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ENTERTAINMENT
February 7, 2013 | By Sheri Linden
The split-level house of American dreams and boomer memories probably has never been used so evocatively or been as central to a movie as it is in "The Playroom. " In the 1975-set coming-of-age drama - a kids'-eye view of adult malaise - that house is essentially a character, showcasing the generational disconnect through a cataclysmic night for one family. Directed by Julia Dyer from a script by her late sister, Gretchen Dyer, the film uses the upper-middle-class setting effectively, even as it resorts to heavy-handed symbolism and melodrama in its dour, mostly unforgiving portrait of parental dysfunction.
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OPINION
December 28, 2012 | By Daniel Akst
Here we go again. After the tragic school killings in Newtown, Conn., the leader of the National Rifle Assn. offers a perfectly sensible proposal to put cops with guns in every school - and people jump all over him. "A paranoid, dystopian vision," said New York's anti-gun mayor, Michael Bloomberg. "The most revolting, tone-deaf statement I've ever seen," said Sen.-elect Chris Murphy, a Connecticut Democrat. But the only problem I can see with the NRA's proposal is that it doesn't go far enough.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 8, 2010
Artist Nick Cave's colorful "soundsuits" can often elicit childlike wonder in adults, but they're a pretty great time for children too. At this workshop in Cave's craft, kids will trace their bodies in paper and fashion a soundsuit all their own. But when they try to wear it to school for a week straight, don't say you weren't warned. Fowler Museum, UCLA. 1 p.m. Sunday. Free. fowler.ucla.edu.
NEWS
August 2, 2011 | By Karen Kaplan, Los Angeles Times/For the Booster Shots blog
Have food and beverage commercials aimed at kids gotten better since companies like Kellogg's, Nestle, Coca-Colo Co. and McDonald's Corp. pledged to cut back on ads featuring unhealthy fare? It depends on how you define “better,” a new study finds. Food and drink advertising on TV is big business, adding up to about $745 million each year, according to the study published Monday in the Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine. More than half of those dollars are spent trying to reach kids under the age of 12. Those ads work: Other studies have shown that as kids are exposed to a greater number of enticing commercials for sugary drinks, salty snacks and meals cooked in deep fryers, the heavier they get. So a group of researchers from the University of Illinois in Chicago hunkered down with TV ratings data from Nielsen Media Research.
NEWS
October 10, 2013 | By Ted Rall
California has become one of the first states to legally recognize more than two parents per child. But who's in charge?  ALSO: On letters from climate-change deniers Video: Cyclists and drivers can be road pals Olympia Snowe: This is no way to run a country Follow Ted Rall on Twitter @TedRall
NEWS
September 2, 2011 | By Eryn Brown, Los Angeles Times / for the Booster Shots blog
Efforts to discourage overuse of antibiotics in kids have been successful -- but not successful enough, researchers at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported Thursday. Their study, which was published in the health agency's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, found that antibiotic prescribing rates for kids 14 and younger who had visited physician offices dropped 24% between 1993-94 and 2007-08, from 300 antibiotic courses to 229 antibiotics courses per 1,000 office visits.  Doctors prescribed antibiotics 26% less often for kids with sore throats, and 19% less often for kids with colds.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 3, 2009 | Juliette Funes
At age 6, Danny Rodriguez was waking up at 5 a.m. every weekend with his family to sell flowers at farmers markets throughout Oxnard and help other farmers sell their food. Now 13, he continues to help his field worker parents run the small business, which garners little income because of diminishing sales. "There are days when there's enough, and there are days when there aren't," his mother, Lilia, said. "But we have to keep fighting."
NEWS
June 25, 2011 | By Judi Dash, Special to the Los Angeles Times
It’s a lap desk, an easel and a carry-all. It’s Crayola’s new Color Wonder Table Top Easel ($19.99) for tots. Unlatch and open the top of the lap desk, and it forms a pyramid with a finger-paint tray on the inside. The finger-paints show up in color only on the included paper, so spills won’t make a mess on other surfaces. The whole package measures 13 by 10 inches. Info: CrayolaStore.com , (866) 896-5445,
NEWS
January 3, 2011 | By Eryn Brown
Abuse of children and adolescents has often been described as a hidden problem.  For a number of reasons -- including fear of retaliation and other consequences among kids themselves, families' wishes to keep their business private and a belief that the authorities just don't care -- violent crimes against children are less likely to be reported than crimes against adults. This remains the case, researchers said Monday in the Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine . But there's good news too: Violent incidents are significantly more likely to get reported today than they were in 1992.
BUSINESS
August 24, 2012 | By David Lazarus
Simple question: How much of a weekly allowance do you give your kids? According to a survey from the American Institute of CPAs , which presumably knows a thing or two about how we use our money, the average allowance these days is $15. Seriously. Fifteen bucks. And as if that wasn't an eye-opening enough number, the CPAs also say that kids aren't even saving their cash. They tend to spend it as quickly as they receive it. "These findings make clear that it can pay to be a kid," says Jordan Amin, chair of the institute's National CPA Financial Literacy Commission.
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