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.
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.
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
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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.
July 26, 2013 |
Several gay bars in West Hollywood have begun removing Stoli Vodka--made from Russian ingredients--from their shelves to protest recent anti-gay laws in Russia. “Come on down and drink something other than Russian vodka!” said Brian Rand, an accountant at Eleven Bar & Nightclub, a gay bar on Santa Monica Boulevard. Eleven stopped selling Stoli and all Russian vodka products Wednesday night, Rand said, with the enthusiastic support of its customers. In a statement on its Facebook page , Revolver Video Bar, also on Santa Monica Boulevard, announced Thursday that it, too, would boycott all Stoli products “effective immediately.” “Revolver Video Bar could not support any brand associated with Russia at a time when the Russian government is implementing its anti-gay law that bans gay 'propaganda,'” the bar said in its Facebook statement.
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.
April 22, 2011 |
Celebrities spend a lot of time in bars and restaurants, and many of them seem compelled to eventually own one. Drawing a crowd is certainly easier with a big name attached, but why would a famous actor or musician want the hassle? Tax write-off? Vanity project? Most likely, hospitality is in the DNA of any great entertainer. "For people in the industry, a big part of the draw is working with creative minds, so an obvious perk is enjoying that off the clock. Think back to the Rat Pack — the idea of powerhouses in a protected space at a table for drinks and great food.
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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.
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.