November 2, 2009 |
Regardless of what former referee Tim Donaghy might say in a book that remains unpublished, preferential treatment for NBA superstars from officials is a tradition and a culture that has existed for decades. Kevin McHale, now a TNT studio analyst, remembers breaking in with the Boston Celtics, with Larry Bird as a teammate. "I go up to do what I think is a good block, and they blow the whistle," said McHale, whose first season was 1980-81. "They yell, 'Foul on No. 32.' I said, '32?
November 10, 2008
Re "Palin returns home to a chillier Alaska," Nov. 7, and "She shops here? You betcha," Nov. 7 Regarding Sarah Palin's approval ratings having "tumbled" from 80% to 65%, I wonder how many other governors have an approval rating that high? And since the campaign is over, isn't it about time to end your "destroy Sarah Palin" campaign -- time to end the divisiveness you progressives so abhor? How about more articles about the person who will become vice president -- you know, the guy who thinks "jobs" is a three-letter word, thinks President Franklin Roosevelt came on TV in 1929, and guarantees an international crisis to test Barack Obama?
July 17, 2007 |
Millions of Californians will start paying several dollars a month more for land-line phone service after AT&T's second price increase for custom-calling features since the state lifted rate caps last year. The nation's biggest phone carrier this week boosted the cost of caller ID, call waiting and a host of other features for a la carte phone service.
September 24, 2006 |
Caller ID isn't the crystal ball that it used to be. Revered for years by persnickety consumers who like to screen their telephone calls, the premium service is being appropriated by identity thieves. Such scams are made possible by technology that enables con artists to manipulate the phone number and even the name that shows up on the unsuspecting recipient's caller ID, allowing scammers to masquerade as officials of churches, banks and courthouses.
March 5, 2006 |
Last fall, U.S. Rep. Tim Murphy's office started getting phone calls from constituents who complained about receiving recorded phone messages that bad-mouthed Murphy. The constituents were especially upset that the messages appeared to come from the congressman's office. At least, that's what caller ID said. "People thought we were making the calls," Murphy said. The calls, which the Pennsylvania Republican estimated in the thousands, were apparently placed with fake caller ID.
February 6, 2006 |
The fabulous Modernist house that is the unbilled star of "When a Stranger Calls" is supposed to be in Colorado, but only someone who has attended lots of jet-set movie industry parties in Los Angeles could cook it up. Nothing in this droopy remake of the 1979 thriller starring Carol Kane could possibly be as frightening as the Windex bill for those two-story picture windows, not to mention the ones that surround the indoor arboretum and fish pond.