CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 7, 2005 |
For 40 years, historian Gladys Cox Hansen has labored in solitary obscurity among the dusty documents and yellowed newspaper clippings. She's a death scholar of sorts, on a determined quest to honor forgotten victims of this city's defining natural disaster. Hansen is compiling a first-ever register of those who died in the devastating 1906 earthquake and three-day firestorm that left much of this turn-of-the-century cultural and financial mecca in ruins, leveling 90% of the city's structures.
July 14, 1997 |
As state officials plan to expand a database containing the names and photographs of reputed gang members, a state arm of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights and the American Civil Liberties Union are questioning whether minorities in Orange County are being unfairly targeted by the project.
February 3, 2006 |
In the beginning, there was music. Childhood and young adulthood floated by to a soundtrack of lyrics and rhythms and searing guitar riffs that consumed you, became you, constituted your identity, galvanized your intent, spoke your soul. But time passes, classrooms fade to cubicles, and a vast landscape of new music turns foreign and unexplored. For Jeff Hersh, 31, the stereo came to double as Proust's madeleine, its purpose to invoke memories rather than create them.
April 14, 2008
The last two years have seen an exponential increase in the rate of gene discovery, thanks in large part to the advancements in so-called genotyping chip technology. These small glass or silicon platforms have made quick and easy work of simultaneously analyzing hundreds of thousands of genetic variations that exist in the human genome. The screens detect single-letter changes in the DNA code known as single nucleotide polymorphisms, or SNPs (pronounced "snips"). SNPs act as signposts along the genome.
July 10, 1991 |
TRW Inc., in two suits filed Tuesday, said federal law prohibits attorneys general in six states from bringing legal action against its besieged consumer credit business. The company named as defendants the attorneys general of New York and Texas. TRW, one of the nation's largest credit agencies, said it meets "not only the letter but the spirit" of the law.
May 28, 2001 |
Long before there was the census in China, there were the genealogy records. Every family had one, from the emperor to the poorest peasant. Like time capsules, these private archives captured vital statistics about the life and times of a family's ancestors. After the Communists took over in 1949, tens of thousands of these family dossiers were destroyed as vestiges of a backward-looking feudal society. Now China's most modern city is racing to rescue what's left of these ancient manuscripts.
March 24, 2004 |
To complete the ultimate quest of "The Lord of the Rings," Carl Hostetter has left his home in Maryland to navigate roaring rivers and cross vast plains -- all to stride bravely through looming masoned gates in search of a nearly hidden glass door. As he seeks to step closer to the mythical world created by J.R.R. Tolkien, Hostetter ends his journey at a place where few expect to find Middle-earth: Milwaukee. For here, inside Marquette University, rests the world's preeminent collection of J.R.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 2, 2003 |
A Boston-based company that has been storing 8 million Southern California medical records for former patients of a now-defunct managed-care company says it is no longer being paid and has considered destroying the documents. Iron Mountain, which is warehousing and managing records for patients of KPC Medical Management at a facility in East Los Angeles, said that court-ordered funds for the storage project ran out last summer.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 20, 1995 |
Inheriting a Police Department with a woefully antiquated record-keeping system that wastes thousands of patrol hours each week and shrinking city coffers that make solutions difficult to afford, Mayor Richard Riordan faced a quandary: how to keep his campaign promise to modernize the Los Angeles Police Department and get more officers on the street? Riordan, the millionaire businessman, turned to his well-connected friends in the corporate world.
August 19, 1991 |
"I'm lonely and so I thought of you," began the bizarre message on a Halloween card sent last fall to a 22-year-old woman at her home in Manteca. The message ended chillingly: "I'll give you one week to respond or I come looking for you." The writer was a stranger who had located the woman from her car license plate with help from Department of Motor Vehicle records. He has since pleaded guilty to a charge related to the incident.