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ENTERTAINMENT
October 31, 2013 | By Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
Orson Scott Card's science fiction novel "Ender's Game" has been a touchstone for adolescent readers for nearly 30 years, and watching this earnest, respectful film version it's easy to understand why. It's not just that the story of the rise of underappreciated misfit Andrew "Ender" Wiggin to a position of power and respect in the adult world is every bullied youngster's dream. It's the added notion that although those wretched adults need you, that won't stop them from being two-faced, devious and deceitful.
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ENTERTAINMENT
October 30, 2013 | By Patrick Kevin Day
Tim Heidecker and Eric Wareheim are already Adult Swim legends thanks to their series "Tom Goes to the Mayor" and "Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job. " But the champions of bizarre comedy are looking to enhance that reputation with their return show, "Tim and Eric's Bedtime Stories. " The new series, which will have its official debut in 2014, will last a quarter-hour and delve into the worlds of fantasy and the unknown. Yes, even more than the already surreal "Awesome Show. " To give fans a taste of the upcoming series, a special will air on Adult Swim on Halloween night.
OPINION
October 25, 2013 | By The Times editorial board
The problems at the federal government's new health insurance website are so severe that even Democrats are starting to talk about neutering a key provision of the 2010 healthcare law: the requirement that adult Americans obtain coverage next year. But now is not the time to take such a drastic step, which could lead to sharper increases in premiums for individuals. It is true that the federal government hasn't yet fixed its website's problems, but there is still time to do so before Jan. 1, the first day coverage is supposed to go into effect.
BUSINESS
October 24, 2013 | By Emily Alpert Reyes
If you think twentysomethings are addicted to their smartphones, try hanging out with a new mom. Mothers with young children spend more time on their smartphones than other adults, including the young, digitally savvy generation known as millennials, according to research sponsored by AOL. Moms with kids 5 years old or younger spent an average of more than 37 hours per month using apps and websites on their smartphones, the analysis found....
NEWS
October 23, 2013 | By Chris Erskine
Six in 10 Americans expect to take at least one vacation before January, a dramatic uptick over a year ago and an encouraging note for the travel industry in need of some good news in an uncertain economy. The survey of 2,300 travelers by the marketing services company MMGY Global found 59% of adults plan to take at least one trip, compared with 53% at the same time last year. The recent finding was the best since 2009. The survey, taken quarterly, also found: Travelers believe that trips are more affordabe right now and close to the record level of such perceptions set in July 2009.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 21, 2013 | By Robert J. Lopez
Two people were killed and four others injured in multi-vehicle crash in Fontana, police said Monday night. One of those killed in the accident near Foothill Boulevard and Citrus Avenue was a child, the Fontana Police Department said. "One of the vehicles was traveling at a high rate of speed" and "blew the red light," Lt. William Megenney told The Times. He was citing preliminary information from investigators at the scene. The accident was reported about 8:30 p.m. and involved three vehicles.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 21, 2013 | Sandy Banks
It seems to happen often enough that we're no longer shocked to hear it: A teenager commits suicide after being bullied online by peers. But the recent death in Florida of 12-year-old Rebecca Ann Sedwick and arrest of two of her former middle school classmates makes it clear that victims are getting younger and bullies more brazen online. Two girls, 12 and 14, have been charged with felony aggravated stalking based on evidence of a year of online taunts and threats. Sheriff's deputies confiscated the cellphones and laptops of more than a dozen girls accused of bullying Rebecca and found messages such as "You should die. " This may be the first time children have been accused of a crime in connection with suicide.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 16, 2013 | By Ryan Faughnder
What do the wealthy young people watch? Apparently, a lot of "Modern Family," "Big Bang Theory" and "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. " Counting the first three weeks of the fall TV season, those are the top-rated broadcast shows among upscale young adults, according to data from Nielsen. In this context, "upscale young adults" are people in the key 18-49 age demographic in homes with a yearly income of $100,000 or more.  With shows including "Modern Family" and the new "S.H.I.E.L.D.," ABC is leading among the major broadcast networks in a demographic that is attractive to advertisers.
NATIONAL
October 16, 2013 | By Matt Pearce
In the farmland of northwestern Missouri, a 2012 rape case that never went to trial has put tiny Maryville under siege from state politicians, national journalists and a hackers' collective pledging retribution. Early on Jan. 8, 2012, Melinda Coleman, a widow who had recently moved to town with her four children, discovered her 14-year-old daughter, Daisy, sprawled outside her home in 22-degree weather. The girl was incoherent, clad only in a T-shirt and sweatpants, her hair brittle from the cold.
TRAVEL
October 6, 2013 | By Jane Engle
HUNTSVILLE, Ala. - I was inept at moonwalking. My rocket was a dud. And I crashed the space shuttle. Fortunately, I was just an astronaut wannabe and not the real deal. But it's as close as this middle-aged space geek is going to get. That geekiness, inspired by IMAX documentaries on space and news coverage of NASA's final shuttle launch in 2011, was what brought me to Adult Space Academy. The trip was a gift from my wife. The three-day program is among more than a dozen versions of Space Camp, which the U.S. Space & Rocket Center in Huntsville created more than 30 years ago to give visitors a taste of what it's like to train as an astronaut.
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