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Emily Henry hails from Southern England and is a community manager and local editor for Patch.com in the San Francisco East Bay Area. Raised in the rural "green belt" on the outskirts of London, she completed a degree in English and American Literature at the University of Kent before moving to Los Angeles in 2007 to pursue a career in creative writing and multimedia journalism. She earned a Master's degree in journalism in 2009 from USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism and moved to the San Francisco Bay Area in early 2011. Her passions include social justice journalism, redemption stories and great fiction.

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8 Ways to Be a Better Dad

(0) Comments | Posted June 14, 2013 | 2:27 PM

My dad taught me more than any other person in my life, even though we lived in separate families, spent more time apart than together, had plenty of arguments and didn't really find peace until I was an adult.

I realize I was one of the lucky ones. Some...

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Confessions of a Girl Boy Scout

(5) Comments | Posted October 8, 2012 | 2:20 PM

One of the rules of being a Scout is that you should be "obedient," to Scout law -- with one exception: If a Scout thinks these rules and laws are unfair, "he tries to have them changed in an orderly manner rather than disobey them."

But I was a "she"...

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South L.A. Teacher Versus Fox News

(17) Comments | Posted June 21, 2010 | 9:37 PM

It began with an article posted on the Fox News website -- With Revolutionaries 'Looking On,' Teachers Take Kids on a Protest Trip to Arizona -- and soon spiraled into a slugging match between the far, far left and the far, far right. Anything involving the SB 1070...

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What's Happening in Compton City Hall? An Introduction to Routine Chaos

(0) Comments | Posted February 22, 2010 | 10:54 AM

On a Tuesday afternoon in January, the Compton City Council chambers are full to the brim with concerned citizens, guests, and business owners. Almost every seat in the house is taken. Up in front, however, attendance is sparse. The mayor's seat is empty. The city treasurer and fourth council member...

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Tales From a Bus in Los Angeles

(6) Comments | Posted January 5, 2010 | 3:15 PM

Never have I ever successfully ridden the bus in Los Angeles without something weird and wonderful happening. It's never just a peaceful, quiet ride. Never a silent, boring trip. And although there have been times that I've pined for the comfortable isolation of a locked car, I've come to believe...

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Rage Against the Machine Get Christmas Number One Spot in the U.K.

(29) Comments | Posted December 20, 2009 | 11:50 PM

The war that has waged for dominance of the Christmas singles chart in the U.K. has been decided. In the blue corner, "X-Factor" reality pop T.V. show winner Joe McElderry, with his Miley Cyrus cover (Yes, Miley Cyrus cover) "The Climb", stands shaking at the knees a few thousand copies...

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Britain's Silent Conservative Movement

(8) Comments | Posted October 28, 2009 | 12:03 PM

A thick, invisible fog has settled over the British Isles of late. Call it depression, the onset of winter or maybe a Dementor attack, but everyone seems a tad ... sad. A little hopeless. A lot dissatisfied.

The recession has hit rural England particularly hard. In the counties surrounding...

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Cutting Welfare for the Children of Immigrants will Devastate California

(29) Comments | Posted July 11, 2009 | 4:19 PM

Some say that the "big one" -- the earthquake that will destroy California and send it seeping into the Pacific Ocean - lies in patient dormancy beneath us, waiting for the perfect time to strike. But lately, competition for the state's imminent destruction has been fierce. With budget woes reaching...

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Education Crisis in Los Angeles Illuminates Racial and Economic Divide

(2) Comments | Posted May 12, 2009 | 10:42 AM

Cash-strapped and desperate, the Los Angeles Unified School District is set to fire around 3,500 teachers before the end of June. Couple these upcoming layoffs with a $595 million budget deficit, and the 2010/2011 school year is looking pretty shady. Resources won't be getting replenished any time soon. Inner-city schools...

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Europe Hopes Next U.S. President Will Reconcile an Embittered Friendship

(3) Comments | Posted October 16, 2008 | 4:35 PM

They were once close, fast friends. But over the last eight years, Europe and America have grown apart. There was no "it's not you, it's me," conversation. Both of them unrelentingly blamed the other for the way things had turned out. Europe felt overlooked, and America felt betrayed. "You've grown...

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Welfare Policy, Leg-Up Versus Hand-Out

(2) Comments | Posted September 26, 2008 | 10:01 AM

At some point soon after the very beginning of man, a Neanderthal tripped and fell over a misplaced mammoth bone onto the cave floor. Some of his buddies laughed. Some ignored him. But one of them grunted over and put out his hand. This was the moment we started talking...

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Brits Back Obama, Remain Skeptical Of U.S. Politics

(12) Comments | Posted September 15, 2008 | 7:33 AM

British Prime Minister Gordon Brown backs Obama. Russell Brand (we think, but he didn't make himself too clear on this one at the VMAs...) is also in the Obama Camp. Now a BBC poll shows that the majority of the world, given the chance, would stamp their hopes next to...

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