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May 7, 2012 | By Michelle Maltais
Note-keeping site Evernote is getting a hand with your writing by enveloping iPad handwriting app Penultimate.  The Penultimate is a clean, simple app that lets you take notes in your own handwriting on the iPad. The popular 99-cent app is listed fourth among the best-selling paid apps, according to Apple's App Store . "Evernote's actually been working on handwriting and handwriting recognition for, like, a hundred years -- all the way back to the Apple Newton days...," Phil Libin, Evernote CEO, said in a video on the company's blog . "And we've got all this great technology for how to make ink look beautiful and how to recognize it, but we've never actually been able to put it together in a really beautiful consumer experience.
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November 15, 2013 | By Laura E. Davis
Cursive handwriting - when is the last time you used it to write something other than your signature? With so much of our lives online now, the occasions to get out the pen and paper are getting fewer and fewer. And even when we do, do we need to write in connected letters? That's under debate right now as some states work to ensure cursive is still taught in the classroom. Some of the 45 states that have adopted the Common Core - a set of K-12 public school course offerings that don't include penmanship classes - want to make sure cursive is still a required course.
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BUSINESS
October 23, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Not in the mood to type out an email? Write it out. Google this week announced a new feature for Gmail and Google Docs that allows users to hand write their emails and documents using their computer mouse or trackpad. "Whether you're a student trying to include a foreign phrase in your paper or an international consultant hoping to begin your message with a friendly local greeting, now you'll be able to use your own handwriting to input words directly into Gmail and Google Docs with your mouse or trackpad," Google said in a blog post.
BUSINESS
November 3, 2013 | By Lauren Beale
The gig: Los Angeles graphologist Andrea McNichol is no stranger to high-profile court cases. As an examiner of questioned documents, she has worked on the murder trials of O.J. Simpson and Ted Bundy and the legal challenge of Howard Hughes' will. Clients of McNichol, the author of "Handwriting Analysis: Putting It to Work for You," include the FBI, other law enforcement agencies and Fortune 500 companies. Baseline: McNichol has used her knowledge of handwriting to assess death threats, debunk hoaxes and expose fraud.
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April 3, 2013 | By Jack Leonard and Hailey Branson-Potts, Los Angeles Times
Defense attorneys for a man charged with the cold-case murder of his San Marino landlady's adult son wrapped up their case Wednesday by focusing on an enduring mystery in the nearly 30-year-old whodunit: What happened to the victim's wife? Christian Karl Gerhartsreiter's lawyers called only two witnesses in his defense: a pair of handwriting experts who testified that they were all but sure Linda Sohus was the person who wrote several postcards mailed to her friends and family weeks after she and her husband went missing in early 1985.
NEWS
January 21, 1991 | BETH ANN KRIER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Hold onto your prescriptions. It looks as if some doctors are serious about improving their notoriously horrendous penmanship. Since last year, more than 1,200 physicians--and counting--have sent away for a self-study program in italic handwriting. "These doctors didn't just call in to order the books like your normal person.
BUSINESS
November 3, 2013 | By Lauren Beale
The gig: Los Angeles graphologist Andrea McNichol is no stranger to high-profile court cases. As an examiner of questioned documents, she has worked on the murder trials of O.J. Simpson and Ted Bundy and the legal challenge of Howard Hughes' will. Clients of McNichol, the author of "Handwriting Analysis: Putting It to Work for You," include the FBI, other law enforcement agencies and Fortune 500 companies. Baseline: McNichol has used her knowledge of handwriting to assess death threats, debunk hoaxes and expose fraud.
NEWS
March 9, 1997 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
The investigation into the death of 6-year-old beauty queen JonBenet Ramsey has led police back to her family's summer home, where they looked for more handwriting samples. For at least the second time since the murder, Boulder, Colo., police combed John and Patsy Ramsey's home in Charlevoix, Mich. This time, they were looking for "unrehearsed" samples of Patsy Ramsey's writing, the Denver Post reported.
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February 20, 1997 | Associated Press
Federal prosecutors said Wednesday they have a "bona fide need" for new handwriting samples from Unabomber suspect Theodore Kaczynski, beyond the scores of letters to his brother already in the government's possession. The U.S. attorney's office said it needs newly written examples of Kaczynski's printing and writing to compare with materials seized at his Montana cabin, where Kaczynski was arrested April 3.
BUSINESS
March 8, 1990 | From Reuters
Sony Corp. said Wednesday that it would begin marketing in April a computer that it calls a "palmtop" that can recognize more than 3,500 handwritten characters. The machine is 8 inches wide, 6.2 inches deep and 1.8 inches high, and weighs 2.8 pounds. It will retail for $1,320 (198,000 yen). Like a laptop, the palmtop computer flips open. It has a screen on the lower portion that a user writes on with a special pen.
BUSINESS
October 23, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Not in the mood to type out an email? Write it out. Google this week announced a new feature for Gmail and Google Docs that allows users to hand write their emails and documents using their computer mouse or trackpad. "Whether you're a student trying to include a foreign phrase in your paper or an international consultant hoping to begin your message with a friendly local greeting, now you'll be able to use your own handwriting to input words directly into Gmail and Google Docs with your mouse or trackpad," Google said in a blog post.
OPINION
September 4, 2013 | By The Times editorial board
For all the new things that schools will be called on to teach under the soon-to-be-implemented Common Core curriculum standards, it's a skill that has been omitted that is causing controversy: cursive writing. Good old script penmanship isn't part of the standards, which have been adopted by 45 states, including California. It's not forbidden or discouraged, but Common Core focuses on analytical and computer-based skills rather than the long hours of practice required to link letters in a flowing style.
NEWS
September 3, 2013 | By Karin Klein, This post has been corrected, as indicated below.
So many people have unhappy stories about learning cursive writing that a popular new instructional method is called “Handwriting Without Tears.” I have my own awful memories of dozens of hours spent laboriously tracing out the elaborate upper-case H that was in educational vogue at the time. And that was just one letter. My grade in penmanship - a generous C - made me feel so stupid that I spent yet dozens more hours trying to relearn it all in sixth grade, this time holding my pencil the “right” way. My mother, who possessed beautiful penmanship as well as a bigger view of the world, encouraged me not to worry about it. Once I reached junior high school, she said, no one would care about my handwriting.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 3, 2013 | By Jack Leonard and Hailey Branson-Potts, Los Angeles Times
Defense attorneys for a man charged with the cold-case murder of his San Marino landlady's adult son wrapped up their case Wednesday by focusing on an enduring mystery in the nearly 30-year-old whodunit: What happened to the victim's wife? Christian Karl Gerhartsreiter's lawyers called only two witnesses in his defense: a pair of handwriting experts who testified that they were all but sure Linda Sohus was the person who wrote several postcards mailed to her friends and family weeks after she and her husband went missing in early 1985.
OPINION
April 3, 2013
Re "A different slant on cursive," April 1 The article notes that a study on cursive found that essays written in this form of handwriting received slightly higher scores. Suzanne Asherson of the group Handwriting Without Tears attributes this difference partly to cursive being easier to read and thus easier to score. USC education professor Morgan Polikoff says the kind of students who write in cursive on the SATs may just be smarter. It would seem that there is a third possibility.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 31, 2013 | By Dalina Castellanos, Los Angeles Times
Before students hunker down to take their SATs this spring, many will have an array of tools to help them with the exam. Flash cards, study guides and - cursive handwriting? For many, cursive handwriting is a thing of the past, an archaic method taught in the days before keyboards and touch screens. But some argue that writing longhand could help in placement exams. National core standards don't require cursive to be taught to students, but some states, including California, Alabama and Georgia, have included cursive handwriting in their state requirements in early elementary grades, something supporters say should be more widespread.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 16, 1990 | RONALD L. SOBLE and JOHN JOHNSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Authorities believe they have discovered the shop where Lyle and Erik Menendez allegedly purchased shotguns used to murder their parents in Beverly Hills, and they are attempting in court to obtain handwriting samples that would establish the link, The Times has learned.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 24, 2004 | William Weir, Hartford Courant
Thank goodness for technology. With e-mail delivering us from the need for the handwritten note, so too does it deliver all future generations from the drudgery of penmanship instruction. Phew! Actually, penmanship lessons continue in elementary schools. But why continue this antiquated discipline at all? Object all you want; penmanship's proponents aren't letting go. Indeed, they say, we take our penmanship for granted at the peril of our self-identities and even society as a whole.
BUSINESS
February 15, 2013 | By Frank Shyong, Los Angeles Times
The discussion over minute details at a Manhattan Beach hotel ballroom seemed endless: Is the ink chamber filled with a pump, a button or an eyedropper? Was the pen exposed to heat or humidity, which darkens its color and decreases its value? For the 25th year, the Los Angeles International Pen Show convened Thursday, with about 1,200 exhibitors and collectors expected to gather at the local Marriott hotel. On Sunday, the last day, the show opens to the public for $7 at the door.
BUSINESS
July 27, 2012 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Not content with voice, image or text searching, Google has now introduced Handwrite, a new tool that lets you search on your phone by handwriting out your query. "Say you're standing on a busy street corner, in a bumpy taxi ride, talking with a friend, or sitting on the couch with your tablet," the company said in a blog post Thursday. "Handwrite enables you to search by just writing letters with your finger most anywhere on your device's screen - there's no keyboard that covers half of the screen and no need for hunt-and-peck typing.
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