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May 3, 2005 | From The Baltimore Sun
Pfc. Lynndie R. England, the Army reservist whose grinning, thumbs-up image came to symbolize the worst of the Abu Ghraib prison scandal, told a military judge Monday that she knew the detainee abuses were wrong but went along because of peer pressure.
April 18, 2013 | By Mary MacVean
Going to college can be a rough transition, full of new faces and schedules and freedoms. And parties. Lots of parties. Lots of chances to drink. And that gives plenty of parents pause. But a new study offers parents this encouraging news: Teenagers will still listen to you. Parents can still have an effect on their college-bound children -- if they act while the kids are still at home, according to the paper, which will be published in the September issue of Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research.
February 12, 1987 | BOB WILLIAMS, Times Staff Writer
The nation's drug problem is getting a lot of attention from the adults. President Reagan has declared war against it. Law enforcement agencies, like the county Sheriff's Department, are out there touring the schools, warning students to lay off using and dealing. And the federal government plans to spend $700 million during the next three years on a massive drug education and prevention program. But John T.
February 25, 2011 | By Nicole Santa Cruz, Los Angeles Times
Ryan Ramos' 6 a.m. routine used to consist of the usual: a shower, breakfast, then a walk to the bus stop. But now, the 14-year-old eighth-grader has another activity: punching an identification code into a cell phone-size GPS device. Five times a day ? when he wakes up, when he gets to school, after lunch, after school and at 8 p.m. ? Ramos is required to enter his code into the machine. If he's not where he's supposed to be, the GPS provides a way to find him. Ramos and 31 other students in the Anaheim Union High School District are participating voluntarily in what some consider a cutting-edge solution to the age-old problem of truancy.
Tricia remembers the first--and last--time she stole anything. When the 16-year-old walked into Montgomery Ward with a group of friends, she says her heart was pounding: "I thought I was going to get caught." She did. "We had all walked in the store together," she explains. "One of my friends had got a bag for everybody and we put the shirts in the bag. I was scared. We saw a security guard and dropped the stuff. Then some more security guards came in the door we were going to leave. . . .
March 9, 1990
The right clothes, the right car, the right college, the right friends. You've gotta have 'em, right? We all want to fit in, be accepted and be part of the "in" crowd . . . but at what expense? Hot Topics wonders, "What do you feel peer pressure to do or not to do, and how do you handle it? "I feel peer pressure to dress like other people and to ignore people who don't dress like that. But for something I feel strongly about, I won't do it. You have to live with yourself, not with them."
June 25, 2001 | Linda Marsa
Once kids cross the threshold into adolescence, their friends are all that matter, and parental advice on drinking and smoking falls on deaf ears. At least that's the conventional wisdom. Not so fast, say researchers at Columbia University and Queens College in New York. They say that peer influence is vastly overrated and that parents shouldn't be let off the hook.
According to Grant High School's clique etiquette, Andy, Hala, Edgar and Erik should not be socializing. Andy Jassick, a white 16-year-old with shaggy hair and an oversized "South Park" T-shirt, hangs with a crowd known as the wrestlers. Hala Shamas, 16, of Syrian descent, wears a blue DKNY shirt and stylish butterfly clips in her hair and belongs to "the Versace crowd." Edgar Keroglyan, 16, has a tattoo on his finger and "kicks it" with his fellow Armenian friends on the north end of campus.
Andrienne Ervin and Cyndi Watson have long worked with youngsters, helping them navigate the rocky terrain of adolescence. They've witnessed the highs and lows, the successes and the failures. Throughout their careers they have strived to turn those often turbulent teen-age years into safe and productive times for their students.
Reaction to President Clinton's declaration Friday that tobacco is an addictive drug--and should be regulated as such--was predictable among those who wage war against the habit in Ventura County. But ask those who smoke cigarettes, especially the underage crowd, and the responses are sharply divided. "We're going to keep smoking because we like it, and nobody can stop us," said a teenager outside The Oaks mall in Thousand Oaks, flashing a pack of Marlboro 100s in front of his friends.
December 14, 2010 | By Jessica Guynn, Los Angeles Times
Philip Inghelbrecht and other entrepreneurs at the intersection of traffic and technology are giving a new meaning to the phrase "mobile app. " Inghelbrecht is launching a free iPhone application called DriveMeCrazy, with which drivers can rat out their fellow motorists' bad driving. Drivers can speak the license plate of the offending vehicle into their iPhones and share the details on Twitter and Facebook. Registered members can also look up the driver's previous record on DriveMeCrazy.
April 19, 2010 | By Kate Linthicum
Five feet tall, with dangly purple earrings and funky sneakers she decorated with a marker, Rachel Lester is one of the city's newest elected representatives. At 15, she's also the youngest. Rachel trounced her competition in this month's South Robertson Neighborhood Council election, pulling in 144 votes. Her opponent, a man with two children and a college degree, mustered only 13. When she begins her two-year term speaking for District 1 in June, she'll have to hitch a ride from Mom to the monthly council meetings.
February 6, 2010 | Sandy Banks
The latest salvo in the morality freighted battle over sex education landed this week, giving a boost to the beleaguered abstinence-only camp. When it comes to getting young adolescents to delay sex, classes stressing abstinence may work better than other modes of sex education, according to a study funded by the National Institute of Mental Health. It's been billed as the first real evidence that "Just Say No" stands a chance against the raging hormones of adolescence. Tens of millions of federal dollars have been spent on abstinence-only programs in the last decade.
September 10, 2009
Los Angeles is gradually losing its priceless trove of Craftsman and other architecturally significant homes. The exteriors are generally safe; many are protected under the city's Cultural Heritage Ordinance, which requires property owners to wait six months to a year before getting a permit to demolish or significantly alter their buildings. That gives owners time to come to their senses -- and to realize that their historic homes are worth far more to them, and to potential buyers, intact.
June 20, 2008 | Jason Song, Times Staff Writer
Perla Guzman didn't want to go to Locke High School after her older brother was beaten up on the way to his fifth period algebra class. She was even more doubtful her freshman year when she discovered a girl passed out in a bathroom stall who had tried to get high by inhaling air freshener. "But then I thought, 'If my brother can go through this, then I can go through it,' " she said. "I can do what he did." In some ways, Guzman may have done even more.
November 5, 2006 | Diane Wedner, Times Staff Writer
TECHIE music buffs know that today's must-have device is an iPod. So they buy them, en masse. Real estate aficionados know that we're in a downturning market. So buyers wait and sellers hold out, en bloc. The group-think is the same, only the settings are different.
When Nancy Livingston became president of the Blue Ribbon, the Music Center's elite group of female fund-raisers, she did something she had never done before: She walked into a dressing room and tried on an Adolfo suit, a uniform of that tony set. "I was with a much more conservative group of women who had a certain approach to dressing--more reserved, classic, conservative," she recalls.
December 30, 2005 | From Associated Press
Young children live in their own worlds. They see the same people every day, do the same things and eat the same foods. Maybe they put ketchup or ranch dressing on pasta or pancakes and that's considered normal -- in their little worlds. Generally, all this routine is considered good because it makes children feel safe and comfortable with themselves and their loved ones. A sheltered life, though, can have consequences later, both socially and academically.
December 12, 2005 | Jeannine Stein, Times Staff Writer
For moderate social drinkers, hopping on the wagon for a month shouldn't have been that daunting of a task. Not just any moderate social drinkers, but a handful of men and women who are exceptionally fit, as in training-for-a-marathon fit. These are people used to discipline and healthy lifestyles, people who can get through a rigorous boot camp class without hurling. Yet some found that wagon trip much more uncomfortable than they thought, and didn't even last a month.
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