August 10, 2011
The body of Mexican journalist Yolanda Ordaz de la Cruz was discovered last month in Veracruz. A month earlier, her colleague Miguel Angel Lopez was found shot to death inside his home in the same eastern port city. His wife and son were slain as well. Those deaths brought to seven the number of reporters killed so far this year in Mexico, according to Reporters Without Borders. They are yet another reminder of the spiraling violence that has claimed nearly 40,000 lives since 2006, when President Felipe Calderon declared war on the drug cartels.
July 18, 2011 |
A plan to let pre-screened frequent airline passengers — such as business travelers — bypass the regular airport security checkpoints and instead zip through an expedited screening process will be tested this fall in Atlanta, Miami, Detroit and Dallas. Transportation Security Administration head John Pistole announced the details of the test program in a conference call with airline executives last week. The idea behind the pilot program is to pre-screen travelers who pose little risk and remove them from the general screening lines, making the process for all passengers move faster.
April 27, 2011 |
In another setback for NFL owners, the federal judge who ordered them to lift the lockout denied their request to push the pause button on her ruling. The league wanted U.S. District Judge Susan Richard Nelson to keep the lockout in place while it appealed her ruling, but Nelson wrote late Wednesday that the NFL "has not met its burden for a stay pending appeal, expedited or otherwise. " Nelson wrote: "In short, the world of 'chaos' the NFL claims it has been thrust into — essentially the 'free-market' system this nation otherwise willfully operates under — is not compelled by this court's order.
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March 27, 2011 |
Oscar Gomez was waiting to turn left onto San Pedro Street from Florence Avenue, watching cars streaming through the intersection as the light went from green to yellow to red. He was sure the driver of the black Toyota Camry, still 40 yards from the intersection, would stop. He was wrong. Mervad Moawad conceded in court that she drove through the intersection at the 35-mph speed limit, crashing into Gomez's turning Ford Explorer with such force that both vehicles were totaled and she and Gomez's year-old son were injured.
March 20, 2011 |
With apologies to Donald Trump fans, Uncle Sam is far and away the country's largest real estate mogul, with something like 1.2 million individual properties worth hundreds of billions of dollars. But if the Obama administration has its way, some of them will soon find their way into private hands. The White House has identified 14,000 properties it wants to get rid of, including "a couple of thousand" on foreign soil. And that's only a portion of the nearly 45,500 buildings identified by the Government Accountability Office that are either underutilized or unused and also could be sold.
March 18, 2011 |
If you've ever yearned to take an Amazon River tour, your riverboat may have just come in. International Expeditions takes $1,000 off the price of a 10-day river expedition in Peru that offers a close-up look at wildlife, the rain forest and village life along the renowned South American river. The deal: International Expeditions' discount applies to a single June sailing that explores the river, the Pacaya-Samiria National Reserve...
March 4, 2011 |
"Devolved" is a wan spoof of TV's "Lost" and "Survivor" as seen through the prism of high school dynamics. Writer-director John Cregan covers the basics of character, situation and theme here but never finds his comic footing, resulting in a debut feature that's more tired than inspired. After a whale-watching expedition goes bad, a group of San Diego high school seniors becomes shipwrecked on a desert island off the coast of Mexico, where the popular kids face off against the "unpopulars" in a battle for supremacy.
February 9, 2011 |
Responding to the needs of badly wounded war veterans, federal officials said Tuesday they were accelerating reviews of a science-fiction-like robotic arm controlled by a computer chip on the brain. The device would make the use of prosthetic arms, hands and fingers seem almost natural by using a microchip implanted on the brain to record and decode signals to neurons that control the prosthesis. In a dramatic video accompanying the announcement by the Food and Drug Administration, the prosthetic arm wielded pliers and picked up a clothespin to demonstrate its dexterity.
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January 1, 2011 |
For years, the number of patients in the state's mental hospitals who have committed crimes has been rising. Today, they represent more than 90% of the population. That dramatic trend has brought an increasing level of violence to the hospitals, including vicious attacks on patients and hospital employees.?? As assaults rose, staff members privately urged state officials to improve security at the hospitals to no avail, documents show. But the slaying of a Napa State Hospital psychiatric technician two months ago has emboldened angry employees to go public with their demands.
November 21, 2010 |
Reporting from New York ? Today, when change is rapid, tastes are seasonal and information arrives by the nanosecond, it can be difficult to fathom an artist like Jan Gossart (circa 1478-1532). A gifted 16th-century follower of Jan van Eyck, perhaps the most brilliant painter of Northern Europe's early Renaissance, Gossart changed the way art looked in his influential corner of the world. He did it more deeply, more profoundly than any other artist in the region of the Burgundian Netherlands -- but it didn't happen overnight.