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February 28, 2013 | Chris Erskine
I'm always looking to make new friends, which is the way I approach a youth baseball draft - new coaches, new buddies. Twenty guys in a community room of the local church, in creaky chairs the preschoolers usually use. Someone jokes, "Who brought the beer?" but there is no alcohol here, just good dads with good intentions. What a pile of sweethearts these guys turn out to be. I ask one of these poker-faced idiots his opinion of one 9-year-old prospect, and he blurts, "HEY, I WAS GOING TO TAKE HIM!"
January 8, 2012 | By Rebecca Keegan, Los Angeles Times
Kate Winslet, Christoph Waltz, Jodie Foster and John C. Reilly fight over how it ought to be done in "Carnage. " George Clooney in "The Descendants," Matt Damon in "We Bought a Zoo" and Sandra Bullock in "Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close" are worried about doing it alone. Viola Davis does it for other people in "The Help. " Demián Bichir does it as an immigrant in "A Better Life. " Nick Nolte is trying to do it over sober in "Warrior. " And Tilda Swinton has blood-soaked proof that she has done it all terribly wrong in "We Need to Talk About Kevin.
June 9, 2011 | By Shari Roan, Los Angeles Times / For the Booster Shots blog
Parents worry about the safety of vaccines for their children even though most go ahead and have their kids immunized, researchers reported Thursday.   The theory that vaccines cause autism spectrum disorders has been debunked by numerous scientific studies. On Wednesday, three papers were published that point to genetic mutations as the cause of autism. However, in a new survey published in the journal Health Affairs , only 23% of parents said they had no concerns about vaccines.
November 25, 2013 | By Eric Sondheimer
The parents of Corona Santiago linebacker Jordan Walker issued a statement Monday thanking medical staff for their son's treatment. Walker suffered a spinal cord injury on Friday night and is in critical condition at Loma Linda University Medical Center. His vitals are stable and he is responsive, the statement said. In the statement, Curtis and Allison Walker said, "The level of care and professionalism Jordan and we have encountered is unprecedented. Everyone we have encountered has been on top of everything as well as up front and honest about our son's condition.
February 18, 1991 | MARK A. STEIN., This story was reported by Times staff writers Glenn F. Bunting, Rich Connell, Eric Malnic and Tracy Wood. It was written by Mark A. Stein
For air traffic controller Robin Lee Wascher, the Feb. 1 disaster on Los Angeles International Airport Runway 24-Left--her runway--was "especially tragic" because her parents had died in an aviation accident nearly 14 years ago, friends and co-workers said. Norman K. and Beverly Jean Wascher vanished June 19, 1977, while flying to Oxnard in their single-engine plane after attending another daughter's college graduation in Eureka, Calif. The plane has never been found.
March 6, 2012 | By Chris Foster
  Harold Edison, father of UCLA defensive tackle Justin Edison, sat in his pickup truck awaiting one of those special days as a parent. “Justin played in the NFLPA game and there was a buzz about him,” Edison said. The buzz Harold Edison was getting Tuesday was different. Moments later two employees of the UCLA football program told Edison he could not watch his son, even from the parking structure outside Spaulding Field. “They're saying we can't watch for this reason or that reason,” Edison said.
November 21, 2009
How to hold peace talks Mediator and parenting coach Susie North offers these suggestions for parents mediating disputes between siblings: Embrace neutrality and acknowledge bias. Reflect honestly upon your biases (gender, birth order, temperament -- anything). Take them into account when you approach conflict between the kids. You will mediate more effectively if you admit to your biases than if you pretend they don't exist.
December 20, 2013 | By Gary Klein
LAS VEGAS - New USC Coach Steve Sarkisian met with parents of Trojans players Friday and told them he has always promoted an atmosphere of compliance and that he was confident he could prove that if questioned by the NCAA, several parents said. The parents, who requested anonymity because they did not want to speak publicly, said Sarkisian raised the issue during a meeting that was held in a hotel ballroom and covered a range of topics, including open competition for positions, dealing with agents and a parent's request to continue a pregame prayer on the field for players, coaches and family members.
September 19, 2011 | Jim Newton
This is what the revolution looks like: It's a rally in Lynwood where parents demand the right to exercise their power to shape their children's future; it's a dozen residents in a South-Central apartment gathering to compare notes on the failing elementary school a few blocks away; it's parents comparing notes at a Pasadena community center and discovering that not a single one of that city's high schools scored a desired goal of 800 on California's Academic...
June 6, 2011 | By Garrett Therolf, Times Staff Writer
The two-page letter landed in the judge's chambers at the Los Angeles County Children's Court last fall, registering "grave concern" for the well-being of 17-month-old Vyctorya Sandoval. Linda Kontis, co-founder of a foster family agency that contracted with the county to provide care to the girl, complained that the court system hadn't properly considered the risks of returning the saucer-eyed toddler known as Tori to her long-troubled biological parents. Months after the letter was written, Tori was dead.
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