May 21, 1989
Chalk another one up for myopic capitalist greed. CAROLINA P. BRIONES Pomona
September 6, 2012 |
DARPA's robotic cheetah has sprinted past another speed milestone: The four-legged robot can now officially run faster than Usain Bolt, the fastest man in the world. Chalk one up for robots. Humankind, you appear to be losing your supremacy. A new video released by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency shows the robot, inspired by the anatomy of a cheetah, running as fast as 28.3 mph before it trips and falls on what would be its face, if it had one. If it's any consolation, the robo-cheetah is only a bit faster than the human speed record holder: Bolt set the mark at 27.78 mph in 2009, during a 100-meter sprint.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 24, 1991
A Cal State Northridge protest Wednesday against the distribution of anti-gay flyers on campus touched off a series of angry confrontations between gay-rights demonstrators and their opponents. Members of SQUISH--Strong Queers United in Stopping Heterosexism--staged a "die-in," drawing chalk outlines of their bodies on a campus sidewalk to protest the anonymous flyers, which offered free baseball bats for "gay bashing and clubbing."
July 11, 1992
Regarding the July 4 letter by John Snyder in which he calls Curtis Crayon "the clown prince of handicapping," I refer to the money-won section of The Times' handicappers' column. As of July 4, Crayon is leading all handicappers, including chalk-player Bob Mieszerski, in this most important category despite having about a third as many winners. I have always said that anybody can pick a favorite, but it takes a real handicapper to pick longshots consistently. It would be interesting to see Crayon take on Janice, who is another chalk player.
June 9, 1990
Bob Mieszerski should find a piece of proverbial chalk and mark one (thousand?) up to experience on the proverbial chalkboard--a rather realistic lesson for an imagined calculated risk, I suppose. Better luck next time, Bob. ROBERT McCULLAGH, San Gabriel
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 29, 1989 |
Rosina Baur, a resident of affluent Palos Verdes Esates, was arrested, handcuffed, jailed, fingerprinted, photographed and frisked the other day--for allegedly wiping chalk marks off her tires. Anne Bisco, an office receptionist, was arrested on the same charge, interfering with an authorized person, a misdemeanor offense. Police say that Bisco and Baur, a real estate manager, were trying to sidestep a one-hour parking limit in the car-choked Malaga Cove shoppping plaza on April 21. Baur says she merely drove around and found a new space but Bisco admits she pulled her car forward and "lightly" rubbed the chalk.
October 13, 1987 |
A supermarket safe heisted by thieves in a stolen tow truck, who planted three bombs in this Northern California resort town as a diversionary tactic, was recovered battered but unopened Monday, police said. "The boom on the tow truck bent" and the safe bumped and gouged the roadway during the Sunday night caper, leaving a trail in the asphalt to a storage shed near the Clear Lake Airport, police Lt. Bob Chalk reported. "We recovered the safe at 7:30 a.m. in a storage unit.