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CHICAGO | Good thing she doesn't need a password to get into heaven. That's what Donna Spinner often mutters when she tries to remember the growing list of letter-number-and-symbol codes she's had to create to access her various online accounts.

June 28, 2014 12:00 am

Privacy — the online generation wants it

CHICAGO | The generation that's grown up posting their lives online wants a little privacy. That's not what we might expect as we debate just how much access the government should have to our mobile and online lives.

June 15, 2013 10:00 pm
'Boy or Girl?' Gender a new challenge for schools

'Boy or Girl?' Gender a new challenge for schools

CHICAGO | From the time they are born, we put our boys in blue beanies and our girls in pink ones. It's a societal norm, an expectation even, that you just are what you are born — a boy or a girl.

June 02, 2013 12:00 am Photos

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Young gay athletes set tone for NBA coming out

Young gay athletes set tone for NBA coming out

CHICAGO | You've probably never heard of Holly Peterson or Jonathan Jean-Pierre. One came out as a lesbian at age 15, when she was playing high school basketball. The other, a college rower, told his teammates last year that he's gay.

May 04, 2013 9:30 pm Photos

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Hich schools stressing stress relief

Hich schools stressing stress relief

MOUNT PROSPECT | The four-legged member of the counseling team at the suburban high school waits patiently, as a crush of students fills the hallways. Her tail wags with the first pat on the head, then another and another.

February 03, 2013 12:00 am Photos

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To parents, youth sports is an 'athletic arms race'

To parents, youth sports is an 'athletic arms race'

Shawn Worthy acknowledges he's a competitive guy — and a competitive parent, sometimes.

November 24, 2012 5:30 pm Photos

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The '$5 doctor' practices medicine from bygone era

The '$5 doctor' practices medicine from bygone era

RUSHVILLE, Ill. | Patients line up early outside his office just off the town square, waiting quietly for the doctor to arrive, as he has done for nearly 60 years.

November 16, 2012 12:00 am Photos

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Grandma gives birth to her own grandchild

Grandma gives birth to her own grandchild

CHICAGO | Setting foot in a hospital again, Emily and Mike Jordan couldn't help but feel anxious.

September 08, 2012 12:00 am Photos

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Young rower finds strength after sexual assault

Young rower finds strength after sexual assault

SOUTH HAVEN, Mich. | Jenn Gibbons waited, longer than she should have, by her own estimation. She stared at the numbers on her cellphone — 9-1-1 — but hesitated to hit send.

August 11, 2012 8:15 pm
'Sneakerheads' rush for shoes for cred and profit

'Sneakerheads' rush for shoes for cred and profit

They are lined up in the freezing rain, waiting patiently, stubbornly. All night. All for a few pairs of shoes.

April 01, 2012 12:00 am Photos

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Youth shaping future of online TV, movies, music

Youth shaping future of online TV, movies, music

CHICAGO | Young people want their music, TV and movies now — even if it means getting them illegally.

February 19, 2012 12:00 am
Youth shaping future of online TV, movies, music

Youth shaping future of online TV, movies, music

Young people want their music, TV and movies now-even if it means they get these things illegally. A recent survey found that 70 percent of 18- to 29-year-olds said they had bought, copied or downloaded unauthorized media.

February 19, 2012 12:00 am

Teens migrating to Twitter - sometimes for privacy

CHICAGO | Teens don't tweet, will never tweet — too public, too many older users. Not cool.

January 30, 2012 12:00 am
Eagles' freedom flight a testament to how far species has come

Eagles' freedom flight a testament to how far species has come

STARVED ROCK STATE PARK, Ill. | This crowd did not gather for a ball game or a protest, or to gawk at some sort of disaster.

November 27, 2011 12:00 am
Boy with Asperger's syndrome attends IUN med school workshop

Boy with Asperger's syndrome attends IUN med school workshop

He is about half the age of other students in the room. Yet 13-year-old Noah Egler is completely in his element, wearing powder blue medical scrubs and answering questions with an enthusiasm that draws smiles from those around him.

August 29, 2011 11:00 am Photos

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Gift of invention: Boy with Asperger's syndrome attends IUN med school workshop

Gift of invention: Boy with Asperger's syndrome attends IUN med school workshop

He is about half the age of other students in the room. Yet 13-year-old Noah Egler is completely in his element, wearing powder blue medical scrubs and answering questions with an enthusiasm that draws smiles from those around him.

August 28, 2011 12:00 am Photos

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How a stem-cell transplant altered 2 lives

How a stem-cell transplant altered 2 lives

CHICAGO | The meeting between the 7-year-old boy and the 31-year-old man began awkwardly, as meetings of strangers often do. But then young Jacob Kowalik sized up the adult, and began to drop his guard.

May 02, 2011 12:00 am Photos

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Kids labeled 'generation next' before they grow up

CHICAGO | They aren't even out of grade school. But already, people are trying to name the youngest up-and-coming generation, and figure out who they might be and how they might be different from their predecessors.

June 13, 2010 12:05 am

2 families bond as young mom's baby comes home

EDITOR'S NOTE: Still living in poverty, a young mother has done her best to bond with the baby that another family has cared for for six months, though she's still not sure she's ready to have her baby come home. The mother of the foster family has her own mixed emotions about giving the bab…

March 24, 2010 12:05 am

Nothing would be perfect

EDITOR'S NOTE -- A young mother of three makes the painful decision to send her newborn daughter to live with a family she's just met while she begins a quest to find work and a place to live. It's supposed to be a temporary arrangement. But what will happen when things begin to fall apart? …

March 23, 2010 12:05 am
Short-term family

Short-term family

EDITOR'S NOTE -- Already the mother of twin girls, a teenager who has no job and no home of her own discovers she's pregnant again. "What are you going to do?" asks her own mother, who's helped raise her twins. There are no easy answers -- but there is a compromise that this young woman beli…

March 22, 2010 12:05 am Photos

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Study: Youth now have more mental health issues

CHICAGO | A new study has found that five times as many high school and college students are dealing with anxiety and other mental health issues as youth of the same age who were studied in the Great Depression era.

January 12, 2010 12:00 am

Grudgingly, young people finally flock to Twitter

CHICAGO | They think it's pointless, narcissistic. Some don't even know what it is.

October 25, 2009 12:00 am
The big tease: Burlesque grows in popularity

The big tease: Burlesque grows in popularity

In the Depression-era days of Gypsy Rose Lee, burlesque dancing was about as naughty, and as nude, as it got in public. The emphasis was on the tease more than the strip, until Playboy and harder-core pornography came along in the 1950s.

August 30, 2009 12:00 am

Obama nod linked Kennedy to new generation

CHICAGO | For young Americans unfamiliar with terms like Chappaquiddick, Ted Kennedy was a rotund, grandfatherly figure, a living link to the storied family they knew only from history books and tales from their parents.

August 28, 2009 12:00 am

Youth volunteering dips, first time since 9/11

CHICAGO | Volunteering has helped define a generation of young Americans who are known for their do-gooder ways. Many high schools require community service before graduation. And these days, donating time to a charitable organization is all but expected on a young person's college or job ap…

April 23, 2009 12:00 am

'Momshell' bombshells -- not your mama's mama

There's no apron, no mom jeans or frump of any kind. These days, it's all about being a "momshell," the latest term used to describe a new generation of bombshell moms.

March 22, 2009 12:00 am

Cut wedding costs, for better or worse

SIOUX RAPIDS, Iowa | It wasn't your typical rehearsal dinner, but it was everything Liz Jones and Josh Dilworth hoped it would be -- authentic, casual and relatively cheap.

September 21, 2008 12:00 am

Group says states should raise driving age

CHICAGO (AP) | Taking aim at a longstanding rite of passage for 16-year-olds, an influential auto safety group is calling on states to raise the age for getting a driver's license to 17 or even 18.

September 09, 2008 12:00 am

Living simply provides economic shelter

CHICAGO | Keri Rainsberger isn't rich. She works in the nonprofit world for a relatively low-profit salary. Yet, as many Americans are scrimping for every penny, she hardly feels the pinch.

August 05, 2008 12:00 am

Candy a sweet spot in sour economy

CHICAGO | Like a lot of people, Nate Towne is cutting back on spending. He's carpooling to work and only shops at grocery stores that take coupons or offer discount "rewards" cards.

June 25, 2008 12:00 am

Many young voters lack access to basic lessons

CHICAGO | Her neighborhood, with its police cameras and abandoned buildings, isn't known for inspiring hope. Yet, 18-year-old Ariel Williams feels empowered.

March 03, 2008 12:00 am

Young voters are the wild card

CHICAGO | Tammy Hsu is one of those 20-something voters who can drive a presidential candidate crazy.

February 01, 2008 12:00 am

New type of turf war

CHICAGO | Scott Seigal was awakened one recent early morning by a cell phone text message. It was from his girlfriend's mother.

January 23, 2008 12:00 am

A family and a community scarred by a teacher's sexual abuse

EDITOR'S NOTE: In this installment of a three-day series on sexual misconduct by teachers in American schools, the AP examines the devastating impact one abusive educator has had on a family and a community.

October 22, 2007 12:00 am

The porn effect

Porn used to be relegated to a video hidden in the bottom drawer, or a magazine under the mattress. Today, it's part of everyday life.

June 03, 2007 12:00 am

Googling your date

Dating used to be largely a matter of spending time with a love interest, discovering the good, the bad and the ugly in a person. If you were lucky, friends helped fill in some of the blanks.

April 15, 2007 12:00 am

Despite its prevalence, sexually transmitted HPV remains a mystery to many

Nearly every working day, Dr. Elizabeth Poynor encounters anxious young women who come to her New York City office with an HPV diagnosis.

March 19, 2007 12:00 am

'The kids are all right'

For 17-year-old Amanda Sanchez, social networking is an obsession, a distraction -- and when she moved to a new town last summer, it was her lifeline.

January 16, 2007 12:00 am

A little too public?

Walls of an auditorium were covered with thousands of sheets of paper -- printouts from MySpace, Facebook, YouTube and other online sites that were filled with back-stabbing gossip, unflattering images, and details about partying and dating exploits.

January 09, 2007 12:00 am

'Helicopter parents' are trying to help their children land jobs

CHICAGO | Some parents are writing their college-age kids' resumes. Others are acting as their children's "representatives," hounding college career counselors, showing up at job fairs and sometimes going as far as calling employers to ask why their son or daughter didn't get a job.

November 10, 2006 12:00 am

Tired of being wired

CHICAGO | For some, it would be unthinkable -- certain social suicide. But Gabe Henderson is finding freedom in a recent decision: He canceled his MySpace account.

October 07, 2006 12:00 am

Mystique of 'Che'

There's something about that man in the photo, the Cuban revolutionary with the serious eyes, scruffy beard and dark beret.

September 24, 2006 12:00 am

Secondhand style

For 14-year-old Audrey Sanders, clothes shopping has little to do with the mall. She'd much rather go to secondhand stores to buy shirts, scarves, jewelry and jeans. Her shoes might be a cheap pair of flats, spray painted with jewels added on.

September 12, 2006 12:00 am

Too much information?

What they thought would be a routine physical for her Griffith High School volleyball team found 14-year-old Amanda Zaborowski and her mom facing a big question: Did they want Amanda to get a new vaccine that would protect her against the common and serious sexually transmitted disease HPV, …

August 28, 2006 12:00 am

Fix-it failures

The staff at his neighborhood hardware store can spot John Carter from a distance.

August 10, 2006 12:00 am

Has e-mail become the new snail mail?

CHICAGO | E-mail is so last millennium.

July 19, 2006 12:00 am

Hey Mr. DJ, put an mpeg on

CHICAGO | The jukebox at the bar Brian Toro manages isn't gathering dust just yet -- but it may only be a matter of time.

November 29, 2005 12:00 am

As demand grows, construction trades trying to attract young people

CHICAGO | There's no shortage of work for Mike Kirby, a 21-year-old apprentice electrician in Iowa who's lately been on the job 10 hours a day, seven days a week.

November 23, 2005 12:00 am

PJs in public?

"Pajama Day" was once a novelty at school, the chance to be silly and wear attire usually reserved for the privacy of home. But these days many young people -- 11-year-old Haley Small included -- are wearing PJs in public, anytime and just about anywhere.

September 27, 2005 12:00 am
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