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April 20, 2000 | ASHLEY DUNN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
After putting in a full day at his computer technician job, a 30-year-old Internet game player known as Ebaid went home, logged on to a game called "EverQuest" and started his night job. His game character donned armor, slapped on his sword and began slaying beasts so he could make some real money. Hail the rise of yet another strange creature of the Internet revolution--the professional online game hunter. Ebaid played for hours, slaying every computer-generated monster on his screen.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 15, 2014 | By Ryan Menezes
A former Compton Fire Department battalion chief pleaded no contest Tuesday to felony charges of arson of property and embezzlement by a public official. Marcel Melanson, 38, was accused of stealing valuable city-owned radio equipment, then setting a fire to cover up the theft. He is expected to be sentenced to three years and four months in state prison, a prosecutor said. Melanson must pay restitution, but the amount is still being determined, the prosecutor added. As a result of the plea, authorities dropped the more severe charge of arson of a structure and a second embezzlement count.
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SPORTS
November 5, 2012 | By Kevin Baxter
You don't know Bob Romanski, but if you've watched an NFL game in the last 33 years you've seen his work. That's because any player who has worn the silver and black of the Raiders during that time was outfitted - from shoelaces to shoulder pads, jockstrap to chin strap - by Romanski, the team's equipment manager since the final days of the Carter administration. And that's just the most visible part of his job "It's from A to Z what you do," Romanski says. "There's times where you're working on a helmet radio system for practice and then a couple of hours later you could be tailoring a pair of pants.
SPORTS
April 11, 2014 | By Lance Pugmire
LAS VEGAS -- Timothy Bradley changed his fighting nature from boxer to brawler following the criticism of his controversial split-decision win over Manny Pacquiao in 2012. So, if he fought with such hostility in going toe to toe with Ruslan Provodnikov in last year's fight of the year, doesn't it make sense he'll do the same against Pacquiao himself in their Saturday rematch? “You're damn right,” Bradley told The Times inside MGM Grand Garden Arena, site of the unbeaten (31-0)
BUSINESS
October 30, 2011 | By Martin Eichner
Question: I rent an apartment in a large multistory building. There is a long balcony on my side of the building. Management sent me a letter telling me they wanted to install telecom and antenna equipment on this balcony so the local phone company can improve Wi-Fi reception in our area. The only access to the balcony is through two apartments, one of which is mine. Do I have a right to refuse to allow this installation? If they go ahead with the installation, do I have a right to refuse to allow the telephone technicians to use my apartment for access?
SPORTS
March 26, 2014 | By Eric Sondheimer
The Friends of Golf organization has been critical to keeping the sport alive at City Section schools, and on Saturday at Venice High, the organization will be handing out equipment and golf sets to 19 schools and 22 golf teams. Eric.sondheimer@latimes.com  
ENTERTAINMENT
July 23, 2013 | By Randy Lewis
This post has been updated. See note below for details. Thieves put a major damper on the latest Southland tour swing by A Flock of Seagulls - among the first wave of early 1980s bands that found an audience on MTV - making off with what group members estimate was $70,000 worth of musical equipment in a van stolen from the parking lot of the hotel in Downey where the group was staying. Video from the hotel's surveillance cameras shows a man emerging from a car parked nearby, walking to the van, quickly finding his way inside and driving off. The band had played in Bellflower on Saturday and parked the van at a Comfort Inn in Downey on the way to perform a free show in Woodland Hills on Sunday.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 19, 2001
While our country remains on high alert and braces for another possible terrorist attack, I am appalled and disgusted by the behavior of certain individuals who live right here in our country. I am a member of the California Emergency Mobile Patrol. This is a volunteer search and rescue team that is prepared to assist the LAFD, the LAPD and members of the community. We are a nonprofit organization that works solely on donations. Each member willingly purchases all of his or her own equipment and is ready to respond at a moment's notice.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 22, 2013 | By KTLA
Members of the 1980s new-wave band A Flock of Seagulls were robbed of $70,000 worth of equipment after a performance in Bellflower over the weekend. The equipment was stolen from the van of the group, best known for their hit " I Ran (So Far Away).” The van was parked at a hotel in Downey. Surveillance video from the hotel showed the band's white 1999 Ford E-350 van parked in front of the reception area. Overnight, a car was seen pulling up to the van.  A man got out of the car, broke into the van and drove off with it and everything inside, including the hard drives of a new solo album recorded by band frontman Mike Score.
NEWS
July 4, 1990 | From Staff and Wire Reports
The Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory says it has found all but $2 million of the $45 million worth of equipment reported by a congressional audit to be missing from the federal weapons and energy research facility. The report by the General Accounting Office said 27,528 items, ranging from typewriters to microcomputers, were missing as of January. However, lab spokesman Jeff Garberson said Tuesday that the report is badly outdated and that an inventory search found most of the items.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 8, 2014 | By Joel Rubin
The Los Angeles Police Commission on Tuesday called for a public hearing to question LAPD officials about patrol officers who tampered with voice recording equipment in patrol cars. Commissioner Robert Saltzman said he wanted to hear from senior police staff about how the case was handled and the decision not to investigate to find out which officers were responsible for the deception. He said he also wanted an explanation for why the department failed to immediately notify the commission when the vandalized equipment was discovered.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 8, 2014 | By Joel Rubin
The Los Angeles Police Commission is demanding answers amid revelations that officers tampered with voice-recording equipment in dozens of patrol cars in an effort to avoid being monitored while on duty. An inspection by Los Angeles Police Department investigators found that about half of the estimated 80 cars in one South L.A. patrol division were missing antennas, which help capture what officers say in the field. The antennas in at least 10 more cars in nearby divisions had also been removed, according to interviews and records reviewed by The Times.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 7, 2014 | By Joel Rubin
Los Angeles police officers tampered with voice recording equipment in dozens of patrol cars in an effort to avoid being monitored while on duty, according to records and interviews. An inspection by Los Angeles Police Department investigators found about half of the estimated 80 cars in one South L.A. patrol division were missing antennas, which help capture what officers say in the field. The antennas in at least 10 more cars in nearby divisions had also been removed. LAPD Chief Charlie Beck and other top officials learned of the problem last summer but chose not to investigate which officers were responsible.
BUSINESS
March 31, 2014 | By David Undercoffler
After years of delays, U.S. safety regulators have announced that backup cameras will be required in new U.S. vehicles by May 2018. The move comes just a day before a court of appeals was to hear arguments in a lawsuit brought against the government by safety groups and families of children injured and killed in back-over accidents. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration announced Monday that "rear-visibility technology" must be standard equipment in all vehicles under 10,000 pounds.
SPORTS
March 26, 2014 | By Eric Sondheimer
The Friends of Golf organization has been critical to keeping the sport alive at City Section schools, and on Saturday at Venice High, the organization will be handing out equipment and golf sets to 19 schools and 22 golf teams. Eric.sondheimer@latimes.com  
OPINION
March 18, 2014 | By Michael A. Helfand
Next week, the Supreme Court will hear arguments on whether the Affordable Care Act's contraception mandate - the requirement that employers provide employee health insurance that covers contraception - impermissibly infringes on the religious liberty of religiously motivated corporations. The legal battles over the mandate have been legion; more than 300 plaintiffs have filed more than 90 cases across the country, all contending that providing health coverage for contraception would require them to violate their faith.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 22, 2013 | McClatchy Newspapers
Charles E. Burford, a prolific inventor whose patents included the equipment that puts twist ties on bread bags, has died. He was 81. Burford died May 16 at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas of what his family said were natural causes. Charles Elmore Burford was born April 28, 1932, in Lindsay, Okla., where he graduated from high school and became a farmer. In 1945, his father, Earl Burford, invented an automatic hay baler, a wire-tying device. PHOTOS: Notable deaths of 2013 In 1961, Charles Burford founded Burford Co. in Maysville, Okla., and put a new twist on the farm wire-tying technology to package bread in polypropylene bags.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 6, 2014 | By Abby Sewell
Personal data of as many as 168,500 patients of Los Angeles County medical facilities may have been stolen in a break-in at a county contractor's office last month. A Torrance office of Sutherland Healthcare Solutions, which handles billing and collections for the county's Department of Health Services and Department of Public Health, was burglarized Feb. 5 and computer equipment was stolen, according to a county statement issued Thursday. The computers contained data including patients' first and last names, Social Security numbers and certain medical and billing information, and they may also have included birth dates, addresses and diagnoses.
BUSINESS
March 5, 2014 | By Ronald D. White
Among the hundreds of gadgets, games and apps at January's Consumer Electronics Show, few had the sizzle of James Buch's gleaming silver hunk of hardware. That's because the device is a barbecue grill - one that's Wi-Fi enabled, voice activated and chatty in a Siri-ish way. "When the Lynx Smart Grill is ready for the food, it sends you a text," said Buch, chief executive of Lynx Professional Grills of Downey. "When it's time to flip the food, it sends you a text. When the food is ready, it sends you a text.
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