December 25, 2012 |
AL SARRAIN, Yemen - The U.S. drone flew over a cluster of mud houses on a ridge and, according to Yemeni officials, locked onto Adnan Qadhi, a mercurial man of many guises, including radical militant, peace mediator, preacher of violence and army general. Villagers said Qadhi climbed out of his utility vehicle the night of Nov. 7 to make a cellphone call shortly before the missile struck. His photo - broad face peering from beneath a tilted red beret, stars on his epaulets - now hangs in a small grocery store in a land where farmers work narrow fields below the villas of politicians, tribal leaders and a former president that rise like fortresses on nearby hilltops.
October 31, 2012 |
The Guise Archives Eyewear Co. is introducing Pasadena-designed, Italian-made Tavat Eyewear with a special price of $100 off on Sunday. The collection features “Melanin” lenses to protect eyes from the sun, plus a number of other technological features. Tavat's design team was led by the renowned late professor Norman Schureman of the Art Center School of Design in Pasadena. Guise is at 7928 Melrose Ave., Los Angeles. For store hours, call (323) 782-1093 or check the store's Facebook page for daily updates.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 28, 2012 |
SAN FRANCISCO —Federal agents routinely profiled Muslims in Northern California for at least four years, using community outreach efforts as a guise for compiling intelligence on local mosques, according to documents released Tuesday by the American Civil Liberties Union. From 2004 to 2008, agents from the San Francisco office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation regularly attended meetings and services, particularly in the Silicon Valley area, "collected and illegally stored intelligence about American Muslims' First Amendment-protected beliefs and religious practices … and … disseminated it to other government agencies," the ACLU said in a written statement.
November 3, 2011 |
Consumers might feel like they're playing Whac-A-Mole when it comes to shenanigans involving the banking industry. Just as one issue gets resolved, something else pops up. Bank of America retreated this week from its planned introduction of a $5 monthly fee for many customers to use their debit cards. The bank said it "listened to our customers very closely" and decided that charging people money to access their money maybe wasn't the best idea after all. At the same time, Chase credit card customers are receiving a letter about their privacy preferences.
March 31, 2011 |
Con artists are soliciting cash and other valuables in Japan under the guise of collecting funds for victims of the March 11 earthquake and tsunami, prompting Chief Cabinet Secretary Yukio Edano on Thursday to condemn such "opportunistic crimes" and urge the nation to pull together. "At a time we must overcome a disaster, it's extremely important that people trust each other," Edano said. "Also, for the people who were affected by the quake and tsunami and who are living in extremely tough conditions, such heartless acts add insult to injury.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 9, 2011 |
What do "tea party" beauty queen Sarah Palin and U2 guitarist the Edge have in common? Nothing, aside from the fact that I have something to say about each of them today and can't bear to let either one off the hook. So think of this as two columns for the price of one. Actually, Palin and David "the Edge" Evans do have something in common. Each is selling something I'm not buying. Palin would have you believe she's the second coming of Ronald Reagan, and the Edge would have you believe his proposed mountaintop compound near Malibu is a monument to environmental sensitivity.