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10 of the Best New Young Adult Books In September 2017

From a novel about human/animal DNA splicing to a Shakespearian retelling set in the Prohibition era, the best Young Adult books of September are certainly unique. And while you may be mourning the oncoming loss of summer, you should be celebrating this new season of publishing.

September boasts books from some of our favorite YA writers of all time, like Patrick Ness and Adam Silvera (their books The Rest of Us Just Live Here and More Happy Than Not were two of our picks for the Best YA Books of All Time). And the month also heralds exciting YA debuts from authors you should be watching, like Katherine Locke and Akemi Bowman.

So relax. Take a breath. Summer is over, but an autumn of amazing reads is just beginning.

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1. The Girl with the Red Balloon by Katherine Locke

Release Date: September 1st from Albert Whitman Company

Why You’ll Love It: Time travel! Magic balloons! Alternate history! There’s so much happening in Katherine Locke’s Young Adult debut, and it blends together in a way that feels effortless. Combine that with a story that shifts point of view and a world that’s spectacularly researched, and you’ve got one of the most memorable reads of 2017.

For Fans of: YA novels that blend history and magic, like The Diviners by Libba Bray, or alternate history YA that talks about identity, like Anne Blankman’s beautiful novels.

Description: When sixteen-year-old Ellie Baum accidentally time-travels via a magical red balloon to 1988 East Berlin, she’s caught up in a conspiracy of history and magic. She meets members of an underground guild in East Berlin who use balloons and magic to help people escape over the Wall—but even to the balloon makers, Ellie’s time travel is a mystery. When it becomes clear that someone is using dark magic to change history, Ellie must risk everything—including her only way home—to stop the process.

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2. Feral Youth edited by Shaun David Hutchinson

Release Date: September 5th from Simon Pulse

Why You’ll Love It: Like Hutchinson’s first YA anthology, Violent Ends, this is another must-read. From the rock star lineup of contributors like Brandy Colbert, Justina Ireland, and Stephanie Kuehn to the amazing premise (inspired by The Canterbury Tales), Feral Youth is a powerhouse title.

For Fans of: This is a unique book, but if you like the books by authors in the collection, you’ll like this one.

Description: At Zeppelin Bend, an outdoor education program designed to teach troubled youth the value of hard work, cooperation, and compassion, 10 teens are left alone in the wild. The teens are a diverse group who come from all walks of life, and they were all sent to Zeppelin Bend as a last chance to get them to turn their lives around. They’ve just spent nearly two weeks learning to survive in the wilderness, and now their instructors have dropped them off eighteen miles from camp with no food, no water, and only their packs, and they’ll have to struggle to overcome their vast differences if they hope to survive.

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3. They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera

Release Date: September 5th from HarperTeen

Why You’ll Love It: When Silvera’s More Happy Than Not came out in 2015, Paste named it the best Young Adult novel of the year. And now, not only did we get his second novel, History is All You Left Me, just a few months ago… we get his THIRD book this month. Once again, Silvera blends a bit of sci-fi into this heartbreaking-yet-hopeful YA contemporary novel, creating a stirring story of love and sadness that’s impossible to put down.

For Fans of: Novels by Robin Talley (What We Left Behind) and Becky Albertalli (Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda), mashed up with Denton Little’s Death Date by Lance Rubin.

Description: When Mateo receives the dreaded call from Death-Cast, informing him that today will be his last, he doesn’t know where to begin. Quiet and shy, Mateo is devastated at the thought of leaving behind his hospitalized father, his best friend, and her baby girl. But he knows that he has to make the most of this day, it’s his last chance to get out there and make an impression.

Rufus is busy beating up his ex-girlfriend’s new boyfriend when he gets the call. Having lost his entire family, Rufus is no stranger to Death-Cast. Not that it makes it any easier. With bridges to mend, the police searching for him and the angry new boyfriend on his tail, it’s time to run.

Isolated and scared, the boys reach out to each other, and what follows is a day of living life to the full. Though neither of them had expected that their final day on earth would involve falling in love…

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4. Warcross by Marie Lu

Release Date: September 12th from G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers

Why You’ll Love It: Because it’s a new Marie Lu book. Okay, okay, it’s a book that delivers some serious Ready Player One vibes, mashed up with YA reads in virtual worlds, like Epic by Conor Kostick. It’s a sci-fi thriller that you won’t be able to put down.

For Fans of:
The Leveler series by Julia Durango or The Eye of Minds by James Dashner.

Description: For the millions who log in every day, Warcross isn’t just a game—it’s a way of life. The obsession started 10 years ago and its fan base now spans the globe, some eager to escape from reality and others hoping to make a profit. Struggling to make ends meet, teenage hacker Emika Chen works as a bounty hunter, tracking down players who bet on the game illegally. But the bounty hunting world is a competitive one, and survival has not been easy. Needing to make some quick cash, Emika takes a risk and hacks into the opening game of the international Warcross Championships—only to accidentally glitch herself into the action and become an overnight sensation.

Convinced she’s going to be arrested, Emika is shocked when instead she gets a call from the game’s creator, the elusive young billionaire Hideo Tanaka, with an irresistible offer. He needs a spy on the inside of this year’s tournament in order to uncover a security problem . . . and he wants Emika for the job. With no time to lose, Emika’s whisked off to Tokyo and thrust into a world of fame and fortune that she’s only dreamed of. But soon her investigation uncovers a sinister plot, with major consequences for the entire Warcross empire.

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5. One Dark Throne by Kendare Blake

Release Date: September 19th from HarperTeen

Why You’ll Love It: The second book in Blake’s Three Dark Crowns series is here! It’s set in a fantasy realm where triplets are born every generation. Each sister has a magical gift… and the last one to survive gets to be the queen. It’s a dark, violent world that proves to be a treat for fans of intrigue.

For Fans of: Epic YA fantasy, books by authors like Susan Dennard, Laini Taylor, and Victoria Schwab.

Description (spoilers ahead for Book One): With the unforgettable events of the Quickening behind them and the Ascension Year underway, all bets are off.
Katharine, once the weak and feeble sister, is stronger than ever before. Arsinoe, after discovering the truth about her powers, must figure out how to make her secret talent work in her favor without anyone finding out. And Mirabella, once thought to be the strongest sister of all and the certain Queen Crowned, faces attacks like never before—ones that put those around her in danger she can’t seem to prevent.

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Beatrice Adult and Teen Challenge center holds open house

“All we have to do is pick up the Beatrice Daily Sun, almost every day, there’s an article about a drug arrest or a DUI or a robbery or any number of other crimes that are directly related to addiction,” she said. “Most of us, if not all of us, in some way, have been touched by addiction.”

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Why American teenagers are not interested in adult activities like sex, drinking — or working

Kids today are in no hurry to grow up.

Teenagers are increasingly less likely to engage in adult activities like drinking alcohol, working jobs, driving or having sex according to research from San Diego State University and Bryn Mawr College published in the peer-reviewed journal Child Development Tuesday.

With smaller families, longer life expectancy and after-school educational activities, today’s 18-year-olds are looking like 15-year-olds once did, according to Jean M. Twenge, professor of psychology at San Diego State University and the lead author on the study. She calls it a “slow-life strategy” where parents have fewer children, “but nurture them more carefully.”

The number of teenagers who tried alcohol between 2010 and 2016 dropped to 67% from 93% between 1976 and 1979. And the number that had earned money from working dropped from 76% to 55% over the same period. Teens who had engaged in sexual activity by the end of high school dropped 12% between 1994 and 2016. The declines in adult activities were consistent across demographic groups, including gender, race, socioeconomic status, region, and in both urban and rural areas, suggesting a major shift is taking place.

The researchers examined how often teenagers engaged in activities that adults do and that children don’t, including dating, going out without parents and driving. They analyzed seven large surveys of 8.3 million 13- to 19-year-olds between 1976 and 2016. The surveys were nationally representative, reflecting the population of U.S. teens in terms of gender, race/ethnicity, socioeconomic status and geographic region.

While smaller family sizes and changing economic factors such as unemployment rate and median household income are among the causes, Twenge also points to the rise of technology. In her article “Have Smartphones Destroyed a Generation?” Twenge explores these questions further, pointing out that millennials are on the brink of a mental health crisis brought on by an explosive increase in time spent online.

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“The smartphone and social media has caused an earthquake of a magnitude we’ve not seen in a very long time, if ever,” she wrote. “There is compelling evidence that the devices we’ve placed in young people’s hands are having profound effects on their lives — and making them seriously unhappy.”

However, others say not all of these effects can be traced to the sudden ubiquity of smart devices. More research needs to be done on social media use to determine whether its impact is positive or negative, said Sarah Rose Cavanagh, associate professor of psychology at Assumption College. “You cannot simply observe two large cultural shifts and then decide that since they happened at roughly the same time, that one is causing the other,” she said.

The upside to teens growing up more slowly: The rate of teen pregnancy has fallen dramatically in recent years, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Birth rates fell 9% for girls aged 15 to 17 year-on-year in 2015 and 7% for women aged 18–19 years during the same period. “Still, the U.S. teen pregnancy rate is substantially higher than in other western industrialized nations, and racial/ethnic and geographic disparities in teen birth rates persist,” the CDC said.

Many high-school students are turning to summer classes and community service to pad college applications instead of taking on summer jobs, MarketWatch reported earlier this year. And it’s not always for lack of trying: Some employers want more highly skilled workers given the rise in the minimum wage in many states.

The most recent study does not pass judgment on whether this delayed adulthood is good or bad. “Adulting is now a verb!” Twenge said. “Teens are safer and don’t grow up before they’re ready, but the downside is they may go to college or their first job without as much experience with independence. Economically that means they are dependent on their parents for longer.”

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Not drinking or driving, teens increasingly put off traditional markers of adulthood

When 17-year-old Quattro Musser hangs out with friends, they don’t drink beer or cruise around in cars with their dates. Rather, they stick to G-rated activities such as rock-climbing or talking about books.

They are in good company, according to a new study showing that teenagers are increasingly delaying activities that had long been seen as rites of passage into adulthood. The study, published Tuesday in the journal Child Development, found that the percentage of adolescents in the U.S. who have a driver’s license, who have tried alcohol, who date, and who work for pay has plummeted since 1976, with the most precipitous decreases in the past decade.

The declines appeared across race, geographic, and socioeconomic lines, and in rural, urban, and suburban areas.

To be sure, more than half of teens still engage in these activities, but the majorities have slimmed considerably. Between 1976 and 1979, 86 percent of high school seniors had gone on a date; between 2010 and 2015 only 63 percent had, the study found. During the same period, the portion who had ever earned money from working plunged from 76 to 55 percent. And the portion who had tried alcohol plummeted from 93 percent between 1976 and 1979 to 67 percent between 2010 and 2016.

Teens have also reported a steady decline in sexual activity in recent decades, as the portion of high school students who have had sex fell from 54 percent in 1991 to 41 percent in 2015, according to Centers for Disease Control statistics.

“People say, ‘Oh, it’s because teenagers are more responsible, or more lazy, or more boring,’ but they’re missing the larger trend,” said Jean Twenge, lead author of the study, which drew on seven large time-lag surveys of Americans. Rather, she said, kids may be less interested in activities such as dating, driving or getting jobs because in today’s society, they no longer need to.

According to an evolutionary psychology theory that a person’s “life strategy” slows down or speeds up depending on his or her surroundings, exposure to a “harsh and unpredictable” environment leads to faster development, while a more resource-rich and secure environment has the opposite effect, the study said.

In the first scenario, “You’d have a lot of kids and be in survival mode, start having kids young, expect your kids will have kids young, and expect that there will be more diseases and fewer resources,” said Twenge, a psychology professor at San Diego State University who is the author of “iGen: Why Today’s Super-Connected Kids Are Growing Up Less Rebellious, More Tolerant, Less Happy – and Completely Unprepared for Adulthood.”

A century ago, when life expectancy was lower and college education less prevalent, “the goal back then was survival, not violin lessons by 5,” Twenge said.

In that model a teenage boy might be thinking more seriously about marriage, and driving a car and working for pay would be important for “establishing mate value based on procurement of resources,” the study said.

But America is shifting more toward the slower model, and the change is apparent across the socioeconomic spectrum, Twenge said. “Even in families whose parents didn’t have a college education…families are smaller, and the idea that children need to be carefully nurtured has really sunk in.”

The postponement of “adult activities” could not be attributed to more homework or extracurricular activities, the study said, noting that teens today spend fewer hours on homework and the same amount of time on extracurriculars as they did in the 1990s (with the exception of community service, which has risen slightly). Nor could the use of smartphones and the Internet be entirely the cause, the report said, since the decline began before they were widely available.

Musser, who lives in Portland, Ore., has had summer jobs but he has never drunk alcohol and says he is not curious to try. To him, the idea that earlier generations of teens centered evening activities around procuring and drinking alcohol sounded mystifying.

“I haven’t heard of anyone who goes out and specifically drinks with their friends,” he said. “It’s not something you set out to do, like, ‘Oh yeah, I’m going to go out and get drunk.’”

In a city where it is easy to bike, take buses, or rideshare, he doesn’t see much need to drive. And as for dating, “It seems sort of ridiculous to be seriously dating someone in high school. I mean, what’s the plan there? Continuing to date through college and then eventually get married? That seems sort of unrealistic.”

Although the study did not look at people under 13, Twenge said she suspects the postponement of adult behavior begins in early childhood, starting with the decrease in children walking to school alone or playing unsupervised. In recent decades parents have become more restrictive about independent activities, and laws in some states have codified this, banning children from going out in public or staying home without adult accompaniment.

(Legislation has also delayed another adult activity: In the 1970s the legal drinking age was as young as 18 in some states; it is now 21 almost universally.)

To Daniel Siegel, an adolescent psychiatrist and author of “Brainstorm: The Power and Purpose of the Teenage Brain,” it makes sense that adolescents would “remodel” their brains to adapt to a society that has changed since the 19th century.

“In a culture that says, ‘Okay, you’re going to go to high school, go to college, go to graduate school, and then get an internship, and you’re not going to really be responsible till your late 20s,’ well then the brain will respond accordingly,” he said.

Whether the changes are positive or negative depends on the reasons for delaying adult activities, Siegel said.

If the delay is to make room for creative exploration and forming better social and emotional connections, it is a good thing, he said. But “if it’s fear-based, obviously that’s a concern.”

Among teenagers now, “there is a feeling you’re getting of, ‘Wow, the world is pretty serious, so why would I rush to immerse myself…Why don’t I stay with my friends and away from anything that has heavy consequences, like pregnancy or sexually-transmitted diseases?’”

Teenagers are also more conscious now about the possible repercussions of their actions, said Stephanie Coontz, director of research at the Council on Contemporary Families.

“They’re starting to realize, wow, they really do have to worry about their resumes,” she said. “They come in without the kind of reckless disregard of consequence that a more confident generation of kids had, who said, ‘I’ll drop out of school and join the peace movement, what the hell.’”

With fewer career paths available to those without a college degree, she said, young people can no longer afford that kind of non-chalance.

“They’re absorbing the same kind of anxiety about the future that their parents have for them.”

Chiara Power, 15, of San Juan Island, WA, has no interest in dating, driving, working for pay or drinking alcohol – and the rising costs of college keep her up at night.

“I’m already panicking and having nightmares about the student loans that I’ll never escape, and I’m worried that I’m going to end up homeless,” she said.

Her parents try to assuage her fears. “They’re just like, ‘Dude, that’s not happening for the next three years, so chill. I can’t chill, I have no chill…There’s just so many people saying, ‘Oh, it’s going to be hard when you get out there.’”

Her mother, Penelope Haskew, 45, feels mixed about her daughter’s preference for spending free time at home with her family.

“On the one hand, I know she’s safe, she’s not out getting pregnant or smoking pot or drinking or doing all kinds of risky stuff that I can imagine would be age appropriate,”she said. But Haskew wonders whether her daughter is missing out on life lessons those behaviors can teach. “Is that stuff necessary for human development, do you have to be risk-taking as a teenager in order to succeed as an adult?”

Still, she agreed with her daughter that the world seems more treacherous now than when she was a teen. “Climate change is super real and it’s obviously happening as we speak,” she said. “Maybe the scary things about being an adult are so much more concrete right now that it’s just safer to not become an adult.”

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2 CENTS 4 FREE: Please act like an adult

I wouldn’t expect you to come into the News and Tribune office and yell at me when I make a mistake. I promise I won’t come to your place of business and harangue you when you’re less than perfect.

Officials, referees and umpires are people. I’m certain they’re not trying to cheat your team. Nearly 100 percent of them arrive at a youth, middle school or high school event with the full intention of calling a contest as impartially as they possibly can, despite their predilection for human error.

I’ve known enough of them over time to know this is the case.

If you disagree, you’re not an adult. If you yell insults at someone trying to make a sporting event as fair as they possibly can, you’re not an adult. If the majority of your time at a youth or high school sporting event is taken up by howling at the officials, well, you’re not an adult.

I know perfectly rational people who become petulant children when it comes to sports. They think they know more than the coach. That’s OK. You may know more than he or she does. But unless you keep that to yourself during the game, guess what. That’s right. You’re not an adult.

Even worse is those who believe the officials are out to get them. They’re not, I promise. Is it possibly that a referee has a bias? Maybe. If there is a case, it’s rare. Even in the one case in a million that an official is biased, you making a fool of yourself from the stands isn’t going to improve the situation. Let the adults handle it.

Of course, you’re free to express yourself, but there’s a limit. That line is obvious and shouting insults directly at a coach or at an official trying to to his or her job is clearly past it.

Groans are acceptable. Talking to the people around you about a missed call is also fair. Shouting personal insults is not. That’s the standard in every other aspect of life. Why isn’t it at a basketball game?

A few years ago at a volleyball match, I overheard an adult fan who is probably a respected person in that particular community scream repeatedly at a teenagers who had volunteered to be a volleyball line judge. That person in his 30s or 40, not an adult. A few months later, I heard a fan taunt a teenage boy on the basketball court. If that was you, you’re a child.

Here’s what needs to happen. Schools need to assign school administrators and staff to monitor the crowd. If you yell personal insults at officials, you should be warned. If it continues, you should be asked to leave. If it happens at multiple events, you should be asked not to return. Because you don’t mix well with adults.

If you scream at a teenager, whether he or she is volunteering or playing in the game, well, I just feel sorry for you. In fact, calling you a child is an insult to children.

Vilifying officials is a long-standing tradition at sporting events. At youth and high school events, it’s a tradition that needs to end. 

And if you believe the official is honestly trying to keep your team from winning, you just need to grow up.

Greg Mengelt is the sports editor at the News and Tribune. E-mail him at

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Macomb County woman shares story of dealing with adult bullying

MACOMB COUNTY, Mich. – A Metro Detroit woman said her life and her family have been threatened by bullies who started attacking online and continued in person.

The alleged cyberbullying has led to multiple police reports and investigations in Macomb County, but after all that, there have been no criminal charges.

The ongoing feud involved a reality T.V. star and some prominent Macomb County residents. Prosecutors said there are no laws to put an end to the feud.

Local 4 Defender Kevin Dietz took a look at how one side is pushing for politicians to put some teeth into cyberbullying.

Concerns about bullying

Parents worry about children being bullied, but what happens when adults are bullied? One family that took its concerns to local police found out there’s not much help to get from law enforcement.

Khalood Bojanowski is no stranger to drama. Over the years, the Macomb County wife and mother has been on numerous reality television shows, almost always as a negative character who is obnoxiously outspoken.

The Bojanowskis said it’s a character she plays, not who she really is.

As a result of her 15 minutes of fame, the Bojanowskis said they have been under attack from unknown, unidentified cyberbullies.

“This is all hiding behind the computer, and they know me, but I don’t know them,” Bojanowski said.

Her husband, Jerry, tried to step in and put a stop to it.

“Please, just stop this,” he said. “Shut it down, OK?”

Bojanowski family targeted by bullying

Then someone approached Khalood Bojanowski while she was at the park with her granddaughter.

“When I was with my granddaughter at Stony Creek Park, and there was nobody around except family, and a jogger approached me and my 2-year-old granddaughter saying, ‘Are you Khalood?’ I said, ‘Who are you?’ He said, ‘Well, you need to watch your back,’” she said.

They called the Macomb County Sheriff’s Office, but the bullying only got worse.

“My wife called the Sheriff’s Department,” Jerry Bojanowski said. “They came to the house. Two deputies took a police report. The day after that report was made, even more violent threats against us. OK, so it seems like every single time we get law enforcement involved or law enforcement gets called, these people feel emboldened.”

Recently, a post was made asking if anyone knew the Bojanowskis’ home address.

Police response

The Sheriff’s Department said they investigated the incidents and presented the case to the prosecutor, but there wasn’t sufficient evidence that a crime was committed.

It turns out several people in Macomb County have filed police reports against Bojanowski for cyberbullying herself, even going so far as to have cease and desist orders issued against her.

Bojanowski has not been charged criminally. Her husband said when both sides feel bullied and the law says its hands are tied, it’s time to write new laws.

“I’m afraid, and I’m tired of people approaching me or anything,” Khalood Bojanowski said.

“Our eyes are open to the effects of cyberbullying,” Jerry Bojanowski said. “We are in the process of setting up a national organization to criminalize cyberbullying across the board.”

The family has recently had encouraging meetings with elected officials to see if tougher bullying laws can be implemented, but so far, nobody has stepped up to introduce new legislation.

You can watch Kevin Dietz’s full story in the video posted above.

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Las Vegas adult stores cater to female clientele – Las Vegas Review

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The revolution kicked off by the founders of Eve’s Garden, Good Vibrations and other women-friendly adult stores of the ’70s continues today.

Lynn Comella, author of “Vibrator Nation: How Feminist Sex-Toy Stores Changed the Business of Pleasure,” counts among the spiritual successors of those retailers Toyboxx, 1800 S. Industrial Road, No. 206-A.

Owner Karoline Khamis says she learned about pioneering feminist store owners while a women’s studies student at UNLV and began to wonder “why this kind of thing didn’t already exist in Las Vegas.”

Khamis opened Toyboxx in 2014, but sees her store more as “an art gallery-slash-meeting space” in the Eve’s Garden mold, where merchandise is stored in a dresser and a wardrobe amid a relaxed, welcoming vibe.

“I want people to feel like we’re hanging out in our bedroom,” Khamis says.

The shop is open First Fridays and for special events. It also hosts workshops, while Khamis often participates in community events (for more information, visit

Other adult stores in Southern Nevada have discovered the benefits of going against the grain.

“I would say that most adult stores don’t necessarily cater to women the way that we do,” says Megan Swartz, general manager of Deja Vu Love Boutique, 3247 Sammy Davis Jr. Drive.

Swartz estimates that half of the store’s customers are women. “They definitely want it to be a clean, well-lit store. They want to feel comfortable in the space,” she says.

“We have a very boutique feel in our store,” she says. “We cater to a lot of dancers and entertainers.”

Swartz also estimates that 30 percent of the store’s customers are tourists. The shop sells “a lot of bachelorette items and things like that,” she says.

Edward Wheeler, owner and president of The Love Store, estimates that women make up 75 percent of his stores’ clientele.

“Our store attracts a different market.” he says. “We advertise to women.”

The male-heavy clientele of more traditional adult stores is “not our market,” he adds. “We find that if we can bring in women, they’ll bring in their husbands. We try to create a female-friendly, couples-friendly business.”

Women want “a friendly environment, non-threatening,” he says. “They want to feel comfortable, and they want a large selection, and they want a knowledgeable staff.”

“People do want to feel like they’ve come into a mainstream environment. And we are a little different. Our stores do offer workshops, and we try to (offer) a little more on the educational part.”

Even the sales staff in the stores is different these days. When The Love Store recently opened in California, more than 90 percent of job applicants were women, Wheeler says. “Twenty years ago, that would have been the opposite.”

Contact John Przybys at or 702-383-0280. Follow @JJPrzybys on Twitter.

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Choose an Adult-Only Escape with Barceló Hotel Group

PHOTO: There are snorkeling opportunities throughout the Riviera Maya area. (photo courtesy of Barceló Hotel Group)

The adult only vacation has gained popularity in recent years. Each year, more and more adults are choosing to travel as ‘just the two of us’or with a group of adult friends.


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Barceló Resorts has noticed, and they have a few tips for your next vacation.

The adult-only vacation might come at a slightly higher price point, but it’s definitely worth it. You will find a more relaxing vibe and will be able to fully recharge.

It’s important to choose the right hotel. A hotel is no longer just there as a place to clean up and rest. Today, with the luxury inclusions, guests sometimes choose not to leave the resort at all!

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On the Riviera Maya, Royal Hideaway Playacar is a perfect resort for an adult only escape. With a quaint 200 rooms, it sits right on the ocean, boasting six pools and as many restaurants for you to choose from.

Located near the Playa Del Carmen area, you’ll have plenty of off-site excursions to choose from—if you decide to leave the resort that is. Peel yourself apart from the pool chair, and there are beautiful sites waiting not too far away.

These include the coral reef near Cozumel, Sian Ka’an Natural Reserve and the ever-famous Chichén Itzá. 

To find out more about this area and the benefits of an adult-only vacation, take a look at Barceló Hotel Group’s blog

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Police say northern Idaho quarry remains belong to adult man

COEUR D’ALENE, Idaho — Authorities say human remains found in a northern Idaho rock quarry earlier this month are from a man older than 30 who was missing several teeth.

Police in Coeur d’Alene told The Coeur d’Alene Press ( ) that two children were exploring when they found old articles of clothing along with the bones in a bed of weeds.

Detective Jared Reneau says the department hasn’t determined if the person died there or the remains were put there by someone else. The bones appear to have been at the location for at least a year.

A forensic anthropologist is conducting skull and dental scans, and DNA testing may be done in the future. For now, Reneau says the case is being treated as a crime.


Information from: Coeur d’Alene Press,

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Missing Endangered Adult In Miami

MIAMI, FL — Authorities in Miami-Dade County have issued an alert for a missing endangered adult who was last seen on Friday.

Amado Cardenas, 72, is 5-feet-8 inches tall and weighs 175 pounds, police described. Cardenas is described as having brown eyes and grey hair.

He was last seen wearing a beige hat and a black shirt with a punisher ghost emblem. Police said it is unknown what type of shoes or shorts he was wearing.

He is missing from the 30000 block of SW 147 Ct in Miami. Police believe Cardenas walked away from the area and he may be in need of services.

Anyone with information can call police at 305-715-3300 or Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS (8477).

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