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October 16, 2010
Extraordinary, Ordinary People A Memoir of Family Condoleezza Rice Crown Archetype: 342 pp., $27
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.
November 29, 2010 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times
Amira Williams was 3 years old when fire swept through her home and burned more than 95% of her body. Children so young and so badly burned normally aren’t expected to live. This Baltimore Sun story describes what happened in 2007 when her mom was awakened by smoke and flames in a second-floor hallway: "She ordered Amira's father to jump out of the window so she could drop her older daughter, then 4, to him. She positioned herself on the sill, the window propped open on her shoulder, but as she reached for Amira, she fell.
June 6, 2012 | By David C. Nichols
It's hard to imagine a more peculiar mix of canny and canned than “The Addams Family,” which opened Tuesday at the Pantages Theatre. Marshall Brickman, Rick Elice and Andrew Lippa's 2010 musical adaptation of Charles Addams' celebrated New Yorker cartoon clan stitches together shrewdly maneuvered, innately mismatched elements, and still causes audiences to lose their collective heads. This had already been the case throughout “Family's” trek from Chicago to Broadway, where original director-designers Phelim McDermott and Julian Crouch of “Shockheaded Peter” fame had given way to director Jerry Zaks.
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.
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)
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