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August 20, 2013 | Staff and wire reports
Denver Broncos linebacker Von Miller received a six-game suspension under the NFL's substance-abuse policy Tuesday, taking away the best defensive player from a team many expect to make a run at the Super Bowl. The league wanted a longer penalty for the third-year linebacker, but the sides agreed to less than half the season, a person familiar with the negotiations between the linebacker and the NFL told the Associated Press. Broncos Executive Vice President John Elway said the team was frustrated with what happened "and, I think, disappointed in Von. " According to the NFL, Miller is eligible to play and practice through the last two preseason games.
August 16, 2013 | By Rick Rojas
SEATTLE - At the marijuana festival called Hempfest that has been held here annually for more than two decades, enforcing pot smoking laws was traditionally a low priority. Police say they wanted to keep people safe and ensure that property wasn't damaged or stolen. But this weekend, at the first gathering since Washington state voters approved decriminalizing marijuana use, police will take a different approach to protecting and serving: Instead of having handcuffs and citations at the ready, a group of officers will be passing out tortilla chips.
August 11, 2013 | By Jen Leo
This website proves that a festival can be much more than a crowded music concert or hippie spiritual event. Name: What it does: Introduces the world's best festivals in order to inspire a community of "culturally curious" travelers and expand their horizons through collective gatherings. What's hot: There's big passion behind this project. Chip Conley, founder and former chief executive of Joie de Vivre Hospitality, founded Fest300 and is contributing reviews and writing about his love of festivals and festival-goers on "Chip's Blog.
August 2, 2013 | Staff and wire reports
The Philadelphia Eagles excused Riley Cooper from all team activities Friday as the wide receiver dealt with the repercussions of being caught on video making a racial slur. Cooper has been sent away from the team to get help with his issues, something upon which the player and the team agreed. Coach Chip Kelly made it clear after Friday's practice, however, that Cooper would be back with the team when he's ready. "There has never been any question of cutting Riley," Kelly said. Cooper said the last few days have been incredibly difficult, and he will seek counseling.
July 28, 2013 | By Ronald D. White
Emulex Corp. in Costa Mesa designs and makes chips that help data move faster through computer servers and storage networks. The company's Ethernet and Fibre Channel products have been built into the server and storage products of such well-known companies as Dell Inc., Intel Corp., Cisco Systems Inc., Hewlett-Packard Co., Oracle Corp. and IBM Corp. Fibre Channel is a rival networking standard to Ethernet for transmitting data between computer devices. The company, founded in 1979, said in its fiscal third-quarter financial report that its products can be found somewhere in the data centers "of nearly all of the Fortune 1000" companies.
July 24, 2013 | By Paresh Dave
Shares of Irvine chip maker Broadcom Corp. plunged to their lowest price in three years as investors worried that smartphones and tablets will be increasingly outfitted with wireless chips made by rivals. Nearly all Apple iPhone and Samsung Galaxy users who connect to a Wi-Fi network or turn on Bluetooth are able to do so because of a Broadcom wireless networking chip that costs about $5 a phone. A third of Broadcom's business comes from those two device makers. But in recent weeks, analyst reports related to Samsung and Apple have suggested that the number of first-time buyers of smartphones is slowing.
June 26, 2013 | By Chuck Schilken
The University of Oregon and former football coach Chip Kelly escaped any major penalties after an NCAA investigation into recruiting violations. The Ducks football program loses one scholarship per year for three years and was placed on probation for the same period after the NCAA's Division I Infractions Committee found that Kelly and the university failed to monitor the program, according to a report released Wednesday. In addition, Oregon's official paid recruit visits were reduced from 56 to 37 for the next three academic years; its evaluation days were cut for each of the next three seasons; and it is not allowed to use recruiting services while on probation.
June 23, 2013 | By Catharine Hamm, Los Angeles Times
Question: I read with interest the articles concerning the use of magnetic stripe and Chip and PIN cards in Europe and, as a result, have just obtained a Chip and PIN card. The customer service representative added one caveat: "Bad guys" in Europe have a device that can read the PIN from some distance from the location of the transaction and can then fraudulently use it for their own purposes. She strongly advised the purchase of a protective sleeve that can thwart this illegal use. Albert P. Taylor North Tustin Answer: Every transaction carries some risk, security experts agree, but the agent seems to have conflated a couple of security concerns.
June 16, 2013 | Chris Foster
UCLA is in Omaha for the College World Series and, yes, the Bruins took bats with them to use. Maybe the Bruins' batters are not just in it for the ride. But do the math. Their .251 regular-season team batting average was the lowest among the 64 teams that made the NCAA tournament. The Bruins' 293 runs are the fewest among the eight teams that reached the College World Series. Their average of 4.8 runs per game is a full run behind the next lowest (Oregon State averages 5.8)
June 14, 2013 | By Chris Lee, Los Angeles Times
NEW YORK CITY - Sofia Coppola could have easily gone the studio route in choosing a distributor for her new movie, "The Bling Ring. " Instead she chose the upstart company that set loose the viral image of James Franco as a resplendently thugged-out Jesus. The Facebook posting of the actor in his "Spring Breakers" lizard-king persona, surrounded by his bikini-clad costars, director Harmony Korine and rapper Gucci Mane at a "Last Supper"-style banquet table, spread across the web in late March with a tide of 20,000 thumbs-up.
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