April 9, 2014 |
AUGUSTA, Ga. - It was a quiet, nondescript moment deep in the pine trees at the end of a sunny practice round. It was a moment unspoiled by smartphones or smart alecks. It was the perfect Masters moment. At a spot where fans could cross the 18th fairway Wednesday afternoon, the marshals did not spot any oncoming golfers and dropped the ropes. But the fans didn't move. In the distance, they could hear a shuffling and a whistling, and so they waited. And waited. Finally, coming down the hill, with no caddie or entourage, accompanied only by his twirling golf club, was smiling former Masters champion Angel Cabrera.
March 30, 2014 |
If you're against letting airline passengers talk on cellphones, you've gained a powerful ally. The Global Business Travel Assn., a trade group for the world's business travelers, submitted its opposition last week to a plan by the Federal Communications Commission to lift a ban on voice calls on planes. The group, which represents about 6,000 travel managers, called onboard calls “detrimental to business travelers.” The association even quoted folk singer Pete Seeger, who borrowed heavily from the book of Ecclesiastes when he wrote “there is a time to keep silence and a time to speak.” Although the U.S. Department of Transportation has already received hundreds of comments in opposition to cellphone calls, business travelers carry extra influence.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 26, 2014 |
Go to any corner in many a part of this city and you'll find a Hollywood dream. David Harwell's corner is North La Cienega Boulevard and West 3rd Street. There, he dances with a sign that reads, "CHECKS CASHED, MoneyGram, CURRENCY EXCHANGE. " On a nearby lamppost, he bungee-cords another sign, featuring his photo, name and the words, "Like me on Facebook. " So far, 26,000 people have done so . Harwell wants to build a fan base. He's a sign dancer now, but he wants to be an actor.
March 25, 2014 |
WASHINGTON -- The National Security Agency would lose its authority to collect and hold years' worth of telephone calling records but gain access to cellphone information it currently lacks under an Obama administration proposal aimed at quieting controversy over the spy agency's data archive. The plan, which would need congressional approval, would significantly curb what has been the most controversial secret program revealed by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden. Currently, the NSA collects most landline calling records and stores them for five years in a database that it periodically searches using telephone numbers connected to terrorists abroad. T he new proposal would end the NSA's practice of holding the massive amounts of calling data.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 10, 2014 |
The California Highway Patrol sent out an Amber Alert on Monday over cellphones for a Long Beach boy allegedly abducted from his home by his mother. The victim was identified as Nicholas Johnston, 12, described as white with blond hair and blue eyes, 4-feet-8 inches tall and about 80 pounds. CHP officials say the boy was abducted on Thursday by his mother, Sri Johnston, 49, who is white with brown hair and brown eyes, about 5 feet tall and 125 pounds. She was last seen driving a tan 1998 Saturn four-door with California license plate 4AUU679.
February 28, 2014 |
You can't talk or text while driving in California. But if you want to use a map or some other app on your smartphone, that's OK. At least for now. The 5th District Court of Appeal ruled Thursday that the California Highway Patrol was wrong to ticket a Fresno man for driving and holding his smartphone to look at a map. The court was totally right. The Vehicle Code says a driver can't hold a wireless telephone while talking or listening on it. The law makes no mention of holding the phone to look at a map or do any other sort of functional thing that smartphones are now capable of. (There is a separate law that specifically bans texting unless using hands-free technology, so typing a text from behind the wheel will still get you a ticket.)