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April 29, 2007 | Sandy Banks, Times Staff Writer
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."
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HOME & GARDEN
November 16, 2006 | David A. Keeps, Times Staff Writer
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."
ENTERTAINMENT
April 14, 2014 | By Christie D'Zurilla
For Zac Efron, it appears that one awesome shirtless performance has led right to another, as he accepted his MTV Movie Award half naked on Sunday night.  The actor, who won the trophy for shirtless performance by stripping down in "That Awkward Moment," had promised in March to take off his top for the awards if he beat Chris Hemsworth's hotness in "Thor. " At first, it seemed as if he wasn't going to follow through on his pledge. But with Rita Ora providing a bit of stripping assistance - she came up behind him and ripped open his snap-closure shirt - he eventually delivered.  "If I beat Thor- I'm accepting the award shirtless on stage.
BUSINESS
May 18, 1994 | MARTHA GROVES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
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.
NEWS
April 16, 2012 | By Morgan Little
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.
BUSINESS
November 6, 2000 | From Associated Press
Genius, grit and greed drove the first raucous decades of high-tech high life. Now, a cyberlaw expert hopes to start up something new in Silicon Valley: a dot-conscience. With a staff of law school students at UC Berkeley, the clinic will examine dot-com cons, electronic eavesdropping, copyright battles and other ethical dilemmas.
BUSINESS
April 19, 2005 | Jon Healey, Times Staff Writer
Congress is poised to pass a bill ratcheting up the penalties for movie and music bootlegging, handing Hollywood a long-sought victory in its drive to prosecute pirates. But the Family Entertainment and Copyright Act of 2005, which the House is expected to approve today, includes a bitter pill for the studios: It would legalize products that electronically snip offensive scenes or words from DVDs.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 1, 1999 | ERIKA MILVY, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Comstockery and bowdlerism have been menacing artistic expression since long before the eras of either Anthony Comstock or Thomas Bowlder, the men whose names became wedded to literary censorship. Bowlder published a G-rated volume of Shakespeare in 1818, and Comstock, as secretary of the New York Society for the Suppression of Vice in the 1870s, helped destroy 160 tons of literature and pictures he deemed immoral.
BUSINESS
December 23, 1996 | STEVE G. STEINBERG
Every December I am reminded of direct marketing's disconcerting precision. My mailbox fills with catalogs of electronic gadgets and books, while my neighbor's is stuffed with glossy brochures for cutlery sets and bread machines. I don't even need to check the mailing label to know when mail has been incorrectly sorted--the cover image of a richly appointed hearth is sufficient clue. This kind of pinpoint marketing is, of course, both a blessing and a curse.
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