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NEWS
September 19, 2000 | From Times Wire Reports
Hoax letters have been mailed to elderly black people across the South over the last three weeks, telling them they may be eligible for $5,000 in slave reparations or Social Security reimbursements. The letters, which include requests for Social Security numbers, are apparently part of a scam aimed at stealing people's identities and running up credit bills under their names, Arkansas Atty. Gen. Mark Pryor said.
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NEWS
December 28, 2006 | Steven Herbert, City News Service
FOR the second consecutive year, NBC used the week before Christmas to successfully launch a new game show, with "Identity" winning its time slot on three of five nights, according to figures released Wednesday by Nielsen Media Research. With the network using the identical strategy as it did a year earlier when it premiered "Deal or No Deal" against primarily reruns on the other networks, "Identity" won its time slots Dec. 18, Dec.
BUSINESS
February 2, 2003
When I heard that Philip Morris had changed its name to Altria I thought it was such a non-descript word that I would never remember it ("Philip Morris Not Liable, Jury Rules," Jan. 28). Then I saw the accompanying logo that is supposed to represent all of the brands of products Philip Morris sells. I was instantly reminded of the scrambled, digitized photos you see on TV when they want to shield the true identity of someone, and I immediately understood. Now when I look at the name Altria and its logo, I will always remember that it is Philip Morris trying to shield its true identity from the public.
BUSINESS
July 27, 2003
"Survey Sounds the Alarm on Identity Theft's Scope" (July 22) detailed the ease with which identity theft is committed but really didn't relate the massive damage this type of crime causes to the victims. That aside, the most amazing detail of the story was the very light punishment given to one of the thieves, a minor. The thief "was barred from sending unsolicited e-mails and agreed to surrender $3,500 in profit." Talk about the punishment not fitting the crime. As a victim of this type of crime, I have a thought: Someone like this identify thief should have been forbidden to touch a computer or use the Internet for life.
OPINION
December 18, 2006
Re "Social insecurity," editorial, Dec. 15 Although it is undeniable that the almost cavalier use of Social Security numbers and other "private" information has led to considerable grief, it seems that the solution to the problem rests not with those whose identity has been or might be stolen, and not with those entrusted to keep such information private, but instead with those who accept various forms of information as proof of identity. The risk of loss and damage associated with accepting false identification information should instead rest solely with the person or business doing the accepting, and not with the person whose identification may have been misused.
NEWS
May 23, 1989 | From Times staff and wire service reports and
Authorities today were trying to determine the identity and cause of death of a man whose body was found in bushes along Carbon Canyon Road in Brea. The body, described as that of an adult white male, was found by two motorcyclists at about 8:40 p.m. Monday just east of Olinda Village Drive. Results of an autopsy conducted today were inconclusive pending analysis of toxicological tests, a spokesman for the Orange County coroner's office said.
BUSINESS
October 22, 2006
Regarding "Client Faults WaMu Layout in Robbery," Oct. 2: I was amazed to read about the lawsuit against Washington Mutual Inc. for refusing a cash deposit from a customer because his driver's license had expired. Maybe the bank needs to remind its employees that the date on the customer's license indicates the expiration of his driving privilege, not the expiration of his identity. John Funk Hollywood
OPINION
March 16, 2003
The Census Bureau's rigid attempt at classifying those of us who are more than one ethnicity, race and culture is the easiest and least interesting way of showing our numbers ("For Millions of Latinos, Race Is a Flexible Concept," March 11). Although not mentioned in this report, Asians are another group with roots in Mexico, Latin America and the Caribbean. It is not just race that is a flexible concept. Identity too is fluid in merging physical appearance and cultural upbringing with the culture of adaptation as immigrants to the U.S. Reducing us to one attribute is unrealistic and passe.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 5, 2012 | By Paloma Esquivel, Los Angeles Times
Growing up in the suburbs of Detroit, Helen Iris Torres responded to questions about her identity by telling people she was Puerto Rican. It didn't matter that schoolbooks referred to her as Hispanic. Now, as head of an organization that supports women of Latin American heritage, Torres still says she's a "proud Puerto Rican" but prefers the term Latina, which she says encompasses the larger community of Spanish speakers in the country. Torres' quandary is reflected in a new report by the Pew Hispanic Center, which suggests that the majority of people of Latin American descent choose to identify themselves by their countries of origin, over either Latino or Hispanic.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 11, 2013 | By Nicole Sperling, Los Angeles Times
Two days after her 11th birthday, Sarah Polley lost her mother to cancer. The death came as a shock, even though her father and older siblings had watched Diane Polley battle the disease for months. As she grew up in Toronto under the care of her father, Michael, Polley's conception of her mother was fuzzily constructed from memories, photographs and family stories. Nevertheless, she followed her mother's footsteps into acting, taking to the Canadian stage as a child and at 18 catching the attention of U.S. audiences after her role in "The Sweet Hereafter.
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