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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 9, 2001 | MONTE MORIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Dismissing reservations that they may be straying from their stated mission, directors of Orange County's public toll roads Thursday approved a deal with a Canadian firm that hopes to market FasTrak transponders as "electronic wallets." Hoping to counter sometimes lagging toll revenue, directors of the Transportation Corridor Agencies agreed to an unusual business deal that will let motorists use transponders to pay for a variety of products and services, from medicine to dry cleaning.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 17, 2000
The loss of 17 Americans in the Middle East as a result of the terrorist bomb should be unacceptable to the American public ("Death Toll From Blast Probably 17, Pentagon Says," Oct. 14). The conflict in the Middle East is over 1,000 years old. It is so old, in fact, that many of the current participants cannot clearly identify the specific reason to hate an individual Israeli or Arab. The U.S. faces an impossible task as we attempt to mediate or bring peace to this region. Better the U.S. attempt to bring peace to Los Angeles, Boston, New York and Detroit.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 30, 2000
Truckers will zoom through the county with less hassle once a new weight-monitoring system installed on the Ventura Freeway begins running this week. Large metal poles were extended over the freeway on both sides of the Conejo Grade last week. Now maintenance crews are attaching wires and connecting transmitters that will help create smoother truck flow by eliminating the need for scores of 18-wheelers to stop and be weighed, said California Highway Patrol officials.
BUSINESS
July 1, 2000 | KAREN ALEXANDER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Sign on the dotted line. Autograph there by the X. Put your John Hancock right here. Or if you prefer: Slide your "smart card" in the sensor, look into the iris scanner and double-click your mouse. Technologies to verify a person's identity in cyberspace got a big boost Friday when President Clinton inked his name on a bill that makes so-called digital signatures as legally binding as pen on paper.
NEWS
June 18, 2000 | JEFFREY L. RABIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In a debut overshadowed by the opening of the subway to the San Fernando Valley, Los Angeles will launch a new rapid bus service next weekend--stretching from the Westside to the Eastside and across the San Fernando Valley--that uses new technology in a bold bid to speed the movement of buses. The experiment is being watched nationally as a test to see if new buses equipped with electronic gear that can communicate with high-tech traffic signal systems can reduce travel time.
BUSINESS
June 14, 2000 | Indraneel Sur
The Defense Department said it's awarding a $37.9-million contract over four years to TRW Inc.'s Carson-based Tactical Systems Division for an electronic system to protect troops against "friendly fire." Allied vehicles fitted with the Battlefield Combat Identification System kits send short, encrypted signals to each other to distinguish themselves from enemy targets. Development of the system came in response to recent high-profile friendly fire tragedies.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 24, 2000 | JESSICA GARRISON, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
No more television programs interrupted to broadcast the latest Los Angeles car chase. No more freeways closed as police try to nab fleeing scofflaws, and no more pedestrians killed by speeding felons trying to elude capture. In fact, no more high-speed police pursuits, ever. At least that's the goal of a new technology demonstrated to astonished onlookers Tuesday in Redondo Beach during the California Peace Officers Assn.'s annual conference.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 2, 2000 | BOBBY CUZA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The hits came closer and closer together as New Year's Day approached. Every five or 10 minutes on a computer screen inside the Los Angeles County sheriff's Century station, a line graph spiked, a radar screen blipped and a target suddenly appeared on a map. With each hit, the computerized system was pinpointing the location of another possible gunshot fired into the air in the Willowbrook neighborhood. Celebratory gunfire on New Year's morning has long been a problem in the Southland.
NEWS
November 11, 1999 | RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The roller-coaster death plunge of EgyptAir Flight 990 apparently began as a "controlled descent" in the course of an otherwise routine flight, federal investigators said Wednesday. The initial information from the Boeing 767's battered flight data recorder intensified the urgency of finding the second of the plane's two "black boxes," still on the bottom of the Atlantic.
BUSINESS
November 10, 1999 | CYNDIA ZWAHLEN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
A suspiciously sweet Diet Pepsi from a local Del Taco gave inventor Paul Nicholas the idea for a device that would alert calorie-conscious consumers if a soda fountain drink sold as sugar-free wasn't. Nicholas hopes his hand-held invention, a type of refractometer that indicates the presence of sugar, also will interest diabetics and conversely people who don't mind sugar but want to avoid diet drinks because they believe artificial sweeteners are unhealthy.
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