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May 31, 2013 | By Lisa Zamosky
After leaving college at the Art Institute of Pittsburgh last year to move to Los Angeles, 23-year-old Odin Gray debated for several months whether to buy a health insurance policy. An avid bicyclist, he finally decided in December that it was time to buy coverage. "I knew that if anything happened," Gray recalled, "I was going to be in serious trouble and that it could bankrupt me financially. " His decision, it turns out, was a smart one. In January - just one month after buying a policy - he took a spill on his bike while heading to work, he said.
May 30, 2013
The Testing Joelle Charbonneau Houghton Mifflin, $17.99, ages 12+ In this "Hunger Games"-esque tale, the first in a planned trilogy, teens fight for survival in an annual Testing with the best and brightest continuing on to help rebuild their world. (June) If You Could be Mine Sara Farizan Algonquin, $16.95, ages 12-18 A lesbian teen in Iran contemplates a sex change when the girl she loves gives in to family pressures and becomes engaged to a man. (August)
May 22, 2013 | By Paresh Dave
More than half of millennials -- 54% -- surveyed by a Wells Fargo & Co. retirement unit said their "biggest financial concern currently" was longer-term debt, mainly student and credit card debt. With the cost of college continuing to rise , about 64% of the 22- to 32-year-olds surveyed said they paid for school with loans. And 42% of the millennials said their debt was "overwhelming," twice the rate of baby boomers who were surveyed for comparison. The $1 trillion in outstanding student debt and low wages in the weak economy are causing the latest rounds of college graduates to put away less money for retirement.
May 22, 2013 | By Betsy Sharkey
A delightful summer quirk can be found in the new comic drama "Frances Ha. " Shot in black and white and filled with nuance, the film is directed with great affection by Noah Baumbach, who wrote it with his star - actress Greta Gerwig. Frances is a few years past college and still trying to make her way in New York. She's already struggling to afford the apartment in trendy Brooklyn when her best friend and roommate Sophie (Mickey Sumner) announces she's moving out. While Frances' fortunes take a nose-dive, Gerwig makes it all rather charming.
May 18, 2013 | By Jessica P. Ogilvie
Beneath the massive trees of the Malibu mountains, four small groups of people clad head-to-toe in red, green, yellow or blue stand around several long tables playing a heated game of flip cup. "Get it, blue!" a young woman shouts into a bullhorn. "You got this, green!" hollers another. It looks a little like a frat house basement dragged into the light of day, but this competition is much more innocent. It's part of Adult Color Wars, a weekend designed to give adults a chance to relive their days at camp.
May 10, 2013 | By Amy Benfer
NEW YORK - Michelle Tea has been a horoscope writer, an activist and a sex worker. She never graduated from college, but she has written a novel, a poetry collection and four memoirs - one of which, "Valencia," is being made into an independent film by 21 filmmakers. As co-founder of the literary performance group Sister Spit, she's led troupes of performance poets and artists across the United States and Europe. On a Sunday afternoon at a Polish restaurant in lower Manhattan, over a plate of pierogis and vegetarian borscht, she describes what might be her most unlikely project yet: a trilogy of young adult novels about a "radical Polish mermaid," the first of which, "Mermaid in Chelsea Creek" (McSweeney's McMullens, $19.95)
May 2, 2013 | By Carolyn Kellogg
Publisher Algonquin on Wednesday announced Algonquin Young Readers, an imprint to be launched this fall. In so doing, it is  climbing on to a very crowded bandwagon. In the last year, new young adult imprints have been launched or announced by more than a dozen publishers, operating across all adult genres. Except erotica (so far). Mystery publisher Poisoned Pen Press created Poisoned Pencil . Science fiction and fantasy publisher Angry Robot launched Strange Chemistry . Christian publisher Zondervan announced that it will begin publishing books for teens under its new Blink imprint.
April 29, 2013 | By Anh Do, Los Angeles Times
One girl gasps as the grainy black-and-white footage rolls: Women are screaming, thrusting their babies at soldiers boarding a helicopter. In the next scene, hundreds of refugees packed in the belly of a rickety boat rock in the ocean, desperately trying to flee their homeland after the fall of Saigon. Gathered in a Garden Grove office, young adults who grew up in the shadow of war watch the images, only tasting the horrors their parents and relatives endured when South Vietnam fell to Communist forces 38 years ago. For many in immigrant communities like Orange County's Little Saigon, the memory of April 30 - "Black April" to those who lived through it - has been passed on only through photographs, stories or rough video clips.
April 26, 2013 | By Alejandro Lazo
High-cost borrowing through payday loans, pawn shops, auto title loans and others is no longer on the margins of U.S. consumer behavior - about 1 in 4 Americans have tapped this kind of financing, new research shows. A new study by the National Bureau of Economic Research finds high-cost lending is now firmly rooted in the American financial system after two decades of strong growth. “High-cost borrowing cannot be considered a 'fringe' behavior that is limited to a specific and small segment of the population,” economists Annamaria Lusardi and Carlo de Bassa Scheresberg wrote in their study.
April 21, 2013 | By Denise Florez
Be careful what you wish for. That was the lesson imparted by young-adult authors during a Sunday morning panel titled "Modern Cinderella Stories" at the L.A. Times Festival of Books . Audience members braved the early heat at the Young Adult Stage to listen to Jessica Morgan and Heather Cocks, authors of “Messy,” the follow-up book to “Spoiled.” They tell the story of Molly Dix, who after her mother dies discovers that her father...
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