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October 4, 2010 | By Alana Semuels, Los Angeles Times
The ground trembles on Mike Young's almond farm as the forklift-size yellow machine grabs a tree trunk and shakes it hard. Nuts rain like hailstones to the ground, where they'll lie until another machine comes and sorts them. Young once grew tomatoes, cucumbers and cotton. But in recent years, he's shifted almost exclusively to nuts as worldwide demand has made the crop more profitable. There's another reason for abandoning row crops: Employees are a headache. Automation means Young no longer needs large crews of farmworkers to plant or harvest ?
June 6, 1989 | KATHLEEN DOHENY
Overweight exercisers should sidestep stair-climbing machines and opt instead for swimming or cycling workouts, a Texas researcher says. In his study, most obese individuals could not work out on a stair-climbing machine (at a relatively slow pace of 40 steps a minute) longer than five minutes without reaching maximum heart rate and becoming exhausted, found Dr. Marque Hunter, a pulmonologist at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston. He studied 20 normal weight individuals and 10 obese subjects, all 40% above ideal weight.
October 18, 1987 | PADDY CALISTRO
A FEW YEARS ago--at the peak of the fitness boom--it seemed that almost everyone was "looking for Mr. Good Body," as one national magazine termed the trend of joining health clubs. The club replaced the singles bars as the after-work gathering place for young adults. But lately, for some members, the allure of the health club has diminished.
May 24, 2011 | By Nicole Santa Cruz, Los Angeles Times
The tinted windows at Cafe Miss Cutie in Garden Grove are a giveaway that this isn't your ordinary coffeehouse. At about 20 tables, men play cards and smoke, tossing cigarette butts onto the wood floor seconds before lighting up again. High-pitched pop music pulsates as waitresses dressed in sexy lingerie — and sometimes less — deliver the brew the customers crave: Vietnamese coffee, strong and sweet, in a small glass topped with whipped cream. The cafe is one of about 20 in this Orange County city, which includes part of Little Saigon, one of the largest Vietnamese American enclaves in the U.S. It also is among those raided in March by more than 150 federal and local law enforcement officials, exposing an underbelly of what police say includes nudity, gambling and prostitution.
September 23, 2011 | By Colin Stutz, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Tuesday night is league play night at Pins and Needles, a pinball club that Molly Atkinson runs out of her big costuming studio in Echo Park. A clamorous din of bells clanging, explosions booming, quarters dropping and hands slapping at buttons fills the room as rock music blares from speakers and about 30 people shout and talk over the machines. But this is no commercial arcade. "People come here expecting an arcade sometimes, and it's more like going to someone's aunt's house for their Scrabble club," said Atkinson, 32, with brown hair tied back, an L.A. Dodgers insignia tattooed behind her right ear and big eyes that pop with excitement.
July 2, 2008 | Jordan Robertson, The Associated Press
Hackers broke into Citibank's network of automated teller machines inside 7-Eleven stores and stole customers' personal identification numbers, according to recent court filings that revealed a disturbing security hole in the most sensitive part of a banking record. The scheme netted the alleged identity thieves millions of dollars. But more important for consumers, it indicates criminals were able to access PINs -- the numeric passwords that theoretically are among the most closely guarded elements of banking transactions -- by attacking the back-end computers responsible for approving the cash withdrawals.
A Westlake company accused of misrepresenting the wear and tear on photocopy machines it sold to schools and churches agreed Wednesday to pay $82,000 to settle a lawsuit filed by the Ventura County district attorney's office. The settlement by Preferred Copy Corp.--which includes $32,000 in restitution to 14 customers--came after an 11-month investigation by the consumer fraud unit of the district attorney's office.
Dale Frederick takes emergency calls on the weekends and at night, hitting the road at a moment's notice. His task: fixing typewriters. Yes, typewriters--those clackety machines that once graced every office. Even as computers began sweeping into offices two decades ago, leaving piles of discarded typewriters in their wake, a loyal few--from secretaries to clerks to aficionados--refused to relinquish their beloved machines. So when one breaks, who do they call?
December 30, 1991 | GLENN ZORPETTE, Zorpette is a technology writer based in New York and an editor at Spectrum Magazine
What the South Pole was to explorers in the early 20th Century, what Mt. Everest was to mountain climbers in the early 1950s, what the moon was to the aerospace community in the 1960s--the "one teraflops" machine has become to computer scientists in the 1990s. "One teraflops" is shorthand for 1 trillion floating-point operations per second, a level of performance that is at least 100 times greater than the execution rates sustained by today's most powerful computers while solving complex problems in science, technology and finance.
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