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April 21, 2014 | By Sara Lessley, guest blogger
“Why don't we have more female stand-up comedians?" The radio was buzzing Monday morning about that question , still brewing after Stephen Colbert's much-deserved ascension to host of “Late Night.” Now, I'm all for more women running the show everywhere (including this nation - are you listening, Hillary Rodham Clinton?), but in a week in which the nation's elite colleges are releasing snapshots of their newly admitted classes, I wonder if the question on the radio shouldn't be: “How many of you accomplished young women will head toward computer science, tech, finance or business - where scholarships, mentoring, internships and well-paid jobs (and, some would say, true decision-making careers)
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NATIONAL
April 19, 2014 | By Richard Simon
WASHINGTON - Daniel Swalm was researching his family when he came across a disturbing episode in immigration history. That discovery would lead to a move in the U.S. Senate to apologize for action the nation took more than a century ago. Swalm discovered that under an obscure 1907 law, his grandmother Elsie, born and raised in Minnesota, was stripped of her U.S. citizenship after marrying an immigrant from Sweden. Swalm had never heard of the Expatriation Act that required a U.S.-born woman who married a foreigner to "take the nationality of her husband.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 18, 2014 | By Chris Lee and Todd Martens, Los Angeles Times
INDIO, Calif. - Dee Dee Penny, lead singer of the Dum Dum Girls, is no stranger to performing at giant summer musical events. At the first of the two-weekend Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival events last Friday, her retro-rock act played before thousands of ecstatic fans. She was just one of an eclectic roster of female artists who galvanized Coachella audiences. Teenage provocateur Lorde dazzled amid a howling dust storm in her summer music festival debut. R&B diva Solange got a surprise assist from her superstar sister, Beyoncé Knowles.
NEWS
April 18, 2014 | By Michael McGough
What does the federal Violence Against Women Act have to do with outlawing discrimination against gays and lesbians? A good deal, it turns out. The latest version of the law, which among other things provides grants to agencies that deal with victims of sexual assaults, has a nondiscrimination provision. It says that recipients may not discriminate in their hiring on the basis of “actual or perceived race, color, religion, national origin, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, or disability.” The Justice Department recently released a briefing paper on implementation of the law. There is a limited exception for necessary “sex-specific programming.” Also, religious agencies, consistent with the Religion Freedom Restoration Act, may prefer members of their own faith in hiring.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 17, 2014 | By Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
Perhaps at some point it will again be possible to write the name Woody Allen and go from there. But after a year marked by artistic highs and controversial lows for the filmmaker, it seems impossible. To address the elephant in the room, all you'll find on the docket today is a look at "Fading Gigolo," an amusing indie film that includes some of Allen's finest work as an actor in years. Written and directed not by Allen but John Turturro, "Fading Gigolo" is something of a tart meditation on romance and morality through the prism of the oldest profession.
SCIENCE
April 15, 2014 | By Mary MacVean
As a woman's body mass index rises before she is pregnant or early in pregnancy, there is an increased risk of fetal death, stillbirth or infant death, and severely obese women have the highest risk, researchers said Tuesday. But even “modest” increases in BMI were associated with increased risks, the scientists wrote in the Journal of the American Medical Assn. The scientists recommend that women and their caregivers take the findings into account as they consider getting pregnant.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 15, 2014 | By Adolfo Flores
Police will begin searching Orange County landfills in a hunt for the bodies of three women authorities say they believe were killed by two registered sex offenders charged with raping and murdering women who vanished from some of the county's toughest streets. Franc Cano, 27, and Steven Dean Gordon, 45, are accused of killing four women, though police said they anticipate there is at least one additional victim. In a videotaped court hearing Tuesday morning, the two appeared briefly but did not enter a plea.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 15, 2014 | By Adolfo Flores
Tethered to GPS devices and required to check in monthly with police, two convicted sex offenders so easily sidestepped efforts to monitor them that one was deemed safe enough to be formally released from state parole in the midst of what prosecutors now say was a months-long string of murders. Steven Dean Gordon, one of two transients accused of raping and murdering four women, was discharged from his state parole last November, a month after two of the women vanished from the streets of Santa Ana and just days before a third victim, a 28-year-old mother, was allegedly killed.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 15, 2014 | By Paloma Esquivel and Adolfo Flores
Two homeless sex offenders accused of killing four women in Orange County could face the death penalty after being charged with m urder in the commission of rape and lying in wait, authorities said. Franc Cano, 27, and Steven Dean Gordon, 45, were formally charged Monday , three days after they were arrested  in an industrial area of Anaheim not far from the trash-sorting facility where the body of 21-year-old Jarrae Nykkole Estepp was found last month on a conveyor belt.
NEWS
April 14, 2014 | By Mary Forgione, Daily Deal and Travel Blogger
Relax, breathe deep and head to Carlsbad, Calif., for pampering time devoted to women. The California coastal town launches its second Women's Wellness Weekends at six hotels this May. Check out the hotels and extras they're offering for a wind-down weekend. Note that rooms are subject to availability (some blackout dates apply, some offers are good beyond May), and prices exclude tax. -- Beach Terrace Inn , 2775 Ocean St.; (760) 729-5951; starts at $299 a night and includes an ocean-view room, breakfast, welcome food basket, yoga on the beach on Sunday morning and late 1 p.m. checkout.
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