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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 23, 1990 | DAVAN MAHARAJ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Michelle Ellis works and lives in Mission Viejo. But home for Ellis, 23, and her 10-month-old son, Ryan, is not one of the expensive houses that have mushroomed in this sprawling, affluent South County community. It's her tan 1983 Toyota Camry parked on the street in front of the home where she works as a housekeeper during the day. Ellis is among a growing number of low-income single mothers who can no longer afford the high cost of housing and child care in South County.
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WORLD
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.
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BUSINESS
March 24, 1998 | BARBARA MURPHY
BNI, an international networking organization specializing in business referrals among members, is opening a chapter in Camarillo. BNI was founded in 1985 by Ivan R. Misner, author of "The World's Best Known Marketing Secret," "Seven Second Marketing," and "Business by Referral." "Our style of networking is based on the philosophy [that] givers gain--if I help you, then you'll help me and we'll all do better business," Misner said. The Camarillo group is having its first meeting at 7 a.m.
HOME & GARDEN
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 5, 1994 | KENT BLACK, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Last winter, Paul Petersen was awakened by a frantic call. "It was this kid calling from the Roxy," recalls Petersen, 48, an author and onetime child actor who played Jeff on "The Donna Reed Show" from 1958 through 1966. "He said he saw River Phoenix in one of the nightclub's bathroom stalls shooting heroin." Petersen, who for four years has been organizing support groups for former child stars and the pressure they face in an often indifferent Hollywood, sprang into action.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 25, 1991
Free groups are available throughout Ventura County for the family and friends of personnel serving in the armed forces in the Persian Gulf. Group Time Information Spanish speaking Clinicas del Pending Dr. Rosalinda Espinoza Camino Real 647-6322 Camarillo United Methodist Sunday, 6 p.m. Rev. Sandy Liddell Church 291 Anacapa Drive 482-4312 St. Columba's Thursday, noon 482-8831 Episcopal Church 1251 E.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 5, 1999 | CHRISTINE CASTRO
Those dealing with loss can seek comfort and hope through bereavement classes and support groups offered by two Orange County religious organizations. Irvine Presbyterian Church is offering a bereavement class called "Overcoming Your Loss" for those who have lost loved ones, careers or financial security.
NEWS
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 24, 1992
Martin Miller's story on "Group Helps Aerospace Workers Cope With Layoffs" (Times, Dec. 4) acknowledged an important need for support for those laid off or fearful of losing their jobs. The article did not acknowledge that one of the support groups featured is part of an ongoing program at Temple Menorah in Redondo Beach. Since a relatively small percentage of workers qualify for outplacement services, churches and synagogues have an opportunity and perhaps even a responsibility to help their members manage this painful transition with strength and confidence, with the goal of obtaining a brighter future.
HEALTH
February 23, 2013 | By Mary MacVean, Los Angeles Times
For more than three decades, Dr. Dean Ornish has been talking about the power individuals have to affect their health, even to the extent of reversing heart disease by changing the way they eat and behave. His prescription for sick people is radical, as he says, "a pound of cure. " But for the rest of us, it's a what he calls a "spectrum program" of choices. Ornish is talking about his ideas at the ninth annual Health Freedom Expo in Long Beach, March 1-3 ( www.healthfreedomexpo.com )
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 30, 2012
LACMA body set to quit Diana Gutman, chairwoman of the Art Museum Council at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, reports that her 40-member board has voted unanimously to stop volunteering at the museum next year because of its plans to nearly triple council members' fees. As the museum announced this week, members who once paid a minimum of $400 to participate on various councils (or $450 for this particular council) will be required to pay $1,000 plus a $250 membership fee starting next June.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 29, 2012 | By Jori Finkel
Diana Gutman, chairwoman of the Art Museum Council at LACMA, says the group's 40-member board has voted unanimously to stop volunteering at the museum next year because of its plans to triple council members' fees .  As the museum announced this week, members who once paid a minimum of $400 to participate on various councils (or $450 for this particular council) will be required to pay $1,000 plus a $250-level membership starting next June. The Art Museum Council, which has some 200 members, is one of 10 such museum support groups -- the only one raising money for museum acquisitions and exhibitions across the board and not for a specific department.
NATIONAL
November 22, 2012 | Tina Susman
Each day at 5 a.m., Denise Peace rises and begins the task of waking and feeding five grandchildren, ages 2 to 17, and shepherding them out the door of her cramped but miraculously neat apartment in Brooklyn. The 5-year-old needs to be on his school bus by 6:26. The eldest has to catch a 7 a.m. train. The 4-year-old must be walked to school in time for the 8:10 bell. The 2-year-old plays while Peace prepares the 3-year-old for day care. In the early afternoon, she reverses the drill, fetching children from bus stops and schools and getting them home for dinner, baths and bed. Peace collapses about 9 p.m. "Then I just start all over again," the 56-year-old said of the moment when her alarm sounds the next morning.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 30, 1990
The UCI Clinical Cancer Center is providing free support groups to cancer patients and their families, regardless of where they have received treatment. The groups are sponsored by the cancer rehabilitation program at the Clinical Cancer Center in Orange. The support groups include: - Adults--Meets with a licensed social worker Tuesdays from 1:30 to 3 p.m. at the UCI Medical Library, Room 212. Call: (714) 634-5644. - Spanish-speaking adult patients and family--Meets Thursdays from 5 to 6:30 p.m.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
HEALTH
October 3, 2011 | Lisa Zamosky, Zamosky has been writing about how to access and pay for healthcare for more than 10 years
I recently had surgery to remove a cancerous tumor from my breast and will soon be starting chemotherapy. I was surprised by the amount of medication I was told to take before I begin chemo, including anti-nausea and allergy medications. I'm wondering if this is common. How are patients typically prepared for chemo treatment? Anti-nausea and anti-allergy medications are routinely given to breast cancer patients preparing for chemotherapy, says Dr. Christy A. Russell, co-director of the breast center at USC Norris Cancer Hospital and past president of the California division of the American Cancer Society.
NATIONAL
July 6, 2011 | By Christine Mai-Duc, Washington Bureau
Breaking with a long-standing unwritten policy, President Obama announced Wednesday that he would send condolence letters to families of military service members who commit suicide or die of an accident in a combat zone. "This issue is emotional, painful and complicated, but these Americans served our nation bravely," Obama said of the suicide deaths in a statement. "They didn't die because they are weak. And the fact that they didn't get the help they needed must change. " The White House said the decision to alter the long-standing practice of honoring only combat deaths came after "a difficult and exhaustive review of the former policy.
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