January 8, 2010 |
"Youth in Revolt" isn't bad -- the cast is too good for it to be bad -- but archly comic coming-of-age fables are tricky things, and this adaptation of the first three C.D. Payne stories about an Oakland teenager's improbable life, times, fantasies and picaresque sexual adventures does not precisely feel like This Year's Stuff. Still, I laughed a fair bit. That's no ringing endorsement, but it's January. The movie seems like a rerelease somehow. Partly, it's timing and how long the picture has been on the shelf.
November 18, 2012
Re “ The frump factor ,” Opinion, Nov. 15 I couldn't have put it better than Meghan Daum. In this country, the “frump factor” is where it's at. And it doesn't end there. Besides the frump factor, we hold different ethnic groups to a double standard, and those of us who are overweight to a double standard. Until we realize that we're all in this together and that the good is on the inside of our brothers and our sisters, then I know our journey is far from over.
January 7, 2014 |
Stubbornly high unemployment among millennials costs the U.S. billions in lowered tax revenue and higher safety net costs, according to one study. Millennials -- defined as those 18 to 34 years old -- have suffered from double-digit jobless rates for almost six years, according to a study by youth advocacy group Young Invincibles. The youngest, aged 16 to 24, suffer from 15% unemployment, the highest rates among youth. The long-term consequences of high unemployment in an entire generation of young people has been well researched, with echoes throughout their careers in the form of lower earnings and fewer job opportunities.
October 24, 2013 |
"Why does the TV business hate people over 50?" That's one of the most common questions I get asked by viewers. This is not an idle query. The TV industry, like much of corporate America, chases youth. That pursuit has a major impact on programming. It helps explain why a low-rated show such as NBC's "Community" can keep going (and going, and going ...) while older-skewing shows are usually toast. Even if they have more total viewers. So now you know why "Harry's Law," the legal drama with sexagenarian Kathy Bates, is no longer on the air. NBC executives said as much when they canceled the show.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 18, 1992
With all the talk about unemployed youth why don't we start up the old CCC that put the youth into camps all over the country? They built fire roads, maintained trails and firebreaks and maintained buildings in the parks and forests of the country. They had classes in English and math in the evenings and learned how to work. Many went on to successful careers. One even became director of the national parks. Now is the time to do something. HARVEY T. ANDERSON Malibu
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 1, 1992
Your article on San Diego teen-agers' use of alcohol, tobacco and other drugs ("S.D. Teens Drink, Smoke Less Than Peers," Feb. 12) brings home the important statistic that 68% of all deaths for persons under the age of 24 are caused by car crashes, homicides, suicides and other injuries. The story correctly points out that the use of alcohol and other drugs contributes in major ways to these deaths. Of additional interest are statistics, not presented in your article, which show that about half of all drownings, spousal violence, child abuse and armed robberies, plus a large portion of other types of traumatic deaths, are also alcohol-related.
June 11, 2013 |
This post has been corrected. See the note at the bottom for details. Protesters in the embattled city of Aleppo called for justice in the killing of a 14-year-old boy accused of blasphemy, blaming armed opposition groups for the youth's death. The killers have not been identified, but some in the city are pointing a finger at armed Islamist groups, an accusation that could ignite tensions among residents, activists and Islamic rebels in the city, about half of which is under opposition control.