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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 7, 1999
Re "Drivers Who Use Cell Phone Fined," Sept. 2: Please, please come to L.A.! KADY LANE Los Angeles
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 19, 2014 | By KTLA
Search and rescue crews are trying to locate a 54-year-old dirt bike rider who went missing overnight in Santa Clarita after calling family members to say he was traversing "treacherous trails," authorities said. Antonio Marquez was reported missing around 10:30 p.m. Tuesday, Santa Clarita police Sgt. Jeff Curran told KTLA-TV . His family said they hadn't heard from him since 6:30 p.m., according to authorities. “He did have a cell phone, that was the last contact he had with the family,” said Los Angeles County Sheriff's Deputy Joshua Dubin.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 12, 2001
Re Ken Brock's Oct. 7 letter on cell-phone use on aircraft: Having just returned from a trip across this great nation, the second most annoying thing that I suffered through, after the cancellation of flights, was the inane and constant blathering of cell-phone users in the air terminals. The only remedy available to me was to get up and walk away from the immediate area of that particular phone user, only to inject myself into the airspace of another. This option is not available to me (or any other passenger)
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 11, 2014 | By Ruben Vives and Irfan Khan
A 24-year-old hiker who went missing in Towsley Canyon in Newhall late Monday afternoon has been found and rescued, authorities said. Brian Napoli was discovered deep in the canyons around 9:45 a.m. Tuesday by a search-team volunteer, said Los Angeles County sheriff's Deputy Josh Dubin.    The hiker's mother, Janet Napoli, said her son, dehydrated but otherwise OK, was airlifted from the area. “He was smart. He hunkered down for the night,” she said. “He didn't do too much wandering at night.” She said her son also used chaparral to cover himself and hide from coyotes.
OPINION
May 30, 2002
Re "You Can't Be on the Phone and in the Moment," Voices, May 25: Since his father died suddenly 14 months ago, our son has voluntarily called me every day, twice a day, morning and evening. He calls while in the grocery checkout line, the school auditorium, the gas station--wherever and whenever he can on his cell phone. He manages a large business and is a single parent of three children who does the laundry, the cooking, the home maintenance, supervises homework, etc., so I appreciate that he can and does take advantage of any moment he can to communicate with me. I think Christopher Nyerges should look at the broader picture before labeling cell-phone users "zombies."
NEWS
August 16, 2000
In politics, this may be remembered as the Year of the Cell Phone. Pacific Bell Wireless traffic near Staples Center increased by 242% on the convention's first day. AT&T Wireless reported handling 10 million minutes of convention calls that day. It's possible only because permanent and temporary cellular relay stations have been spread throughout the area. * Pico cells and micro cells Suitcase-size relay stations in the upper levels of Staples Center.
NEWS
July 31, 2000 | Associated Press
A man who fell about 200 feet down a rocky slope while climbing alone was rescued after he called for help on his cellular phone. Rescuers reached Mark Chase, 52, about five hours after he fell Saturday.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 14, 2013 | By F. Kathleen Foley
Playwright Sarah Ruhl is a proven practitioner whose buoyantly surreal plays are moored by cosmically serious themes. Pulitzer-nominated in 2005, Ruhl's “The Clean House” exploited a comical situation -- a Latina domestic worker's quest for the perfect joke -- to explore larger issues of death and loss. And in “Eurydice,” recently seen in a stellar production at A Noise Within, Ruhl slanted the Greek myth of Eurydice and Orpheus into a moving story of undying paternal love -- Ruhl's moving valedictory to her own dead father.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 26, 2000 | PATRICK McGREEVY
Mayor Richard Riordan and LAPD Chief Bernard Parks announced the donation Thursday of 233 cellular phones with voicemail to provide neighborhood leaders easier access to police officers who were reassigned last year from full-time community liaison work to patrol duties.
NEWS
May 17, 2000 | CHRIS ERSKINE
Into Central California we have come, cruising up the 5, past Bakersfield, then west on California 46, across pastureland and green-gold hills and down the stretch of highway where, one Friday 45 years ago, James Dean's Porsche Spyder met a telephone pole right about dinner time. Near Cholame is where he died. "Gary?" a dad riding in my car shouts into his cell phone. "Gary? I'm losing you . . . call me back." It is spooky, this stretch of highway.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 13, 2014 | By Tony Perry
A "selfie" found in a cell phone dropped during the ransack burglary of a Chula Vista church has led to the arrest of the man in the picture and two other suspects, police said. The phone was found at the scene of the break-in at Hilltop Tabernacle Church in which cash, a laptop computer and other items were taken, Chula Vista police said. Police recognized the area shown in the picture as Harborside Park. People at the park recognized the man in the picture. Police then contacted the man -- Adam Howe, 26 -- who admitted to burglarizing the church and a nearby recreational vehicle, officials said.
NEWS
December 20, 2013 | By Chris Erskine
Throw cellphones from the plane? Well, at least get them out of our hearing range, passengers say. A poll of nearly 5,000 flyers found they would strongly favor putting phone booths in planes to protect privacy if the FCC ultimately decides to allow in-flight cell use. The booths were proposed in an online poll by Airfarewatchdog , a fare-tracking website. It asked users: Do you think airlines should install in-flight phone booths to keep things from getting too loud on-board?
BUSINESS
July 10, 2013 | By Paresh Dave, This story has been updated. See the note below for details
Want a new smartphone every few months for a fairly low price? T-Mobile's making it possible. Although Verizon and AT&T recently lengthened the amount of time that subscribers have to wait before upgrading their phones at discounted prices, T-Mobile is moving in the opposite direction. The fourth-largest cellphone service provider in the U.S. announced Wednesday that subscribers who pay a $10 monthly fee and trade in their phones can now potentially get four new phones in a 24-month period.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 14, 2013 | By F. Kathleen Foley
Playwright Sarah Ruhl is a proven practitioner whose buoyantly surreal plays are moored by cosmically serious themes. Pulitzer-nominated in 2005, Ruhl's “The Clean House” exploited a comical situation -- a Latina domestic worker's quest for the perfect joke -- to explore larger issues of death and loss. And in “Eurydice,” recently seen in a stellar production at A Noise Within, Ruhl slanted the Greek myth of Eurydice and Orpheus into a moving story of undying paternal love -- Ruhl's moving valedictory to her own dead father.
SCIENCE
June 12, 2013 | By Eryn Brown
Hands-free phone use while driving - for talking or, especially, for texting - is just plain dangerous, said researchers at the University of Utah who have studied distracted driving for more than a decade. In a study funded by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, a research and education arm of AAA, psychologist David Strayer of the university's Applied Cognition Lab and colleagues found that using speech recognition technology to command devices while driving - even when eyes were on the road and hands were on the wheel - resulted in “a relatively high level of cognitive distraction.”  Talking on the phone or with a passenger was moderately distracting, the researchers found.
NATIONAL
May 21, 2013 | By David Zucchino
MOORE, Okla. - When Josephine Owings heard the shriek of tornado sirens Monday afternoon, she scooped up her "babies" - her tiny lap dogs, Emma and Harley - and took shelter in her bathroom. Her cell phone rang. It was her daughter-in-law, Chasidy Artrip, who feared that Owings' three-bedroom home was directly in the path of the massive tornado that minutes later killed at least 24 people in and around this Oklahoma City suburb. "Mom, get out of the bathroom!" Artrip yelled into the phone.
SPORTS
August 4, 2012 | By Lance Pugmire
Inside the press box at triple-A Albuquerque two weeks ago, Dodgers General Manager Ned Colletti closed all the doors and windows, activated his cell phone to speaker mode and launched an impromptu conference call. With Colletti were Dodgers President Stan Kasten and assistant general manager De Jon Watson. Special assistant Rick Ragazzo, player personnel director Vance Lovelace and director of contracts Alex Tamin were on connecting lines. The news that brought them together: Ragazzo had learned that the Miami Marlins were willing to trade star infielder Hanley Ramirez.
BUSINESS
July 12, 2012 | By Deborah Netburn
We've often wondered what would happen to the pay phone -- that relic of a time before cell phone domination.  Will they disappear? Will they be kept around for those times when your cell phone has died? Will they be transformed into something more useful? One potential solution comes from New York City, which launched a pilot program Wednesday that turned some of the city's 12,000 pay phone kiosks into Wi-Fi hot spots. " We are taking an existing infrastructure and leveraging it up to provide more access to information," said Rahul Merchant, the city's chief information officer, the Associated Press reports.  The city has already converted 10 payphone kiosks in Manhattan, Queens and Brooklyn into Wi-Fi hot spots and more of these mini-experiments are planned for the Bronx and Staten Island.
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