CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 22, 2004 |
A Dodgers-Giants pennant fight only intensifies the bad feelings between El Lay and Ess Eff, as the late San Francisco columnist Herb Caen used to call the cities. Which makes this the perfect time to stock up on the insults compiled by Jon Winokur in "The War Between the State -- Northern California vs. Southern California." Here, for example, are comments by some observers who did not leave their hearts in cable-car land: * "The coldest winter I ever spent was a summer in San Francisco."
HOME & GARDEN
November 16, 2006 |
JUST so you know, F*art stands for Functional Art, according to owners Steve Cindoyan and Karina Macias. "We pronounce it Eff Art," says Macias, who isn't bothered by alternate pronunciations. "Shopping should be fun, not an intimidating chore." After noting a lack of design destinations in their booming Eagle Rock neighborhood and growing tired of trekking to museum stores, the partners opened their doors as "a gift shop for people who gift themselves."
April 29, 2007 |
First Lady Laura Bush had a hard act to follow Saturday when she delivered the commencement speech at Pepperdine University's graduation ceremony. Preceding her was a student speaker -- graduating senior Christine E. Li, an intercultural communication major from Santa Monica -- who cried, and moved parents and fellow grads to tears, as she lauded classmates' "incredible capacity to love."
May 18, 1994 |
Age: 43 Accomplishments: Founded Lotus Development Corp. Co-founded the to promote free and open communications in the digital world. Education: Bachelor's from Yale College, with interdisciplinary major in cybernetics. Master's in psychology from Beacon College. Interests: Eastern religion, reading, mountain biking on Martha's Vineyard Family: Kapor and his wife, Ellen Poss, a psychiatrist, have a young daughter and son. They live in Brookline, Mass.
April 16, 2012 |
As the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act of 2011 nears its time in the congressional spotlight, supporters and detractors alike are fine-tuning their arguments in preparation for another battle over how the Internet will be influenced by federal legislation. The core objective of CISPA is simple: Opening up greater means for communication between private entities and the federal government on issues of cybersecurity and national security. “Today the U.S. government protects itself using classified and unclassified threat information that it identifies from attacks on its networks,” a staffer on the Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence said, introducing the legislation on a conference call April 10. “However, the majority of the private sector doesn't get access to this information because the government has no mechanism today for effectively sharing.” The points of contention reside within the details of the bill.
December 13, 1987 |
This is Tabucchi's second collection of stories to appear in English; the first was "Letter from Casablanca" (originally "Il gioco del rovescio," "The Backwards Game"), well received last year. In an "Author's Note," penned in a Borgesian tone, the 44-year-old Tabucchi observes that he feels "driven" to seek out ambiguities and to speak of them in his short stories.
June 10, 2013 |
Anyone who exposes truly sensitive government secrets can be reasonably certain to have his or her identity revealed eventually (see, e.g., Daniel Ellsberg or Bradley Manning). So it made a certain amount of sense for Edward J. Snowden to announce over the weekend that he was the one who blew the whistle on the National Security Agency's classified and extraordinarily broad surveillance program. I mean, why spend sleepless nights worrying about being discovered when it's just a matter of time?
May 13, 2012 |
You've heard all about how banks present a danger to the financial system once they become "too big to fail" (I'm looking at you, JPMorgan Chase). Here's the equivalent question about a much different company: Has Google become too big to trust? To ask the question is to answer it, but in case that's not explicit enough, the answer plainly is yes. It's become impossible to ignore Google's lengthening string of privacy and regulatory missteps. The company has been found by the Federal Communications Commission to have collected and kept emails and Web browsing histories, even passwords, of individuals whose Wi-Fi signals were intercepted by vehicles photographing street scenes for its Street View program.