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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.
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.
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.
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.
July 6, 2012 | By Richard Marosi, Los Angeles Times
SAN DIEGO - The young woman invited the wealthy businessman over for drinks. He arrived holding flowers and a bottle of Remy Martin cognac. She smiled. Her flirting seemed to promise more than cocktails. The businessman, Eduardo Gonzalez Tostado, also brought condoms. But when he walked through the door of the two-story home in Chula Vista, Gonzalez said, he got the surprise of his life. Several heavily armed men in ski masks jumped him, raining blows until he passed out. When he awoke, he could hear them celebrating his capture.
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
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.
July 13, 2000 | From the Washington Post
Consumers who have discovered they are victims of identity theft are besieging federal agencies with complaints about fraudulent loans taken out in their names, misuse of their Social Security numbers, and falsified credit card accounts. "The fear of identity theft has gripped the public as few consumer issues have," Jodie Bernstein, director of the Federal Trade Commission's Bureau of Consumer Protection told a Senate judiciary subcommittee hearing Wednesday.
In the course of more than a decade, authorities say, Florida resident Douglas Staas racked up $200,000 in bad debts, was arrested at least three times and was slapped with a number of speeding and drunken-driving citations. But none of this tarnished his record. That's because Staas took the identity of California resident Clay Monroe Henderson for 14 years.
September 25, 2011 | By Susan Carpenter, Los Angeles Times
Daughter of Smoke and Bone A Novel Laini Taylor Little, Brown Books for Young Readers: 418 pp., $18.99, ages 15 and up It isn't only an indisputable truth that opposites attract. In young-adult fiction, it's almost de rigueur. So it is with the kickoff to a new series from National Book Award finalist Laini Taylor, in which the most contrarian characters imaginable - an angel and a devil - fall in love. It's to Taylor's great credit that evil incarnate and its love match in "Daughter of Smoke and Bone" are such imaginative interpretations and that the worlds in which this romance unfolds are likewise so unique: Telling a tale this apocryphal requires serious outside-the-box plot work to pull off. Taylor manages her self-imposed challenge with aplomb.
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