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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.
June 13, 2013 | By Stephen Bailey
He's an interesting guy, this coach. Resembles actor Richard Gere. Is said to be the very best in his field. Won NBA championships. Dated Jeanie Buss. Meet Chip Engelland, San Antonio Spurs assistant. The shooting specialist credited with sharpening the strokes of Grant Hill, Tony Parker and, most recently, Kawhi Leonard. Engelland, 52, was a UCLA ball boy in the days of John Wooden and led the City Section in scoring as a senior at Palisades High in 1979. Basketball fans around the Westside mention his name in the same breath as former NBA sharpshooters Kiki Vandeweghe and Steve Kerr.
June 10, 2013 | By Catharine Hamm
A couple of recent On the Spot columns ( and dealt with making sure that travelers have a credit card that's compatible with foreign systems. Many U.S. cards have a magnetic stripe. They are, technologically speaking, old hat. They're supposed to work abroad. They don't always. Many foreign merchants use smartcards with a chip. Some require a personal identification number to work; others just a signature. The smartcard credit card is increasingly available in the U.S. but not always readily.
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