December 3, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - President Obama will urge young people to sign up for health insurance at a White House forum aimed at mobilizing a demographic that is crucial to the success of his signature healthcare law. Wednesday's youth summit at the White House - and the evening Google chat with White House advisors David Simas and Kal Penn to reach a wider audience - will offer Obama a chance to reengage young people, a White House official said, and the...
December 3, 2013 |
Instead of going through Congress and making the initiative bipartisan, President Obama acted alone in mid-November, promising $100 million in grants to specialized high schools - such as New York City's Pathways in Technology Early College High School - that prepare students for technical careers. The president's on the right track, but why make it partisan? Schools like P-TECH are an idea whose time has come - one that can be adopted by both parties and by business as well as government.
November 26, 2013 |
Here's something to consider when you're Christmas shopping for that teen or young adult in your family. Yes, young people spend a lot of time reading and writing short messages on their smartphones, or listening to music and playing games on those and other electronic devices. But there's one aspect of their lives in which they prefer -- by a large margin, according to one poll -- the old-school ways: reading books. The British marketing research agency Voxburner recently surveyed more than 1,400 people, ages 16 to 24, about their media-consumption habits.
November 18, 2013 |
The raucous scene at a University of Miami tailgate party on a recent weekend might have seemed an unlikely spot for a debate over Obamacare. But with six dozen pizzas in hand, the youthful staffers from Generation Opportunity rolled up in Hummers and Ford F-150s to claim their spot. With "DJ Joey" spinning electronic dance beats, the group lured Miami's revelers to their tent with beer pong tables and plenty of swag, including bottle openers and beer cozies bearing the group's logo on a black-and-white pill capsule: "Opt Out. " They were seeking to keep out of President Obama's healthcare plan a group that, more than any other, must be in the program for it to succeed.
November 10, 2013 |
HOUSTON - Two people were shot to death and at least 22 others were wounded late Saturday at an 18th birthday party that drew a crowd after it was advertised on social media. Harris County sheriff's investigators were seeking two suspects Sunday morning in connection with the shooting at about 11 p.m. in suburban Cypress, about 30 miles northwest of Houston. A man and a woman died, one at the scene, another at Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital. investigators said. Authorities did not release names of the victims.
October 31, 2013 |
Orson Scott Card's science fiction novel "Ender's Game" has been a touchstone for adolescent readers for nearly 30 years, and watching this earnest, respectful film version it's easy to understand why. It's not just that the story of the rise of underappreciated misfit Andrew "Ender" Wiggin to a position of power and respect in the adult world is every bullied youngster's dream. It's the added notion that although those wretched adults need you, that won't stop them from being two-faced, devious and deceitful.
October 24, 2013 |
Stop the presses: There's some good news about teens and sexting. Fewer teens and young adults have received sexual messages or other forms of “sexting” than a few years ago, according to a new survey of nearly 1,300 people ages 14 to 24. Two years ago, 32% said they had been involved in some form of sexting; this year that number fell to 26%. Pollsters also found fewer numbers of teens and young adults had suffered from digital rumors,...
October 14, 2013 |
MOSCOW -- More than 20 people, including 6 police officers, were injured during ethnic riots that began Sunday in a southern Moscow suburb and continued overnight, authorities said. Thousands of young people took to the streets in Biryulyovo, demanding the eviction of migrant workers from the Northern Caucasus and from outside Russia. The protests came in the wake of the killing last week of a 25-year-old resident, Yegor Shcherbakov, reportedly by an attacker who appeared to be of Caucasus or Central Asian origin.
October 10, 2013 |
Wednesday night is superhero night on the CW, apparently. In addition to the return of "Arrow," there's the premiere of the network's latest show about good-looking young people with special powers, "The Tomorrow People. " The series is a remake of the beloved British children's science fiction series that originally aired from 1973 to 1979 with reboots in England in 1992 and 2001. This is the first American version of the series, about people "breaking out" with newfound superpowers.
October 1, 2013 |
Older and sicker Californians are likely to be first in line for guaranteed health coverage as the state's new insurance market opens Tuesday as part of the landmark healthcare law. Like shoppers queuing up for bargains on Black Friday, people such as 52-year-old James Craig, an uninsured day laborer, say they can't wait to get their insurance cards. "I think Obamacare is the greatest thing ever," said the Los Angeles resident, who said he suffers from high blood pressure and hasn't seen a doctor in years.