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May 22, 1990 | CHARISSE JONES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It was a graduation from foster care to being in no one's care but their own. Not so much a new beginning as it was a middle passage, said one--an affirmation that, as children, they had gone up against the odds, and not only survived them, but beaten them. "You never really leave anything behind," said 18-year-old Stephan, who spent his senior year of high school in a group home and is going on to UC San Diego. "You pick up the pieces, put them together and make it whole."
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October 17, 2010 | By Ellen Olivier, Special to the Los Angeles Times
The Oct. 7 "Celebración," the Los Angeles Philharmonic opening night gala, attracted 800 guests to what looked like a high-tech supper club on Grand Avenue. Judging from the crowd packing the dance floor, guests could have danced all night ? when they weren't praising music director Gustavo Dudamel and Peruvian tenor Juan Diego Flórez for the night's concert of Italian and Latin classics. Jazz great Herbie Hancock called the performance "phenomenal," noting his surprise to discover that Flórez not only had sung, but also orchestrated one of the pieces.
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October 17, 2010 | By Ellen Olivier, Special to the Los Angeles Times
The Oct. 7 "Celebración," the Los Angeles Philharmonic opening night gala, attracted 800 guests to what looked like a high-tech supper club on Grand Avenue. Judging from the crowd packing the dance floor, guests could have danced all night ? when they weren't praising music director Gustavo Dudamel and Peruvian tenor Juan Diego Flórez for the night's concert of Italian and Latin classics. Jazz great Herbie Hancock called the performance "phenomenal," noting his surprise to discover that Flórez not only had sung, but also orchestrated one of the pieces.
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May 22, 1990 | CHARISSE JONES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It was a graduation from foster care to being in no one's care but their own. Not so much a new beginning as it was a middle passage, said one--an affirmation that, as children, they had gone up against the odds, and not only survived them, but beaten them. "You never really leave anything behind," said 18-year-old Stephan, who spent his senior year of high school in a group home and is going on to UC San Diego. "You pick up the pieces, put them together and make it whole."
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August 7, 1997
Thank you for recognizing the plight of children as they leave the foster care system at age 18 (editorial, July 28). Many of these youths become homeless. Thanks to private-sector support, we at United Friends of the Children created the Bridges to Independence program providing housing, job training and other services to these youths. With welfare reform, we need more involvement of the private sector in helping the disadvantaged in obtaining meaningful employment and in many other ways.
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July 15, 1994
Original production cels from classic and popular Japanese cartoons, including the 1960s cartoon "Kimba, the White Lion," which is raising questions for Walt Disney creators because of similarities in Disney's current box-office hit "The Lion King," go on view tonight at West Hollywood's Name That Toon animation art gallery. The 6:30-8:30 p.m. event at the Melrose Avenue gallery benefits the nonprofit group United Friends of the Children. Information: (213) 653-5633.
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May 12, 2007 | Martha Groves, Times Staff Writer
Former Mayor Richard Riordan said Friday that he and his wife, Nancy Daly Riordan, have decided to separate. The couple, who have been fixtures at city and social events since he began his eight-year tenure as mayor in 1993, have been married for nine years. This was the third marriage for Riordan, who turned 77 on May 1, and the second for Daly Riordan, 65. Shortly before they wed, on Valentine's Day in 1998, Riordan said the two had found common cause on issues involving children's welfare.
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August 7, 1992 | LYNNE HEFFLEY
The California Youth Theatre, a nonprofit theater arts training program for teens and young adults and a community outreach program for at-risk youth, is being given the use of a sound stage and other facilities at Paramount Pictures. Paramount announced Thursday that it has "designated Stage 23 on its lot as the group's 'home.' " The youth theater will use the sound stage for rehearsals, subject to the studio's shooting schedule.
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February 14, 1987 | Marylouise Oates
Hearts and flowers. And a special valentine to one of Los Angeles' most special weekend happenings, happily returning Saturday, March 7. It's the United Friends of the Children's annual Celebrity Carnival and Softball Game at MacLaren Children's Center. Motion Picture Assn. President Jack Valenti is the day's honorary chairman--and the group is aces, the same women who week after month after year are a constant volunteer presence at the county center for abused children.
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August 24, 2000
Why is there no place where our mentally ill youth can go for residential treatment which would enable many of them to return to society and enjoy healthy, productive lives? Why are we not outraged that children as young as 10, who should be in mental health treatment facilities, are being locked up in Juvenile Hall for months, and sometimes years, because there is no place else for them to go? Because Los Angeles lacks proper mental health facilities, a child in the dependency system who acts out due to problems arising from a mental health disorder often ends up being charged with assault or "terrorist threats" and sent to Juvenile Hall, where they are treated like criminals rather than victims.
NEWS
April 13, 1999
David Hyde Pierce was honored at the Los Angeles Alzheimer's Assn.'s annual Night at Sardi's fund-raiser at the Regent Beverly Wilshire Hotel on March 10. Hyde Pierce, whose grandfather and father died of the disease, received the first-ever Elsa Rose Fabares Award from Shelley Fabares, for whose late mother the award was named.
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March 26, 1988 | KENNETH REICH, Times Staff Writer
The foundation dispensing 1984 Olympic surplus funds has approved $710,000 for grants and programs in the spring quarter, considerably less than the $1.8 million dispensed in the same period in 1986 and $2.8 million in 1987. Officials of the Amateur Athletic Foundation of Los Angeles said Thursday that lower than expected interest income, plus outlays for the construction of the foundation's own $3-million Paul Ziffren Sports Resource Center at 2141 W. Adams Blvd.
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