| Jun 20, 2009
| 5:21 AM
Catholic Charities of Eastern Virginia Inc., expanded its in-home respite care program for family caregivers to the Peninsula in October. In the eight months since then it has served 26 families, or 52 program clients and is continuing to grow. The...
| Jul 25, 2009
A 6-year-old boy whose battered body was found on the floor of a South Los Angeles home was the subject of roughly a dozen calls to Los Angeles County's child abuse hotline alleging abuse or neglect, a county official briefed on the case told The Times on...
| Sep 20, 2009
With the cost of helping Los Angeles County's welfare recipients expected to hit $1 billion by the end of this fiscal year, county officials are pushing a plan to shift the burden of some of the most hard-core unemployed to the federal government. If they...
| Sep 21, 2009
Like a lot of kids in the summer of 1972, I was riveted by a strange spectacle unfolding in Iceland: a chess match between Soviet grandmaster Boris Spassky and Bobby Fischer, the mercurial young American.
The games weren't televised -- Fischer...
| Oct 7, 2009
Every year, scores of Chicago children are shot, knifed and beaten on the city streets. Almost as frequently, new policing strategies are rolled out, anti-violence programs are launched and private and public money is thrown at the problem.
| Sep 23, 2007
Nancy watches as her home goes up in flames.
She wants to rescue her cat, but two cops at the scene tell her it's too dangerous.
It's just a shack. But Nancy has lived there for more than a decade.
Some 75 yards from the Connecticut River, the 10-by-...
| Oct 11, 2009
The loving attention that eluded Lazhanae Harris in life flooded the New Bethel Missionary Baptist Church at her funeral in March.
Family and friends, mostly youngsters, packed the South Los Angeles sanctuary that day and "all seemingly admired this...
| Oct 12, 2009
For Cockeysville businessman Ron Ryba, the long walk from the parking lot to the stadium in Philadelphia was a 29-year trail of memories.
He had come to meet the son he and his high school sweetheart had never dared to look at when they gave him up for...
| Feb 23, 2009
Hongsun Kim has heard it all. When the number of Koreans began multiplying in Little Tokyo Towers a few years ago, complaints about them from Japanese residents quickly began to surface, the Los Angeles social worker said.
"They smell of garlic." "They...
| Mar 2, 2009
| 12:21 PM
Yazmin Adams never thought homelessness was something shed have to worry about. But there she was, at just 18, pushed from the only home shed ever known. And scared to death.
Her family struggled after her mother lost a battle with lupus. Alone, her...
| Mar 8, 2009
There's no time to wash away the smell of sour milk from the baby's skin, so the mother wipes the dozing infant's face with the filthy bib hanging from his neck. "WIC cares about me," it reads, a reference to the free food program for poor women and...