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NATIONAL
March 23, 2013 | By David Zucchino, This post has been updated. See note below for details.
Transportation officials in North Carolina have backed down from a plan to issue driver's licenses with a prominent pink stripe to young immigrants who qualify for a federal program that delays deportation for two years. After protests from immigration and civil rights groups, the North Carolina Department of Transportation has quietly removed the pink stripe from the proposed special licenses, which it will begin issuing Monday. Opponents have said the pink stripe and the phrase "NO LAWFUL STATUS" on the licenses would stigmatize young immigrants who have earned temporary lawful status.
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ENTERTAINMENT
March 20, 2013 | By Christie D'Zurilla
Pink stopped her concert mid-song Sunday in her hometown, Philadelphia, to check in on a little girl who was crying in the audience. Rock star as mama bear - who knew? It was midway through an acoustic version of just that tune, "Who Knew," when Pink's attention went to the girl in the crowd. PHOTOS: Pink on stage "OK, hold on," she said to her guitarist, "one second. Is everything OK right here? Is this little girl all right? ... Why is she crying? Why is she upset?"
FOOD
March 16, 2013
  Total time: 20 minutes Servings: 4 2 pink grapefruit 1 head fennel 1/4 red onion Salt 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes 1/4 cup olive oil 1 cup torn arugula 4 ounces lump Dungeness crab meat 1. Peel the grapefruit and cut it into sections: Using a very sharp knife, cut off the top and the bottom of the grapefruit, so it will sit flat on the cutting board. Starting where you see the pink grapefruit separate from the white pith, cut away one section of peel and pith, following the line of the fruit.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 12, 2013 | By Patrick McGreevy
SACRAMENTO -- State Senate GOP leader Robert Huff of Diamond Bar says he has a way to reduce the annual practice of issuing preliminary pink slips to tens of thousands of California teachers who later are told they will not lose their jobs. But a teacher's group says Huff's SB 559 might make it harder for instructors who do lose their jobs to find other work. State law requires school districts that want to lay off teachers based on budgetary problems to issue preliminary pink slips by March 15 of each year and final notices by May 15. Because districts often don't know what state funding will be in March, they often assume the worst-case scenario and send out many more preliminary pink slips than turn out to be necessary, Huff said.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 25, 2013 | By Booth Moore, Los Angeles Times Fashion Critic
It was like an Oscar flashback with all the Giorgio Armani gowns, Harry Winston bling and Veronica Lake waves on the red carpet Sunday. Then there was a Sharon Stone Gap turtleneck moment, when Helen Hunt revealed that her navy blue gown was from none other than cheap chic retailer H&M. (Apparently it was a custom job; Hunt worked closely with H&M designers exchanging sketches, fabrics and samples, according to the retailer.) PHOTOS: Oscars 2013 best dressed on the red carpet Back to Armani, though.
NATIONAL
February 22, 2013 | By David Zucchino, Los Angeles Times
RALEIGH, N.C. - The driver's license features a bold, pink stripe along the top, and further down the phrase: "NO LAWFUL STATUS. " North Carolina proposes to issue the license to illegal immigrants who qualify for the federal Deferred Action Childhood Arrivals program. The idea has raised howls of protest from immigrant and civil rights groups. They complain that the proposed licenses would stigmatize young immigrants brought to the U.S. by their parents. State legislators have expressed concerns that illegal immigrants will use the licenses to vote or obtain social services, despite the pink stripe and a pink "LIMITED TERM" endorsement.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 20, 2013 | by Randall Roberts
It's debatable whether you should listen to the Soft Pink Truth's remix of Baltimore duo Matmos' new track, "Aetheric Vehicle," before or after you read about the music's origins and the philosophy behind it. Either way you win, but the remix, which is making its U.S. premiere on Pop & Hiss, certainly has a fascinating back story. So do Matmos, who will perform at the Masonic Hall at Hollywood Forever cemetery on Monday. A remix of a track from the group's excellent forthcoming record, “The Marriage of True Minds,” “Aetheric Vehicle” is the result of a project that harnessed what Matmos described in the liner notes as “psychic experimental sessions” to create the concepts that the pair then translated into music.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 17, 2013 | By August Brown
According to the singer Pink, she had in fact played Staples Center once before her Saturday night headline gig there. But she didn't quite remember doing so. "I'd hurt myself and the doctors said I couldn't do any tricks, but instead I just took a Percocet," the singer born Alecia Moore told the Staples audience. "So I don't really remember being there. " Self-medicating to dull the pain from a wound? Mocking a career setback with an endearing punchline about her knack for blacking out?
BUSINESS
February 1, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
What better way is there to tell someone you love them than by giving them a hot pink phone? That's what Verizon Wireless thinks you should do. The carrier announced a Valentine's Day edition of the Motorola Droid RAZR M on Friday morning. The device looks just like its black-and-white counterpart, but it has a bright magenta frame. 10 tech companies to watch in 2013 The New Jersey-based carrier put the device on sale along with a flurry of of other Valentine's Day deals . Besides offering a special version of the Droid RAZR M, Verizon has also discounted the phone by $50 and now offers it for $49.99 with a two-year contract.
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