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.
October 16, 2013 |
We've been checking out the many energy and snack bars on the market, and it seems there are plenty of choices for people who need or want to avoid gluten. Some of them announce it on the front of the label; others require closer reading of the nutrition information. For people who don't eat gluten by choice, there are lots of bars that don't include wheat, rye or barley as an ingredient but warn the bars are made in facilities that might house those products. That's important information for people with celiac disease -- even a small bit of gluten can make them sick.
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.
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July 25, 2009 |
A notorious Los Angeles street gang has expanded its criminal enterprises into the night life world, authorities said. The Los Angeles Police Department and federal agents said the 18th Street gang operated underground after-hours bars, using them as bases for various criminal enterprises. Authorities said the locations have been connected to homicides, drug trafficking and gambling.
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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.
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
February 16, 1989 |
Ever the proper businesswoman, Yuka Sakamoto is poised for that moment late in the night when the bankers and international trade executives who are her regular customers fish into their pockets for business cards. Dutifully, Sakamoto produces her own: "Yuka Sakamoto--Mama." It is the appropriate job description for her line of work.
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September 15, 1997
Re "Keep the Lifestyle Cops Out of Bars," Commentary, Sept. 10: I found M. Lester O'Shea's column a conglomeration of mostly self-serving rationalizations. He can't separate what is "irritating" from what is an "assault." How would O'Shea like it if I were to go up to him in a bar and stomp on his toes? In bars, stomping on toes is illegal because it is an "assault" on another person, yet smoking isn't. Why shouldn't there be laws against O'Shea blowing his smoke in people's faces? Toe-stomping may damage your feet over time, but secondhand smoke may kill you. Both "assaults" are irritating, only smoking is irritating and dangerous.
October 21, 2007
Re "Dying prisoners may be given leniency," Oct. 15 Prisons are built to house people who are a threat to society, not to be houses of torture. The way the legal and prison systems treat dying prisoners is a crime against humanity. How can an old person in the end stages of cancer be a danger to me or anyone else? Criminals usually lack compassion and empathy, but does that justify the prison system's own lack of compassion? Ann Logan Gardena