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December 6, 2013 | By James C. Taylor
LONDON - "Abandon all hope ye who enter here. " The quote from Dante, scrawled as graffiti on a New York wall, opens Bret Easton Ellis' incendiary 1991 novel, "American Psycho. " The famous phrase is ostensibly about entering the gates of hell, but it could apply equally to the long, exhausting process of creating a major new musical. Ellis' use of Dante is not lost on the ambitious team behind "American Psycho," the new stage musical based on the novel - the phrase also appears on large video projections over London's Almeida Theatre stage.
December 4, 2013 | By Catherine Saillant
Calling it a potential health risk and a gateway to tobacco use, the Los Angeles City Council on Wednesday voted unanimously to regulate the sales of e-cigarettes and other "vaping" devices. The new law puts electronic smoking devices in the same category as tobacco products, subjecting their sales to the same restrictions. It bans sales from street kiosks, ice cream trucks and self-service displays, and requires retailers to obtain a license before selling the products. Parallel legislation under city consideration would ban the use of e-cigarettes in the same places that tobacco is prohibited, including restaurants and parks.
November 24, 2013 | By Michael P. Jones
I'm a stomach doc. I've seen thousands of patients, inside and out, for 25 years. I've done research, I've taught, I've been an administrator. And as the years rolled by, I've watched the healthcare industry begin to undo healthcare itself. It's complex, cumbersome and bureaucratic, and the bigger the practice or the clinic or the hospital and research facilities - like the universities I used to work at - the worse the problem. For a physician and his patient, the exam room visit is everything.
November 19, 2013 | By Jerry Hirsch
Today's cars have turned into traveling towers of Babel. Car infotainment systems freeze. Phones don't always sync. Bluetooth sound quality is poor. And simple tasks take too many touches and clicks. At the core of the problem: The cars and devices speak different languages, with no common standard for operating systems or software. "We have to make this work better," said Philip Abram, chief infotainment officer for General Motors Co. "We have to make this easier for our customers.
November 13, 2013 | By Randall Roberts, Los Angeles Times Pop Music Critic
Equal part handcrafted, computer-aided sensory hallucination and concert, composer Morton Subotnick and visual artist Lillevan's performance at REDCAT, "From 'Silver Apples of the Moon' to 'A Sky of Cloudless Sulphur IV: Lucy,'" offered a mesmerizing reminder of the distances that both electronic music and video art have traveled over the last half-century.   The pair offered Subotnick's remix/reinterpretation of his influential recordings starting with "Silver Apples on the Moon," the landmark 1966-67 composition created for home stereo, and ending with "A Sky of Cloudless Sulphur" in 1978, all built with the aid of important early electronic devices, the most prominent of which was inventor Donald Buchla's "Buchla Box. " The set on Tuesday was, to be base, a total trip, featuring tones and visuals crafted for getting lost inside the head and experiencing a whole other reality.  CHEAT SHEET: Fall arts preview For those looking for some Zen, in fact, the 70-plus-minute performance was an excellent means of gliding into a state of focused mindfulness, turning inward while letting Subotnick and Lillevan guide the senses.
November 10, 2013 | By Hugo Martin
Parents of small children may be cheering the loudest over news that five of the nation's largest carriers have been cleared to let passengers use portable electronic devices throughout commercial flights. A new survey of air travelers found that the most important aspect of the new policy is that it will make it easier to keep kids entertained. The Federal Aviation Administration announced Oct. 31 that it will let passengers use e-readers, tablets, music players and other handheld devices throughout a flight as long as the gadgets are switched to “airplane mode” and are emitting no signal.
November 6, 2013 | By Hugo Martin
United Airlines on Wednesday joined three other major carriers in lifting the restrictions on the use of portable electronic devices during takeoffs and landings. Passengers on mainline United flights can now keep their electronic gadgets turned on throughout the flight as long as they are switched to "airplane mode" and are not emitting a signal. Cellphone calls are still prohibited on commercial planes in the U.S. The Federal Aviation Administration announced a new policy on portable electronic devices on Friday, and already JetBlue Airways and Delta and American airlines have received approval from the FAA to lift the restrictions.
November 4, 2013 | By Hugo Martin
American Airlines became the latest carrier to get federal clearance to lift restrictions on the use of portable electronic devices during takeoffs and landings. The Forth Worth-based airline will begin Monday afternoon to allow passengers to use electronic readers, tablets, music players and other portable gadgets while their planes are below 10,000 feet, as long as they are switched to "airplane mode. " The change comes only a few days after the Federal Aviation Administration announced plans to lift the restrictions as long as airlines  can prove it will cause no ill effect on their navigation and communications systems.
November 1, 2013 | By Hugo Martin
It didn't take long for airlines to adopt the new policy that lets passengers use portable electronic devices during takeoffs and landings. A day after the Federal Aviation Administration announced it would lift the restrictions, Delta Airlines and JetBlue Airways each said passengers on their planes could take advantage of the new rules starting Friday. Under the new rules, passengers can use music players, electronic tablets, e-readers, smartphones and other devices throughout a flight as long as they are switched to "airplane mode" and are not emitting a signal.
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