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February 10, 2008 | Ker Munthit, Associated Press
Being responsible parents, rice farmer Khuorn Sam Ol and his wife might be expected to stop their child from playing with a 16-foot-long, 220-pound snake. Yet they don't mind that their 7-year-old son, Uorn Sambath, regularly sleeps in the massive coil of a female python, rides the reptile, kisses it and even pats it down with baby powder. "There is a special bond between them," Khuorn Sam Ol explained. "My son played with the snake when he was still learning to crawl. They used to sleep together in a cradle."
January 16, 2011 | By Seema Mehta, Los Angeles Times
She called out in her sleep. "Christina, Christina!" Bill Hileman could feel the torment in his wife's dreams. "Hold my hand," his wife shouted in her uneasy slumber. "Keep your eyes on me, baby. " Suzi Hileman, 58, lay in the hospital bed with serious wounds. In her dreams, Suzi kept reliving the last moments before she lost consciousness: lying on her side in a parking lot, face-to-face with her 9-year-old neighbor, Christina-Taylor Green, whom she had taken that day to meet their congresswoman, Gabrielle Giffords.
October 23, 1996 | KIMBERLY BROWER
When Lois Lovell arrives at work every day, she is welcomed with hugs and smiles. Those who greet her are her "grandchildren"--at least for a few hours--through a program that matches senior citizens like Lovell with developmentally disabled children and adults at eight sites across Orange County. The foster grandparent program has given her life new meaning and purpose, said Lovell, 65, of Tustin.
March 24, 1994 | DANA HADDAD
Kevin Franklin's college basketball career had been marked by tragedy and turmoil, but it ended gloriously Monday. In fact, the final 20 seconds of the NAIA Division I championship game, won by Franklin's Oklahoma City University over Life College, were among the sweetest imaginable. The former Taft High standout scored a game-high 30 points in 37 minutes to lead Oklahoma City to a 99-81 victory over Life, a school in Marietta, Ga.
February 16, 2006 | Ben Bolch, Times Staff Writer
Tim Floyd arranged for Rob Brooks to receive a college scholarship, meet an NBA general manager and attend a Laker game. Just a few appreciative gestures from the USC coach to his head team manager? Hardly. All these acts of kindness occurred several years ago, when Floyd coached in the NBA and Brooks was a high school student in Orange County.
May 12, 2005 | Steve Chawkins, Times Staff Writer
One morning in 1990, the phone rang in the home of Macaulay Culkin, the then 9-year-old acting sensation fresh off his star turn in the first "Home Alone" film. Culkin picked up the receiver and discovered a kindred spirit: a 32-year-old man who a couple of decades before had been just like him -- an achingly cute boy with a domineering father and a wildly successful career in show business.
What does it mean to be a twin? To Debra and Lisa Ganz, it means "we each have the kind of permanent friend other people spend their whole lives looking for." The Ganz twins are co-owners of Twins, a Manhattan restaurant staffed entirely by twins, and authors of "The Book of Twins: A Celebration in Words and Pictures" (Delacorte Press, $27.50, written with Alex Tresniowski).
Mike Salmon screamed as his car started to veer off the road, yanked on the steering wheel, and kept driving at frantic speeds on the desolate highway to Palm Springs. It was the fourth, maybe fifth time that Salmon had nearly lost control of his car that 1990 summer night. His mind kept telling him to drive slower, more carefully, but his body refused to cooperate.
October 21, 2002 | J.A. Adande
Maybe it was easy to recognize Willie Mays from behind because he has the most famous back in sports history. How many times have we seen that back, with the number 24 stitched across it, running toward the center-field wall to haul in Vic Wertz's drive in the 1954 World Series? You can't miss it these days with that ad to choose the greatest World Series moment running between innings.
September 8, 2013 | Steve Lopez
Building 215 at the West L.A. Veterans Administration medical facility is called the Home for Heroes, and nobody can say the two guys in Room 211 don't qualify. Bernie Tuvman, 90, and Phil Nadler, 87, have stories ripped from the World War II history books. Tuvman, a gunner, bailed over Germany after his B-17 took enemy fire, and he was a prisoner of war for nearly two years at Stalag 17B in Austria. Nadler, a copilot, was on a mission over Manila Bay when an enemy shell hit the nose of his amphibious plane.
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