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December 22, 1996
"At This School, Homeless Isn't Hopeless" (Dec. 15) details a very sad commentary on our society, yet relates considerable heart at play within a difficult situation. Beth Ojena, principal of Coeur d'Alene Elementary School, is an unsung hero of the LAUSD. As a now-retired 33-year veteran of the district, I distinctly recall Ojena as a bright and very caring person; couple intelligence with talent, strength, ability and compassion and one has a completed equation spelling success.
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SPORTS
September 12, 2012 | By Ben Bolch
The scoring titles and the championship rings aren't enough. Kobe Bryant, ever the competitor, wants more. As his career enters its final seasons, the future NBA Hall of Famer acknowledged that he hopes his legacy transcends the inspiration he provides on the court for the Lakers. “You have to do something that carries a little bit more weight to it, a little more significance, a little more purpose to it,” Bryant said Wednesday at an event in Hollywood to promote his work to help the homeless in Los Angeles.
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NEWS
February 18, 1989 | From United Press International
More than 65,000 homeless children fail to regularly attend school because they do not have transportation, clothes or the proper motivation, the Education Department reported Friday. "Our fears are confirmed," Education Secretary Lauro F. Cavazos said in sending the report to Congress. "Each school day thousands of young people are losing their best opportunity for a better life--education."
WORLD
November 27, 2011 | By Jeffrey Fleishman, Los Angeles Times
Ibrahim Shaban said he was 15, but he looked much younger in his pajama pants and sweat shirt with the worn-away rhinestones, dirt caked on his bare feet, a knife scar on his face. He strolled through the crowds in Tahrir Square the other day, watching banners unfurl, listening to speeches. He sometimes sounded like a miniature rebel, distilling the nation's rage in his narrow body. "My father died a month ago, so I've been living in the square," he said. "He had heart problems. He sold cups and glasses in the street.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 18, 2003 | Lynne Heffley, Times Staff Writer
The country's fastest-growing homeless population? Children and teens. They and their families make up an estimated 40% of Americans living in shelters, on the streets, in cars -- and the reasons are as varied as the people affected: catastrophic medical expenses, a low-wage job that doesn't cover the basics, the loss of a job or a parent, a decreasing social safety net. In "Nick News Special Edition: There's No Place Like Home: Homeless Kids in America" (Sunday at 8:30 p.m.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 9, 2010 | By Carla Rivera, Los Angeles Times
Nailah Lewis wasn't frightened by her first encounter with a hissing cockroach. And she didn't jump when she came face to face with a reticent hermit crab and a crow flapping its wings. The fourth-grader wants to be a biologist, and that interest only intensified during the days she spent at an unusual summer science camp organized by Cal State Long Beach. "We get to do a lot of cool experiments," said a grinning Nailah, 8, one recent morning. "We built and flew kites and made airplanes.
REAL ESTATE
November 2, 1997
A dinner to benefit the St. Joseph Center's programs for homeless children will be held at 6 p.m. Nov. 13 in the Hotel Bel-Air by Cecelia Waeschle and Joyce Rey of Coldwell Banker-Jon Douglas Co., Beverly Hills, and TWA pilot Cliff Waeschle. The annual fund-raiser of the Venice charity is now in its 11th year. For more information call (310) 273-5064.
REAL ESTATE
January 5, 1997
A champagne brunch to benefit homeless children at St. Joseph Center in Venice will be held today at 11:30 a.m. at 72 Market Street, a restaurant in Venice. Joyce Rey and Cecelia Waeschle of the Prudential-Rodeo-Jon Douglas Co.; TWA pilot Cliff Waeschle, and Lou Piatt, president of the Prudential-Jon Douglas Co., will host the event. A donation of $125 a person is suggested.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 2, 1987 | GORDON GRANT, Staff Writer
The Christmas season for many in south Orange County will start Friday, when scores of children decorate a lofty, living tree in a park overlooking the ocean at Dana Point. The tree-trimming is in preparation for Saturday, when the tree will be lighted at 6 p.m. for hundreds of homeless county children. The children, who will be bused to Lantern Bay Park, will each receive presents from Santa Claus after he arrives by dogsled.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 15, 1999 | Associated Press
A new one-room school designed to help homeless children who are frequently turned away by school districts that are unwilling to enroll students without permanent addresses opened this month for its first full academic year. Transitions, which is run in conjunction with the Interfaith Shelter and the Newport-Mesa Unified School District, is staffed by a fully accredited teacher, and students can receive breakfast and lunch there, donated school supplies and all the necessary immunizations.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 8, 2011 | By Rick Rojas, Los Angeles Times
The line of students who walk the few blocks from Western Avenue Elementary keeps getting longer. Only a year ago, it was just a handful who ventured once a week to the South Los Angeles Learning Center, an afterschool program for homeless children in a tiny strip mall. Now, it's more than a dozen, five days a week. On this afternoon, the kids are rowdy and restless. They chomp on chips and grapes, sip punch and chatter. The noise ricochets through the cramped classroom, but Charles Evans, the man who runs the place for School on Wheels, hones in on Jeanquis.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 9, 2010 | By Carla Rivera, Los Angeles Times
Nailah Lewis wasn't frightened by her first encounter with a hissing cockroach. And she didn't jump when she came face to face with a reticent hermit crab and a crow flapping its wings. The fourth-grader wants to be a biologist, and that interest only intensified during the days she spent at an unusual summer science camp organized by Cal State Long Beach. "We get to do a lot of cool experiments," said a grinning Nailah, 8, one recent morning. "We built and flew kites and made airplanes.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 14, 2009 | Jack Leonard
A homeless man accused of killing his 3-month-old son just weeks after Los Angeles County social workers at a skid row shelter decided he could care for the infant pleaded guilty Thursday to child abuse, authorities said. The November 2005 death of Mikeal Wah-hab III led to sweeping changes in the way social workers deal with homeless children, including a revamped team of county officials who search out and assess children living on skid row. Mikeal's lifeless body was found in a Monterey Park motel room where county social workers had taken the father and child to temporarily live.
NATIONAL
July 31, 2009 | Mike Clary
At 5 weeks old, with a crown of dark hair and big blue eyes, Anastasia Garcia is one of the newest faces of the economic crisis. She was born homeless. "When we are lucky enough to be settled, we will tell her that things were not always as easy as you may think," said Angela Garcia, 26, laying the infant down in a crib at the Broward Outreach Center in Pompano Beach, Fla.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 30, 2009 | Associated Press
The government will give the two impoverished child stars of the hit movie "Slumdog Millionaire" new homes, the state's top official said Friday, creating the possibility that the homeless children will soon own not one but two new apartments. Rubina Ali, 9, and Azharuddin Mohammed Ismail, 10, both lost their homes this month when authorities demolished parts of their slum in Mumbai. Ashok Chavan, the chief minister of the state of Maharashtra, said he approved the transfer of two government apartments to the children on Friday.
NEWS
September 9, 2007 | Bagila Bukharbayeva, Associated Press
The 15-year-old twins sleep among trash and dirt in a nook under a railway platform and spend their days at a Salvation Army shelter in a grim Moscow neighborhood. But Denis and his sister Olesya prefer being homeless to living with their parents in Elektrostal, 36 miles east of the capital. They say their mother abused them physically and verbally, then kicked them out in July, telling them to find jobs.
WORLD
June 21, 2007 | Zeena Kareem and Tina Susman, Times Staff Writers
One photograph shows a skin-and-bones boy lying on a bare floor, leashed like a dog to the pink bars of an unoccupied crib. Another shows boys curled naked on the ground, one of them smeared with human waste. The scenes were ghastly. But almost as jarring was the response of an Iraqi government minister called upon Wednesday to explain how a state-run orphanage in the capital could have kept two dozen children in such conditions.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 11, 2006 | David Reyes, Times Staff Writer
The answer to the question had been simple for the homeless teenager, Michael Baker says, but it stunned the banquet audience into silence: What's most challenging about your situation? "Doing my homework," Shaquila had told potential supporters of the Anaheim Boys & Girls Club. "I have to do it in the bathroom because there's seven of us living in the motel room. "I put the toilet seat down and sit on that and put my book on the sink."
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