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January 11, 1987 | PEG McENTEE, Associated Press
Nicole Baker remembers one of the nights that Gary Gilmore stole into her dreams. She called him a fool, this murderous lover she once tried to join in death, and he vanished without a word. In the 10 years since Gilmore was executed, the woman he loved has found God. She has not found peace. "The things I went through are still in me," Baker said. "I still feel them sometimes, like on a cold winter morning, I look out the window and I get that same lonely feeling I felt when I . . .
April 27, 2014 | By Ronald D. White
The gig: Olympic medalist Anita L. DeFrantz, 61, is president and a director of the LA84 Foundation, the charitable organization that runs off an endowment of surplus funds from the Los Angeles Olympic Games. In the three decades since those games, LA84 has donated more than $214 million to more than 1,100 Southern California youth sports programs, providing opportunities for more than 3 million children. DeFrantz has spent nearly half her life with the organization, formerly known as the Amateur Athletic Foundation.
October 7, 2009 | Chris Kraul, Kraul is a special correspondent.
Craving adventure and escape from his broken home, Jerson enlisted with leftist guerrillas when he was in his early teens. He saw it as a way to emulate Che Guevara and bring social justice to this impoverished region of Colombia. Plus the rebels offered him new clothes and a cellphone. So three years ago the indigenous youth found himself in the Sixth Front of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC, which patrols the mountains of Cauca state. Two months later, chafing under strict rules and horrified by the killing of a childhood friend and fellow recruit by Colombian soldiers, he fled the rebel ranks.
April 21, 2014 | By Alicia Banks
A man who owned a Los Angeles boot camp for troubled youths has accepted a plea deal and will serve jail time after teenagers claimed they were punched, slapped and stomped during the program, the Los Angeles County district attorney's office said.  Edgar Alvarado, 38, was sentenced Monday to 60 days in county jail, four years of felony probation and 30 days of community labor. In addition, Alvarado is prohibited from ever again engaging in any kind of counseling, training or care of minors, whether or not the position is paid.  Alvarado's sentencing is part of a plea deal that nixed two counts of child abuse, corporal injury to a child, and sexual battery by restraint and assault with a stun gun or Taser, according to a district attorney's office spokeswoman.  Over three years, teens were hospitalized after attending 180 Recon , a boot camp focused on "breaking down" teenagers in order to build them into positive community leaders.
October 2, 2013 | By Robert J. Lopez
Two youths charged with statutory rape and other crimes at a Riverside County high school are scheduled to appear Thursday in Juvenile Court. The suspects, ages 15 and 16, attacked a girl Sept. 25 at Eleanor Roosevelt High School in Eastvale, according to law enforcement authorities. The assault took place after classes ended. The youths have been charged with one count each of statutory rape, sodomy by force in concert, sexual battery and oral copulation by force, said John Hall, spokesman for the Riverside County district attorney's office.
April 29, 1991
I was surprised that Thomas Reid (letter, April 19) thought The Times erred in covering the background of the Vietnamese youths involved in the Sacramento store killings. Don't readers want an analysis of what led to such a tragedy? A look at the struggle some youths find in adapting to a culture so opposite in many ways from their own? This is not only a tragic story of a Vietnamese family's loss; it is an examination of the violence that many California youths of every color are pursuing.
May 23, 2009
February 21, 2014 | By Molly Hennessy-Fiske
HARLINGEN, Texas - They come from Central America with slips of paper sewn into their pockets bearing names they are sometimes too young to spell. Parents send them with Bibles, rosaries and small wooden crosses in their backpacks. The flood of undocumented immigrants has slowed compared to five years ago - likely due to tighter border enforcement and the economic downturn in the U.S. - but in its place is a new immigration surge even more confounding: children and teenagers traveling through the rugged border lands into south Texas, lured by the promise of safety.
October 2, 2013 | By Patrick McGreevy
SACRAMENTO -- Gov. Jerry Brown on Wednesday signed 10 bills that his office said will help protect “the most vulnerable Californians - homeless children and adults and foster youth.” The measures include one that establishes "runaway and homeless youth shelters” as a new kind of group home and requires them to be licensed and overseen by the Department of Social Services. There are an estimated 200,000 minors in California who are homeless, according to the California Homeless Youth Project, which operates under the California Research Bureau.
March 29, 2008 | From Times Wire Reports
Masked youths threw stones at police, who responded by firing tear gas and water cannons in Santiago, the Chilean capital, at the start of annual protests against the government and the country's free-market system. Police in armored vehicles sped through the streets spraying clouds of tear gas as officers in riot gear rounded up youths and bundled them into police buses. Police said they had detained 185 people. The protests were aimed at the capitalist-style economic model and the government, which critics say manipulates the education system to favor the wealthy.
April 17, 2014 | By Teresa Watanabe
California and other states are largely failing to adequately educate most of the 70,000 youth locked up at any given time in juvenile detention facilities, according to a national report released Thursday. Most youth fail to earn any course credits or complete their high school diploma or equivalency degree while in custody, the report by the Southern Education Foundation found. Yet these young inmates are highly troubled - usually struggling with drug abuse, anger and lagging academic achievement - and urgently need effective education to help them get back on track, the report said.
April 14, 2014 | By Randall Roberts, Los Angeles Times Pop Music Critic
INDIO - As a giant impenetrable scrum of attendees waited for New Zealand singer Lorde, 17, to take the Outdoor stage at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival. Nearby, MGMT played the main stage, and the chorus of its song "The Youth" gusted in toward Lorde's crowd like a portent. "The youth is starting to change," offered singer Andrew VanWyngarden as the band's psychedelic disco slow jam drifted in. "Are you starting to change? Are you, together?" A few minutes later, as if conjured by MGMT's query, arrived Lorde.
April 4, 2014 | Chris Dufresne
A look at the NCAA tournament semifinal between the second-seeded Wisconsin Badgers (30-7) and eighth-seeded Kentucky Wildcats (28-10). When: Today, 5:49 p.m. TV: TBS Breakdown: Wisconsin is making its fourth Final Four appearance but first since 2000. The Badgers defeated American, Oregon, Baylor and Arizona to reach this year's final weekend. Once known primarily for defense, Wisconsin's "swing" offense has evolved. The Badgers can play multiple tempos and have won games scoring as few as 48 points (Virginia)
April 3, 2014 | By Margaret Wappler
Mimi Pond is the cartoonist that time almost forgot. Her credits should've sealed her in the pantheon of coolness forever: She wrote "The Simpsons'" first episode, "Simpsons Roasting on an Open Fire," as well as episodes of the children's TV show-cum-surrealist theater project "Pee-wee's Playhouse. " In 1982, her cult-classic book, "The Valley Girls' Guide to Life," taught wannabe Vals how to dress in a, like, totally tubular style. She wrote and illustrated four other humorous books on fashion, including 1985's "Shoes Never Lie," which tapped the stiletto obsession long before "Sex and the City," as well as comics for many publications, including this newspaper.
April 3, 2014 | By Richie Duchon
A fugitive inmate who walked out of downtown Los Angeles' Twin Towers Correctional Facility three weeks ago was captured Wednesday night near a youth and family center in Santa Monica, authorities said. Christopher Lee Brown, 37, was arrested "without incident" by Santa Monica police after a witness reported seeing a man who fit the escapee's description outside the Pico Youth and Family Center near Pico and Lincoln boulevards, Los Angeles County Sheriff's Deputy Quiana Birckbeck said.
April 2, 2014 | By Kevin Baxter
Pele is widely recognized as the greatest soccer player of all time. He developed his unparalleled skills playing against other shoeless kids on the dirt streets of Brazil with a ball made from old socks and newspapers. But now Pele says the best grass-roots soccer programs in the world are not in Brazil, but in the U.S., where he is on tour publicizing his new book "Why Soccer Matters. " “People should be careful," Pele warned in a short phone interview. "Because I think here in the United States today, they play more soccer than they play in Brazil.
November 9, 2011 | By Garrett Therolf, Los Angeles Times
As California implements a new law extending foster care benefits to youths until age 21, social workers and policymakers should focus their efforts particularly on the hardest cases, according to a major new study. The study found that substantial amounts of money are being spent on Los Angeles County's so-called crossover youth — children who start out as foster kids and end up committing crimes that land them in the juvenile justice system. At least 10% of the 20,000 youths under probation supervision were foster children, the study found.
August 4, 2009 | Carla Rivera
Talk around the dinner table at Osvaldo Reza's home in South Los Angeles usually revolves around his mother's excellent homemade salsas. But this evening, between bites of chicken taquitos and salad, the discussion turned to his father, a truck driver whose company recently cut his hours because of the bad economy. After car and house payments, there's no money left, Carlos Reza said.
March 30, 2014 | By The Times editorial board
Congress recognized 40 years ago that it was counterproductive and just plain wrong to incarcerate juveniles for trivial misbehavior such as truancy, breaking curfew, smoking or drinking. These acts, known as status offenses, are illegal only because the person committing them is a minor. Federal law passed at that time prohibited states from locking away most status offenders, but in 1980 the law was amended to allow incarceration when a court order had been violated. In other words, if a truant teenager was ordered by a court to attend school, and then cut class, incarceration was allowed.
March 28, 2014 | By Steven Zeitchik
NEW YORK - Cable-television shows about baseball are as common this time of year as a slow-footed first baseman or a hard-throwing leftie. But what about a series in which studio hosts drool over the big numbers a player puts up on…Twitter? Or cite an All-Star hitter's unexpected approach to… walk-up music? That's the premise of "Off the Bat From the MLB Fan Cave," a pop culture-infused look at America's pastime backed by Major League Baseball and produced and aired by MTV2.
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