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June 29, 1990 | MATT LAIT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
An 18-year-old Anaheim woman who occasionally visited the house where 9-year-old Autumn Wallace was found stabbed to death has been arrested on suspicion of murder and burglary, and police are looking for two other suspects in the case, authorities said Thursday. A fingerprint found inside the family's home was the "key factor" that led to the arrest of Maria del Rosio Alfaro in connection with the June 15 slaying of the youngster at her home, Sheriff's Lt. Richard J. Olson said.
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May 18, 1990 | SHERRY ANGEL, Sherry Angel is a regular contributor to Orange County Life
A 10-year-old boy called to report that he had won a burping contest at school. A girl, age 12, asked how she could help a suicidal friend. A hungry 10-year-old girl wanted help choosing an afternoon snack. And a 6-year-old boy asked how babies are born. All four children were home unsupervised after school. And all dialed (714) 756-WARM when they needed to talk.
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May 14, 1990 | MARILYN GARDNER, THE CHRISTIAN SCIENCE MONITOR
At 4:30 on a Friday afternoon, long after most students at Osceola Middle School have gone home, principal Robert Jackson notices a girl waiting in the main office. "What's the matter, Brenda?" he asks. Nothing, she replies. But, she wonders, could she have permission to stay in the office until her mother picks her up at 5? "It's OK to wait if you'll answer the phones for me," Jackson tells her. She agrees, and he returns to the business at hand.
NEWS
March 30, 1990 | WILLIAM J. EATON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The House on Thursday overwhelmingly approved comprehensive Democratic child-care legislation at a five-year cost of $27.5 billion despite strong veto warnings from President Bush. The 265-145 vote ends months of political stalemate in the House. The measure, which targets most of its benefits to low-income working parents, will now go to a Senate-House conference to be reconciled with a much different version approved by the Senate last June.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 3, 1990 | LYNDA NATALI
The Buena Park Police Department has started a program in the Buena Park School District to teach latchkey children--those who come home from school to empty houses--how to take care of themselves. The effort began this week with a presentation by a crime-prevention officer at Charles G. Emery School with a presentation for fourth-, fifth- and sixth-graders.
NEWS
September 7, 1989 | SIOK-HIAN TAY KELLEY, Times Staff Writer
As children returned to elementary school this week in the Bonita Unified School District, some old friends were waiting in the wings to lend a helping hand. Since the beginning of 1988, 13 volunteers have run a "telephone friendline" for latchkey children--youngsters who return to empty homes after school--in La Verne and San Dimas. The volunteers do everything from reassuring children who are lonely to providing a sympathetic ear to students who are overwhelmed by the pressures of school.
NEWS
September 6, 1989 | ANNE C. ROARK, Times Staff Writer
Latchkey children, whether from rich or poor families, are twice as likely to use cigarettes, alcohol and marijuana as those youngsters who are cared for by adults after school, according to a new USC study financed by the National Institute on Drug Abuse. The study published today in the journal Pediatrics, is the largest to focus on adolescents who care for themselves after school, according to the researchers.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 26, 1989 | DEAN MURPHY, Times Staff Writer
The Los Angeles City Council voted Friday to continue subsidizing after-school recreation programs at 306 elementary and junior high schools in the city to help keep so-called latchkey children off the street while their parents work. In approving an agreement with the Los Angeles Unified School District, the council committed $4.5 million for the supervised programs between 4 and 6 p.m. each weekday. The money will also pay for about 11 hours of weekend programming at some of the schools.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 25, 1989 | MICHAEL GRANBERRY, Times Staff Writer
Diana Mottershaw is a single mother who knows and understands the need for child care--especially the kind that addresses the burden and the pain of the latchkey child. As the longtime guardian of Gather the Children, a network of family day-care homes for latchkey children in the Mid-City area, Mottershaw knows that such children are growing in number--roughly in proportion to the scores of new residents streaming into the county from every direction.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 18, 1988 | Bob Baker, Baker is a Times staff writer. and
It looked like any old grand opening. Balloons and people in business suits. They had come to the corner of Hoover and 32nd streets near USC to christen a new day-care center for children of low-income families, to admire the fresh tan stucco and bright green metal framing of the building. But there was something special going on here too. Unofficially, it was Levi Kingston Day.
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