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OPINION
December 23, 2009 | By Dale Russakoff
For a succinct vision of the role parents can play in their children's education, a useful starting point is a tale of three mothers and an eggplant, told by Phyllis Hunter, former director of reading for Houston's public schools. Hunter's first mother wheels her shopping cart down the produce aisle of a supermarket, where her kindergartner spots an eggplant and asks what it is. The mother shushes her child, ignoring the question. The second mother, faced with the same question, responds curtly, "That's an eggplant, but we don't eat it."
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HOME & GARDEN
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.
SPORTS
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.
SPORTS
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.
OPINION
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...
ENTERTAINMENT
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.
NEWS
October 10, 2013 | By Ted Rall
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
NEWS
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 21, 2013 | By Emily Foxhall
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.
SPORTS
July 19, 2013 | By Eric Sondheimer
 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.
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