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March 13, 2014 | By Paresh Dave
Two teenage girls in Maryland allegedly held a knife to the throat of an autistic 16-year-old boy and forced him to perform various sex acts as part of two months of bullying, authorities said. Lauren Ashley Bush, 17, has been charged as an adult in St. Mary's County in southern Maryland with two counts of first-degree assault, two counts of second-degree assault, false imprisonment and child pornography solicitation. A 15-year-old girl is facing the same allegations in juvenile court.
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April 24, 2014 | By Joseph Serna
Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies are looking for a gunman who walked up to a teenage girl in Willowbrook on Wednesday night and shot her to death. The 15-year-old girl was standing in the stairwell of an apartment complex in the 11900 block of South Wilmington Avenue about 11 p.m. when a man walked up to her, “produced a handgun and fired one time…hitting her in the upper torso,” according to a Sheriff's Department statement. She was pronounced dead at a hospital. HOMICIDE REPORT: A story for every victim The girl, who was not immediately identified, had gotten into an argument with someone earlier in the evening and sheriff's investigators are looking for possible links, KTLA reported.
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ENTERTAINMENT
July 30, 2009 | Lee Margulies
Harlequin Enterprises, a major publisher of romance novels, said Wednesday that it was establishing a division to produce fiction for teens. Clearly impressed by following for Stephenie Meyer's "Twilight" series, the company said it would target girls ages 13 to 18 with books that feature "paranormal, fantasy and science-fiction elements." The first offering from Harlequin Teen, due next month, will be "My Soul to Take" by Rachel Vincent about a teenager who discovers she is a banshee.
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March 31, 2014 | By Joseph Serna
The leader of a human trafficking and prostitution ring that lured teenage girls from the Inland Empire was sentenced Monday to 30 years in federal prison. Paul Edward Bell, 30, pleaded guilty to sex trafficking and admitted to forcing four girls between 15 and 17 years old into working as prostitutes in Lynwood and Compton, the U.S. attorney's office said in a statement. Bell, a Lynwood gang member, led a ring that involved at least eight people, including three lead prostitutes, who “groomed” girls into prostitution and eventually trafficked them to Los Angeles.
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January 4, 2009 | Associated Press
Police arrested a man who they say fled after crashing his pickup truck into a bus stop, injuring two teenage girls, one severely. Police said 35-year-old Michael Tweedie of Rohnert Park was being held on suspicion of hit and run causing serious injury and driving under the influence in the Saturday crash. The girls were waiting at a bus stop with their father when the accident occurred. The father, Asefredo Pineda, said the truck hit a van before coming at them.
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March 19, 2013 | Sandy Banks
It would be easy to close the book and say justice has been served in the Steubenville, Ohio, rape case. Two high school football stars were found guilty Sunday of raping an intoxicated 16-year-old at a party in a case that became a national scandal after videos and photos of the assault wound up on YouTube and Instagram. The text messages, pictures and jokey tweets that teenagers from the party shared online suggest a communal lack of conscience. That made it easy to blame locals so enamored of their football team that jocks thought they could get away with just about anything.
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June 8, 2011 | By Abby Sewell, Los Angeles Times
The juvenile arrested in Ventura County along with seven men on suspicion of gang-raping two teenage girls they lured from social networking sites was charged as an adult in the case, authorities said Tuesday. The 15- and 16-year-old girls agreed to meet the suspects on separate occasions, one in March and one in April, said Det. Sgt. Ismael Cordero of the Santa Paula Police Department. Cordero said the suspects gave the victims alcohol and possibly other substances. In both cases the girls passed out and awoke to find themselves being sexually assaulted, he said.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 14, 2012 | By Tony Perry, Los Angeles Times
Lost Girls Caitlin Rother Pinnacle: 420.pp, $6.99 (paper) On the day in 2010 when a San Diego judge sentenced John Albert Gardner to life in prison for the rape and murder of two teenage girls, the fathers of his victims referred to him in court as a monster and a predator. "Lost Girls" by veteran journalist and true-crime writer Caitlin Rother is a deeply reported, dispassionately written attempt to determine what created that monster and predator. It is a cautionary tale and a horror story, done superbly by a writer who knows how to burrow into a complex case without becoming captive to her sources.
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April 10, 2011 | By Megan Kimble, Los Angeles Times
The gig: Keren Taylor is the founder and executive director of WriteGirl, a nonprofit organization that pairs professional women writers in Los Angeles with at-risk teenage girls. Now in its 10th year, WriteGirl serves about 300 girls from 60 high schools throughout Los Angeles. WriteGirl was named California Nonprofit of the Year last year by then-Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger. Forging independent women: WriteGirl participants are 13 to 18 years old and come primarily from low-income neighborhoods.
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October 27, 2009 | Andrew Blankstein, Robert Faturechi and Richard Winton
Like many teenage girls, these friends were fascinated by the high fashion and flashy bling of such young Hollywood celebrities as Lindsay Lohan, Paris Hilton and Audrina Patridge. But unlike other fans, they allegedly didn't stop at Hollywood fantasy. According to Los Angeles police detectives, the group studied television shows, celebrity magazines and websites picking out clothing and jewelry they wanted. Then they figured out where the celebrities lived and, after casing the homes, broke in and took what they wanted, detectives allege.
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March 13, 2014 | By Paresh Dave
Two teenage girls in Maryland allegedly held a knife to the throat of an autistic 16-year-old boy and forced him to perform various sex acts as part of two months of bullying, authorities said. Lauren Ashley Bush, 17, has been charged as an adult in St. Mary's County in southern Maryland with two counts of first-degree assault, two counts of second-degree assault, false imprisonment and child pornography solicitation. A 15-year-old girl is facing the same allegations in juvenile court.
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February 11, 2014 | By Lee Romney
OAKLAND -- An Amber Alert was issued Tuesday after a man forced his way into a red Infiniti in the parking lot of an Oakland Safeway and ordered a man to drive away. A girl was reportedly seen in the rear seat. Police said the incident took place about 12:50 p.m. in the 4100 block of Redwood Road. The victims are an elderly man and a 13-year-old girl. The kidnapper is described as a black man in his 40s, 5 feet 7 inches tall, weighing 165 pounds, and wearing a green shirt, blue jacket and blue jeans.  Residents and recipients of the Amber Alert have been told to be on the lookout for a red 2001 Infiniti SUV with California license plate 6JFM648.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 6, 2014 | By Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
The excellent new drama "In Bloom," Georgia's Oscar entry in the foreign-language category, has the heartbreak and hope of a country slipped inside a coming-of age-story of two 14-year-old girls. The 1990s, in the wake of the collapse of the Soviet Union, were a potent and chaotic time in Georgia, one that filmmaker Nana Ekvtimishvili remembers as shaping her attitudes about women's roles in an evolving society. She wrote her own childhood into Eka's (Lika Babluani) and Natia's (Mariam Bokeria)
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January 15, 2014 | By Rick Rojas
They were teenage girls desperate for something better: They came from group homes or families that were broken. Some already had children of their own and were struggling to provide for them. There were also girls who came from environments that seemed more stable, but still, they were drawn into prostitution by the promise of money and independence. "They knew what to say and do to entice them," prosecutor Ami Sheth said of the sex-trafficking ring that lured girls from the Inland Empire to Los Angeles County, where they had sex for money at motels in Compton and Lynwood and faced verbal and physical abuse if they didn't make enough.
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January 15, 2014 | By Joseph Serna
A Lynwood man pleaded guilty this week to recruiting teenage girls from local schools in the Inland Empire and forcing them into prostitution in Los Angeles. Paul Edward Bell, 29, an alleged member of the Rolling 60s Crips gang, pleaded guilty Monday as part of a plea agreement with federal prosecutors that will send him to prison for 30 years. His trial was expected to begin Monday. Bell was one of eight people indicted in 2012 by a grand jury investigating reports of sex trafficking in Riverside County.
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December 6, 2013 | By Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
On a Friday a few weeks ago, the "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire's" first full day in theaters, I made my way into the real world - or at least as real as Rick Caruso's Americana at Brand gets - to see what the pre-"Games" party looked like, then take in the show. Teenage girls were everywhere. Cliques of them expanding, dividing, circling like amoebas in the consumer petri dish of the place. From ripped jeans to designer duds, fresh-faced to pink punk-streaked hair, they crossed stereotypes.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 13, 2012 | By Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
"Little Birds" stars Juno Temple and Kay Panabaker in a story about the messy business, for teenage girls already on the margins, of breaking away. Theirs is a case of innocence not simply lost but crushed like a cigarette under the heel of a shoe. It is a promising and frustrating first feature from writer-director Elgin James. Breathtaking moments give way to boring ones; searing emotions vie with the exceedingly bland. The one constant in this drama is the incredible beauty James brings to bad places, working with standout cinematographer Reed Morano, who gave 2008's "Frozen River" such a bleak chill.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 10, 2010 | Evelyn McDonnell, Special to the Times
Brooklyn-based writer and musician Sara Marcus deserves a medal just for daring to write a book about Riot Grrrl, the fiercely uncompromising feminist movement of the 1990s. I was there for portions of the punk concerts, street protests and hand-crafted fanzines she documents in "Girls to the Front," and I wouldn't go near that hot mess of brilliant idealism and tragic dysfunctions with a 10-foot publishing contract. Marcus not only goes there, she describes Riot Grrrls' raw, emo agit-pop with a poetic fervor that matches its subject ?
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 16, 2013 | By Joseph Serna
A veteran Los Angeles County sheriff's deputy accused of having sex with a teenage girl is scheduled to be arraigned Monday. John Augustus Rose II, 43, was arrested last week on suspicion of having sex with a minor, who was 14 or 15 years old, between February and June while he was off duty, authorities said. The department launched an investigation after officials said they were alerted about Rose on Aug. 7 by the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department. "As soon as we heard about it, we investigated it," Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department spokesman Steve Whitmore told The Times.
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