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April 28, 2013
Re "Students plan county's first integrated prom," April 21 It's embarrassing that nearly 50 years after the civil rights movement, students in rural Georgia must campaign to hold their area's first integrated prom. The kids are so good-natured about this (case in point: a black student shrugging off a comment by a coach saying he could dance with his white daughter only if he's far away) that I get the impression they are used to this kind of behavior. My God, as a society we should be smarter than this.
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NATIONAL
April 26, 2014 | By Cindy Carcamo
A teenage boy suspected of fatally stabbing his high school classmate at a Connecticut high school just hours before the junior prom is under psychiatric evaluation, the teen's lawyer said Saturday. At the same time, friends of stabbing victim Maren Sanchez mourned her death, sharing memories of a girl they described as an outgoing teen who served as something of a “counselor” for many students and was known for heartfelt chats by her locker. The 16-year-old boy, whose name is being withheld because of his age, will not be in court during Monday's scheduled arraignment, his attorney, Edward J. Gavin, told the Los Angeles Times.
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SPORTS
May 18, 2013 | By Dan Loumena
Dwyane Wade, the Heat superstar who is trying to help Miami win a second consecutive NBA championship this spring, surprised a Miami teenager when he showed up unexpectedly at her senior prom on Friday night. Nicole Muxo made a YouTube video last month inviting Wade to be her date at the Archbishop Coleman Carroll High prom. She got no reply, though. Then Wade showed up at the La Jolla Ballroom in Coral Gables, Fla., on Friday night with roses in hand, much to the surprise of Muxo and her classmates.
NATIONAL
April 25, 2014 | By Michael Muskal
A 16-year-old girl was stabbed to death inside a Milford, Conn., high school just hours before the junior prom on Friday, officials said. Maren Sanchez died from her wounds at Bridgeport Hospital, Milford Police Chief Keith Mello told reporters. “We are obviously devastated by the loss of one of our students,” School Superintendent Elizabeth Feser said at the news conference from the scene. A 16-year-old boy has been taken into custody, officials said. His name is being withheld because of his age. Students at the school told reporters that the incident was caused by a dispute over a date for the junior prom, originally scheduled for Friday night but canceled because of the stabbing.
NEWS
January 25, 2002 | GINA PICCALO AND LOUISE ROUG
Two red carpets and photographers jockeying back and forth across Hollywood Boulevard--the dueling premieres of "A Walk to Remember" at Grauman's Chinese Theatre and "The Count of Monte Cristo" at El Capitan Theatre--caused quite a commotion Wednesday night. Pop singer Mandy Moore, star of "Walk," had a ball, especially at the film's after-party. Not very many high school seniors can boast about having a "senior prom" at the Hollywood Athletic Club, with three open bars, buffet tables overflowing with shrimp and a leading man at their side.
BUSINESS
April 9, 2014 | By Ricardo Lopez
The theme for prom this year appears to be frugality. A new survey conducted by Visa found that prom spending by teens and their families is expected to fall 14% this year to an average of $978. The average family spent $1,139 on prom in 2013. The costs include attire, limousine rental, tickets and dinner, according to the survey.  " The prom bubble has finally burst!," Visa's head of financial education, Nat Sillin, said in a statement. "I think people are realizing that prom is a dance, and you don't have to spend like a celebrity to have a great time.
NEWS
April 29, 2012 | By Morgan Little
WASHINGTON -- All's fair in love and war -- and the White House Correspondents' Dinner. With Washington and media elite in attendance, along with a sprinkling of celebrities, President Obama wasted no time in taking aim at political rivals during his speech, making sure to save some barbs for himself. In what was often a more pointed version of his campaign speeches, Obama joked Saturday night about presumptive GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney's wealth and his corresponding “out-of-touch” label.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 9, 2010 | By Christie D'Zurilla and Geoff Boucher
Some cynics say the Academy Awards are just a prom for the world's most spoiled children. They're wrong -- the Governors Ball is actually Hollywood's prom, while the Oscars show is more like a student election. Or is it a pep rally? On Sunday, after the final Oscar was stored in "The Hurt Locker," about 1,500 select guests rode the Hollywood & Highland complex escalators to even higher strata: the stately soiree from the Board of Governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
NEWS
May 24, 2013 | By Susan Denley
Kate Upton turned down Sherman Oaks teen Jake Davidson's invitation to go to prom, but he got a pretty good backup: swimsuit model Nina Agdal went with him on Thursday night. Agdal contacted Davidson after he asked Upton to prom in a video that went viral on YouTube earlier this week when she learned that Upton's schedule wouldn't permit her to accept. [San Bernardino Sun] Actress Robin Wright, currently co-starring with Kevin Spacey in "House of Cards" on Netflix,  wore an unintentionally odd dress to the 17th Annual Webby Awards in New York this week.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 24, 1987
I believe that a junior-senior prom should remain a "couples" dance. If guys and girls went in separate groups the dance eventually wouldn't be special. It would be like any other dance. I would like to keep "the prom" for couples only. It's traditional. DIANA MANLEY Dana Point
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 20, 2014 | Nita Lelyveld
For two weeks now I've had a problem that can only be described as good: drowning in a flood of emails and messages from readers -- and not one of them angry. Hundreds have contacted me in praise of a young woman I wrote about who had no money for a prom dress and so made one out of soda-can tabs. They've asked how to help her, even though many admitted that they're barely getting by themselves. Brie Fainblit lives in Palmdale with her disabled mother and her aunt, who shoulders two part-time jobs to support them.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 14, 2014 | By Christie D'Zurilla
If you never ask the question, you'll never know the answer.  That truism worked two times over for "Breaking Bad" fan Stefan Montana, who last week asked Bryan Cranston - a.k.a. Walter White - to help him ask his friend Maddie to the junior prom.  The answer to both questions was, happily, yes! When approached outside the theater where he's onstage as President Lyndon B. Johnson in "All the Way," Cranston obliged Montana by delivering a version of a classic "Breaking Bad" line: "Maddie, if you don't go to the prom with Stefan," he said, "then maybe your best course of action would be to tread lightly.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 12, 2014 | By Nita Lelyveld, This post has been corrected, as indicated below.
Brie Fainblit wasn't voted prom queen at the Highland High prom. But the Palmdale senior who made her own dress out of soda can tabs felt like the belle of the ball Friday night. Fainblit lives with her mother, who is disabled, and her aunt, who works two part-time jobs to support them. She began her soda tab project in September, knowing that money was way too tight for a prom dress. After my story about Brie appeared in last Sunday's paper, offers of help poured in. Many readers wanted to do what they could to make prom special for Brie and her boyfriend, James Lawrence, who tutored a student to earn money for prom tickets.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 10, 2014 | By Joseph Serna
A 19-year-old Northern California girl who was convicted of selling pot brownies to buy a prom dress now faces deportation. Saira Munoz of Yuba City was an 18-year-old senior at River Valley High School when prosecutors say she hired a friend to sell her marijuana-laced brownies. She was caught after a student got sick off one of the brownies. She was convicted of a felony and sentenced to four years of formal probation and nine days in jail with credit for time served, the Sacramento Bee reported . That felony conviction, in turn, put her residency status in jeopardy after the Sutter County Probation Department informed the federal government about her conviction.
BUSINESS
April 9, 2014 | By Ricardo Lopez
The theme for prom this year appears to be frugality. A new survey conducted by Visa found that prom spending by teens and their families is expected to fall 14% this year to an average of $978. The average family spent $1,139 on prom in 2013. The costs include attire, limousine rental, tickets and dinner, according to the survey.  " The prom bubble has finally burst!," Visa's head of financial education, Nat Sillin, said in a statement. "I think people are realizing that prom is a dance, and you don't have to spend like a celebrity to have a great time.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 7, 2014 | By Los Angeles Times Staff
Times City Beat writer Nita Lelyveld on Sunday told the story of Brie Fainblit, a Palmdale teen who is turning heads with her prom dress. The dress is not from a fancy designer. She could never afford that. So she made it herself, using soda can tabs. Lelyveld writes: She wants to be Highland High's prom queen. She wants to turn heads. Brie lives with her mother, who is disabled, and her aunt, who works two part-time jobs to support them. Often there is not enough money for food.
BUSINESS
April 20, 2008
Regarding the article "Prom need not break the bank" (Personal Finance, April 13): The prom season's once again here, And one thing is certainly clear: While a limo and flowers Will bring pleasure for hours, We'll be paying the bills for a year. Sam McCarver San Juan Capistrano
NEWS
October 29, 2013 | By Nico Lang, guest blogger
I know what it's like to be Carrie White, the titular pariah in the classic horror film "Carrie. " I used to be her. In middle school, I was the kid who sat by himself at lunch, listening to my CD player or reading a book, hoping not to be noticed. I thought if I stared hard enough at the pages, I might disappear. Invisibility had its advantages. If the other students couldn't see me, they couldn't laugh when I walked past or whisper the nickname they had made up for me. Some time around the sixth grade, my classmates figured out that my name sounds a lot like “Dick Wang,” and every time someone pushed me into a locker or threw my backpack in the garbage, it wasn't me they were doing it to. It was him. For current and former teenage losers, Carrie White has become an icon, which explains her continual rebirth in pop culture.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 11, 2013 | By Mark Swed, Music Critic
This post has been corrected. See below for details. The Proms in London is the biggest event in all musicdom. It is advertised as the world's largest music festival, which it is. The first concert is Friday, and it runs nightly (with two programs some days) until Sept. 7. The breadth of this festival is, well, breathtaking in its scope, diversity and importance. All of Britain's great orchestras and many of the world's great musicians participate. But what makes the Proms really special is the accessibility, and that is whether you're in London or L.A. or anyplace else.
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