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November 22, 2009 | By Anna Gorman
Los Angeles County sheriff's detectives are investigating an assault on a 12-year-old middle school boy in Calabasas who may have been targeted after a Facebook group urged students to beat up redheads, a sheriff's official said Saturday. The boy was kicked and hit in two incidents on the campus of A.E. Wright Middle School by as many as 14 of his classmates, Lt. Richard Erickson said. The students who participated in the attack may have been motivated by a Facebook message telling them that Friday was "Kick a Ginger Day," Erickson said.
April 29, 2009 | Jeffrey Fleishman
An activist in a police state should know when to sprint. Mohamed Abdel Aziz has bolted from trouble a number of times, including dashing from security forces closing in on a demonstration in the port city of Alexandria. His less mercurial moments have three times landed him in police stations, but upon each release he has returned to his computer, opened his blog and conspired in cyberspace to end President Hosni Mubarak's 27-year rule of Egypt. That's an unlikely prospect.
November 24, 2009 | By Richard Winton
At least three youngsters in Calabasas have fallen victim to violence by fellow middle-school students after a Facebook group urged people to beat up redheads, authorities said Monday. The first reported incident occurred Friday morning when a 12-year-old redheaded boy was kicked and hit by a dozen of his classmates at A.E. Wright Middle School, Los Angeles County sheriff's investigators said. Detectives took reports of two more assaults, targeting a seventh-grader and an eighth-grader that day at the middle school, said Lt. Scott Chew.
December 3, 2008 | Diane Haithman
The MOCA Mobilization, a Facebook group banded in support of L.A.'s financially strapped Museum of Contemporary Art, recently used its Facebook page as a tool to draw about 450 people to the Geffen Contemporary for a rally intended to draw attention to the problems that threaten the existence of the museum. Now, the group -- led by a committee including artists Cindy Bernard, Diana Thater, Judy Fiskin and Mark Pally -- has launched a letter-writing campaign to encourage the public to contact Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, MOCA trustees and city officials.
November 22, 2008 | Lisa Fung
As the arts community looks for a solution to the financial woes of L.A.'s Museum of Contemporary Art, individuals are looking for solutions as well. On Sunday, George Baker, an associate professor of art history at UCLA, is scheduled to lead a discussion of Conceptualism in California, tied to MOCA's exhibition "Index: Conceptualism in California From the Permanent Collection." According to the new Facebook group MOCA Mobilization, Baker has offered to broaden his discussion to include MOCA's financial crisis.
December 20, 2008 | MEGHAN DAUM
Despite common assumptions that President-elect Barack Obama's Cabinet nominees are told of their selection via personal phone calls, The Times has learned that the famously tech-friendly Obama is actually notifying his picks by "friending" them on the social networking site Facebook. Requests to Obama for comment on the following transcript have gone unanswered, though he did "poke" us just as this went to press. November 6 Barack is now friends with Rahm Emanuel.
June 6, 2009 | Chris Lee
Actor James Franco has won critical raves for his performances in films such as the 2008 stoner comedy "Pineapple Express" and the Oscar-nominated drama "Milk." But this spring, when he agreed to deliver a commencement speech at UCLA, Franco received a thumbs-down from many members of the student body. "[We] don't feel he is as esteemed as a commencement speaker of UCLA's caliber should be," said an editorial in the Daily Bruin.
January 25, 2009 | Jen Leo encourages women's travel. Don't expect expensive resorts or "the world's perfect facial." Instead, find travel tips and inspiration for women on realistic budgets. What's hot: The travel tips section offers sound advice for women gathering themselves for a road trip. The articles are as diverse as "Top 10 Family Travel Tips You Can Actually Use" and "Wardrobe Confessions of a Traveling Mom."
July 2, 2013 | By Laura J. Nelson
Dustin DeFord grew up knowing God and fire. He was raised in a tiny town in southeastern Montana by a Baptist pastor who volunteered for the local fire department. Surrounded by teenagers and toddlers, Dustin - the fifth of 10 children - was always loud and in motion, roughhousing with his seven brothers and sprinting during playtime. Residents of Ekalala, a town of fewer than 400 people, and friends from church helped raise the family. “Even into his 20s, he was an innocent boy who never grew up,” his mother, Celeste DeFord, told The Times.
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