CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 6, 2014 |
Critics of a $1-billion school computer project in Los Angeles have launched an increasingly popular Facebook page asserting that the money should be spent instead on campus repairs. The page, called “Repairs Not IPads,” was started anonymously but has been supplied with ample comments and pictures by school staff. The images include missing ceiling tiles, broken sinks and water fountains, ant invasions, dead roaches and rat droppings. The creators describe the page as, “a place for teachers & the community to document neglected school repairs while construction bond $$ is diverted to purchase iPads.” Overall, many teachers have supported the technology program in the L.A. Unified School District, while many others have expressed concerns.
February 2, 2014 |
A fire that killed all but two members of a Kentucky family brought devastating grief but also overwhelming generosity, the family says. Country music group the Band Perry offered to pay for the funeral of eight children and their mother, who died in Thursday's fire in Muhlenberg County. LaRae Watson, 35, and the children, ranging in age from 4 to 15, died in their single-story home in Depoy after an electric baseboard heater ignited nearby combustible material, Kentucky State Police Trooper Stuart Recke told The Times . Watson's husband, Chad, 36, and one of their daughters, Kylie, 11, were the only survivors.
January 28, 2014 |
Vin Diesel is a Katy Perry and Beyoncé fan. There's the video evidence to prove it. And -- pardon the pun -- it's "Riddick"-ulous. The "Fast & Furious 6" star posted a nearly seven-and-a-half minute video on his Facebook page Tuesday in what we can only surmise is a treat for fans. A treat in which the singer grooves and sings along to Perry's "Dark Horse" and Beyoncé's "Drunk in Love. " He gave it the simple caption, "You know I love music... " The barrel-chested actor welcomes his legion of followers to his alone time with his computer, bopping along to the pop hits in a white undershirt and camouflage shorts, you know, showing off his impressive guns and likely causing a few hard-core fans to go weak in the knees.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 23, 2014 |
"You made me a mommy, baby," I say to my almost-3-year-old son when telling him the story of his life at bedtime. And that is the message encapsulated by a video that's leaving a tear-streaked trail across social media. "People are crying," said Bethany O'Donnell, project manager for baby carrier-maker Boba , about the response to its pitch-perfect ode to motherhood that's resonating with moms click by click. Indeed, people are crying. When I posted the video on my own Facebook page, friends responded with comments such as "Nailed it," "Sitting in the parking lot with tears streaming down my cheeks" and "I think this should come with an NSFW warning.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 16, 2014 |
SAN DIEGO - A Temecula woman was found not guilty in traffic court Thursday of a charge of distracted driving for wearing Google Glass. San Diego Traffic Commissioner John Blair found that wearing the computer-in-eyewear could be covered as distracted driving by the traffic code, but police must prove that the eyewear was on. Cecilia Abadie, 44, is believed to be the first driver in the nation to have received such a ticket. Google Glass is not yet on the market. Abadie is among those who are testing the product nationwide, called Google Glass Explorers.
January 13, 2014 |
HOUSTON -- Big-game hunters in Texas stirred controversy over the weekend by auctioning off a rare African permit to hunt the endangered black rhino in the name of conservation. Dallas Safari Club officials have said they faced threats leading up to Saturday's private auction and had contacted the FBI. Protesters gathered outside the city's convention center, where the auction was held during the club's annual meeting. Opposition to the move was vented online by celebrities including Mia Farrow , William Shatner and former "Price Is Right" host Bob Barker . Barker released an online letter to the club via the animal rights group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals that likened hunting an aged rhino to taking out a senior citizen.