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November 6, 2013 | By Joel Rubin
An unusual fundraising campaign by the Los Angeles Police Department meant to purchase small video cameras that officers would wear on their uniforms has exceeded its goal of collecting $1 million from private donors. Police Commission President Steve Soboroff, who launched the fundraising push when Mayor Eric Garcetti appointed him to his post in September, said 22 individuals and companies gave slightly more than $1.2 million to the camera project. With the money, the LAPD has enough funds to buy about 600 cameras and to pay for video storage capabilities, repairs and other related costs over about two years, Soboroff said.
November 4, 2013 | By Jessica Naziri
Odds are the picture you posted on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook or Tumblr was taken with your smartphone. With the popularity of “smartphone photography,” fewer consumers are using portable, point-and-shoot cameras. But smartphones are limited and don't have the picture-taking functionality of a regular camera. It's difficult, for instance, to take a post-worthy “selfie,” a close-up or a long distance shot with our cellphones. Enter the detachable lens. The Sony Cybershot QX10 and its more expensive sibling the Sony QX100 are the latest camera lens attachments for your smartphone.
October 31, 2013 | By Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
"The Square" bears witness to history in an articulate, thoughtful and intensely dramatic way. A compelling inside look at the cascading series of revolutions and counter-revolutions that have shaken Egypt since the beginning of 2011, it wouldn't exist except for the passion and determination of filmmaker Jehane Noujaim. An accomplished documentary director whose credits include "Control Room" and "," Noujaim was raised in Egypt and the United States, and her family lives 10 minutes from Cairo's Tahrir Square, the film's namesake.
October 31, 2013 | By Jessica Gelt
Death is a common theme on television. We watch people get shot, stabbed, strangled, blown up and more with numbing regularity on a variety of fictional shows. Real death, however, is another thing. It remains a taboo. We shy from it, we fear it, we don't talk about it. This, despite the fact that we will all face it. Our fragile mortality, however, comes into focus on the small screen on Friday when Showtime premieres an unsettling, raw and touching documentary series called “Time of Death.” Each episode documents the real-life death of a new subject, and chronicles in unflinching detail the way they and their families cope.
October 28, 2013 | By Judi Dash
Lowepro's well-designed camera bags have evolved into multi-tasking adventure bags that carry much more than just a camera and its accessories. The new Nova Sport 35L AW holds a mother lode of gear. The weather-resistant shoulder bag measures about 16-by-11-by-12 inches, but weighs less than 3 pounds. Inside, modular, adjustable foam-padded compartments organize up to two full-size cameras with attached zoom lenses, two to four additional lenses, flash units, a tablet or laptop (up to 13-inch diameter)
October 23, 2013 | By Jason Wells
Less than a mile into her taxi ride, a woman opened the vehicle's glass divider and threatened the Yellow Cab driver with a box cutter, demanding "50 bucks. " When he refused, she whipped out a hammer and took aim at his head. “When she brought the hammer ... to hit my head ... at that point I knew that she meant business,” Robby Williams, the taxi driver whose dashboard camera caught the Long Beach incident, told KTLA-TV. Long Beach police on Tuesday released the video, asking the public's help in identifying the passenger.
October 17, 2013 | By Robyn Dixon
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa -- Wildlife photographer Greg du Toit has stared down lionesses, been charged by hippos and been chased by an angry bull elephant. He's been trampled by a buffalo ("But it didn't gore me") and had close encounters with crocodiles ("But I never got bitten"). Waiting sometimes for months submerged in shallow water for the perfect shot, the South African has been eaten alive by tsetse flies and mosquitoes. He's had malaria twice and a much nastier tropical disease called bilharzia twice.
October 17, 2013 | By Alexandra Zavis
The gunmen appear calm, almost nonchalant as they saunter through a Kenyan shopping mall firing automatic rifles. Terrified shoppers dive for cover as bullets streak by. Security camera video obtained by CNN from the Westgate mall in Nairobi provides chilling new details of the attack last month that claimed the lives of at least 67 civilians and soldiers and injured many more. During hours of video from the first day of a four-day siege, only four attackers are seen, all of them men, CNN reported . PHOTOS: Westgate mall attack A man lying in a pool of blood attempts to crawl to safety.
October 10, 2013 | By Richard Winton
An LAPD officer was charged this week with assault under color of authority for kicking a handcuffed woman, who later died, in the groin during an arrest last year in South Los Angeles. The Los Angeles County district attorney charged LAPD Officer Mary O'Callaghan, 48, on Wednesday in connection with the July 22, 2012, incident that ended with the death of Alesia Thomas. O'Callaghan was one of several officers sent to Thomas' home in the 9100 block of South Broadway Avenue to investigate after she abandoned her children at a South L.A. police station.
October 1, 2013 | By Joel Rubin
Since joining the Los Angeles Police Commission last month, Steve Soboroff has been making calls to some of the city's deepest pockets, asking them to pony up the $1 million he says he needs to jump-start an ambitious project: outfitting LAPD officers with small video cameras that would record their encounters with people. His unorthodox approach to fundraising for the Los Angeles Police Department has paid dividends and got its latest boost Tuesday when the Dodgers and members of the team's ownership group announced a $250,000 donation to the effort.
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