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April 14, 2001 | MARY VUONG, Mary Vuong is a senior majoring in journalism at USC
They've held me captive for so long, the nuances of my native tongue. It's a puzzle. I can speak Vietnamese fluently with my parents and adult relatives, but stick me in a room with one stranger, and you'll hear nary a peep from me. What you do get is excessive nodding and the word da every two seconds. Da means a respectful "yes"; it's a term you use with those older than you. It's a word I use indiscriminately when I can't think of how to respond.
June 24, 1989 | JAN HOFMANN, Jan Hofmann is a regular contributor to Orange County Life
Agnes Trinchero has spotted a trend that worries her. Trinchero is executive director of Florence Crittenton Services of Orange County, a private, nonprofit agency that has provided help to troubled adolescent girls, many of them pregnant or already parents, for 23 years. More recently, the organization has expanded to provide services to abused and neglected infants and toddlers as well. Crittenton's residential centers were intended to serve its young clients temporarily, just until they could be reunited with their families.
October 24, 1988 | United Press International
An 18-year-old college student and her male cousin were arrested in the fatal bludgeonings of her father and aunt in a scheme to inherit money, Bergen County prosecutors said Sunday. Laura Kaldawi and Patrick Lanzel, 19, were charged with conspiring to kill Samir Kaldawi, 44, and his sister-in-law, Georgette Kaldawi, 35, found slain Saturday in Samir Kaldawi's home in this exclusive community. Georgette Kaldawi's son, Gregory, 9, was wounded in the assault.
April 21, 1986 | Associated Press
Members of the family of American hostage Peter Kilburn, who was killed in retaliation for last week's U.S. raid on Libya, gathered here Sunday to urge the world to join them in a day of prayer Friday. They also condemned the American attack and said it will escalate violence. The body of Kilburn, a librarian at the American University of Beirut who disappeared in 1984, was discovered Thursday with those of two Britons in Lebanon's central mountains.
September 23, 1985 | MARJORIE MILLER, Times Staff Writer
Arturo Mejia Garcia walked slowly through the Social Security baseball stadium, searching the distorted blue faces of cadavers for his younger brother. It was Mejia's third macabre journey in as many days through the makeshift morgue, and once again it was futile. "His name doesn't appear on any list," Mejia said. His brother's remains could not be found in any of the hospitals or morgues.
September 3, 2013 | By Janis Spire
Los Angeles County's child welfare system, as noted recently by this newspaper, is facing a critical shortage of foster homes. But a simple policy shift could go a long way toward eliminating this crisis. We need to provide better support for relatives who step up and become foster parents. Relatives are the backbone of the county's child welfare system. They care for children with the highest needs at a moment's notice, and they provide stability in an otherwise chaotic system. Relatives can help children in county care remain connected to their families and provide them with a sense of community.
When Thuy Pham was considering moving to Orange County from Arizona, she spotted a newspaper ad for a $250-a-month room in a home near Anaheim. "This is a decent place to live if you can't afford anywhere else," the Huntington Beach receptionist said Friday as she returned to get her belongings from the fire-damaged house, which is divided into a honeycomb of 17 small bedrooms. Pham shares a bathroom with three people and has no kitchen access.
September 21, 1988 | Herbert J. Vida
"When I was 16 or 17, I remember saying I want someone to benefit from my being alive," Susan Gallant recalls. Little did she know that a near-fatal bicycle injury to her 11-year-old son, Ted, who was comatose for four months, would lead her to that point. "I got a lot of support from friends and relatives during those desperate months before my son got better," Gallant said. "After he went home I told the Western Neuro Care Center people I wanted to work there.
March 31, 2006 | Ellen Barry, Times Staff Writer
Last weekend, a woman stepped into her elevator and opened an express-mail envelope from the city of New York. What she read made her knees buckle, and she collapsed to the floor. Hers was among 24 families to receive news that the city had a recording of a loved one -- in the woman's case, her husband -- talking on the phone to a 911 operator from the smoke-filled top floors of the World Trade Center towers. It was up to her, the letter explained, to decide whether she wanted a copy.
November 4, 1991 | DAVAN MAHARAJ, Times Staff Writer
In the last years of her life, Hazel Harrison Cavitt, widowed and alone, turned to professional care-givers to help her with her daily routine. For three years, Frederick Hassan Nazarian and his wife, Zina, assisted Cavitt as her health deteriorated. In 1989, she died at the age of 83. In her will, Cavitt bequeathed her house, furniture, jewelry and a 39% interest in a West Virginia oil lease, among other valuables, to Fred Nazarian and his 20-year-old daughter, Mogeh Tiffany Nazarian.
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