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July 30, 2012 | By Chuck Schilken
Aly Raisman is like many teenagers in that she can drive her parents crazy. Only Raisman is a U.S. gymnast who qualified for the all-around competition at the London Olympics. And her parents are really, really crazy. Or so it seemed to the millions of people watching the qualifying round Sunday on NBC, which had a camera and microphone isolated on Ricky and Lynn Raisman as their daughter competed on the uneven bars Sunday night. OK, so the Raismans really aren't crazy -- they were justifiably stressed out during a 40-second routine their daughter had been working toward for many years.
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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.
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.
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 21, 2013 | By Emily Alpert
Seven-year-old Hannah Thome munched on a chocolate cookie after getting home from cheerleading camp last week and mulled the question, brow furrowing over her wide blue eyes. Did she want to be older? "No," the Tustin youngster concluded. "I like being a kid. You get to do more things. " Her mother remembers Tom Hanks wishing for adulthood in the 1988 film "Big" and remembers wishing for the same. But childhood has changed a lot since then. And that might be changing how kids think about it. Kids today are increasingly likely to say they like being kids, a survey shows.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 17, 2013 | By Dalina Castellanos, Los Angeles Times
For the first time since California's controversial parent-trigger law went into effect, a school district has elected not to challenge a petition submitted by parents. The Los Angeles Board of Education this week ratified a partnership between the district and a charter school to take control of the struggling 24th Street Elementary. The 2010 law gives parents increased authority over low-performing campuses, including the option to convert them to independently operated charter schools.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 11, 2012 | By Rick Rojas and Howard Blume, Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles school officials were scrambling Friday to explain why parents were never notified about the October arrest of a teacher at Telfair Elementary School in Pacoima for alleged child sexual abuse. Paul Chapel, a third-grade teacher who has been suspended without pay, is charged with 15 counts of lewd acts and continuous sexual abuse with three girls and one boy, each younger than 14, between Sept. 13, 2010, and April 15, 2011, according to a Sept. 28 complaint filed by the Los Angeles County district attorney's office.
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