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May 29, 2000 | ELIZABETH DOUGLASS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A new wave of companies is steadily staking claim to a piece of the communications future. For now, these promising firms are mostly hidden among a glut of "dot-com" ventures. That obscurity, however, is not likely to last. That's because this group of companies is harnessing the power of next-generation networks that carry phone and Internet traffic together, making possible a host of new services that combine the strengths of both phones and computers.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 5, 2014 | By Eryn Brown
Reginald Clarke is someone Obamacare was designed to help. The 55-year-old, who was homeless for a time, now has an apartment in Gardena and a street-cleaning job that pays him $14,000 a year. He hadn't visited a doctor in four or five years. Then, last fall, his girlfriend told him he would be eligible for Medi-Cal starting Jan. 1. "I was excited. I could go get a physical," he said. "There are a few things I need. " But joy turned to exasperation when Clarke's application, filed in December, was mistakenly rejected - and then seemed to disappear from county and state computer systems.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 30, 1987
Gov. George Deukmejian has signed legislation requiring pregnant teen-age girls to obtain parental consent to have an abortion. He claims this will "encourage" communication. What I want to know is why the father of the fetus doesn't have to inform his parents? Shouldn't teen boys be "encouraged" to communicate with their parents too? Aren't they equally responsible for their actions? It seems to me that once again women are taking all of the consequences. This legislation gives teen boys the message that they won't be held accountable for their actions.
SPORTS
March 29, 2014 | By Mike DiGiovanna
I liked Major League Baseball's decision to dramatically expand its use of instant replay, believing it was time for a sport that is often resistant to change to embrace technology the way the NFL, NBA and NHL have. But after seeing the replay process play out - rather clumsily at times - this spring, I'm less of a fan. The new system requires too many layers of evaluation and communication, and it is sure to disrupt the flow of games. First, the manager, in what amounts to an on-field filibuster, must initiate a discussion with an umpire to give his video coordinator time to review the play to determine whether the call should be challenged.
SCIENCE
February 19, 2013 | By Joseph Serna
In what could be called a three-hour space oddity , the International Space Station lost communication with NASA's ground control in Houston on Tuesday while the station updated its software. Its astronauts, two Americans, three Russians and a Canadian, were left sitting in a tin can far above the world, and there was nothing they could do. Luckily, the spaceship knew which way to go. Thanks to its quick, 90-minute orbit around the Earth, the crew members were able to occasionally check in with engineers on the ground as they passed over Russia and got directions on how to fix the problem.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 4, 1986
Military public relations has advanced remarkably since Douglas McArthur discovered what a little newsprint and film could do. Wednesday, April 23, the Marines at Tustin's air station mounted a unique frontal assault. In face-to-face communication with the community, the Marines demonstrated that the explosive situations they're capable of defusing aren't only in combat zones. They can definitely hold their ground in their own neighborhood. With their second "flight operations seminar," Col. David McEvoy and staff demonstrated that eyeball-to-eyeball communication improves relations with citizens unnerved by the noise of helicopter operations.
OPINION
September 29, 2011 | By Jesse Kornbluth
"Only connect," E.M. Forster advised. He had no idea. I once worked for a company so wired that the boss told me, "The real test of a relationship is how quickly you can get out of bed after making love to check your email. " That was a decade ago. Now almost everyone I know is armed with an iPhone or a BlackBerry, and the better question is whether you'd interrupt sex to read a tweet or respond to a text message. My bet: Most would. Indeed, as I watch people madly pecking on tiny keyboards or announcing their locations as if they're human GPS devices, there's really nothing people won't interrupt in order to connect with … well, just about anybody.
NEWS
June 12, 2012 | By Mike DiGiovanna
A late-night comment by Albert Pujols in the wake of a 3-2 victory over the Dodgers on Monday shed some light on one of the problems that plagued the Angels during their dismal April and that may have contributed to the dismissal of hitting coach Mickey Hatcher in May. “One thing we've been doing over the last two months is we're really communicating well - that's something we weren't doing,” Pujols said after the Angels improved to a...
MAGAZINE
June 29, 1997
Fine articles like that of Miles Corwin on the Loved Ones of Homicide Victims group ("For the Longest Time I Just Wanted to Die," May 18) can help open the lines of communication and humanity among all of the L.A. area's communities so we can reach over the boundaries that have separated us for much too long. I'm sure I was not the only person deeply touched by this heart-wrenching story. Can you tell us where we can send donations to the Loved Ones or to Virginia Davis so that she can buy a headstone for her son?
OPINION
December 4, 2010
The quirk factor Re "A husk of its former self," Column One, Dec. 1 I find it so sad that roadside attractions such as the Corn Palace in South Dakota are battling for their survival. Speaking as a foreigner, I must say that these quirky attractions are part of what makes the United States appealing to the rest of the world. The U.S. has had a long history of tolerating and even embracing the eccentric. These imaginative places should not be allowed to vanish, as already far too many have.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 20, 2014 | By Joe Flint
Discovery Communications founder John Hendricks will retire as chairman of the board of the cable giant in May. Hendricks, a science buff who worked in academia, launched Discovery Channel in 1985 and over the years the company went from owning a handful of educational outlets to a global media juggernaut filled with popular reality shows. Besides its flagship channel Discovery, the company also owns TLC, Animal Planet and 50% of Oprah Winfrey's OWN Network. “Few words can appropriately convey what kind of person John is, or what he has meant to this company and the cable television industry overall.  He is a true visionary, a man of enormous integrity and one of the world's great entrepreneurs," Discovery President and Chief Executive David Zaslav said in a statement.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 18, 2014 | By Dan Weikel and Laura J. Nelson
The emergency response to November's deadly shooting at Los Angeles International Airport was hampered by poor communications and a lack of coordination between agencies, problems that contributed to a chaotic evacuation and delays reaching victims, officials said Tuesday. A new report on the shooting found that firefighters and paramedics had difficulty determining where to go. There was a delay in setting up a unified emergency command center. Thousands of passengers spilled onto secure airport ramps where planes were parked or fled onto nearby streets, many lugging their bags along Sepulveda, Lincoln and Century boulevards.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 13, 2014 | By Sheri Linden
Whether she's trysting with her married lover or helping other people die, the title character of "Honey" is a fascinating and complex figure, and Jasmine Trinca inhabits the role with a detached intensity that's thoroughly compelling. The Italian film - the assured feature-directing debut by actress Valeria Golino, still best known to American audiences for "Rain Man" - achieves the rare feat of addressing euthanasia head-on without devolving into a dramatized treatise or a button-pushing issue movie.
BUSINESS
February 21, 2014 | David Lazarus
Maybe Capital One should take a course in remedial English. The credit card issuer seems to be having a tough time communicating relatively simple ideas. Betty Rome, for example, would be thousands of dollars wealthier now had Cap One expressed itself clearly. Instead, she says, the company spent months trying to trick her into opening an account she didn't want. Yet that corporate misdirection pales in comparison to the Cap One contract update I wrote about Tuesday. The company recently informed its millions of cardholders that "we may contact you in any manner we choose," including a "personal visit" to your home or workplace.
BUSINESS
February 16, 2014 | By Hugo Martín
The slew of storms that has pummeled the nation's Midwest and East Coast this winter has resulted in some horrible numbers: 77,000 canceled flights carrying nearly 6 million passengers so far this year. An additional 43 million people were on delayed flights. At Charlotte Douglas International Airport in North Carolina, about 1,000 passengers slept in the terminals Thursday night because of 675 canceled flights in and out of the airport. The airport offered cots, blankets and baby items to delayed travelers.
BUSINESS
February 12, 2014 | By Stuart Pfeifer
Prosecutors in Utah have charged a San Diego tech executive with assaulting Ariane Bellamar, a model and one of the pampered mothers on reality TV show "Beverly Hills Nannies. " The Summit County prosecutor on Tuesday accused Patrick Henry, chief executive of Entropic Communications Inc., of assaulting Bellamar on Jan. 23 at his vacation home near Park City, Utah, after a night of drinking. When Bellamar tried to call police from her cellphone, Henry snatched the device from her and threw it to the ground, smashing the glass screen, said Summit County Atty.
SPORTS
June 12, 2012 | By Mike DiGiovanna
A late-night comment by Albert Pujols after a 3-2 victory Monday shed some light on a problem that plagued the Angels during their dismal April and may have contributed to the firing of hitting coach Mickey Hatcher in May. "One thing we've been doing is we're really communicating well — that's something we weren't doing," Pujols said after the Angels improved to 15-4 since May 22 and moved to within 21/2 games of Texas in the American League...
AUTOS
February 5, 2014 | By Jerry Hirsch
The decision by U.S. auto safety regulators to have automakers build cars that talk to one another will turn out to be one of the most cost-efficient safety initiatives in automotive history. Morgan Stanley analysts Ravi Shanker and Adam Jonas estimate that the technology -- called vehicle-to-vehicle communications -- will add as little as $100 to the cost of a car but “will deliver a large portion of the $500 billion accident savings that we estimate from autonomous vehicles, sooner than expected,” the analysts wrote in a report to investors.
AUTOS
February 3, 2014 | By Jerry Hirsch
The Department of Transportation will push the development of a short-range radio system aimed at stopping crashes by allowing cars to exchange basic facts about speed and direction to other vehicles as fast at 10 times a second. Called vehicle-to-vehicle communications, such a system would give vehicles the ability to warn drivers of potential dangers as far as 300 yards away.  The technology could be linked to safety systems already in some vehicles that automatically trigger the brakes or make steering adjustments to stop collisions.  “This is just the beginning of a revolution in roadway safety,” U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx said Monday.
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