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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.
April 16, 2014 | By Daniel Miller
Former White House press secretary Dee Dee Myers has been named head of Warner Bros. corporate communications, replacing longtime studio executive Sue Fleishman.  Myers, who served as White House press secretary during President Clinton's first term, will begin work at Burbank-based Warner Bros. on Sept. 2.  Fleishman, who had worked at Warner Bros. for nine years, stepped down from her post this week. She oversaw communications for Warner Bros. during a two-year corporate succession race that ended in January 2013 with the announcement that Kevin Tsujihara would succeed   Barry Meyer as chief executive and chairman of Hollywood's biggest movie studio.
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.
April 15, 2014 | By The Times editorial board
New technology often challenges society's long-standing assumptions and standards, but sometimes courts - and others - lose sight of common sense as they grapple with the changes. That's the case in a recent decision of California's 6th Appellate District, which found that text messages and emails between public officials are beyond the reach of the Public Records Act if they are sent on private devices rather than ones owned by public agencies. The three-judge panel said that electronic communications between council members and the mayor of San Jose, even those regarding city business, should not be considered "public" records if they are not "used" or "retained" by the city government (the language cited comes from California's Public Records Act, written long before smartphones existed)
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.
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.
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.
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...
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.
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?
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.
April 3, 2014 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Vine is branching out beyond the world of six-second videos by adding a new feature that makes it possible for users to privately message one another. The Twitter-owned social network introduced the Vine message feature in an update Thursday for its Apple iOS and Android mobile apps. To use the feature, users open the navigation menu and tap the "Messages" option. They then record a short clip before choosing who they want to send the video to. Users can add a caption to the video if they want.
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.
March 22, 2014 | By James C. Taylor
NEW YORK - Pianist Evgeny Kissin speaks many languages, but to audiences around the world he is best known - and in some circles, revered - for his ability to articulate, with precision, the greatest scores of the classical piano repertoire. Talking with the Russian-born artist on New York's Upper West Side a few days before a sold-out solo recital at Carnegie Hall (the program of Scriabin and Schubert will repeat at Disney Hall on Monday), it becomes immediately clear that Kissin's mind is hard-wired for accuracy.
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.
March 18, 2014 | Laura J. Nelson, Dan Weikel
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.
September 9, 2012 | By Deena Goldstone
It occurred to me the other day that it is becoming less and less necessary to speak. Why talk when you can text, tweet or email? Why pick up the telephone when Facebook brings you up to date with every detail of your friends' lives? It feels like the human voice is becoming irrelevant, and I'm thrilled about it. You see, I have a daughter who can't speak. When Eva, who is now in her late 20s, was 6 months old, we received the official diagnosis of cerebral palsy. It wasn't a surprise.
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.
February 26, 2014
Nancy Sullivan is Vice President, Communications for the Los Angeles Times. She is responsible for all internal and external communications strategy and implementaion for Los Angeles Times Media Group, as well as the development and execution of media relations campaigns in support of company goals and initiatives. She serves as The Times' spokesperson and oversees Community Affairs. She joined The Times in October 2006 as Executive Director, Communications.  Previously, Sullivan was a senior vice president for Rogers and Cowan Inc., from October 2002 to March 2006.
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