September 14, 2010 |
Throughout the new film "I'm Still Here," Joaquin Phoenix insists he's done with movies — acting, the Oscar-nominated "Gladiator" and "Walk the Line" star says, is "fraudulent" and "misery to me" — as he tries to rock the mike in his new calling as a hip-hop performer. Now it looks as if Phoenix is backing away from his "I'm retired" pronouncement. Several producers have said in recent days that they have been approached by Phoenix's talent agents about their client's return to movie roles.
December 16, 2013 |
Just over a month after the killing of a Transportation Security Administration officer at Los Angeles International Airport, 59% of those polled by a conservative think tank say TSA agents should be armed. The telephone survey of 1,011 people, conducted on behalf of the Reason Foundation, follows the fatal shooting last month of Gerardo I. Hernandez, the first TSA officer to die in the line of duty. Nearly two-thirds of both Republicans and Democrats favor arming TSA agents, the survey found.
December 19, 1999
Re "Border Patrol Agent Who Sank Raft Carrying People to Resign," Dec. 14: Here is another story about the blatant disregard for human life and contempt for the law exhibited by one of the law's own enforcers. This Border Patrol agent has admitted to this cowardly crime and his punishment is to lose his job. Law enforcement agents commit heinous crimes against the innocent people they are sworn to protect and the law looks the other way when it is time to dole out justice. Losing your job as a punishment for attempted murder is sending the wrong message to our children.
July 7, 2013 |
Grouse all you want about how long it takes to move through airport security lines, but there may be a good a reason for the wait: Screening agents are trained to be slow and thorough. A study by Duke University found that screeners for the Transportation Security Administration are slower at performing visual searches than amateurs, but are more accurate. The study, which was partly funded by the Department of Homeland Security, suggests that the experience TSA agents gain from searching for weapons and explosives in luggage makes them slower and more methodical at performing visual searches, not faster.
June 20, 2010 |
Anyone who has ever had a beef with a real estate agent should take a look at the website ReallyRottenRealty.com. It's all in fun, but the name suggests what some buyers and sellers believe to be true — that their agents failed to earn their pay for one reason or another. "Want your home advertised by a professional?" the site asks. "We believe in the three P's of real estate marketing: put, put and pray. Put a sign in the yard, put it on the multiple listing service, and then pray someone will come along and buy it."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 27, 2009 |
A La CaÃ±ada Flintridge couple trying to save their home from foreclosure were arrested along with three others on suspicion of beating, torturing and robbing a pair of loan modification agents they believed had done nothing to help them rescue the residence. Daniel Weston and Mary Ann Parmelee, both 52, allegedly sought mortgage assistance from Lamond Dean and Luis Garcia, two loan modification specialists, according to the Los Angeles County district attorney's office. Authorities said the homeowners thought agents had taken their money and done nothing to help them.