understood that "no matter how many anniversaries you experience, for at least an instant, the terror of that moment returns," and how it can feel "like you're being sucked into a black hole in the middle of your chest.
BUSINESS
December 13, 2013 | By Shan Li
Many Californian families struggle to make ends meet and cover basic needs like housing and food, according to a study. The California Budget Project, a nonpartisan research group, drilled down into how much a family in the Golden State must earn in order to cover everyday necessities. A family of four with two children and one working parent, for example, needs an annual income of $60,771, or an hourly wage of $29.22, the study found. That is much more than the median statewide wage of $19.02 last year.
NATIONAL
July 22, 2012 | By Molly Hennessy-Fiske, Alexandra Zavis and Louis Sahagun, Los Angeles Times
AURORA, Colo. - Bad guys have a way of bringing out the best in people, whether on-screen or in real life. As a gunman unleashed his weapons on a full theater, the first instinct of many of his intended targets was to protect others. Some paid with their lives. They included Jonathan Blunk, a 26-year-old Navy veteran who pushed his girlfriend, Jansen Young, to the floor. "I think Jon just took a bullet for me, and I was thinking what a great hero he is," Young told the "Today" show Saturday.
NEWS
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 4, 1989
The Times is to be commended for publishing two very touching articles concerning AIDS and its impact on two families who never thought they'd be impacted by this hideous disease. However, both stories carried a thinly veiled tone that these were somehow "innocent" families who had not been involved in high-risk activities, so their infection is that much worse. Statements such as these indirectly convey the message that some people are "less innocent" than others. A virus does not discriminate.
HEALTH
February 27, 2012 | By Yolanda Reid Chassiakos, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Rebecca's cancer was born in her bone marrow. Her abnormal blood cells soon broke free of their nest, sailing down the rivers of her arteries and veins to seed her liver, lungs and brain with malignancy. Chemotherapy for her metastatic acute myeloid leukemia had sapped Rebecca of her brunet curls and her youthful energy, but not her exuberant spirit. Every morning, as we approached her for morning rounds, she'd greet us with a broad smile, eager to show us the latest cards and notes she'd received from her fourth-grade classmates.
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