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April 2, 2006 | Debra J. Miller, Debra J. Miller teaches English at a private high school in Los Angeles.
On Thursday, Oct. 8, 1964, the day the police decided my mother killed my father, I woke up late, the kind of late that snaps you out of your favorite dream, the one where you're wrapped in the arms of your favorite TV hunk--mine was Dr. Kildare--and he's just about to . . . when bang your unconscious tells you the sun is out, the lights are on all over the house and you're going to be late for school because nobody got you out of bed. We were a family of five. I was 14 and the oldest.
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HOME & GARDEN
April 26, 2014 | Chris Erskine
I'm nothing if not a futurist, so as we explore here the nuances of postmodern parenting, we look ahead to what kind of parents our own offspring will one day be: well-meaning pushovers or total tyrants? "I'm going to be such a Nazi," the daughter of a co-worker announces. "I'm going to be the perfect compromise of the two," predicts my older daughter, lovely and patient and - at 30 - eager to start a family of her own. Not even a mother yet, and you can spot my daughter's maternal instincts starting to kick in, softening her feisty, bossy-pants exterior.
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ENTERTAINMENT
October 12, 2013 | By Robert Hilburn
Johnny Cash's life in the 1960s is mostly remembered as a time of glorious achievement - from the landmark prison albums at Folsom and San Quentin to the launch of the ABC-TV series featuring such guests as Bob Dylan and the Doors that led to his becoming a giant figure in popular culture, a symbol to millions, no less, of the best of American social values. But Cash also experienced excruciatingly dark times in the decade, fueled by drugs and guilt over the breakup of his marriage.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 25, 2014 | By Howard Blume
The Los Angeles Unified School District will seek the approval of parents before sending iPads home with students, under an updated policy. "That is a wonderful development," said school board member Monica Ratliff. "Parents need to be clearly notified that the device is going home, and that it will go home only if they agree to it.” Officials chose this approach in response to families who objected to earlier plans, which would have distributed tablets for home use among all students.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 21, 1989 | JEFF MITCHELL, Times Staff Writer
In an effort to prevent alcohol and drug use on graduation night, Huntington Beach High School parents on Saturday put away their business suits, donned their blue jeans and took up a fistful of penny nails they will use to build a place for the graduates to party safely. The parents, many of whom are upscale professionals, have come together each Saturday since last September to remodel the high school's gymnasium to fit the senior's choice of theme for the traditional Grad Night celebration, "Jungle Safari."
FOOD
August 12, 2010 | By S. Irene Virbila, Los Angeles Times restaurant critic
This is Beverly Hills?, I wondered, oh so many years ago when a friend took me to lunch in a sweet little house with a fireplace on South Beverly Drive. Chez Mimi later moved to Santa Monica, and Urth Caffé now dispenses soy lattes and iced green tea from that rose-covered cottage. Back then (and now), South Beverly Drive didn't seem fancy at all, more like a small-town Main Street where you'd find shops selling nightgowns and one-piece swimming suits, baseball cards and birthday gifts.
HEALTH
December 26, 2011 | By Jessica Pauline Ogilvie, Special to the Los Angeles Times
When your 3-year-old is throwing a tantrum in the middle of the supermarket or has poured his milk all over the floor, the urge to spank may be overwhelming. If you've ever given in to that urge, you're not alone - research shows that up to 90% of parents spank their children, at least occasionally. But does it work? And more importantly, is it harmful to kids? Once considered a fairly standard parenting practice, spanking is now opposed by the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Psychological Assn.
NEWS
October 4, 1992 | BRAD BONHALL, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
It was 9:15 on the night of May 27, and Cara Vanni was chatting with a friend on the phone, just like any number of San Clemente teen-agers. Suddenly the line went dead. A minute later, strangers appeared in her bedroom doorway. "My parents brought these three people into my room," Cara, 16, recalled. "At first I thought they were old friends of the family who were about to say they knew me when I was 4. They weren't."
MAGAZINE
May 20, 1990 | BELLA STUMBO, Bella Stumbo is a Times staff writer. Her last story for this magazine was about Insurance Commissioner Roxani Gillespie.
THEY WERE a family whose good fortune was nice to see. Natives of the rural Deep South, the parents once mopped floors and washed laundry for a living. They were hard-working poor, reaching for modest middle-class comfort in suburban Zion, Ill., when, storybook style, Hollywood accidentally discovered their cute, cuddlesome little boy on a Chicago bank commercial and turned him almost overnight into the highest paid child star in history. As precocious Arnold Jackson on the NBC-TV comedy series "Diff'rent Strokes," Gary Coleman charmed a nation and made his parents rich.
NEWS
May 29, 1999 | From Associated Press
A man who abducted his two daughters 20 years ago, told them their mother was dead and made a new life for them under assumed names in Florida pleaded guilty Friday to kidnapping and was sentenced to probation and a $100,000 fine. Stephen Fagan, who could have gotten 20 years in prison, struck a plea bargain that called for five years of probation.
OPINION
April 24, 2014
Re "Giving parents extra skills," Column, April 19 I was happy to read about Parent-Child Interaction Therapy, or PCIT, in Sandy Banks' column, and that Los Angeles County is planning an expansion of this service. As a social worker who has worked with families striving to reunify after child-protection intervention, I have witnessed the benefit PCIT can yield in teaching essential parenting skills and empowering parents with tools to use when interacting with their children.
SPORTS
April 23, 2014 | By Mike Bresnahan
There was an open seat in Section 106 amid the sellout crowd at Staples Center. Row 10, Seat 14. It belonged to Mychal Thompson for Game 2 of the Clippers-Golden State Warriors playoff series. He wasn't sitting in it. One of the Lakers' radio voices, Thompson is better recognized these days as the father of Warriors shooting guard Klay Thompson. He doesn't see his son play often in person and he didn't want to sit for Monday's game. Too nervous. The elder Thompson carved out some standing room near the tunnel by the Warriors' bench.
SPORTS
April 22, 2014 | By Eric Sondheimer
Lots of parents have viewed lacrosse as a safe alternative to playing football, but it remains a contact sport. In fact, Max Schneider, a lacrosse player from Santa Ana Mater Dei, broke his collarbone and was unconscious for a brief period after a late hit last month. That experience has caused his father, Greg, to question the rules and whether athletes are being adequately protected from late hits because the only penalty assessed was a three-minute penalty. There was no ejection.
BUSINESS
April 20, 2014 | By Walter Hamilton
Debbie Rohr lives with her husband and twin teenage sons in a well-tended three-bedroom home in Salinas. The ranch-style house has a spacious kitchen that looks out on a yard filled with rosebushes. It's a modest but comfortable house, the type that Rohr, 52, pictured for herself at this stage of life. She just never imagined that it would be her childhood home, a return to a bedroom where she once hung posters of Olivia Newton-John and curled up with her beloved Mrs. Beasley doll.
NEWS
April 19, 2014 | By Carla Hall
When 18 USC students staged a sit-in Tuesday outside the office of university President C.L. Max Nikias to protest the school's business dealings with a vendor - the parent company of which has ties to factories in Bangladesh - school officials took a tough stance. The students were told that if they didn't pipe down or get going by the end of the business day, they would be given “a letter of interim suspension,” as Ainsley Carry, the vice provost of student affairs, said later in a statement.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 18, 2014 | Sandy Banks
Adria Ponsar and her son Rhyon are huddled over a child-sized table scattered with pieces of Mr. Potato Head. She is wearing an earpiece that the 4-year-old doesn't see. Rhyon is frantically sifting through the pile for the body part he needs. On the other side of a mirrored wall, social worker Aja Bryant murmurs into a mic, coaching Ponsar through the play session with scripted precision. The mother compliments her son on handling the toy gently. Good label praise, Bryant whispers into the microphone . Good reflecting.
HEALTH
April 11, 2011 | By Valerie Ulene, Special to the Los Angeles Times
My parents had it pretty easy with me when I was a teenager. I was a bit of a nerd. I earned straight A's in school, ran for student government and spent much of my free time watching reruns of "Little House on the Prairie. " And they had little to complain about when it came to my friends — most of them were as straight as I was. My mom and dad considered them a positive influence. Many parents aren't nearly this lucky. Their teens run with kids who prefer partying to homework or fistfights to team sports.
HOME & GARDEN
June 11, 2010 | By Lisa Boone, Times Staff Writer
When I signed up my 8-year-old son to play flag football recently, I encountered a startling statistic: 70% of kids quit youth sports by the time they are 14. When the Citizenship Through Sports Alliance came to this conclusion in 2005, it cited coaching and parents as the reasons. What it doesn't mention is how agonizing it can be for parents when a child says, "I don't want to do this anymore." The issue of kids quitting — music lessons, summer camp, sports — has long been tough on parents.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 14, 2014 | Sandy Banks
I figured that teachers wouldn't let me off easy - even though my Saturday column took their side. I wrote about the recent classroom scuffle between a teacher and student at Santa Monica High, defending the teacher and listing the forces that make teaching so hard - including spineless administrators and unruly students. Still, many of the teachers I heard from last weekend had the same indignant response: What about the parents? If parents raised their children right, we wouldn't have problems on campus.
BUSINESS
April 11, 2014 | By Walter Hamilton and Jim Puzzanghera
Tribune Co.'s newspaper unit will pay a dividend of up to $275 million to its parent when it is spun off later this year, according to a government filing. The new Tribune Publishing Co. will own the Los Angeles Times and seven other newspapers. Shares of the company will trade on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol TPUB. Details about the dividend were made public in a lengthy filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission submitted late Friday. The dividend has sparked opposition from critics who say it would weigh on the company at a time of diminishing advertising revenue and intensifying digital competition.
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