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December 17, 1999 | SORAYA SARHADDI NELSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
They are children seeking refuge from uncertain lives, fashioning shelters of imagination, homework and rebellion. Margarita retreats to a playroom off skid row, where the 7-year-old wriggles into a Cinderella costume and rides to a make-believe castle. Brian, 14, shuts out the world as he battles algebraic equations by the fluorescent light of a Santa Monica laundry. Jason, 17, chain-smokes the day away with a band of teenagers who lounge at a public park. Their relief is only temporary.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 17, 1999 | SORAYA SARHADDI NELSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
They are children seeking refuge from uncertain lives, fashioning shelters of imagination, homework and rebellion. Margarita retreats to a playroom off skid row, where the 7-year-old wriggles into a Cinderella costume and rides to a make-believe castle. Brian, 14, shuts out the world as he battles algebraic equations by the fluorescent light of a Santa Monica laundry. Jason, 17, chain-smokes the day away with a band of teenagers who lounge at a public park. Their relief is only temporary.
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