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September 10, 1990
A North Hollywood behavioral health care center will host a weekly support group for family and friends of soldiers stationed in the Middle East, officials announced Sunday. The group, which will meet Tuesdays from 7:30 to 9 p.m., also is open to relatives of hostages being held in Iraq and Kuwait. Psychologist Jon Perez, director of the LifePlus trauma recovery team, said the support group will seek to alleviate some of the anxiety associated with the troop deployment.
April 26, 2014 | By Vincent Bevins
Between a cluster of bars in this small coastal town, middle-aged European men hover around dozens of fresh-faced Brazilian women in tight dresses. Around the corner, two girls who look to be in their teens flag down cars, signaling their availability to potential clients. Most such activity, however, seems confined to a small, seedy tourist strip, the last gasp of a bygone era. Natal, long known as a hot spot for sex tourism, has seen fewer problems in the wake of a national economic boom and concerted government efforts to cut back on the Carnaval nation's carnal image.
September 5, 1990
Diana Contatore of Playa del Rey, whose Army son is scheduled for deployment to the Middle East, is looking for mothers of other deployed servicemen and women who might be interested in forming a support group. "If there are other mothers out there who think it might be helpful to trade information, maybe work to drum up people to be supportive and send cards, just anything, I'd like to do that," said Contatore. "Maybe we can give each other comfort." Contatore's son, Army 2nd Lt.
February 14, 2014 | By Jim Cox
I have to make sure when I get hold of happiness to seize the moment and soar to heights with it. I am grateful that I can still be joyful at times with simple and new things that were not significant to me before. - Bien Cox, journal entry The "new normal" arrived April 9, 2008. The painful lump in Bien's left breast was malignant. Cancer. The phone, the unholy messenger, was put back in its cradle, and we sat on the couch for a few moments. Tears came and went. Disbelief remained.
November 3, 1998 | MICHAEL GOTTLIEB
Desiree Biesterfeld and Debbie McClelland want to inspire courage and hope for people suffering from the genetic disorder known as neurofibromatosis. They have formed a support group that will hold its first meeting Nov. 11 at 7:30 p.m. at the east campus of Los Robles Regional Medical Center in Thousand Oaks.
October 3, 1993 | PATRICK McCARTNEY
The local chapter of the American Diabetes Assn. is looking for parents of young children with diabetes who are interested in starting a new support group. Although two support groups already exist for adults with the disease, the association found itself unable to help the parent of an 8-year-old who had contracted the illness, said the association's Lenore Gabel. The group is being formed at the request of Mary Lynn Evans, who recently learned that her child has diabetes.
November 17, 1987 | LYNN SIMROSS
While long-term counseling for people who test HIV positive is limited, a number of organizations have formed support groups. The Women's AIDS Project, part of the Wholistic Health for Women center in West Hollywood, has support groups for women who test positive. Information: (213) 650-1508. The Edelman Health Center in Hollywood, part of the Gay and Lesbian Community Services Center, has several groups, including one for people who are developing symptoms of AIDS. Information: (213) 464-7400.
May 17, 2006 | Cyndia Zwahlen, Special to The Times
When designer and entrepreneur Sarah Shaw wanted to start a venture, she skipped the traditional steps. She didn't do market research. She didn't write a business plan. Instead, she joined Ladies Who Launch, a support group and business incubator for women that recently held its first sessions in Southern California.
December 31, 2001 | Chris Foster
Goalie Steve Shields did what he could to get the Mighty Ducks a victory against the Chicago Blackhawks Sunday. He stopped 29 of 31 shots, including a penalty shot by Alexei Zhamnov. Yet once again, he could sue for lack of support in a 2-1 loss. Shields has made 18 starts and the Ducks have scored two or fewer goals in 13 of them. "I let in a couple goals and we never seem to get three when I play," Shields said. Shields has been solid, even with sporadic work, in December.
March 12, 1988 | JAN HOFMANN, Jan Hoffman is a regular contributor to Orange County Life
He walked out on her birthday, a few months shy of their 34th wedding anniversary. She was devastated. For two weeks, she stayed in bed under heavy sedation. Weeks later, she was still so depressed she could not lift her arms and was barely able to walk. Somehow, she managed to get to a therapist, who is now helping her put together a life that focuses on her, not her husband. She is Sandi Nimoy, former wife of actor/director Leonard Nimoy, better known as Mr. Spock of "Star Trek" fame.
December 12, 2013 | By Anh Do
At a meeting swirling with emotion, the Westminster City Council voted 5-0 to issue a permit to organizers of the 2014 Tet parade -- even if they refuse to allow LGBT people to march in the event. The entire council voiced sympathy with those who might be barred from the celebration. But Mayor Tri Ta said that as elected officials, the council members were required to uphold 1st Amendment rights, allowing a gathering that's considered free speech. However, he added, "we want to see the unity.
September 11, 2013 | By Chris Foster
Nebraska fans continue to step up in support of UCLA's football team, which lost receiver Nick Pasquale this week. The Californians for Nebraska , a Cornhusker support group, voted Wednesday morning to donate proceeds fromĀ its opportunity drawings to the Nick Pasquale Foundation. The group holds watch parties at various locations in Southern California when Nebraska plays. UCLA plays at Nebraska on Saturday. Pasquale, 20, died early Sunday monring when he was struck by a car. Services are being held Sunday in San Clemente.
June 3, 2013 | Sandy Banks
Hope was the theme of the day, but unremitting pain was the backdrop when friends and family members of suicide victims gathered in a Culver City park on Saturday for their annual summer potluck. "Survivors After Suicide" they call themselves. It's a label with two meanings: They survived unthinkable, unbearable loss. And some, in the aftermath, contemplated or attempted suicide themselves. These survivors share a singular sort of grief - one that binds them inexorably to guilt, confusion and shame.
May 25, 2013 | By David S. Cloud, Los Angeles Times
WASHINGTON - The hunt for proof that Syrian government forces used banned chemical weapons may come down to a rotting corpse exhumed late last month from a makeshift cemetery near Damascus. The grave diggers - a Syrian doctor and several medical students - were seeking tissue from the remains of a man who had died of respiratory failure after a rocket allegedly spewed poison gas on Dariya, a suburb of the Syrian capital, on April 25. Reaching the cadaver several feet down, the team sliced open the cloth shroud, cut into the torso and removed a small piece of lung.
February 17, 2013 | By Kurt Streeter, Los Angeles Times
Craig McGruder tilts his head to hear a plea for help in the heart of Watts. "I've got trouble," says a guy who used to run with the Grape Street Crips. "Been thinking about doing some dirt. Thinking about robbing so I can get my kids the school supplies they need. " McGruder understands trouble. He'd grown up with most of the men meeting in this white-walled community center on a midsummer night. Some had been dealers who'd sold him crack when he was at his lowest, skulking around Jordan Downs, where he'd been born in 1962 and never much left.
January 12, 2013 | By Michael Muskal
A month after a gunman invaded Sandy Hook Elementary School, killing 20 children and six adults, a group of local residents are calling for efforts to make communities safer from gun violence. A news conference is scheduled for Monday, the one-month anniversary of the shootings at the Connecticut school, a tragedy that has reignited the national debate on gun control. A task force led by Vice President Joe Biden has been meeting this week with advocates on all sides of the thorny gun control issue and he has said he is hoping to have recommendations by next week.
November 29, 2002 | From Times Staff Reports
Lupus International has formed a new support group, which will meet at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday in Thousand Oaks. The group, which will meet the first Tuesday of every month, will share ideas on how to effectively live with lupus. For more information and directions, call 524-3123.
February 1, 1995 | MIMI KO
The Fullerton Senior Multi-Service Center is seeking participants for a support group for sufferers of Parkinson's disease. City officials said the goal of the group is to provide people struck with the disease, a degenerative muscular disorder often associated with aging, a forum where they can get information. In addition, guest speakers will talk about new treatments and provide emotional support.
January 10, 2013 | By Rebecca Trounson, Los Angeles Times
Her message was as simple as it was powerful, a quiet, courageous statement of unconditional love. Walking alongside her son in an early New York City gay pride parade in 1972, elementary school teacher Jeanne Manford carried a sign she had written herself: "Parents of Gays: Unite in Support for Our Children. " When spectators began to cheer, Manford figured the applause must be for Dr. Benjamin Spock, the renowned baby doctor who was marching in the parade just behind her and her son, Morty.
December 10, 2012 | By Nita Lelyveld, Los Angeles Times
Brandon Ty Garner died on the day he was born: July 1, 2011. He came into the world at 24 weeks, 5 days. His lungs hadn't developed. He lived for six hours. Very few people ever saw him. Nearly a year and a half later, his parents remain swaddled in grief. They visit his grave twice a week, even though it's an hour's drive from their Menifee home, and decorate it for each holiday he cannot share with them. Full coverage: City Beat Recently they put up a small Christmas tree, full of colorful lights and ornaments.
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