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Their families ran two motels side by side. Then, they fell in love

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WILDWOOD CREST, N.J. — Paul and Alethea Pawloski aren’t kidding when they describe the side-by-side motels their respective families have run for decades in the Crest as family resorts.

From two motels — the Stefanide/Roy clan running things at the V.I.P. (Visitors in Paradise), the Pawlowskis in charge at the Compass — they created a ...Read more

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'BODIES BODIES BODIES'

Rated R for violence, bloody images, drug use, sexual references and pervasive language.

What it’s about: A group of teens host a raucous hurricane party at a secluded mansion, and after they play a party game called Bodies, Bodies, Bodies, the bodies start hitting the floor.

The kid attractor factor: Teens will be ...Read more

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'So rudderless': A couple's quest for autism treatment for their son hits repeated obstacles

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When Sebastian Rios was a toddler, he hardly talked. “Don’t worry,” his pediatrician told Amparo and Victor Rios, Sebastian’s parents. Kids who grow up in households in which both Spanish and English are spoken are sometimes slower to develop language skills, she said.

Plus, Sebastian was developing well in other ways: When he was just ...Read more

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Ukraine family reunites in Miami after 7 years -- and it involves borscht and the beach

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MIAMI -- As Roman Zhenzhirov organized his apartment, Coldplay’s “Daddy” blasted from his playlist.

You’re so far away. Oh, you’re so far away.

Tears dripped down his face. Zhenzhirov, 30, couldn’t bring himself to eat lunch. He sobbed at the table beside his husband, Roman Shyshkin, 37.

But his tears didn’t stream from sadness...Read more

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New Kids on the Block are older, wiser and still hangin' tough

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DETROIT — The New Kids on the Block were still new kids on the block, relatively speaking, when the teenage heartthrobs hit the Palace of Auburn Hills on Dec. 2, 1989, for not one but two sold-out concerts.

"Yeah we used to do matinees back then, too," says New Kid Donnie Wahlberg, who fondly recalls that chilly December day and meeting ...Read more

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Asian Latinos: These blended families represent California's future

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LOS ANGELES -- Emily Liu’s life is a series of balancing acts.

She speaks Chinese with her father and Spanish with her mother. Visiting her parents’ homelands takes her to Harbin in northern China and a small town in the Mexican state of Zacatecas.

Perhaps most of all, it’s how she’s perceived by others, as if she were a living ...Read more

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'My child will die.' These families say Florida's moves to withhold gender transition care will lead to self-harm

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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- Kai was 13 when his period arrived, crushing his spirit.

The middle schooler rushed home to shower and emerged from the bathroom distraught. Kai’s mother, Barbara, said she looked into his eyes and knew she needed to do something or her child, who identified as a male, would harm himself.

Within weeks, Kai began ...Read more

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Sleepaway camps are in demand as parents try to get their kids away from screens

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PHILADELPHIA -- More than 100 campers are set to step foot on the grounds of Camp Galil next week, all of whom will be fully vaccinated against the coronavirus.

Requiring vaccination at the Bucks County, Pennsylvania, summer camp for Jewish students, which offers two 3.5-week overnight sessions, wasn’t a difficult decision for executive ...Read more

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Latina mothers, daughters and the pursuit of higher education -- together

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LOS ANGELES -- Cindy R. Escobedo's college years have been, in many ways, shaped by her mother's.

When Cindy completed an undergraduate degree in political science at UCLA in 2015, she followed her mother, Cecilia, who had earned her bachelor's degree at Azusa Pacific University a year earlier.

In 2016 Cindy graduated with a master's degree in...Read more

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Parents who use infant formula deal with stigma as well as a shortage

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PHILADELPHIA -- First-time mom Liz Lockerman prepped to breastfeed by taking classes, reading books and practicing different baby-holding positions. She even bought a freezer for the basement, in anticipation of building a stash of frozen breast milk for when she returned to work.

But nothing went as planned after the birth of her daughter, ...Read more

Texas school shooting: How to help kids get through unspeakable horror

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The shocking shooting that left 18 children and two adults dead at a school in Texas is forcing parents and schools to once again confront how to talk to kids about violence.

Experts have told The Times these are complex and sensitive conversations, but also vital.

Kids are “anxious and worried, and they’re dealing with the unknown,” one...Read more

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Pfizer COVID shot seems protective for children under 5 in early data

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Pfizer Inc. and BioNTech SE said their COVID-19 vaccine was highly effective and prompted a strong immune response in children under age 5, based on early results from a trial that is likely to pave the way for infants and toddlers to finally get immunized.

A three-dose regimen was 80.3% effective in a preliminary finding based on 10 infections...Read more

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With baby formula scarce, California mothers are sharing their breast milk

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LOS ANGELES -- For Diana Granados, 29, the quest began with a callout on a popular Instagram page for new parents.

"Do you have any formula to spare?"

Granados didn't. But as she thought of the ongoing national formula shortage, and of babies like her 6-month-old son, Raul, going hungry, she wanted to offer what she could.

"Hello, I have ...Read more

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'The Kids in the Hall' review: Sketch comedy is a young person's game -- yet here are older guys just ripping into the form as if they never left

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The TV landscape tends to feel pretty dismal when “Saturday Night Live” is the only sketch comedy game in town. And often that’s the case. Over its four-plus decade run, it certainly has outlasted so many others — from “SCTV” to “In Living Color” to “MADtv” to “Key & Peele” and more — but that doesn’t make it the ...Read more

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These parents are helping each other find infant formula during the shortage

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PHILADELPHIA -- Karah Weiser was about to trudge on to yet another store in search of the specialty hypoallergenic baby formula her 4-month-old needs. But first she paused, took another look at the half-empty store display, and snapped a picture.

“Boothwyn Walmart,” the 32-year-old Drexel Hill mother wrote alongside the photo she uploaded ...Read more

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As baby formula shortage worsens, families take desperate steps

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LOS ANGELES — Like most new moms, 26-year-old Veronica Gutierrez's life revolves around feeding her 3-month-old daughter, Alessandra.

For the first month, that meant mostly formula. But that formula was hard to find. She drove from store to store, so shaken by the empty shelves she began pumping her breast milk around the clock, in hopes she ...Read more

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Review: Amazon's 'Kids in the Hall' revival is an adventure in aging -- with the same old bite

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In the first scene from the new, sixth season of "The Kids in The Hall," which premiered Friday on Amazon Prime, belated by only 27 years, a woman at a swap meet examines a VHS cassette of "Brain Candy," the troupe's less-than-successful feature film.

"Are these the same hilarious Kids in the Hall from the early '90s?"

"No," says Scott ...Read more

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The Kids in the Hall return with new documentary, sketches and grown-up attitude

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The Kids in the Hall were never hip. It's the secret to their success.

"They were about empowering misfits and outsiders," stand-up Mae Martin says in the new documentary "Kids in the Hall: Comedy Punks," part of a reappreciation effort that also includes new episodes of their long dormant TV series.

"Punks," which starts streaming May 20 on ...Read more

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The families of trans kids in Texas consider their options amid crackdown on care

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Cameron Wright, 16, has always seen himself as a “dude.” As a young child, Cameron didn’t have the words to explain the disconnect between how he saw himself and how the world saw him. But he knew that despite being born in a girl’s body, he was meant to be a boy.

After taking reversible puberty blockers that pause a teenager’s body ...Read more

Family guide to new movie releases

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'THE INNOCENTS'

No MPAA rating

What it’s about: A group of Norwegian kids begin to inflict violence on themselves and others as they discover they have psychic powers.

The kid attractor factor: This is more of an adult horror/thriller that just happens to be about children.

Good lessons/bad lessons: It's never too late to do the right ...Read more