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January 18, 1993 | Erik Hamilton for The Times
MONICA RODGRIGUEZ Junior, 16, Dominguez High School Today in our society the young grow up very rapidly. They think they know all there is to know. In reality they act immature and often very disrespectful. Many students in our schools are frightened when they discover that there will be a test in one of their classes. The mere thought of studying hard allows temptation to enter their minds. Therefore, the only place to turn is to cheating.
August 1, 1999
"Forever Barbie?" (by Debra J. Hotaling, June 27), about Jill Barad, Barbie's "mother" and CEO of Mattel, was quite interesting as it recorded the ups and downs of Barbie over the years and lauded Barad's marketing skills. But I waited for a paragraph or two about the ill-fated decision to offer a tattooed Barbie. That product was apparently quickly withdrawn when parents were faced with the prospect of their 10-year-old daughters wanting to get tattoos like Barbie. I assume that Barad was behind the tattooed Barbie or it would not have been produced.
July 13, 1999 | SANDY BANKS
The drive wasn't that long, as road trips go . . . an hour maybe, crawling along the 405 to LAX from the San Fernando Valley. I was in the driver's seat, ferrying my friend and her two daughters to catch a plane. Kim and I didn't mind the traffic jam. There was plenty of time before their flight; we passed the hour on the road chatting amiably. But I couldn't help but notice the sighs of boredom floating up from the back seat. "How long?"
December 16, 2004 | Lisa Hirsch, Special to The Times
I failed gym in the ninth grade. I got a 25. Out of 100. I don't know if it's because I'm long-limbed and gawky, or maybe it's because I'm nearsighted and never got those special plastic glasses, but for me sinking a ball in a basket or balancing on Rollerblades is as impossible as hopping in a spaceship and visiting the moon. Athleticism to me is walking to Trader Joe's to get dinner. Even then I might slip and fall.
Coaches in the Garden Grove League call Pacifica's Chris Vlasic the league's best player. Bob Becker, Vlasic's coach, doesn't disagree. He just isn't sure he wants to start Vlasic. What? The league's best player, not starting? "That may turn out to be what's best for the team, chemistry-wise," Becker said. "It wouldn't bother Chris. If the chemistry works out with Chris on the bench at the start, then that's what we'll do."
August 10, 2006 | Mark Sachs
LATE-NIGHT cable fans can recite his taglines like something out of a Schwarzenegger flick: "The only tears you'll shed will be tears of joy." "But wait, there's more." And the hands-down fave: "Set it -- and forget it." In the three-easy-payments world of infomercial pitchmen, Ron Popeil is the gold standard. The Biography Channel gives the 71-year-old Beverly Hills resident his due Tuesday at 5 p.m. (repeating at 9) -- an hourlong special on Popeil's remarkable Ronco rise.
September 6, 1992 | RHOLAN WONG, Rholan Wong lives in West Los Angeles
Like an increasing number of people, I found myself unexpectedly without a job a few months ago. No, that's not exactly right. Rather, while my wife, Debbie, spent her days as a social worker, I suddenly had two jobs, both at home: part-time free-lance writer/public relations executive and full-time househusband and parent for Derek, our 4-year-old son. I had little preparation for the latter career, but intensive on-the-job training has taught me some of the basics of being a homemaker.
August 12, 1996 | KAREN KAPLAN, Special to The Times
As responsibilities pile up at work and at home, it's hard not to feel overwhelmed by it all. Sometimes it seems impossible to juggle the competing obligations of a job and a personal life. If only you could find someone--your own panel of experts, perhaps--to help you get a handle on your frazzled life. That's the opportunity three of our readers got when they volunteered to share their daily routines with us and our three specialists in organization, stress management and work-life issues.
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