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OPINION
November 13, 2012
Re “ The people and the props ,” Editorial, Nov. 11 If the lack of appeal to intellect and reason in political ads that proliferated before the election is any indication, The Times' ideal of the “citizen voter” rarely appears in our electorate. It's tempting to ponder the use of a qualifying I.Q. test, however legally dubious, to screen out unworthy voters. Perhaps election boards could pass constitutional muster by disqualifying any voter who spends less time reading high-quality periodicals and books than he or she does riveted to such cultural gems as “American Idol” and reality TV shows.
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BUSINESS
November 7, 2012 | By David Undercoffler
Toyota's Scion division announced Wednesday that it will be recalling some 11,200 of its tiny iQ microcar to inspect a crucial component of the front passenger airbag system. The bigger news here is that Scion has sold 11,200 iQs at all. Review: Scion's iQ: Everything's compact except the price The issue Toyota wants to inspect is a cable that can potentially become damaged as the passenger seat is adjusted fore and aft. The cable is part of the system that senses whether someone is sitting in the front passenger seat, thus enabling airbag deployment and seat belt pre-tensioning in the event of an accident.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 2, 2012 | By Elaine Woo, Los Angeles Times
Arthur Jensen, a UC Berkeley professor whose scholarly contributions to the field of psychological measurement were often overshadowed by the furor over his findings on race-based differences in intelligence, has died. He was 89. One of the most provocative figures in 20th century psychology, Jensen died Oct. 22 at his home in the Northern California town of Kelseyville. He had Parkinson's disease and other ailments, said his son-in-law Joe Morey. In 1969, Jensen reignited a long-simmering debate over race and intelligence with an article in the Harvard Educational Review defending studies showing whites scored an average of 15 points higher than blacks on standard IQ tests.
BUSINESS
October 19, 2012 | By David Undercoffler
Scion's tiniest car is going green. Toyota's youth-oriented brand has announced it will make about 90 all-electric versions of its thumbnail-sized iQ minicar for use in car-share programs (like ZipCar) in cities and campuses around the U.S. While the pint-sized gas version we tested in October 2011 was never a particularly thirsty car (it's rated at 37 mpg in both city and highway driving), dropping an electric drivetrain into a car like this makes plenty of sense. Electric cars have an excellent range when driven in cities because the frequent starting and stopping gives the regenerative brakes ample opportunity to recharge the batteries.
SCIENCE
October 3, 2012 | By Jon Bardin
The children of mothers who have hypertension during pregnancy score lower on IQ tests 20 and 68 years after birth, according to a new study. The report, published Wednesday in the journal Neurology, is the first to draw a connection between high blood pressure during pregnancy and adult intelligence. Hypertension during pregnancy has been linked to premature birth and small body size, which in turn have been connected to deficits in cognitive abilities. But hypertension itself had yet to be connected directly to intelligence, a gap this study attempts to fill in. The research, conducted in Finland, used data collected as part of a survey called the Helsinki Birth Cohort.
NATIONAL
September 20, 2012 | By Molly Hennessy-Fiske
A former Dallas-area car wash employee who was convicted of killing two co-workers a week after he was fired in 2000 appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday to stay his execution. Robert Wayne Harris, 40, was due to be executed as of 6 p.m. Central time. Harris had originally confessed to fatally shooting five people at the Mi-T-Fine car wash in Irving, Texas, was charged in connection with all five but tried in two of the deaths. His attorneys argue Harris should not be executed because he is mentally retarded and did not receive a fair trial.
BUSINESS
June 27, 2012 | By Jerry Hirsch, Los Angeles Times
Consumer Reports is panning the tiny Toyota-built Scion iQ subcompact car in its latest round of auto reviews. The magazine said it found the Scion to be "slow, uncomfortable and noisy, among other drawbacks. With a road test score of 29, it joins the ranks of the lowest-scoring cars Consumer Reports has tested in recent years. " "While the iQ's fuel economy is good within its class, it requires drivers to endure a lot of trade-offs just to save at the pump. Its $16,205 sticker price is no bargain either," said David Champion, who heads the Consumer Reports Automotive Test Center.
BUSINESS
June 26, 2012 | By Jerry Hirsch
Consumer Reports is panning the tiny Toyota-built Scion iQ subcompact car in its latest round of auto reviews. The magazine said it found the Scion to be “slow, uncomfortable and noisy, among other drawbacks. With a road test score of 29, it joins the ranks of the lowest-scoring cars Consumer Reports has tested in recent years.”  “While the iQ's fuel economy is good within its class, it requires drivers to endure a lot of trade-offs just to save at the pump. Its $16,205 sticker price is no bargain either,” said David Champion, who heads the  Consumer Reports Automotive Test Center.
SPORTS
May 29, 2012 | By Mark Medina
-- The Daily Thunder's Royce Young notes Kendrick Perkins' exchange before the Spurs-Thunder Western Conference series. Perkins on the difference between defending Tim Duncan and Andrew Bynum: "Well, Duncan is smart. " -- ESPN the Magazine's Chris Broussard reports that the Charlotte Bobcats plan to interview both former Lakers assistant coach Brian Shaw and current Lakers assistant coach Quin Snyder about their vacant head-coaching position. -- Ball Don't Lie's Kelly Dwyer muses about Metta World Peace mistaking Memorial Day for Labor Day. --ESPN Los Angeles' Andy and Brian Kamenetzky as well as Dave McMenamin offer Laker report cards . -- Hoopsworld's Alex Kennedy catches up with Lakers guard Ramon Sessions on what it was like playing for L.A. -- The Oklahoman's Darnell Mayberry talks with Thunder guard Derek Fisher, who recalls his famous game-winner with 0.4 seconds left against the San Antonio Spurs in the 2004 Western Conference semifinals.
BUSINESS
March 28, 2012 | By Salvador Rodriguez
It seemed too delicious. Too exciting. Too good to be true. And that's because it was. Tacocopter, a faux Silicon Valley start-up, threw the Internet for a loop these last few days with a website that promised the delivery of tacos via unmanned drone helicopters that accepted orders from a smartphone app. That combination of the excitement of Terminator films with the flavor of the cherished Mexican meal and the efficiency of the...
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