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July 17, 2013 | By Mary McNamara, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
Last year, TLC invited America into the railroad-track adjacent three bedroom-one bath home of 7-year-old Alana Thompson, her mother June, her father Sugar Bear and her three teenage half-sisters located in McIntyre, Ga., population 642. As audiences went wild for subtitled Southern denizens of "Here Comes Honey Boo Boo," members of the media proved what snots we can be when dealing with demographics that do not include hardwood floors and a...
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 21, 2013 | By Jeff Gottlieb
A lawyer for Michael Jackson's family said they offered to settle their wrongful-death suit against concert promoter Anschutz Entertainment Group, but that they never got an answer. Kevin Boyle, an attorney for Jackson's mother and three children, said the family made the offers in January and March. Boyle would not provide details but said AEG's insurance would have paid, “which means they could have settled the case without them paying a dime of their money.”   FULL COVERAGE: AEG wrongful death trial He said AEG has never offered to settle “and they haven't apologized.” Marvin Putnam, an attorney for AEG, said it was inappropriate to discuss settlement discussions.
WORLD
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 24, 2012 | Marisa Gerber
When the delivery truck pulled up at the base of their steep driveway, the Beardsley children knew what to do. The crew, clad in hand-me-down clothes, poured out of their eight-bedroom Carmel home and down the hill. They helped unload 50-pound bags of flour and huge tubs of jam. Grocery shopping for 22 was pandemonium; instead, a restaurant supply company brought the food to them. "A jar of peanut butter? Gosh, that would last one meal. Maybe," said Susie Pope, a middle child in a big, blended family that inspired a Lucille Ball movie.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
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)
BUSINESS
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
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Extraordinary, Ordinary People A Memoir of Family Condoleezza Rice Crown Archetype: 342 pp., $27
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