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June 16, 2013 | By Dana Ferguson
The sound of laughter and children's chatter could be heard on the plaza at L.A. Live Saturday afternoon as families gathered in large white tents to partake in the Los Angeles Film Festival Family Day. Little girls and boys with painted faces and fancy new hairdos played in a series of booths on the plaza. Children could busy themselves with Play-Doh and other toys, watch live performances, meet police and firemen and see the inside of their vehicles, make crafts, have their faces painted, dress up for a photo shoot and more.
September 14, 2012 | By Jenny Deam
AURORA, Colo. -- Their numbers were smaller than when they first gathered, but their anger was still raw, this time tinged with a weariness over a fight the victims and families of those killed and wounded in the Aurora theater massacre they say should never have happened. “There have been two tragedies in Aurora. The first was the theater shooting. The second is how the victims have been treated by the powers that be,” said Tom Teves, the father of Alex Teves, who was killed in the July 20 rampage at a midnight showing of “The Dark Knight Rises.” Teves has emerged as a spokesman for a group of victims of the attack that left 12 dead and 58 wounded.
July 9, 2013 | By Matt Pearce
The coincidence was tragic: It was the second Alaska plane crash that killed somebody from Christ Church Episcopal in Greenville, S.C., in little more than a week. A De Havilland DHC-3 Otter air taxi crashed on takeoff Sunday from an airport in Soldotna, Alaska, on its way to Bear Mountain Lodge on Chinitna Bay about 75 miles away. Aboard were two families from the church, parents with their kids, acquaintances and a church official said: Melet, Kim, Olivia, Mills and Ana Antonakos; and Chris, Stacey, Meghan and Connor McManus.
January 18, 2010 | By Alan Zarembo
Families with autistic children in eastern Los Angeles County have filed a class-action lawsuit against the nonprofit agency that provides them with state-funded services, alleging that it had illegally discontinued their therapy for the disorder. The agency, the Eastern Los Angeles County Regional Center, informed more than 100 families late last summer that their children were losing the therapy -- known as the DIR model, or "developmental, individual difference, relationship-based" -- as a result of state budget cuts.
July 20, 2012 | By Jenny Deam
AURORA, Colo. - As afternoon turned to evening Friday, dozens of family members gathered at Gateway High School in Aurora waiting to hear the fate of those still not accounted for. Clergy and grief counselors also gathered at the high school, about a mile from the movie complex where a gunman killed 12 and wounded dozens of others. “We are still waiting to hear from the coroner's office,” said a grim-faced Pastor Milton Thomas. Authorities interviewed witnesses at the high school, which also served as a clearing house for information - such as it was - for relatives worried about loved ones.
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.
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.
As a former gang member, Ralph Rodriguez knew all about the code of silence. He understood the pay-back. He knew what could happen to rats who cooperate with police. He knew that when it comes to wars of the barrio, pity the fool who treads where he doesn't belong. Burdened with all that knowledge, Rodriguez had some serious thinking to do the night of Sept. 16 as he paced the corridors at AMI Medical Center of Garden Grove. Two hours earlier, around 7:40 p.m.
June 3, 2011 | By Raheem Salman and Ned Parker, Los Angeles Times
Families of four young pro-democracy protesters jailed in Baghdad said Thursday that their loved ones continued to be denied access to lawyers or relatives despite repeated requests. The four men, who had played a major role in recent weekly demonstrations for better governance, were detained last Friday as they gathered for their regular protest in central Baghdad's Tahrir Square. Three of the men were shoved at gunpoint into the back of an ambulance, a witness said. Authorities did not acknowledge the detentions for several days.
November 2, 1990 | JANE APPLEGATE
Many manufacturers hide behind fancy advertising and glitzy packages, but two small companies with a combined history of 169 years face their customers every day by putting a family member's portrait on the label. For more than 100 years, the bespectacled face of Mrs. Stewart--the company founder's mother-in-law--has graced the label of Mrs. Stewart's Liquid Bluing, a laundry brightener now made by the Ken Norman family.
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