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July 6, 2012 |
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.
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.
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.
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.
May 23, 1989 |
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.
May 11, 2013 |
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.
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.
November 25, 2009 |
Barely a block from the Mississippi River sits a neighborhood Mark Twain could not have imagined. Men with henna-streaked beards and women in full-body hijabs streamed Tuesday past the Maashaa Allah Restaurant, the Alle Aamin Coffee Shop, the Kaah Express Money Wiring stall, the storefront Al-Qaaniteen Mosque and other similar structures. "When I came here as a refugee in 1995, there were just a few hundred Somalis, and we were very alone," said Adar Kahin, 48, who was a famous singer back home and now volunteers at a local community center.
January 9, 2004 |
For 60 years, the Iowa Poll has been sounding out residents of this heartland state on the critical issues of the day. Is the president managing the economy well? Should the governor allow more casinos to be built? And -- tell the truth now, please -- how many of you really like corndogs? Founded in the days when getting a representative sample meant interviewing people with different types of cars in their driveways, the Iowa Poll is the longest-running scientific state survey in the nation.