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January 1, 2014 |
SAN QUENTIN - The scene was almost indistinguishable from that in any other newsroom. Editors sat around chatting about the next issue and tinkering with stories. Front pages were tacked up on the walls, and family photos were taped to computer terminals. But in fact this newspaper office was unlike almost any other, obvious from the dress code: Staff members wore the standard blue uniform of California prison inmates. When the phone rang, the answer was a crisp, "Hello, San Quentin News.
February 21, 2010
When Kenneth Hartman was 19, he came across a drifter in a Long Beach park and, for no particular reason, beat him to death. For that 1980 murder, he was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole. There, Hartman proved himself to be the kind of aggressive, violent man society is relieved to have behind bars. He was big and pumped iron to get bigger; he did drugs; he got thrown into solitary; he fought, brutalized and stabbed his enemies. It's hard to say what's more remarkable: that he eventually turned away from all that, or that he is able to write about it with such clarity and grace.
July 3, 2010 |
Ever wondered why your iPhone had patchy service even though it showed the signal bars at full strength? Apple Inc. has an answer for you — and it's not a defective antenna. The company admitted Friday that its iPhones have been inflating signal strengths and masking poor reception. Apple revealed the embarrassing flaw, which it said has been a problem since the original iPhone was launched three years ago, as it was addressing an uproar over dropped signals on its new iPhone 4, which came out last week.
December 7, 2011 |
Few aerospace employees had it as good as William Grayson Hunter. He was paid simultaneously to work full time at two aerospace firms but rarely went to work, instead spending his days at bars, amusement parks and movie theaters, according to the U.S. attorney's office in Los Angeles. One of his employers, Aerospace Corp. in El Segundo, paid $2.5 million last week to settle Justice Department allegations that the company defrauded the Air Force for several years by billing for Hunter's time when it knew he was rarely at work, the U.S. attorney's office said Tuesday.
February 3, 2012 |
To be a football fan in Los Angeles is by necessity to root for someone other than your hometown team. So wandering tribes of sunburned Bostonians and homesick New Yorkers need to find a friendly place to party this Super Bowl weekend, when the Giants play the Patriots in a rematch of their 2008 Super Bowl. No dog in this fight? Then any old watering hole will do. But if you want to re-create the bluster of your favorite Northeastern pigskin rivalry, a select number of spots across the Southland have you covered.
October 18, 2007 |
Hundreds of Bolivians fed up with underage drinking and crime stormed a neighborhood of bars and brothels in the impoverished El Alto slum outside La Paz, setting beds, televisions and chairs on fire and destroying as many as 50 establishments. Vigilantes have stormed the district three days running, complaining that it is a haven for criminals and that the bars there serve minors. They want local authorities to shut them down.
March 21, 2013 |
A bill proposed by a California state legislator would extend last call to 4 a.m. in some California cities. Do we really need two extra hours of drinking? ALSO: Photo gallery: Ted Rall cartoons The 'feminist housewife' vs. Beyonce Fuming over the assault weapons ban's failure Follow Ted Rall on Twitter @TedRall
August 14, 2013 |
If you go clubbing in West Hollywood anytime soon, check out the city's new PickUp Line. It's a weekend trolley that officially starts Friday for bar-hoppers along Santa Monica Boulevard who are prepared to ditch their cars -- and it's free. The deal: The PickUp will run every 15 minutes from 8 p.m. to 3 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays and stop at gay bars between Robertson Boulevard and Fairfax Avenue, according to a city statement. The trolley has some nice touches, such as a photo booth called the PickUp Shot on board for Instagram fans and piped-in music by local DJ Derek Monteiro.
December 12, 2013 |
Last season, while Dwight Howard was recovering from back surgery, he also apparently was struggling with another problem -- sugar. After watching Howard play for the Lakers, Dr. Cate Shanahan was struck by what she saw. "It looked like he was wearing oven mitts out there," Shanahan told cbssports.com . "It reminded me of patients who have pre-diabetes and neurological problems because of how sugar impacts the nervous system. That's where I became really concerned. " Shanahan contacted longtime Laker trainer Gary Vitti, and set up a meeting with the 28-year-old center. She discovered that Howard's glucose readings were sky-high.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 3, 1998
Re "'Assembly Moves to Lift Smoking Ban," Jan. 29: I can't believe it! What have we got in Sacramento? A bunch of wimps? I just do not understand the stance that they have taken on smoking in bars. I have waited years to go see some of the greatest jazz musicians, but the smoking in most of the places they play has precluded that. Now that I have the opportunity, they are going to lift the ban. I certainly hope that the state Senate has more sense than the Assembly. Nonsmokers outnumber smokers almost 3 to 1--that's a pretty big deficit when it comes to election time.