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April 24, 1987
Reading the article (April 2), "Children on Philippine Island Still Dying of Starvation Despite Global Aid Effort," reminds me that throughout the world, tens of millions of people each year die of starvation and diseases linked to malnutrition. And many of them are children. They are suffering from malnutrition because they don't have sufficient intake of protein and calories. If our own children were among them, how would we feel about that? Can we just watch them suffering without extending a helping hand?
March 25, 2014 | By Dan Weikel
An aggressive plan to shut down all or part of embattled Santa Monica Airport after July 2015 is set to go before the Santa Monica City Council on Tuesday evening. If approved, the city would set in motion a so-called starvation strategy to dramatically scale back aircraft operations, cut the 5,000-foot runway almost in half and eliminate aviation-related services such as fuel sales and flight schools. Recommended by the city's airport commission, the plan also calls for the city to rezone airport land to non-aviation uses and continue its effort to gain control of the 227-acre facility, which is regulated by the Federal Aviation Administration and subject to various federal agreements.
February 11, 2000
The United Nations has just reported that nearly 3 million people in Kenya desperately need food to avoid starvation. This was reported in your Feb. 3 paper in a small news item. Since the United States appears to have the motivation and capability to participate in worldwide military, finance and trade actions, would it not be appropriate to test our current humanitarian capabilities? JAMES R. ANTONOW Fullerton
February 17, 2014 | By Julie Makinen and Barbara Demick
BEIJING - Torture, deliberate starvation and other abuses carried out by North Korean authorities - possibly on the orders of leader Kim Jong Un - are crimes against humanity and should be referred to an international court or tribunal for prosecution, United Nations investigators said Monday. A 400-page report catalogs practices long cited by defectors and human rights activists, but their inclusion in a comprehensive document compiled by a U.N.-appointed panel appears to be unprecedented.
December 12, 1992
The U.S. mercy mission to Somalia is a race with death for as many as a third of the nation's remaining 6 million people. While as many as 300,000 have already died a slow death from starvation, the multinational rescue effort holds out the promise of salvation to all but those on the very brink of death. Here is a look at starvation's insidious course, as well as the body's remarkable powers of recuperation. A BODY FEEDING ON ITSELF 1.
July 3, 1988 | From Reuters
Hunger is killing 15 people a day in a southern Sudanese town reportedly under siege by rebels, relief agencies reported Saturday. Sudan Aid and Norwegian Church Aid, both voluntary agencies with church links, said an average of 10 adults and five children are dying from hunger every day in Torit, in the Equatoria region near the Ugandan border.
September 9, 1989 | From Associated Press
A jury convicted an unemployed couple of third-degree murder Friday for starving their 14-year-old son during a six-week fast that the family endured while leaving nearly $4,000 for God and waiting for his help. Larry and Leona Cottam, who are Seventh-day Adventists, held hands and showed no emotion as jury foreman Maria Uitti read the guilty verdicts before the packed Luzerne County courtroom. Eric Cottam died Jan. 3 after the family had not eaten since Nov. 22.
The picture is hauntingly familiar: a Somali child lying on a burlap bag, emaciated. But with American troops clearing the way for food delivery, medical experts say that child may be walking, talking and taking normal food by Christmas, so swift and effective is the therapy for starvation.
April 4, 1994 | Associated Press
More than 850,000 people in Rwanda--about one of every eight people in the country--urgently need food to prevent starvation because of drought, a new report says. The report, prepared by aid agencies, including Oxfam, said the 854,873 needy were scattered in seven regions in the tiny central African nation.
February 21, 1999 | Associated Press
More than 200 severely retarded patients apparently starved to death in the 1940s at a state institution, where its director described them as "lower than many animal species," a newspaper reported Saturday. The report is the latest in a wave of media investigations that have challenged Sweden's self-image as a caring and ethical welfare state. The Dagens Nyheter based its report of the deaths on an examination of records uncovered by private TV4.
January 31, 2014 | By Deborah Netburn
Magellanic penguin chicks in Argentina have a new killer to fear -- death by climate change. The downy chicks were already vulnerable to predation and starvation in the first few weeks of their lives, but now they are threatened by increasing rainstorms caused by changing weather patterns. "Climate change is a new mortality factor," said Dee Boersma, a conservation biologist at the University of Washington. "It didn't use to kill these penguins and now it does. " Boersma and her team have been studying penguins  for 28 years at Punta Tombo on the Atlantic side of Argentina -- home of the largest Magellanic penguin colony in the world.
January 10, 2014 | By Alexandra Zavis
Barbara Demick, the Los Angeles Times bureau chief in Beijing and author of the book “Nothing to Envy: Ordinary Lives in North Korea,” has reported extensively about North Korea. She answered questions Friday on Reddit about life inside the reclusive country and about leader Kim Jong Un , who celebrated his 31st birthday this week at an exhibition basketball game where he was serenaded by former NBA star Dennis Rodman. Here are a few of the questions that generated interest.
November 5, 2013 | By Ari Bloomekatz, This post has been corrected. See the note below for details.
A Riverside woman has been arrested in connection with the 1990 cold case homicide of a 5-month-old baby who suffered from starvation and broken bones.  Cole Terpack was found by paramedics on Aug. 3, 1990, in a San Bernardino home on North Acacia Street "unconscious and not breathing," according to the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department. Cole, who suffered from starvation and "numerous broken bones," was taken to a hospital where he died, according to the Sheriff's Department.
October 31, 2013 | By Robyn Dixon, This post has been corrected. See the note below for details.
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa -- It's a long, arduous and well-worn route. Hopeful Africans travel north through Niger, Mali and Algeria, crossing the Sahara desert to reach Europe, find work and send money home to their families. The exodus often goes nightmarishly wrong for the migrants. They must trust their lives to unscrupulous smugglers. If someone hasn't been paid along the route, they are sometimes abandoned by their driver. If a vehicle breaks down in the desert, there is no guarantee that help will ever come.
May 30, 2012 | By Ian Duncan
WASHINGTON  -- On a patch of pavement outside the Canadian Embassy, Jay McGinley is trying to starve himself to death. After drinking nothing but water for more than 30 days, he appears close to achieving his goal. When he stands up, his dark blue sweater hangs from a wasted frame. On the 21st day of his hunger strike, May 15, McGinley was hospitalized briefly when his kidneys almost failed. He returned to his post the next day. Wednesday is his 36th day without food.
December 17, 2011 | By Maria L. La Ganga, Los Angeles Times
Reporting from San Francisco -- Ebenezer Scrooge is a corporate banker, busy foreclosing on the hapless masses. Bob Cratchit and his beleaguered family live in a chilly tent in an anonymous Occupy encampment. The ghost of Christmas future sports a flowing black robe of taped-together trash bags and plastic sheeting. Tiny Tim dies. At least that's how the San Francisco Mime Troupe's resident playwright, Michael Gene Sullivan, has re-imagined "A Christmas Carol" for the troubled 21st century.
August 5, 2011
Famine in Somalia Re "A drought at their heels," Aug. 3 I recently read this quote from Jonathan Swift: "Vision is the art of seeing what is invisible to others. " The terrible beauty of photographer Barbara Davidson's front-page "vision," her "Pietà," was such an experience for me — making visible the face of famine in the image of a mother watching over her suffering child. Women and children continue to be the most vulnerable and unprotected members of our global community.
August 4, 2011 | By Robyn Dixon, Los Angeles Times
With hunger in the Horn of Africa dramatically worsening, the United Nations on Wednesday added three more regions of Somalia to the list of areas it says are stricken by famine. More than 12 million people are facing starvation, with children particularly vulnerable. The U.N. last month declared that two regions of Somalia were suffering from famine, and it said Wednesday that the famine was likely to spread across most of Somalia in coming months, as well as parts of Kenya, Uganda and Ethiopia.
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