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September 1, 1986 | BILL BILLITER and ANDY ROSE, Times Staff Writers
Hundreds of youths went on a rampage in Huntington Beach on Sunday afternoon, pelting police officers with rocks and bottles, storming a large lifeguard station and overturning and burning police vehicles. Police said at least 12 people were injured, including five Huntington Beach officers and one Orange County sheriff's deputy. Thirteen people were arrested but scores of youths who threw bottles at officers or took part in the destruction escaped in the confusion.
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)
December 24, 2009 | By Claudia Eller and Ben Fritz
With critics and audiences agreeing that Peter Jackson's chilling drama "The Lovely Bones" is anything but lovely, Paramount Pictures has decided to focus all its energies on a Jan. 15 nationwide release aimed at young women. The movie, which opened this month at three theaters in Los Angeles and New York, had been previously slated for expanded release at more theaters on Christmas Day as part of a campaign to build its momentum into January. That momentum, however, has been virtually nonexistent.
April 7, 2014 | By David Wharton
Monday night's NCAA tournament final between Kentucky and Connecticut marks 50 seasons since UCLA's first basketball championship -- a title the Bruins might not have won if not for the cheerleaders. In his book, "Wooden: A Coach's Life," Seth Davis recalls that UCLA was tied with Kansas State late in the 1963-64 semifinal when the cheerleaders finally showed up. Their connecting flight had been delayed by a Chicago snowstorm. How important were they? Two of the young women were dating starters.
March 10, 2011 | By Shari Roan, Los Angeles Times
A study on how people use social networking websites such as Facebook confirms what many of us suspected. Women who post loads of photos of themselves on their sites are conveying some strong personal characteristics, according to new research. These women are more likely to base their self-worth on appearance and use social networking to compete for attention. The study involved 311 men and women with an average age of 23. In order to better understand aspects of social networking behavior, the researchers looked at the amount of time subjects spent managing profiles, the number of photos they shared, the size of their online networks and how promiscuous they were in terms of “friending” behavior.
December 19, 2011 | By Shari Roan, Los Angeles Times / for the Booster Shots blog
Fewer U.S. women ages 15 to 24 are receiving reproductive healthcare, according to a new study. This includes services such as Pap tests, pregnancy tests, contraception prescriptions, tests for sexually transmitted disease and other gynecological and obstetric care. Researchers used data from the National Survey of Family Growth, which included 4,421 young women polled in 2002 or between 2006 and 2008. Almost 60% of young women had received reproductive healthcare within the last year, but use has fallen by 8% between the two time periods.
March 26, 2013 | By Joseph Serna
Los Angeles police have arrested a La Crescenta man they say has been trying to kidnap women and sexually assault them around North Hollywood and Burbank, among other places. Jason Maynard Kies, 37, is being held in lieu of $4 million bail in the Van Nuys jail after detectives arrested him while he allegedly stalked his next potential victim. Police said Kies started attacking women in North Hollywood on March 22. Around 8 a.m. that day, he allegedly grabbed a woman as she exited her car and tried to force her into his vehicle on Ben Avenue between Hesby and Addison streets.
April 20, 2012 | By Tiffany Hsu
What a girl wants: Maybe romance. Marriage would be great. Kids? Awesome. But increasingly these days, a top priority for young women is also their careers, so much so that they're surpassing even their male counterparts in their desire to make a buck. Two-thirds of gals aged 18 to 34 said that advancing in their profession and making good money was very important, if not one of the most important things in their lives. Less than six in 10 young men said the same, according to a report this week from the Pew Research Center . Fifteen years ago, only 56% of young women felt the same way, compared to nearly the same number of men. Among older women, 42% now value their careers highly, compared to just 26% in 1997.
December 10, 2013 | By Emily Alpert Reyes
Young women seem tantalizingly close to achieving gender equality in the workplace, at least when it comes to wages, a new report from the Pew Research Center suggests. But it remains to be seen whether motherhood will slow their strides, as it did for women before them. As of last year, female workers ages 25 to 34 were making 93% of what men of the same ages earned - much closer to wage equality than earlier generations, Pew found. Between 1980 and 2012, the gap has gradually narrowed for American workers, as wages rose for women and dropped for young men. Just 15% of young women said they had suffered discrimination because of their gender at work.
February 26, 2013 | By Monte Morin, Los Angeles Times
Rebecca Johnson was 27 years old and had just graduated from medical school when she got the diagnosis: breast cancer. She thought she was a rare case, but then a few of her friends got it too. So did some friends of friends. Was it all just a coincidence, or was breast cancer becoming more common in younger women? "I really wondered," said Johnson, now 44 and the director of the Adolescent and Young Adult Oncology program at Seattle Children's Hospital. So she examined decades' worth of data from the National Cancer Institute and made a disturbing find: Cases of younger women with advanced breast cancer have increased about 2% each year since the mid-1970s and show no signs of abating.
April 3, 2014 | By Robin Abcarian
Has feminism made women miserable? Oh God, are we really having this discussion? Yes, we are. That, in fact, was the gist of an all-female panel discussion at the conservative Heritage Foundation which chose to "celebrate" Women's History Month last week by inviting a trio of professional women to trash the very movement to which they most assuredly owe their status in the workplace. Not to mention the respect they are accorded by formerly male-dominated political bastions like the, um, Heritage Foundation.
March 23, 2014 | By Samantha Schaefer
Some girls choose soccer or cheerleading. Ivy Wolk chose roller derby. "This is it, this is for me," the petite, wide-eyed 9-year-old said to her mom the first time she saw the Los Angeles Derby Dolls hit the track, and one another, two years ago. Split lips, black eyes, rink rash and bruises are trophies here. "It's not child abuse, it's derby," she once told her mother, who made sure she alerted her daughter's pediatrician about the girl's newfound love for the sport. "There have literally been days where I have been like, 'I must be crazy.' But she just picks herself up and gets back out there," said her mother, Tracy Wolk.
March 17, 2014 | By Yvonne Villarreal
Veteran journalist and former California First Lady Maria Shriver is out to put a human face on Americans struggling to stay above the poverty line. In her new HBO documentary, "Paycheck to Paycheck: The Life and Times of Katrina Gilbert," Shriver focuses on a 30-year-old single mother of three who earns less than $10 an hour as a nursing assistant in Chattanooga, Tenn. The work, which premieres Monday, is meant to highlight the struggles of an estimated 42 million women and 28 million children who are living in or are on the brink of poverty.
March 17, 2014 | By Paloma Esquivel
A Temecula college student who extorted young women, including a future Miss Teen USA, into sending him nude photos and video was sentenced Monday to 18 months in federal prison, federal prosecutors said. Jared James Abrahams, 20, was arrested last year and pleaded guilty in November to one count of computer hacking and three counts of extortion, according to the U.S. attorney's office in Los Angeles. The case came to national attention last year after it was reported that Miss Teen USA Cassidy Wolf, who was crowned in August, was one of Abrahams' victims.
March 17, 2014 | By Charlotte Allen, guest blogger
Everyone loves to hate the “Princeton Mom.” “Marry Smart,” the new book by Susan Patton, Princeton class of 1977 and mother of two Princeton sons, that advises young women to start looking for their future husbands as early as college -- and also to cultivate the maturity, physical attractiveness, and personal traits that would make them appealing to young men of brains and good character -- is currently every feminist's favorite slow-moving target....
March 16, 2014
Re "More bad motherly advice," Opinion, March 13 So Susan Patton is again telling young women to marry young, preferably Princeton, and to possess the best faces and bodies early plastic surgery can provide. Instead of hearing more about Patton, I'd like to hear about the women who married Ivy Leaguers while they were still fresh and beautiful but found their husbands and their elite degrees to be lacking in both substance and respect. I'd like to hear about the women who suffered mightily at the hands of such pedigreed men. But I'd rather not hear anymore about Patton and her book.
May 2, 2011 | By Karen Kaplan, Los Angeles Times
When it comes to tanning and health, young women still aren’t getting the message, according to a new survey from the American Academy of Dermatology. The reason tanning turns your skin brown is that it becomes damaged by ultraviolet radiation. This is true regardless of whether those UV rays come directly from the sun or from an artificial source, like a tanning bed or sun lamp. Both short-wavelength UVB and the relatively longer-wavelength UVA damage the DNA in skin cells, increasing the risk of malignant melanoma and squamous and basal cell carcinomas.
July 19, 2011 | By Shari Roan, Los Angeles Times / For the Booster Shots blog
An early menopause is often in store for women under age 40 who have chemotherapy for breast cancer. Women can choose to have some eggs removed in advance of the treatment in order to preserve some chance of having a baby later, but that can be a difficult and complicated process. Now, however, there may be a medication to treat these women to avoid premature menopause. A study published Tuesday found a drug called triptorelin (a hormone analogue, which mimics the actions of a hormone)
February 20, 2014 | Stacey Leasca
Most women working today will not live to see the day that women reach parity with men in leadership roles in business, politics and more. That won't happen for 71 years, according to a new report. The Women's Media Center report, released this week, on the status of women in media takes a close look at women's present role in news, television, tech, entrepreneurship and social media, and their findings are bleak. The report sums it up: “Progress is slow.” So slow that women won't have equal footing with men in leadership roles in politics, business, entrepreneurship and nonprofits until 2085, according to the report.
February 14, 2014 | By Maeve Reston
In the span of a few weeks, Hillary Rodham Clinton has found herself the target of insinuations about her husband's liaison with a White House intern and has watched her private confidences as first lady spill into public view after a conservative website wrote about the papers of her close friend.   So it seemed fitting that during an event on empowering women and girls at New York University on Thursday Clinton might have been thinking about how to deal with criticism headed her way should she decide to run for president in 2016.
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