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March 18, 1990 | MICHAEL A. HILTZIK, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Confident in his tattered costume, Alioue Seydi, 19, might have been playing a role drawn from his own life on the streets. The role was that of Gorgi, a typical street kid of Dakar. Abandoned by his father, left by his mother in the care of an ailing grandfather, Gorgi begins to skip school. At present he finds himself among a gang of pickpockets out of "Oliver Twist," spending his spare hours sniffing glue and gasoline.
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August 29, 1996 | JULIE TAMAKI and FRANK B. WILLIAMS, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Investigators conducted tests Wednesday on bricks, rocks and knives found at a remote desert trailer where authorities allege a 14-year-old Lancaster girl and two adult companions killed a teenager, his mother and another man before fleeing to Illinois. "We've discovered an awful lot of physical evidence," said Lt. Rick Janssen of the Mohave County sheriff's office. Deputies had collected the items during searches of the desolate, junk-strewn property, which has no electricity or running water.
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March 29, 2000 | CHING-CHING NI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
She still wants to run away. But her little body is held back by an iron chain formerly used to restrain the family dog. The chain wraps around her left ankle, travels up her pant leg and dangles between her waist and a bolted lock on the wall. Her biological mother in this remote mountain village in Sichuan province does this out of desperation. She doesn't know how else to stop the 12-year-old from escaping to the city.
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October 17, 1995 | MAKI BECKER, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
A 13-year-old runaway was killed by a bullet intended for a gang member just after she called her mother from a pay phone in the Athens district of South-Central Los Angeles and asked her to pick her up and take her home, authorities said Monday. The killing of Wendy Macias had a special poignancy for law enforcement officers. The girl was a candidate for the Explorer Scout program in the LAPD's Newton Division.
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May 16, 1991 | DAVID REYES
Francisco Vargas, the youth who fled to Mexico because he was distraught that he could not get medical treatment for severe facial scarring, now wants to return to the United States, one of his teachers said Wednesday. "I told him some of the students are gathering money at our school to see if they can get enough together for the fare back," said Linda Aguirre, the boy's English teacher at South Junior High School where about $100 for Francisco has been contributed.
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January 13, 1994 | ROBERT BARKER
The Huntington Youth Shelter, designed to be a safe place for runaways in Huntington Beach and surrounding cities, is scheduled to officially open this week. Community leaders will participate in a ribbon-cutting ceremony Friday at 12:45 p.m. at the 18-bed facility, located in Central Park just east of the Central Library. The Marine View School musical choral group will entertain, and Huntington Beach High School students will conduct tours until 5 p.m.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 6, 1999
The National Runaway Switchboard provides a variety of free services and information for runaways throughout the country. The switchboard can arrange for a free bus ride home or a conference call with a parent or guardian and also provides a message service for runaways and their parents. It also offers referrals for shelters, counseling services and legal help.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 5, 1998
Sheriff's deputies continued their search Monday for a 10-year-old Carson girl who they believe ran away from home Sunday night, authorities said. Montrece Johnson was last seen about 6 p.m. Sunday at her home on the 1600 block of West 209th Street, said Sgt. Michael Browne. He said Johnson, who has no prior history of running away, had a conversation with her mother about using the telephone before she disappeared.
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June 13, 1995 | JEFF LEEDS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Two weeks after she embarked on a cross-country journey, apparently prompted by an electronic computer message, 13-year-old Tara J. Noble was reunited with her family early Monday as federal investigators sought to determine how she was lured from her home in Kentucky. The Los Padrinos Child Detention Center in Downey released the girl to her parents at 1 a.m. Monday, less than 24 hours after she had contacted the Los Angeles FBI office and had been taken into protective custody by police.
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