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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.
October 27, 2008 | Times Wire Reports
A former small-town police officer has been convicted of molesting or propositioning more than a dozen teenage girls for sex while on duty. Jurors deliberated for about 10 hours before finding Robert J. Pavlovich Jr. guilty of charges including corruption of minors, involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, indecent assault and bribery in official matters. Pavlovich, 40, of Camp Hill, took the stand and denied that he had sex with any of the accusers, touched them improperly or asked them to sneak out of their homes.
April 18, 2005 | Jeannine Stein
Yoga's popularity has spawned niches galore. There's yoga for golfers, pregnant women, even dogs. Now teenage girls can learn the benefits of this ancient practice in "Um, Like ... Om: A Girl Goddess's Guide to Yoga" (Little, Brown & Co., 2005). * 'Um, Like ... Om: A Girl Goddess's Guide to Yoga': Author Evan Cooper remembers what it was like to be a teenager and the angst that went with it.
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.
July 14, 2001 | From Times Wire Reports
When five teenage girls take their places to play bells aboard the parade floats in the Gion Festival in Kyoto, Japan, next week, they will be the first to do so in 300 years. Since the 18th century, the upper deck of the floats, considered a sacred stage for court musicians, has been off limits to women. "Times have changed," said Shigeru Fukami, head of the organizing association. "We can no longer find a convincing reason to keep rejecting women from participating."
January 10, 2002 | From Times Wire Reports
A man who stalked teenage girls was put to death in Huntsville for killing one of the girls' mothers during a burglary in 1994. Michael Moore, 38, appeared to choke back tears as he expressed love for his family and sought forgiveness for the slaying. "I'm sorry. I can't take back what I have done," he said, looking at the victim's relatives, who watched through a window. The nine-year Navy veteran was arrested the morning of the slaying about 50 miles southwest of Waco.
June 24, 2008 | From Times Wire Reports
The mayor of Gloucester denied a Time magazine report that a group of girls entered a pact to become pregnant. "Any planned blood-oath bond to become pregnant, there is absolutely no evidence of," Carolyn Kirk said after meeting with school and health officials. At least 17 high school girls are expecting babies in the seaport 30 miles north of Boston. The 1,200-student high school has four times as many teenage girls expecting babies as it did last year. Kirk attributed the sharp rise in pregnancies to a lack of health education funding and the media's "glamorization of pregnancy."
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.
July 17, 2013 | By Titania Kumeh, This post has been corrected. See note at the bottom for details.
In 2011, the birthrate for teenage girls in California dropped to its lowest level since 1991, a state report released Wednesday announced. Twenty-eight children were born in the state for every 1,000 teenage girls, a sharp decline from 1991 when the rate peaked at 70.9 births for every 1,000 teenage girls. Public health experts say state laws are responsible for the decline because they require public schools that offer sex education classes to provide scientifically reliable instructions on how contraceptives work along with information about abstinence.
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 ?
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