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September 7th, 2012
06:16 PM ET

Puerto Rican model Joan Smalls breaks down color barriers, one runway at a time

By Emanuella Grinberg, CNN

(CNN) - Joan Smalls was 19 years old when she left her family's home in the countryside of northern Puerto Rico to pursue dreams of walking the runway.

In just four busy years, she has risen from department store catalog model to the ranks of fashion's most-sought-after models, walking for the likes of Jason Wu, Donna Karan and Tory Burch at New York's 2012 Fall Fashion Week.

Along the way, she has broken barriers by becoming the first Latina face of Estee Lauder's global marketing campaigns in 2011. She has done runway shows in New York, London, Milan, and Paris and graced the pages of British, French, Spanish and U.S. versions of Vogue several times over.

"Joan is a modern beauty with elegance, style and confidence," said Aerin Lauder, former senior vice president, and current style and image director, of Estee Lauder. "She is the perfect addition to Estee Lauder's global faces."

Not bad for someone who used to wear combat boots to casting calls so she could make the trek from Queens to Manhattan.

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Filed under: How we look • Latino in America • Who we are • Women
Young adults drop out of the job market
Much of the drop in the August unemployment rate is due to a shrinking labor force, driven by so many young adults who no longer having jobs or have stopped looking for work.
September 7th, 2012
01:54 PM ET

Young adults drop out of the job market

By Chris Isidore @CNNMoney

NEW YORK (CNNMoney) - The drop in the unemployment rate in August isn't particularly good news for the economy - it's driven mostly by nearly 400,000 people dropping out of the labor force, rather than more people finding jobs.

But those dropping out aren't so much the discouraged 30-, 40- or 50-year olds. In fact, the Labor Department said there was a modest decline in the overall number of discouraged job seekers.

The drop is because so many young adults, aged 16 to 24, are no longer looking for work.

There were 453,000 fewer young adults with jobs in August than in July. But despite that plunge, only 27,000 more young people were looking for new jobs. Most apparently stopped looking and left the labor force. And those numbers take into account seasonal factors such as younger workers returning to school.

As a result, the percentage of young people who are counted in the labor force fell to its lowest level since 1955.

The unemployment rate for young adults rose to 16.8% from 16.4% in July.

"I don't think they're more lazy. It's that there are less opportunities for them," said Heidi Shierholz, labor economist, at the Economic Policy Institute, a liberal think tank. "They have it rough."

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What's next in Arizona immigration battle?
A protester holds a placard during a protest against Arizona Senate Bill 1070 on April 25, 2012 outside of the US Supreme Court.
September 7th, 2012
08:15 AM ET

What's next in Arizona immigration battle?

By Michael Martinez and Mariano Castillo, CNN

(CNN) - A legal chapter closes now that a federal judge has lifted an injunction on Arizona's "show me your papers" provision of its tough immigration law, but the legal combat won't end and will merely take a new direction, analysts and attorneys say.

At the same time, implementation of the law will heighten a wary relationship between police who must enforce the law and Latinos who allege it will inevitably cause racial profiling. The court's demand for evidence of such profiling is prompting Latino advocates to police the police and monitor arrest practices.

The controversial provision authorizes local police, while performing other state law enforcement duties, to check on the immigration status of people they stop for another reason. The federal judge in Arizona this week based her decision on a recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling upholding the provision, she said.

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