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August 20, 2013 | By Paresh Dave
Last year, Oakland resident Samantha Matalone Cook wanted to find a better way to teach kids about science, technology and engineering. An educator, writer and artist who home schools her three kids, Cook and some friends hatched a concept they called Hacker Scouts. The idea was to teach kids a range of concepts such as soldering, building electrical circuits, robotics and even sewing. The kids would form guilds and, as they completed projects, earn badges.  In an era when the Maker Movement is a growing phenomenon, Hacker Scouts spread like crazy.
June 13, 2013 | By Mark Magnier, Los Angeles Times
KABUL, Afghanistan - - Mohammad Aziz Ayob adjusts his Boy Scout scarf, leans over and settles a sapling into the dry Kabul soil as two NATO helicopters pass overhead, the clack-clack of their blades echoing off the neighboring mountains. Bobbing green shirts and matching caps may seem a bit incongruous in a war zone, but organizers of Afghanistan's nascent Scouting program say its emphasis on community service and self-reliance is sorely needed in a society scarred by decades of violence.
April 23, 2013
Re "Scout officials endorse dual tack on gays," April 20 Aside from being annoying and insulting, the recommendation of top Boy Scouts of America officials to allow gay boys to become members while continuing to bar gay men from being leaders is completely illogical. The basic mission of the Boy Scouts is to help young boys become upstanding adult men. By extension, that means helping self-identified gay male youths, likely now to be among the Boy Scouts' ranks, to become upstanding gay adult men. How can that possibly occur when those gay youths see that precisely who they are supposed to become are personae non gratae once they are adults?
April 12, 2013 | By The Times editorial board
The Boy Scouts' long-standing refusal to admit gay members is deplorable and offensive. But it's also legal. Just because we - or California legislators - might disagree with the discriminatory path the Boy Scouts has taken doesn't mean the organization should be singled out from other nonprofits to lose its tax-exempt status. A bill that passed a state Senate committee this week would do just that. Under SB 323, , carried by Sen. Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens), the Boy Scouts of America (though unnamed in the bill)
March 21, 2013 | By Noelle Carter
Anyone over-order Girl Scout cookies? No worries, we've got you covered. If you're looking for some creative ways to use those extra cookies, check out the photo gallery above. Add them to milkshakes, use them in pie crusts, beat them into ice cream.... We've got 13 ideas to help you out, including a very tasty cocktail. Cheers!  Do you have other ideas for using Girl Scout cookies? Share them with us and other readers by commenting below. ALSO: Apples 101 ... and 52 recipes Go behind the scenes at the Test Kitchen Browse hundreds of recipes from the L.A. Times Test Kitchen You can find Noelle Carter on Facebook , Google+ , Twitter and Pinterest . Drunken Girl Scout cocktail Total time: 10 minutes Servings: 1 cocktail Note: Adapted from Julian Cox of Short Order.
March 18, 2013 | By Matt Pearce
There's a terrible crime wave sweeping the nation! Well, OK, there's probably not a  crime wave targeting Girl Scout cookies, per se. But when it comes to a few recent cookie-related mishaps, terrible is a pretty good word to describe each of them. Girl Scouts have been selling cookies for almost a century as a fundraiser, which -- with the widespread popularity of the cookies in the 21st century -- means that the girls get to fund the organization and their local troops while the rest of us sit around the office and get fat. Girl Scout cookie sales are thought to reach hundreds of millions of dollars , by some estimates.
February 8, 2013 | By Karen Kaplan
It's Girl Scout cookie time, and in some regions this year's offerings include Mango Cremes. Though not as famous as the classic Thin Mints, Mango Cremes feature “vanilla and coconut cookies filled with a tangy mango-flavored creme enhanced with nutrients derived from fruits,” according to the Girl Scouts website. Nutrients? Have Girl Scout cookies become a health food? Here's what ABC Bakers, the company that produces Mango Cremes, has to say about that on its website: “These crunchy vanilla and coconut cookies with a mango-flavored creme filling have all the nutrient benefits of eating cranberries, pomegranates, oranges, grapes, and strawberries.” Seriously?
February 6, 2013 | By Molly Hennessy-Fiske, Los Angeles Times
IRVING, Texas - Just a week after Boy Scout officials signaled that they might lift a ban on gays, the national board on Wednesday postponed a vote, extending a debate that has roiled the organization. The decision to take up the matter again at the group's national meeting in May suggested that the board was buffeted by the furor that erupted after it announced it might allow local units to decide whether to admit gays as Scouts and leaders. President Obama, several senators, New York Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and others spoke out in favor of ending the ban, and petitions purportedly bearing 1.4 million signatures were presented at Scouting headquarters in Texas.
January 29, 2013 | By Karin Klein
It's hard to imagine a more dramatic symbol of how swiftly acceptance of homosexuality is increasing than if the Boy Scouts of America drops its ban on gay Scouts and Scout leaders. Even the growing number of states that recognize gay marriage addresses more the liberal corners of the nation, and the findings by various courts that prohibitions on same-sex marriage are illegally discriminatory. For an organization that took a decidedly conservative turn some years ago, reconsidering its position is an unexpected admission that public opinion has changed both outside and within the Scouts.
January 15, 2013 | By Betty Hallock
Move over, Thin Mints, there's a new Girl Scout cookie -- Mango Crèmes with NutriFusion. Yum? Alongside this year's usual roster of Tagalongs, Samoas and Peanut Butter Patties is the latest tropical-inspired cookie featuring mango, coconut, vanilla and something called NutriFusion. The sandwich cookies feature coconut-vanilla cookies with a mango-flavored cream center along with what the manufacturer says are "the nutrient benefits of eating cranberries, pomegranates, oranges, grapes and strawberries.
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