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October 29, 2013 | By Richard Winton and Kate Mather
A cellphone charger in a Los Angeles County sheriff's deputy's pocket saved her from serious injury during a struggle in Inglewood early Tuesday when a parolee opened fire and the bullet glanced off the device. Authorities called it "miraculous. " The suspect, described as a 49-year-old parolee, was shot and killed but not before he fired again, grazing the deputy's partner in the hand, officials said. Both deputies were treated at area hospitals and released later in the day. Sheriff Lee Baca said the deputy probably would have been seriously injured had the cellphone charger not deflected the bullet, sending it down her pant leg. It grazed her leg and went out her pants.
October 29, 2013 | By Matt Pearce
Talk about coverage! A Florida gas station clerk's cellphone stopped a bullet fired by a robber early Monday and saved the clerk from serious injury, police said. Police from the Orlando suburb of Winter Garden told the Orlando Sentinel that the stickup began about 4:45 a.m. when the gunman asked for help looking for a drink before pulling a revolver. The gunman wanted the two clerks to get into the safe at the Hess station, but they weren't able to open it. That's when the gunman ran away -- but not before firing a single bullet that struck one of the clerks in the abdomen, police told the Sentinel.
October 25, 2013 | By David Ng
Cellphone ringing has become a commonplace annoyance at concerts around the world. But rarely is such a disruption captured on video - and rarer still is the case when a professional orchestra uploads the video onto YouTube. Sweden's Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra posted a video this week showing a performance of Haydn's Piano Concerto in D. A persistently ringing cellphone brings the concert to a halt, with conductor and soloist Christian Zacharias looking up in aggravation from the keyboard.
October 23, 2013 | By Joseph Serna
The mystery of the exploding North Hollywood truck has been solved, police say. It was sparked when a man, trying to get high, plugged in his cellphone charger while huffing propane inside the cab. This, police say, is according to the man himself. According to police, on Tuesday night a man with a burned scalp and face walked into the Los Angeles Police Department's North Hollywood substation and explained what sparked an explosion earlier that morning in the 11300 block of Miranda Street.
October 21, 2013 | By Joseph Serna and Ari Bloomekatz
Police searched Monday for two men who ambushed and fatally shot a father in front of his teenage son in South L.A. Father and son had been lured by a Craigslist ad for a cellphone. Rene Balbuena, 41, and his 15-year-old son were in Gramercy Park near 92 nd Street and Gramercy Place about 7:40 p.m. Saturday when police say two men walked up to their vehicle from behind and demanded Balbuena's money. Balbuena got out of the car and one of the men opened fire, police said.
October 21, 2013 | Sandy Banks
It seems to happen often enough that we're no longer shocked to hear it: A teenager commits suicide after being bullied online by peers. But the recent death in Florida of 12-year-old Rebecca Ann Sedwick and arrest of two of her former middle school classmates makes it clear that victims are getting younger and bullies more brazen online. Two girls, 12 and 14, have been charged with felony aggravated stalking based on evidence of a year of online taunts and threats. Sheriff's deputies confiscated the cellphones and laptops of more than a dozen girls accused of bullying Rebecca and found messages such as "You should die. " This may be the first time children have been accused of a crime in connection with suicide.
October 20, 2013 | By Nita Lelyveld
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 | By Karin Klein
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 | By Marc Lifsher
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.
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