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December 13, 2013 | By Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
"Hours," one of Paul Walker's last films and arriving in theaters just two weeks after his death in a fiery crash, comes as a modest memorial to the 40-year-old's career. But it is not the stirring emotional performance many hoped for, nor will it redefine the actor, best known for playing opposite Vin Diesel in "The Fast and Furious" franchise. This drama, about an ordinary guy trying to keep his infant daughter alive in Hurricane Katrina's aftermath, is sincere but struggles as much as its hero.
September 27, 2013 | By Rachel Miller
Tia Mowry-Hardrict, Sheryl Lee Ralph, and Michael Boatman have joined the Nickelodeon family to star in NickMom's first scripted comedy, "Instant Mom. " Premiering Sunday, this Mom-centric, primetime program is built around Tia Mowry-Hardrict's character, who becomes an "Instant Mom" after inheriting her new husband's three children. "Instant Mom" is NickMom's first original scripted comedy -- what does that mean to you? Does being the pioneers of NickMom's first comedy add extra pressure on the show?
February 26, 2004 | Thomas Bonk, Times Staff Writer
It might be the first time a major champion won't defend her title because of a baby. Patricia Meunier-Lebouc, who won the Kraft Nabisco Championship, announced Wednesday that she wouldn't be back at Mission Hills next month. Meunier-Lebouc gave birth Feb. 9 to her first child, a daughter named Phildine Pearl Lebouc. In 1990, defending champion Juli Inkster had a baby Feb. 3 but played the tournament anyway, about six weeks later, and tied for 11th.
January 31, 1986 | BETTY JEAN BARNHILL
Marie Osmond's Exercises for Mothers-to-Be, by Elizabeth Noble (New American Library: $12.95). This clearly ranks as one of the most honest celebrity exercise books in that it acknowledges that the exercises are designed by someone else (Noble) and merely demonstrated by the person who's name is in the title.
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.
September 27, 1988 | LINDA ROACH MONROE, Times Staff Writer
Three days after delighted spectators watched the birth of the calf he sired, Orky the killer whale died at Sea World. The death Monday leaves the amusement park chain with only one proven breeding male among its 12 surviving whales, dealing a blow to the breeding program it hopes will supply killer whales for shows at the park. Seven-ton Orky, at 30 or so the oldest killer whale in captivity, was so important to that breeding program that Sea World paid $23.
January 13, 2013 | By Cindy Chang, Los Angeles Times
Five months into her pregnancy, Jessica Su was already thinking about what she would eat after her baby was born. On a rainy Saturday afternoon, Su and her husband were sampling soups: pigs feet with dates and peanuts, pork chop with green papaya, beef and carrots with Chinese yam, sesame oil chicken. The makeshift cafe in Walnut was packed with pregnant women helping themselves from metal urns. Nicole Huang, the tasting event's sponsor, rushed from table to table answering questions posed in Mandarin and English: "Am I allowed to eat fruit?"
January 12, 1998
Why is Ventura County having such a difficult time deciding when welfare mothers with newborn infants should return to work? That is easy, and it doesn't take a college education to figure it out. Just ask any working mother who has delivered a baby. If the mother delivered naturally, she will return to work in six weeks. If she delivered her baby by C-section, she will return to work in eight weeks. Why do welfare mothers get to stay out of work 12 weeks to a year? Maybe all of us mothers should go on welfare and get the same amount of maternity leave.
January 30, 1996 | ED BOND, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
In this era of downsizing and cost-cutting even childbirth is taking a hit. In what some complain is an attempt by insurance companies to save money, a trend toward earlier release of new mothers from hospitals has begun. Women are being discharged as early as eight hours after giving birth. Social activists complain that these new policies are particularly harmful to poor mothers released without the proper support and guidance.
June 21, 2010 | By Michelle Andrews, Kaiser Health News
By the time women reach 44 years old, roughly 85% have given birth. Yet even though pregnancy and childbirth are so commonplace, health insurance coverage and support services to keep mothers and babies healthy are often seriously deficient. Some private insurers, for example, treat pregnancy as a preexisting condition and charge pregnant women higher premiums or refuse to cover costs associated with childbirth. Low-income women can get Medicaid coverage while they're pregnant, but they generally lose it 60 days after giving birth unless they're very poor.
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