December 22, 2011
When the FBI reports statistics on rape in its annual crime report, it includes only incidents that involve "carnal knowledge of a female, forcibly and against her will. " But that's too narrow a definition. Most local and state police jurisdictions these days use much broader language. In fact, the FBI definition, which is more than 80 years old, is so outdated that many of the cases that local law enforcement authorities categorize as rape never get listed in the FBI's annual Uniform Crime Reports.
December 22, 1996
Sylvia Bursztyn and I appreciate Kate Reeves' distinction between opalescence and chatoyancy in regard to our cluing "cat's-eye" as "opalescent gem" in our Dec. 8 Puzzler (Letters, Dec. 15). But not being mineralogists, we relied on the Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary (10th edition) definition of "cat's-eye": "Any of various gems (as a chrysoberyl or a chalcedony) exhibiting opalescent reflections from within." BARRY TUNICK Culver City
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 19, 2013 |
SACRAMENTO -- Seeking to close an archaic loophole in state law, the Assembly unanimously voted Monday to expand the state's definition of rape to include instances when a perpetrator pretends to be somebody else in order to have sexual intercourse, regardless of the victim's marital status. The loophole most recently sparked an uproar last January when a state appeals court overturned the rape conviction of a man who impersonated the boyfriend of a sleeping Los Angeles County woman and had sex with her. A state law dating to the 1870s says that a perpetrator who has intercourse with a married woman by pretending to be her husband can be prosecuted for felony rape.
June 17, 2013 |
SACRAMENTO - Americans have been eating hot dogs since at least 1870, when a Coney Island restaurateur started selling sausages on long buns. In California's capital, hot-dog carts keep the tradition going with cheap, quick, lunches for state workers and tourists. But cart owners around the state are threatened with closure by health inspectors, unless lawmakers come to their rescue. That's why the Assembly Health Committee had to come up with a legal definition for "hot dog. " The proposed change to state health laws spells it out: "'Hot dog' means a whole, cured, cooked sausage that is skinless or stuffed in a casing that may be known as a frankfurter, frank, furter, wiener, red hot, Vienna, bologna, garlic bologna or knockwurst and that may be served in a bun or roll.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 26, 1995
There seems to be some confusion as to just what derivatives are, since many knowledgeable people have lost a lot of money on them. I wish to offer an off-beat definition that should help clear up any misunderstanding about what they are. Derivatives are securities that have been cut up, marked up and sold to customers who have been set up and held up by brokers who have been cleaning up while covering up their trading tracks. ARTHUT HUNEVEN Ojai
October 1, 2006 |
ITS future is far from certain, but Chicano Art Magazine (www.chicanoartmagazine.com) has reached a milepost many fledgling art magazines never make -- a second issue, which will be out in about two weeks. The magazine, founded and edited by Laura Molina, a painter who lives in the Antelope Valley, premiered in July, priced at $6, aiming to provide a forum for makers and admirers of Mexican Americana art. Three-thousand copies were printed.