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April 4, 1989 | MICHAEL A. HILTZIK, Times Staff Writer
From her majestic hilltop mansion overlooking Lake Victoria, Meena Madhvani has seen enough of the ups and downs of Ugandan life to justify her speaking with a certain tartness. In her time, she has entertained such luminaries as Indira Gandhi. Idi Amin proposed to her and, it is said, infuriated at being rebuffed, expelled tens of thousands of Uganda's Indian citizens. Rebels advancing on Kampala, the capital, camped in her fields of sugar cane.
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WORLD
June 8, 2011 | By Chris Kraul, Los Angeles Times
An innovative social program taking hold in Latin America may have left Luz Dary Lopez a single mother, but it has helped her and hundreds of other poor women in this central Colombian city gain a measure of financial independence, self-respect and better living standards for their families. Partly funded by the World Bank, the program, called Families in Action, pays Lopez and 4,200 other poor mothers in Tunja about $100 a month as long as they attend diet and hygiene classes, get their children to school and have them undergo medical exams.
NEWS
January 17, 1997 | GREG BRAXTON and SHAWN HUBLER, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
To the extent that the world knew Ennis Cosby, it was as a shining star of his father's hilarious imaginary life. He was the sly adolescent whose first words upon turning 16 were, allegedly: "Wanna Porsche." He was the kid who shaved his head for no reason and attacked his sisters with wet towels. He was Theo Huxtable, the TV son on "The Cosby Show," whose relationship with his father redefined, with long-overdue dignity, the entertainment industry's portrayal of African American families.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
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.
WORLD
March 7, 2011 | By Tracy Wilkinson, Los Angeles Times
They had scraped together money for a vacation in the port city of Veracruz. Four couples, owners of small fruit and taco shops, from the quiet state of Guanajuato. After checking in to their hotel and spending the day by the pool with their children, the husbands wandered off, still in their shorts, to buy ice at a nearby 7-Eleven. Maybe they decided to pop into a bar, one the hotel guard recommended. At first, the wives weren't too worried when the men didn't come back. Even the next morning, the women figured they had tied one on and slept it off somewhere.
WORLD
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.
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.
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