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January 3, 2010 | By Tom Roston
Ask Michael Cera, the star of "Youth in Revolt," if he has lost his virginity, and he answers "Yes" before adding that good, if dusty, chestnut: "Now, I'm trying to get it back." Recycled jokes about lost virginity are a lot like movies that mine the humor of the same subject: Depending on the execution, they veer wildly between trite and funny. In the case of Cera's quip -- spoken with his halting, thoughtful, almost squeaky voice -- it falls solidly on the humorous side. With "Youth in Revolt," in theaters Friday, director Miguel Arteta ("The Good Girl")
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April 11, 2014 | By danah boyd
If you're like most middle-class parents, you've probably gotten annoyed with your daughter for constantly checking her Instagram feed or with your son for his two-thumbed texting at the dinner table. But before you rage against technology and start unfavorably comparing your children's lives to your less-wired childhood, ask yourself this: Do you let your 10-year-old roam the neighborhood on her bicycle as long as she's back by dinner? Are you comfortable, for hours at a time, not knowing your teenager's exact whereabouts?
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February 5, 2014 | By Molly Hennessy-Fiske
HOUSTON - A Texas judge on Wednesday ruled out jail time for a teenager whose defense expert argued he suffered from "affluenza" that led him to drive drunk, crash and kill four people in June. At the time of the crash, the 16-year-old driver had seven passengers in his Ford F-350, was speeding and had a blood-alcohol level three times the legal limit, according to testimony at trial. He struck and killed four pedestrians: Brian Jennings, 43; Breanna Mitchell, 24; Shelby Boyles, 21; and her mother, Hollie Boyles, 52. Two 15-year-olds were thrown from the bed of the pickup and severely wounded, according to a statement from prosecutors.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 7, 2014 | By Matt Stevens
The cellphone video from inside a classroom at Santa Monica High School went viral late last week. It showed Mark Black, a longtime teacher and wrestling coach, swatting at a student with his arms, grabbing the teenager by the thigh and then crashing into desks and the classroom wall as he tried to execute a takedown. Moments later, Black had the young man pinned to the ground. District Superintendent Sandra Lyon called the incident "utterly alarming" and acted swiftly, placing the teacher on leave pending the outcome of an investigation.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 15, 2013 | By Veronica Rocha
A missing 16-year-old Glendale girl who is 7 1/2 months pregnant has been found at a family member's home after she  disappeared with her two sisters on Friday , police said. Joyce Lubrin, described by officials as a chronic runaway and mentally disabled, was found safe and healthy on Monday, according to Glendale police. The Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services placed her with an aunt, police said. Her sisters -- Kealani Lubrin, 15, and Ashley Lubrin, 13 -- were found late Saturday after the mother of a friend of the girls saw a TV report about police searching for them and called authorities.
OPINION
October 31, 2013 | By Kay S. Hymowitz
When I started following the research on child well-being about two decades ago, the focus was almost always girls' problems - their low self-esteem, lax ambitions, eating disorders and, most alarming, high rates of teen pregnancy. Now, though, with teen births down more than 50% from their 1991 peak and girls dominating classrooms and graduation ceremonies, boys and men are increasingly the ones under examination. Their high school grades and college attendance rates have remained stalled for decades.
NATIONAL
November 8, 2009 | Kim Murphy
Colton Harris-Moore has been a one-boy crime wave since he was 7 years old. He has broken into houses, stolen cars and burglarized markets, hardware stores and cafes for years on this rural, woodsy island north of Seattle. Since early in 2008, when he escaped from a juvenile holding facility, Harris-Moore, now 18, has been leading police on a fruitless chase through Washington, Canada and Idaho -- stealing two boats and crash-landing three planes (he taught himself to fly on his computer, authorities suspect)
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March 10, 2014 | By Los Angeles Times Staff
A woman and a teenager were hospitalized after being attacked by bees when a car hit a tree containing a hive in La Canada Flintridge, authorities said. A collision between two cars occurred around 2:50 p.m. on the 200 block of Los Amigos Street, according to a news release from the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. One of the cars slammed into a tree, aggravating the hive of bees that swarmed the drivers after they got out of their vehicles and attempted to exchange information, said Capt.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 30, 2014 | By Inkoo Kang
Charles Manson has been behind bars since 1969, but he's still a hero to budding sociopath Chloe. When the prep-school dropout declares early in the film that her master plan is to become famous, it's clear she's trouble: In the movies, only bad people pursue fame. In her thick eyeliner and all-black outfits, Chloe (Gia Mantegna) could be just another cyber-bullying mean girl. Her greatest asset as a destroyer is her ability to hide in plain sight. But she's also model-gorgeous, which is how she gets two dopes to mistake her manipulations for fun. Nick (Devon Werkheiser)
ENTERTAINMENT
February 3, 2009 | By Denise Martin
It seemed like a surefire recipe: Take the No. 1 teen drama in TV history, update it, stoke the publicity fires with news of returning favorite characters from the original, and the CW would land a huge hit. But "90210" is suffering a serious case of adolescent angst. Instead of becoming prime time's cocky homecoming king, the series developed more like the shy, insecure kid with no date to the dance. Then, to make matters worse, there has been that mean girl "American Idol" to contend with.
NATIONAL
April 2, 2014 | By Alana Semuels
TUNICA, Miss. - Marie Barnard was delighted when, after decades of silence on the topic, Mississippi passed a law requiring school districts to teach sex education. But the lesson involving the Peppermint Pattie wasn't what she had in mind for her sons. The curricula adopted by the school district in Oxford called on students to unwrap a piece of chocolate, pass it around class and observe how dirty it became. "They're using the Peppermint Pattie to show that a girl is no longer clean or valuable after she's had sex - that she's been used," said Barnard, who works in public health.
BUSINESS
March 23, 2014 | By Ronald D. White
Any parent with teenagers can tell you how tough it is to keep abreast of their fashion whims. Even more difficult: doing it for a living and making a profit at it. Tilly's Inc. of Irvine is a specialty retailer that targets teens and young adults with action sports clothing, shoes and accessories. Tilly's says on its website that it "offers one of the largest assortments of brands and merchandise from the top players in the surf, skate, motocross and lifestyle apparel industries.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 21, 2014 | By Paloma Esquivel
An LAPD officer who allegedly beat a teenage relative over poor grades and behavior was charged in Orange County this week with felony child abuse and corporal injury. Prosecutors say Daniel Hun Chun, 39, was off duty March 13 when he allegedly confronted the teenager over poor grades and other behavior issues. Chun repeatedly hit the young man “with a variety of household items in the shoulders, back and buttocks,” according to an Orange County district attorney's news release.
BUSINESS
March 21, 2014 | By Jessica Guynn
SAN FRANCISCO -- The Federal Trade Commission and California Atty. Gen. Kamala Harris say that Facebook is misinterpreting how a children's privacy law applies to teen privacy in a move that could undercut the giant social network in a federal court case in California. Facebook users sued the company for using their images in ads on the service without their consent and later settled the class-action lawsuit in 2012. Children's advocates are challenging the settlement in an effort to require Facebook to get explicit permission from parents before using the personal information - as well as the images, likes and comments - of teens in advertising.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 20, 2014 | By Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
From Harry Potter to Bella Swan to Katniss Everdeen, the hottest phenomenon in publishing these days is young adult fiction about risk takers who dare to go their own way. So it's more than a little ironic, if predictable, that films made from these books are completely risk aversive. Why rock the boat and jeopardize a potentially huge franchise if you don't really have to? "Divergent" is the latest, most snug-fitting version of that trend. As directed by Neil Burger ("The Illusionist," "Limitless")
NATIONAL
March 20, 2014 | By Michael Muskal
A New Jersey teenager managed to wiggle through a security fence then make his way past a guard to the spire atop 1 World Trade Center, the nation's tallest building, where he took pictures before he was apprehended, officials said Thursday. The boy, who authorities said was being treated as an adult, was charged with misdemeanor criminal trespass in the Sunday morning stunt and faces up to a year in jail if convicted. Officials identified him as Justin Casquejo, 16, of Weehawken, N.J. "We take security and these types of infractions very seriously and will prosecute violators," Joseph Dunne, chief security officer for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, which owns the site, said in a statement.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 13, 2014 | By Jason Wells
A  2-year-old Weimaraner whose alleged abuse at the hands of its 17-year-old owner was posted to social media has been placed in a new home. The teen, who hasn't been named because he is a minor, was charged Wednesday with four felony counts of animal cruelty after prosecutors say he  made several videos of himself abusing the dog and then posted them on a social media site. Prosecutors did not specify the type or nature of alleged abuse. The dog, renamed Charlie, has since been removed from the teen's family and placed in an adoptive home, according ot Los Angeles County district attorney's office.
IMAGE
August 18, 2012 | By Alene Dawson, Los Angeles Times
Worried about making a great impression on the first day of school? Even Miss Teen USA, Logan West, admits to feeling nervous on first days. "I was like petrified," the 18-year-old says. "I think it's just because it's a new year, it's new people, it's everything. " Often it's tempting to want to start a new school year - or any new chapter - with a totally new look as well. Just last weekend Miley Cyrus chopped her long locks into an edgy pixie crop and tweeted it for all the world to see. "Miley's cut is a bold move, and I have to say it's flattering on her," says Yesenia Almonte, beauty director for Seventeen magazine.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 19, 2014 | By Richard Winton and Samantha Schaefer, This post has been corrected. See the note below for details.
Fourteen teens accused of throwing a clandestine party at an unoccupied La Habra Heights mansion -- and then looting it of everything from  collectible medieval armor to a mounted snow leopard -- are due in court Wedesday to face trespassing and burglary charges. The 9,000-square-foot home sustained more than than $1 million in losses and damage in the November incident, authorities said. Among the looted items were  collectible medieval armor, scuba gear, designer suits and the snow leopard, valued at $250,000.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 19, 2014 | By Robert Lloyd, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
"The 100" is a new TV series about teenagers living alone - or are they? - on a post-apocalyptic future Earth. Wherever else we are, we are definitely on the CW, where, apart from reality shows, every series but "Hart of Dixie" either takes place in another time or features characters supernatural, superheroic and/or science-fictional. Some focus on characters, which is not necessarily to say actors, of high school age. Premiering Wednesday, "The 100" is based on Kass Morgan's young-adult novel of the same name.
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