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April 16, 1993
Every generation is a reflection of the times and circumstances that shaped it. As the largest demographic bulge since the Baby Boomers works its way toward the teen years, its effects on contemporary American life are being felt. Drug use is up among younger teens, and from many schools come reports of young people who are more violent and less respectful of authority, less tuned in to adults and more hip to survival strategies for mean streets or empty houses where they spend many hours alone.
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By Ellen Goodman | February 11, 1997
BOSTON -- So this is Morning in America, circa 1997: Mom is making breakfast and hurrying 15-year-old Joanna through the before-school ritual: ''Honey, don't forget to brush your teeth and take your drug test.''Dad jumps up at dawn Saturday to run a pop urine quiz on 17-year-old Johnny for any substance leftovers from last night's party. He accompanies his son into the, uh, collection room with a small plastic vial.These warmhearted little scenes of modern family life may soon become domestic docudramas.
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By Rob Kasper | January 18, 1997
I HAVE NEVER met him, yet like many American dads who watched his television show, I feel I know him intimately. And so when I read the news yesterday that Bill Cosby had lost his only son, Ennis, 27, shot on a California highway, it hurt.I got that same, kicked-in-the-stomach feeling, that sweeps over me when I read about the sudden, senseless deaths of other sons whose dads I know. Cosby's description of his son, "He was my hero," rings true to many fathers.At one level, this personal response to the Cosby tragedy is an overreaction.
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By Mike Giuliano | November 29, 2011
Many bottles of pinot noir have been sold in the seven years since director Alexander Payne's "Sideways" took moviegoers through California's wine country. His long-overdue new movie, "The Descendants," was worth the wait. Maintaining a delicate balance between its comic and dramatic elements, "The Descendants" is one of the year's most emotionally satisfying movies. Although some of its later scenes seem forced and its overall tone flirts with being facile, these are relatively minor reservations.
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By Leonard Pitts Jr and By Leonard Pitts Jr | May 1, 2014
Oh, my Lord, where to begin? You already know what this column is about. You know even though we are barely three sentences in. You knew before you saw the headline. There are days in the opinion business when one story makes itself inevitable and unavoidable, one story sucks up all the air in the room. This is one of those times. One story. Well ... two, actually: the misadventures of Cliven Bundy and Donald Sterling. Mr. Bundy, of course, is the Nevada rancher whose refusal to pay fees to allow his cattle to graze on public land made him a cause celebre on the political right.
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By William E. Lori | October 12, 2014
Last Monday, the extraordinary Synod of Bishops to discuss the "Pastoral Challenges of the Family in the Context of Evangelization" began in Rome. The synod represents a key moment in the papacy of Pope Francis and in the life of the Roman Catholic Church, which is looking for more effective ways of communicating what it believes and teaches about marriage and family life and of supporting those who wish to live according to church teaching and are struggling to do so in the face of contemporary challenges.
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Susan Reimer | September 24, 2014
Ward and June. Ozzie and Harriet. Jim and Margaret Anderson. If you recognize those couples - and if you grew up wishing they were your parents - you likely hearken to a time when the American family was made up of a breadwinning father and a homemaking mother and a couple of kids. We like to think of the 1950s and the early 1960s as the golden age of family life, but it was also a repressive time for women. Only a handful had college degrees, only about 30 percent ventured outside the home to work, and women had little control over the timing and number of the children they bore.
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By Jamie Smith Hopkins and Jamie Smith Hopkins,jamie.smith.hopkins@baltsun.com | January 19, 2010
When James H. McDonald was 16, back when Baltimore was legally segregated, he set out to apply for a job in a drugstore a few blocks into the white side of town. Almost as soon as he'd set foot over Fulton Avenue, the dividing line, he had company. "This gentleman - he said he was a policeman - asked what I was doing there," said McDonald, now 80. McDonald, who was followed to the store to prove that there was indeed a job opening, offered the story Monday as an example of life before the civil-rights activists made inroads, before the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech and long before a black man was elected president.
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By Los Angeles Times | August 30, 1994
WASHINGTON -- The conventional model of American family life -- a married couple with kids and a stable home -- is on the verge of becoming the exception rather than the rule, the Census Bureau reports.In a study certain to fuel the "family values" debate, Census Bureau statisticians said yesterday that only 50.8 percent of American children live in a traditional "nuclear" family. They define a nuclear family as one where both biological parents are present and all children were born after the marriage.
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By New York Times News Service 7/8 7/8 HC 4B | March 25, 1992
Television has no problem these days casting a friendly snicker at the depictions of family life in old series such as "Ozzie and Harriet" or "Leave It to Beaver." The traditional nuclear family in America has long been an endangered species. Adults have been known to recall growing up neurotic because life at home did not measure up to the warm togetherness shown on "Father Knows Best." Upbeat programming has its downside.The patronizing air toward old series, however, carries an implicit message: Television today is so much more gritty and attuned to reality.
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