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Underscoring deeply conflicted characters, who are on a mission to reconceive their unsatisfying circumstances, has become director David O. Russell's sweet spot. From his raw 1996 film, "Flirting with Disaster," to last year's acclaimed "Silver Linings Playbook," he effectively unravels the disarray.
Adilynn Shook hasn’t even reached seven months of life yet, but the small child with multiple wires wrapped around her body has gone through far more medical procedures than many adults will experience in their entire lives. But despite all the tests, surgeries, checkups and symptoms which will continue to arise throughout her life, the perpetually sick child rarely loses her energy and a sweet smile that lightens the soul.
A rare, but alarming case of a tonsillectomy gone wrong is raising concerns for parents who are considering tonsil surgery for their kids.
A long-standing tradition in Mesa, the community is asked to once again participate in a sing-along of Handel’s “Messiah” to increase the East Valley holiday spirit.
Gov. Jan Brewer is willing to give Clarence Carter the benefit of the doubt about his culpability in more than 6,500 complaints of child abuse going uninvestigated — at least for the time being.
Due to severe personal limitations, John, age 31, has never been able to live on his own. He was living in a rental home with his parents and brother when his father was diagnosed with cancer. That left his mother as the sole caregiver for John, his father and brother.
The City of Mesa, in coordination with HandsOn Greater Phoenix, is recruiting residents to volunteer their time for a large-scale community service project in January.
What exactly is an “inadequate” health insurance policy? It turns out that the answer to a seemingly innocuous question is key to our health care future, to what happens when Obamacare goes down.
Hundreds of parents, foster parents, current and former Child Protective Services (CPS) employees and child advocates showed up Tuesday night when the public had a chance to offer constructive ideas to five members of the CPS Oversight Committee.
The Dobson Band Parents Association is organizing an event with cars, food trucks and bikes to raise funds for the Dobson High School band on Dec. 14.
Saying it's really a legal contract between the state and parents, Superintendent of Schools John Huppenthal is urging the Arizona Supreme Court to uphold the legality of what amounts to a voucher program for students.
Bethany entered Autumn House a frightened single mother of three young children after suffering a brutal attack by a family member. During her stay at Autumn House, she was able to keep her children in the same schools, which helped them maintain some stability in their lives. Amber, Grace and Jason were able to attend groups facilitated by the Autumn House children’s specialist. For Jason, the oldest, this meant helping him begin to cope with the violent images he had witnessed of his mother’s abuse.
You got trouble at home? Kids not interested in family stuff? Spouse or friends not around much? Family is one of the hardest parts of life and with all the competition against bonding and parental influence, it’s a wonder families ever work.
Registration is open for Gilbert parents interested in getting their kids an introduction to wrestling during the holidays.
Let's all stop being coy and fess up, shall we? The truth is, even those of us who work with cookbooks, write about cookbooks, collect cookbooks — heck, even write cookbooks ourselves — don't actually cook from cookbooks. At least not nearly as frequently as we'd like to/promise ourselves we will/tell others we do.
House parent Barb Scharret finishes decorating a Christmas tree in the Neely House at the Sunshine Acres Children's Home in Mesa, Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2013.[Tim Hacker/Tribune]
Whyatt Martinez,12, from left, along with house parent Nichole Tittle and Jhonta Brown,10, make no bake cookies in the Hemmer Home at the Sunshine Acres Children's Home in Mesa, Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2013.[Tim Hacker/Tribune]
Jhonta Brown,10, from left, Whyatt Martinez,12, and their house parent Nichole Tittle make no bake cookies in the Hemmer Home at the Sunshine Acres Children's Home in Mesa, Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2013.[Tim Hacker/Tribune]
Rita Coolidge has charted hits in almost every genre and won just about every music accolade possible, including two Grammy Awards.
This book cover image released by Three Rivers Press shows “Reasons Mommy Drinks” by Lyranda Martin Evans and Fiona Stevenson. It’s a wonderfully raunchy, funny romp through everything we know to be true about parenting. (AP Photo/Three Rivers Press)
Saying Child Protective Services has been “hiding or not disclosing” information, Gov. Jan Brewer on Monday a special panel of current and former legislators and outsiders to take a closer look at the agency.
Two open houses are scheduled this week for parents who want to learn more about the Higley Unified School District’s early childhood education programs.
Tickets are still out there for families who want to dine with Santa Claus at the Mesa Convention Center on Dec. 14.
NEW YORK — He's the toddler who always bites. She's the 6-year-old drama queen prone to "it's mine" fits and hair-pulling. The problem, for you anyway, is they belong to your best friend, your neighbor or your exceedingly lenient big sister.
I can’t imagine being a Child Protective Services caseworker. But I can imagine why most of those men and women went into those jobs: an idealistic view that their work could make a difference in children’s lives, maybe save some kids from horrible fates, maybe find ways to change a dysfunctional family into a loving one.