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July 17, 2013 | By Joel Rubin, Andrew Blankstein and Emily Alpert
At least 14 people were taken into custody Tuesday night and many more remained at large after marauding bands of young people conducted a string of robberies, assaults and acts of vandalism along Hollywood Boulevard, Los Angeles police said late Tuesday. The crimes did not appear to be related to the protests over the George Zimmerman acquittal in the slaying of Trayvon Martin. Incident commander Dennis Kato said police were inundated with phone calls beginning about 9 p.m., reporting that packs of young people were roaming along Hollywood and attacking people.
July 17, 2013 | By Melissa Rohlin
WNBA star Brittney Griner remembers a day in seventh grade as if it were yesterday. Class had just let out and the hallway was flooded with students. As Griner made her way through the crowd, a boy stopped her. "You're a dude," he said. "I just stood there and took it. I was humiliated. The whole school was laughing at me," Griner recalled. In college at Baylor, Griner was a phenomenon on the court. She finished as the NCAA's second-leading women's scorer of all time and created a buzz with her dunks and athleticism, twice winning player-of-the-year awards.
July 9, 2013 | By Michael Finnegan
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti vowed Tuesday to rebuild a summer jobs program for young people that was scaled back as public funding dropped sharply over the last two years. Garcetti made his pledge to expand the “Hire LA's Youth” program at a South Los Angeles event his office organized to showcase his plans to stimulate the city's economy. Officials said the jobs program will enable more than 5,000 city residents, ages 14 to 21, to earn $8 an hour this summer by working part time for employers throughout the city over the next six weeks.
June 29, 2013 | By Kathleen Hennessey and Robyn Dixon
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa - President Obama's first audience of South Africans assembled Saturday in Soweto, and he recalled the protests that tore through the neighborhoods here in 1976, galvanizing the anti-apartheid movement. The 51-year-old president was among the few in the room old enough to remember. The town hall, packed with young people at the University of Johannesburg, was the latest in a series of international youth outreach efforts staged by the president. Obama's foreign travel schedule these days can sometimes look like a globe-trotting college tour.
June 27, 2013 | By Alexandra Le Tellier
For years, Southern chef Paula Deen shamelessly built an audience around high-fat, high-calorie recipes. Never mind the burgeoning obesity epidemic responsible for an increase in such killers as heart disease and diabetes. She was encouraging sticks of butter and celebrating all the way to the bank. It was unconscionable.   Fellow celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain was appalled by Deen, sounding this warning in 2011. "The worst, most dangerous person to America is clearly Paula Deen,” he told TV Guide.
June 26, 2013 | By Mary McNamara, Television Critic
Did no one pay attention when David Letterman, forced by a blackmailer to make an adulterous affair public, revealed the secret to handling a personal scandal? You show up, own up and shut up. Unfortunately, celebrity chef Paula Deen opted for the Richard Nixon approach Wednesday morning on "Today. " There finally, after bailing last minute last week, the 66-year-old chef was defensive, self-pitying and more than a little paranoid as she tried to explain herself to Matt Lauer in wake of revelations that she used racial slurs in the past.
June 26, 2013 | By Mary McNamara
Things got a little weird on the "Today" show Wednesday morning when celebrity chef Paula Deen showed up for the appearance she bailed on two days ago to speak publicly about her use of racial epithets.  Appearing defensive and more than a little paranoid, she contradicted her own court testimony, claiming to Matt Lauer that she only used the "n-word" on one occasion, 30 years ago, after she had "a gun put to my head … [by] someone I had gone out on a limb for. " She blamed black people for making it hard to know if the n-word is even offensive.
June 17, 2013 | By Kathleen Hennessey
BELFAST, Northern Ireland -- In early remarks after his arrival, President Obama held up a peaceful Northern Ireland as the "proof of what's possible" and called on young people to maintain the work that has stopped generations of deadly sectarian violence. “For you are the first generation in this land to inherit more than just hardened attitudes and the bitter prejudices of the past, you're an inheritor of a just and hard-earned peace,” Obama said in a speech to young people shortly after arriving in the city.
June 6, 2013 | By Lisa Mascaro and Brian Bennett, Washington Bureau
WASHINGTON - The partisan divide over immigration was exposed Thursday as House Republicans voted to stop funding the Obama administration program that has halted deportation of young immigrants who are in high school or college or have served in the military. The party-line vote in the Republican-led House comes as a bipartisan immigration overhaul is moving forward in the Senate. A vote to proceed to debate on the bill is set for next week. House Speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio)
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