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April 30, 1989 | GEORGE ESPER, Associated Press
The war was still raging that day 15 years ago when Vietnamese nuns heard the cries of a baby boy stuffed in a garbage can and took him inside their orphanage to raise. Today, Nguyen Thanh Binh, the son of a black American who went home and a Vietnamese mother who abandoned him, shares the plight of thousands of Amerasian youths languishing in the decay of Vietnam, desperately trying to get out and find their fathers. "My circumstances are miserable," says Lam Anh Hong, 18, whose mother gave her away to a relative.
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November 27, 2013 | Steve Lopez
One evening in 1978, Hans and Nancy Benning attended a church social in the San Fernando Valley, but took a seat when the dancing began. That's when they met another non-dancing couple - Chuck and Charla Pereau - and the four of them got to talking about this and that. The Bennings told their new friends about how they met at a violin-making school in Germany and owned a music shop on Ventura Boulevard. The Pereaus had a pretty interesting story too. Chuck was an L.A. city fireman and Charla was a homemaker who also oversaw a Mexican orphanage that she and Chuck had established 10 years earlier, after adopting a Mexican child and making trips to Baja with donated church goods.
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ENTERTAINMENT
January 24, 2008 | Carina Chocano
A shivery, plangent ghost story from Spanish director Juan Antonio Bayona, "The Orphanage" stars Belen Rueda as a woman who returns to the orphanage where she was raised as its new proprietor with her husband and young son Simon (Roger Princep). Laura (Rueda) plans to open a school for disabled children, but when Simon disappears on the day of their welcome reception, all plans are put aside as she begins a frantic search. Expertly adopting the conventions of the genre, "The Orphanage" also transcends it, becoming a beautifully atmospheric and terrifically acted lament about grief and loss.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 8, 2013 | By Kelly Corrigan
When Glendale teenager Sebouh Bazikian learned how orphans in Kenya had to walk an hour to school, he wanted to find a way to help make their lives a little easier. For a year, Bazikian worked to raise about $5,000 to buy 43 new bicycles through the organization World Bike Relief, which delivered the bikes in August to the children at the Machao Orphanage in Makueni County, about 115 miles from the country's capital of Nairobi, the Glendale News-Press reports . Bazikian traveled to Makueni to be there when the orphans received the bikes.
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July 6, 2013 | By Victoria Kim and Harriet Ryan
The preschooler's hair was falling out in clumps. He had stopped playing with other children and barely spoke to his teachers. He woke screaming each night, and during the day clung to his mother. What's wrong, she asked again and again. Finally, he told her: His big brother, adopted seven years earlier from the Maryvale Catholic orphanage in Rosemead, was molesting him. Devastated, she rushed the older boy to a therapist's office, where he offered a harrowing explanation. "He said that Brother Larry had done it to him at Maryvale - him and other children," his mother recalled years later.
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April 8, 1997
Saddleback Community College District's Faculty Assn. is seeking clothing, cleaning supplies and personal hygiene items for La Puerta de Fe orphanage in Rosarito, Mexico. Bedding and towels also are needed, and cash donations are welcome. Money will be used to buy cheese, fruit, vegetables and meat. Faculty members will deliver the donated and purchased items to the orphanage.
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September 26, 1986 | ARMANDO ACUNA, Times Staff Writer
A 6-month-old baby girl reported stolen Sept. 6 from a busy downtown Tijuana street has been found at a nearby orphanage, authorities said Thursday. Virginia Esther Angel Ventura, who was the subject of a much-publicized search that included the FBI, was apparently taken to the Casa de la Esperanza orphanage, located several miles south of Tijuana, no more than a day after her abduction.
BOOKS
January 9, 2005 | Bill Knott
If you beat up someone smaller than you they won't (and histories prove this) tell: look at those people on the opposite side of the planet: they want to beat us up but they're smaller so that's okay.
NEWS
November 27, 2012 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
The holidays can be a magical time that allows us to open our hearts and remind us of our place in the world. Boston-based United Planet reports that the number of travelers who volunteer abroad in December and January this year is up 50% from last year.  The nonprofit organizes trips in 40 countries to schools, orphanages and other community projects that could use a helping hand. In Nepal, for example, volunteers may spend a week tending to the basic needs of young children in a Kathmandu orphanage or teaching English, math and science in a local school.
NEWS
May 18, 2003 | Mujtaba Ali Ahmad, Associated Press Writer
Swirling scarves through the air, the juggler draws a laugh from the 5-year-old boy, who is wrapped in a blanket in a drafty red-brick orphanage on a Kashmir mountaintop. "It is so freaky how he makes colorful circles with those strips of cloth," a beaming Aijaz Ahmad Rather said. Aijaz has rarely smiled since his father, a separatist militant, was killed in a gun battle with Indian security forces three years ago.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 6, 2013 | By Victoria Kim and Harriet Ryan
The preschooler's hair was falling out in clumps. He had stopped playing with other children and barely spoke to his teachers. He woke screaming each night, and during the day clung to his mother. What's wrong, she asked again and again. Finally, he told her: His big brother, adopted seven years earlier from the Maryvale Catholic orphanage in Rosemead, was molesting him. Devastated, she rushed the older boy to a therapist's office, where he offered a harrowing explanation. "He said that Brother Larry had done it to him at Maryvale - him and other children," his mother recalled years later.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 7, 2013 | By Sheri Linden
The extraordinary abortion-themed drama "4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days" placed Cristian Mungiu in the forefront of international cinema, and the Romanian director's new film, "Beyond the Hills," likewise concerns the bond between two young women. Again they face ineffectual institutions, but there's another, more urgent push-pull at the heart of this haunting, beautifully acted feature. After several years apart, lifelong friends Alina (Cristina Flutur) and Voichita (Cosmina Stratan)
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December 27, 2012 | By Abby Sewell, Los Angeles Times
Adolf Baguma's caretakers at the orphanage call him their Christmas gift, because it was on Christmas two years ago when they found the 9-year-old in the bushes behind a building in a small Ugandan town. Like many Ugandan children, Baguma was orphaned when AIDS claimed his parents. But he had an extra burden to bear. When he was about 5, the teenage aunt left to care for him got angry and hit him in the back of the legs with flaming banana leaves. Scar tissue from the burns fused each of his legs into a permanently bent position so that he was unable to walk upright.
NEWS
November 27, 2012 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
The holidays can be a magical time that allows us to open our hearts and remind us of our place in the world. Boston-based United Planet reports that the number of travelers who volunteer abroad in December and January this year is up 50% from last year.  The nonprofit organizes trips in 40 countries to schools, orphanages and other community projects that could use a helping hand. In Nepal, for example, volunteers may spend a week tending to the basic needs of young children in a Kathmandu orphanage or teaching English, math and science in a local school.
SPORTS
October 29, 2012 | By Bill Shaikin
- Clayton Kershaw was presented Sunday with the Roberto Clemente Award, the top humanitarian honor bestowed by Major League Baseball. Kershaw, 24, the Dodgers' ace and the defending National League Cy Young Award winner, has worked with community organizations in Los Angeles and in his hometown of Dallas. However, he and his wife, Ellen , have focused on building an orphanage in Zambia. Kershaw is the youngest winner of an award that has been presented since 1971, with recipients including Willie Mays , Cal Ripken Jr. , Dave Winfield and 11 other Hall of Fame members.
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May 11, 2012 | By Corina Knoll, Los Angeles Times
I do not know what clothes I was wearing. Whether I'd been left in a cradle or with any note of explanation. I do not know if I cried or lay still. Looked around or slept. Minutes may have gone by. Or hours. All the official record says is that, at about 2 months old, I was abandoned at the Nambu police station in Busan, South Korea. Labeled a "foundling," I was taken to a countryside orphanage and given a birth date and a name -- Dong Hee Ahn. It was 1978. After a year and a half, I was transferred to a foster home in Seoul, where a social worker noted: Her all action development progress was slower than same aged children due to being cared at orphanage for long.
NEWS
October 29, 2000 | REBECCA MAHONEY, ASSOCIATED PRESS
In 1950, little girls at St. Peter's Orphanage did not talk back to nuns. Loreli Manning was 7, and angry because one of the Sisters of Charity was yelling at a new girl. She spoke up. The nun threw her against a brick wall. At that moment, Loreli began hating that nun. The orphanage became a prison. But the little girl she defended became her friend. In December 1999, nearly half a century after she left the orphanage, Loreli Manning--now Loreli Nachin--was at peace with herself.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 26, 2006 | David Haldane, Times Staff Writer
Jodie Schooley has sold her car. Lydia Schaeffer has given her furniture away. And Melissa Herrmann is attending a last round of farewell gatherings with family and friends. All this in preparation for an unlikely plan: leaving the comforts of Southern California for indefinite servitude in a sweltering African town devoid of indoor plumbing and electricity but with a surplus of poverty, illiteracy and disease.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 15, 2012 | By Susan Carpenter
The Extraordinary Education of Nicholas Benedict A novel Trenton Lee Stewart Little, Brown: 470 pp., $17.99, ages 8 and up Nicholas Benedict is best known to readers as a kindly father figure in Trenton Lee Stewart's bestselling "Mysterious Benedict Society" series. In the author's new prequel, fans finally get the back story on the narcoleptic genius, long before he placed the newspaper ad that sought four gifted orphans to help him save the world. Set decades earlier in the same rural locale, the books' namesake is just 9 years old in "The Extraordinary Education of Nicholas Benedict.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 13, 2012 | By Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
There is an appealing nyuk, nyuk nostalgic spirit to"The Three Stooges. "To fully appreciate this paean to slapstick and silly nonsense simply requires that cynicism be temporarily shelved and the thinking side of the brain shut down. Starring Sean Hayes, Will Sasso and Chris Diamantopoulos as Larry, Curly and Moe, this affectionate update is a love letter to the Stooges from the filmmaking Farrelly brothers, Peter and Bobby. Though they may be best known for the R-rated "There's Something About Mary," there is a Stooge streak a mile long running through their work - the bumbling misfits with a heart of gold in their first film, "Dumb & Dumber," for starters.
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