CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 20, 2013 |
Many of the people gathered in the sleek Santa Monica space were leading double lives. What they did in the workaday world was not what had brought them there. On this night, they'd shed that pay-the-rent reality - of managing buildings, of building them, of arranging titles for car loans. They'd also shed the names they were known by in it. They had come together a block from the beach as their alter egos: xtoofur , kevturner007 , jelloet . Those were the names printed in bold on the badges they wore on lanyards - badges that, flipped over, simply said ARTIST.
October 16, 2013 |
Why are cellphone towers so utterly ugly? That wasn't the most important issue that came up during a Times editorial board meeting this week with Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, but it's surely a question that most of us have pondered. Our tiny hand-helds have been designed to the max; more aesthetic effort has gone into the protective cases than into the fake pine and palm trees that rise in unlikely places throughout the landscape. Garcetti pointed to a new cell tower in Glassell Park, which also serves as a Streamline Moderne-style community marker, as an example of a far more pleasing way to construct a tower.
October 13, 2013
Thank you for Catharine Hamm's enlightening article on travel insurance ["What That Policy Covers," On the Spot, Oct. 6]. I blew out my knee's quad tendon in Dubai on the first day of a cruise tour. After having my entire leg cast locally, I tried to fly back to L.A. for immediate surgery. I had a prepaid return flight in coach, but Emirates Airlines said it couldn't accommodate me there because my leg had to be elevated and sticking straight out, and coach didn't have the room for my leg. (Of course, I'd have accepted lying across three seats, but the airline said no.)
October 10, 2013 |
SACRAMENTO - Two pieces of legislation, heavily backed by the telecommunications industry but opposed by state regulators, were vetoed Thursday by Gov. Jerry Brown. One dealt with fees related to the purchase of prepaid cellphone minutes. The bill, AB 300 by Assemblyman Henry T. Perea (D-Fresno), would have created a new system for retailers to collect the fees from purchasers. As approved by the Legislature, the money would be sent to the Board of Equalization and then passed to the California Public Utilities Commission.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 7, 2013 |
The deaths of Ying Wu and Ming Qu, two USC graduate students from China, puzzled investigators. The two had been fatally shot while sitting in Qu's parked BMW on a rainy April night in 2012, and authorities struggled to find a motive. Both, however, were missing their phones. In the end, prosecutors said, it was Wu's stolen black iPhone that led investigators to the suspected shooters. On Monday, a Los Angeles County Superior Court judge ruled that Bryan Barnes, 21, and Javier Bolden, 20, will stand trial for the students' deaths.
October 3, 2013 |
Once they place a suspect under arrest, police in many parts of this country are allowed to search the contents of his or her mobile phone - including text messages, photos, video files and contacts - without a warrant. These searches can expose a wealth of personal detail that was inconceivable to the Supreme Court 40 years ago when it gave officers wide latitude to search people and their effects when taking them into custody. It's time for the court to adapt its doctrine to new technology.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 25, 2013 |
Two Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies shot and wounded a man in the 1700 block of Burnside Avenue in the Mid-City area Wednesday afternoon, according to a news release. Deputies responded to a Burnside Avenue address and saw a man who closely matched the description of a suspected felon. Upon contact with deputies, the man reached into his waistband and removed several objects, including narcotics and "a black object he held in his hand," the release said. A deputy opened fire, believing the man was arming himself.
September 20, 2013 |
Plenty of comedians crack jokes about the role of technology in contemporary life, but leave it to Louis C.K. to lace the observational humor with a little existential dread. On Thursday's "Conan," the multi-hyphenate actor-writer-director-producer-editor, who's up for approximately a million Emmys on Sunday night, explained why he won't let his young daughters have cellphones, despite their constant begging. "I'm not there to make them happy," he said defiantly.
September 10, 2013 |
Cellphone use at movie theaters is a modern etiquette dilemma that inspires heated debates and occasional popcorn throwing. But a blogger's call to 911 during a Toronto International Film Festival screening Monday has kicked the issue up a level. Alex Billington, president and owner of the movie website Firstshowing.net, said he called 911 during a press and industry screening of Ti West's horror movie "The Sacrament" to object to an audience member using his cellphone in one of the front rows.
September 4, 2013 |
During surgery at Torrance Memorial Medical Center, an anesthesiologist decorated a patient's face with stickers while the patient was unconscious - giving her a black mustache and teardrops under her left eye - and then a nurse's aide snapped her photo. The 2011 incident has prompted a state investigation and a civil lawsuit by the patient against the hospital and the doctor over the alleged breach of medical privacy. Torrance Memorial said in a statement that this "breach of professionalism regrettably did occur" and those involved "demonstrated poor judgment" while caring for Veronica Valdez, 36, who worked at the hospital for 13 years before the surgery.