January 8, 2012 |
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.
September 19, 2011 |
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...
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June 6, 2011 |
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.
December 20, 2013 |
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.
July 19, 2013 |
A group of parents have decided to fight back against the decision of Corona Santiago's administration to force out boys' basketball coach David Humphreys. In an email, representatives say they have more than 150 petitioners requesting a school board meeting or hearing seeking the reinstatment of Humphreys, who had been the coach for five years. "Our parents are outraged," according to the email sent to media outlets. This is the second controversy this summer involving the Corona-Norco Unified School District.
October 10, 2013 |
California has become one of the first states to legally recognize more than two parents per child. But who's in charge? ALSO: On letters from climate-change deniers Video: Cyclists and drivers can be road pals Olympia Snowe: This is no way to run a country Follow Ted Rall on Twitter @TedRall
August 12, 2010
Raising kids can occasionally be tough on a parent's mental health -- and the anguish may not ease when the kids become adults. Poorer emotional health and well-being are found among parents of grown children when those children have troubled lives, according to new research. Researchers questioned 633 middle-aged parents of a total of 1,251 adult children. They found that having even one problem-ridden child -- such as someone who is unemployed, incarcerated, addicted, ill, or in financial straits -- increased the risk of low psychological well-being in the parent.
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November 21, 2013 |
A 17-year-old Huntington Beach high school senior who committed suicide could have been saved if police had been more aggressive after receiving a warning that the youth was planning to kill himself, the teen's parents are alleging in a lawsuit. Police failed to warn the family when they learned of an online posting by Matthew Cline in which he threatened to kill himself, according to a suit filed in Orange County Superior Court. A varsity football player entering his senior year at Liberty Christian High School, Cline used a website and mobile app called iFunny, which typically features funny images, to warn of his death the day before he shot himself in the head last July, according to the suit.
April 3, 2012 |
The latest setback for the parent-trigger reform -- when the Adelanto School District last week rejected a petition to ... well, it's not exactly clear what the parents sought, but more on that later -- will surely be appealed in court. Parent Revolution, the group behind the trigger movement, might well have a valid challenge, since it looks like school administrators were far more careful about checking the validity of the parent signatures in favor of the trigger than they were about those rescinding their previous signatures.
July 16, 2013 |
Maybe it's time for “screen time” for parents, too. To limit kids' television watching, the ubiquitous rule restricting the time they're allowed to spend in front of a TV or computer screen isn't as helpful as something more basic: how much time parents spend watching TV, scientists say in an article out Monday in the journal Pediatrics. "Do as I say, not as I do" might be a foundation for Homer Simpson's style of parenting, but it's not so effective, the scientists say. “Parent television viewing is a stronger predictor of child television viewing than traditional media 'access' and 'rules' variables regardless of child age,” the scientists wrote.