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May 24, 2013 | By Joseph Serna
A San Bernardino County family pleaded Friday for the safe return of their five bulldogs stolen from their yard. Four French bulldogs and an English bulldog were stolen from the Juarez family's yard this week, marking the second time in three months the family's pets have been taken, KTLA-TV reported. “We love them, we cherish them, we treat them like our own kids,” owner Miriam Juarez told the TV station. “We were very devastated, our kids were devastated.… They were crying.
December 11, 2013 | By Michael Muskal
The family of a Marine whose body was returned from Greece without his heart has broadened its lawsuit to include the Greek government and a hospital. Craig and Beverly LaLoup of Coatesville, Pa., are also suing the U.S. Defense Department over the remains of their son, Sgt. Brian LaLoup, who committed suicide in Greece, where he was stationed. The family said it learned about the missing organ accidentally, weeks after the Marine's burial. The family also says it was eventually given a heart that wasn't his. “This is his heart.
May 30, 2012 | By David Ng
The design of the proposed Eisenhower Memorial in Washington has been a long, contentious process, and it doesn't appear to be ending any time soon. On Wednesday, the Eisenhower family issued a statement saying they cannot support architect Frank Gehry's revised design due to their objections to the proposed use of large metal scrims. The scrims, which would serve as a backdrop for the memorial, are "impractical and unnecessary for the conceptual narrative," the family said in the statement . They said the scrims are the most expensive aspect of the design and pose potential maintenance and environmental issues.
December 23, 2013 | By Robert J. Lopez
Seven members of a Hemet family lost their home and all their Christmas presents when lights on their dry Christmas tree sparked a fire, according to a report in the Riverside Press Enterprise . The family was being housed Monday in a hotel by the Red Cross, and members of the Hemet Fire Department donated $500 in gift cards for Sears and Kmart to the family. Neighbors were also donating items. The blaze broke out Friday at the mobile home where Juan and Irma Alvarado lived with their five children, who range in age from 4 to 19, the report said.
October 30, 2013 | By Soumya Karlamangla
As David Welch penned notes to his family during his dying moments to tell them he loved them, the city he left was making a valiant effort to find him. Welch, 54, drove away from his home in Manhattan, Kan., on Sept. 2 without telling anyone where he was going or when he'd be back, according to Riley County police spokesman Matthew Droge. Welch was found dead Oct. 18 at the bottom of a Utah ravine, nearly 900 miles from home.  The letters were found with him.  During the six-week search, the city rallied behind his wife, Kelly Welch, a professor at Kansas State University, spreading the word about her husband and raising money to help find him. Great to see @KSU_DeltaChi @KSUChiOmega & @AGRAlphaZeta come together to help @DrKellyWelch !
July 4, 2013 | By Robyn Dixon
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa - As a boy, Mandla Mandela wanted nothing more than to be a disc jockey in the city. But his grandfather, former South African President Nelson Mandela, picked him to live in the rolling hills of Eastern Cape as leader of the family and chief of its clan. It's a family now engulfed by an acrimonious feud, even as the elder statesman lies critically ill in a hospital. The bitterness spilled out Thursday as Mandla Mandela accused a half-brother, Mbuso, of impregnating Mandla's wife, called another brother, Nbada, illegitimate and said Nelson Mandela's oldest daughter, Makaziwe, was sowing “divisions and destruction” in the family.
May 4, 2012 | By Robert Abele
If life is measured in our ability to achieve understanding with others about our common humanity, then writer-director Patrick Wang's absorbing debut feature "In the Family" - about a custody battle - has to count as a signature achievement. At nearly three hours it's long, but in Wang's pacing estimation, what is time when at stake is a decent character's threatened sense of being, fairness and belonging? Wang himself stars as humble Tennessee contractor Joey, whose life partner Cody (Trevor St. John)
July 29, 2013 | By Shan Li
It should come as no surprise that married couples often do not see eye to eye on personal finances. But a new survey reveals just how deeply spouses are split on their own roles as financial decision-makers in the family. Many married people either over-value their own power in making choices about money or under-value their spouse's contribution to the process, according to a new study by BMO Private Bank. For example, more than two-thirds of married men report making investment decisions "primarily by themselves," the survey said.
June 10, 2013 | By Frank Shyong
Friends and family of Carlos and Marcela Franco gathered on Sunday evening to remember a father and daughter who were gunned down during the violent rampage in Santa Monica on Friday. Marcela's aunt Margaret Quinones-Perez said her niece was outgoing and curious. An aspiring clinical psychologist, she was known to greet strangers with a disarming smile and a series of penetrating questions. "To us she was radiant, so beautiful and sassy," Quinones-Perez said She described Carlos Franco as a man who took great pride in providing for his family.
November 15, 2013 | By Rick Rojas
Authorities in San Bernardino County confirmed Friday that the human remains found buried in shallow graves in a remote desert area were those of a San Diego area family that vanished years ago. With emotional family members at his side, San Bernardino County Sheriff John McMahon said investigators had identified Joseph and Summer McStay, who had been missing since 2010, through dental records. Two other small bodies are believed to be those of the couple's young boys, Gianni and Joseph Jr. Further tests are being done to positively confirm the identities Autopsies are expected to be completed Friday.
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