CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 9, 1997 |
Two parents decide to call it quits and have to wrestle over custody of their child. That story unfolds every day in courtrooms across the country with little notice from the public or media. But a Long Beach case, in which a couple battled over whether the mother could leave town with their 10-month-old daughter to attend Harvard University, touched a public nerve like few such cases recently. It drew the attention of everyone from commentators to movie producers. Why?
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 7, 1997 |
In a child custody case that has drawn national media attention as it raised questions about the rights and responsibilities of young, unmarried parents, a family law commissioner ruled Tuesday that a single mother with a Harvard University scholarship can return to school with her daughter.
April 27, 1997 |
When Gina Ocon entered Harvard University on a full scholarship three years ago, she felt secure enough to map out the rest of her life: an Ivy League degree, law school, a job in international relations and, one day, an ambassadorship. Today, at 21, Ocon is a single mother in Lakewood, relying on a welfare check. Trapped on the fault line between the feminist and fathers rights movements, she wants to return to Cambridge with her 10-month-old baby; the scholarship she earned is still valid.
October 16, 1996 |
Doctors expect a 10-year-old girl to recover fully from colon-removal surgery that followed her parents' monthlong battle against child welfare officials and doctors who recommended the lifesaving operation. Rachel Stout, who has suffered from severe ulcerative colitis, was in good condition at Duke University Medical Center in North Carolina, where she underwent the operation. Rachel's parents, Steve and Patricia Stout, had fought Texas Child Protective Services.