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November 30, 2012 | Sandy Banks
I've been thinking a lot lately about single mothers - the concept and the people. Maybe it's because I'm still receiving emails from agitated readers about my column crediting single mothers , among others, with helping reelect President Obama. That sounded to some, as one reader put it, like "tacit encouragement of single-parent over two-parent homes. " Or maybe it's because we're getting close to the date on the calendar when my husband died 19 years ago - leaving me with three little girls to raise, and shoving me into a demographic I never imagined I would join.
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ENTERTAINMENT
March 17, 2014 | By Greg Braxton
Tyler Perry's "The Single Moms Club" was greeted over the weekend with disastrous box office and horrible reviews. Most networks that had been planning to base a series on the film might be having second thoughts about those plans after seeing the evidence that the movie not only tanked with Perry's core audience, but marked his worst showing ever at the box office. But OWN, the Oprah Winfrey Network, isn't most networks. Perry apparently can do whatever he wants at OWN, with Winfrey's blessing.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 13, 1995 | MIMI KO
Single mothers in the Truslow Avenue neighborhood will be honored today with an early Mother's Day party. The mothers, most of whom work to support their children but earn minimum or below-minimum wages, rarely are treated to special tributes that recognize their sacrifices as single parents, said event organizer Jimmy Ramos, founder of La Escuelita del Pueblo, a makeshift school where free, weekend English classes are offered.
NATIONAL
February 7, 2014 | By Paresh Dave
A pregnant Montana teacher who alleges that she was fired from a Catholic middle school because she was not married has hired a law firm in the latest conflict between religious doctrine and shifting societal values. Shaela Evenson, 36, was fired from the Roman Catholic Diocese of Helena for violating the morality clause of her contract, the diocese said. “As with any Catholic school, we have the obligation to provide an authentically Catholic learning environment,” Supt.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 8, 1998 | MIMI KO CRUZ
Single mothers countywide will be feted at La Escuelita del Pueblo on Saturday as part of an early Mother's Day celebration. The mothers, mostly low-income women and teenagers who have been receiving free English lessons at La Escuelita, will be treated to live entertainment, food and gifts. "With this celebration, we are showing our appreciation for the single mother's role as a hard-working woman," Escuelita founder Jimmy Ramos said.
NEWS
May 4, 1994 | KATHRYN BOLD
Once a taboo subject, unwed mothers were very much the topic at a recent tea staged by the Adoption Guild of Southern Orange County. John Ortega, chairman of the board and co-founder of Clothestime Inc., opened his contemporary, bay-side estate on the Balboa Peninsula to about 200 women for the guild's "Patroness Tea."
OPINION
July 27, 2003 | Jo-Ann Mort, Jo-Ann Mort is the co-author of "Our Hearts Invented a Place: Can Kibbutzim Survive in Today's Israel?" She is also the national secretary of Americans for Peace Now.
As Israel grapples with the big issues of peace and war and occupation, the country's social fabric is in danger of unraveling. That is the message Vicki Knafo has brought to Jerusalem this summer. A single mother of three from Mitzpe Ramon, a small, economically depressed town on Israel's southern periphery, Knafo captured Israel's imagination by walking 120 miles to set up camp in front of the Finance Ministry's office, down the street from the Knesset.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 16, 1986 | MARK ARAX, Times Staff Writer
The county Board of Supervisors on Tuesday applauded the private sector for resuscitating a Los Angeles-area project whose goal of helping single mothers break a cycle of poverty and welfare dependency had been threatened by financial problems.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 29, 1994 | DEBRA CANO
Single mother Michele White is among the lucky ones. "I have something I can call my home and I don't have to deal with the stress of living with other people," said White, mother of 2-year-old Anthony. "I've never had my own house." White, 24, is among eight single mothers with young children who recently moved into an apartment house on 11th Street--a 70-year-old complex that has been transformed to a place these parents can call home.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 18, 1992 | LYNN SMITH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Single mothers in Orange County are nearly four times more likely to be poor than married couples with children, according to figures released by the U.S. Census. With a mean income of $27,723, single mothers earn $10,266 less annually than the $37,989 income of single fathers, and considerably less than half the $67,366 mean income of a married-couple family.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 26, 2013 | By Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
Sometimes the past trips you up. It certainly does Frank, the escaped con played by Josh Brolin in Jason Reitman's new drama, "Labor Day. " It definitely unravels Adele, the reclusive single mother Kate Winslet makes so fragile. It is already a defining factor for 13-year-old Henry, played by newcomer Gattlin Griffith, by the time Frank comes into their lives. What I didn't anticipate is the way the past might trip up the filmmaker. "Labor Day" is only Reitman's fifth movie, but one of the distinguishing features in his films - from 2006's "Thank You for Smoking" through "Juno" in 2007, "Up in the Air" in 2009 and 2011's "Young Adult" - is how carefully constructed they are. The dialogue may be loose, the characters quite frequently a mess, but the progression of the film from beginning to end, and the narrative links, are always solid.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 10, 2013 | By Martin Tsai
The documentary "McConkey" chronicles the life of Shane McConkey, professional skier turned base-jumper who eventually combined both passions. Raised by his mother, McConkey aspired as a child to follow in his absent father's footsteps and become a speed skier. Starved for attention, he was an anarchist during his school years. Unable to make the U.S. ski team, he discovered extreme skiing through the 1988 documentary "The Blizzard of Aahhh's" and sought to attempt the skiing and parachuting stunt from "The Spy Who Loved Me. " McConkey would tempt fate in a few ski documentaries himself.
NATIONAL
September 7, 2013 | By Emily Alpert
Single mothers are less happy than other American women. But over time, the happiness gap has shrunk, with single mothers saying they are happier than their counterparts from decades ago, a new study shows. The report, published online in the Journal of Happiness Studies, tracks how women answered questions on a nationally representative survey between 1972 and 2008. When the researchers tried to tease out what made single mothers less happy, they found that the biggest factor was being single.
OPINION
June 23, 2013 | Eric G. Bing, Eric G. Bing is the co-author of "Pharmacy on a Bicycle: Innovative Solutions for Global Health and Poverty" and senior fellow and director of global health at the George W. Bush Institute. He is also a professor at Southern Methodist University
I was a Harvard-educated doctor, yet I couldn't save my mother from dying of an easily preventable disease. I am determined that her death will not have been in vain. In retrospect, it's not surprising that my mother ignored her early symptoms. She had survived by ignoring hardship her entire life. Abandoned by her mother when she was just 6 weeks old, she shuttled between the various homes of relatives. Her refuge was a makeshift bedroom -- a cot on the floor of her grandmother's closet.
BUSINESS
May 29, 2013 | By Hugo Martin
Moms are the top or sole breadwinner in 40% of households with kids in America, a record high rate, according to a new study . The research by the Pew Research Center, released Wednesday, is based on an analysis of Census data. The rate of breadwinning moms has risen significantly from 1960 when it was 11%. The breadwinning moms represent either women with children under 18 who earn more than their husbands or single mothers, according to the study. These women number about 11 million.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 30, 2012 | Sandy Banks
I've been thinking a lot lately about single mothers - the concept and the people. Maybe it's because I'm still receiving emails from agitated readers about my column crediting single mothers , among others, with helping reelect President Obama. That sounded to some, as one reader put it, like "tacit encouragement of single-parent over two-parent homes. " Or maybe it's because we're getting close to the date on the calendar when my husband died 19 years ago - leaving me with three little girls to raise, and shoving me into a demographic I never imagined I would join.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 6, 1994 | LEE ROMNEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Calling the ceremony "a celebration of good news," a team of social service workers, private contractors and city officials Tuesday kicked off what will be one of the county's few shelters that caters to single homeless women and their children.
MAGAZINE
May 25, 1986 | THERESA FUNICIELLO, Theresa Funiciello, co-director of Social Agenda, an anti-poverty organization in New York, recently delivered the following before the American Society of Newspaper Editors. Printed with permission.
The group most vulnerable to poverty in the United States is children. They are poor largely because their mothers are poor. Single mothers and their children, in fact, constitute 93% of the AFDC (Aid to Families With Dependent Children) population but, contrary to popular belief, the majority of poor people in this country live in waged poverty. Most bounce back and forth between jobs with low wages, unemployment and sometimes welfare.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 9, 2012 | Sandy Banks
It turns out this presidential election wasn't so much about race after all, but about something bigger, more fundamental and harder to ignore. And there's a lesson here for shellshocked Republicans, still wondering how things went so wrong: It's time to drop that "Take our country back" stuff and take your party back instead. Barack Obama's romp took many by surprise. Even as Obama votes piled up on Tuesday night, political operative Dick Morris, who has worked both sides of the aisle, kept predicting a Mitt Romney landslide.
NATIONAL
September 5, 2012 | Alana Semuels
It may have had fewer memorable turns of phrase than Barack Obama's speech to the 2004 Democratic National Convention, when the little-known state senator from Illinois spoke of "the hope of a skinny kid with a funny name who believes that America has a place for him too. " But the speech by Julian Castro, the mayor of San Antonio and the first Latino to give a keynote address at a Democratic National Convention, was just as much in the spotlight Tuesday...
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