November 25, 2001
So, it turns out that white landlords are not the only people who do not want to rent to people who do not look like them ("Mi Casa No Es Su Casa," Nov. 21). Even Mexicans from different states in the same country will discriminate in leasing homes or rooms. Jews turn down Latinos, Latinos turn away blacks, Armenians refuse to rent to non-Armenians--yet with all that, Shanna Smith, the executive director of the National Fair Housing Alliance, still has the gall to say that this is nothing like the "malicious kind of white racism we see against people of color."
March 10, 2007
Although I agree completely with Larry Stewart's assessment of Trevor Denman as an outstanding race caller, we old-timers know that there is only one track announcer who belongs in the same category as Vin Scully, Chick Hearn, and Bob Miller -- and that would be the longtime voice of Santa Anita, Joe Hernandez. Joe began his career at Santa Anita in 1934 and compiled a streak of 15,587 races called before his death from heart failure while in the middle of a race in 1972. Although his calls of Seabiscuit's Santa Anita Handicap wins are legendary, I always think back to his calls of the ultimate come-from-behind router, a mediocre horse named Malicious.
May 28, 2010 |
If Bob Burns is correct, terrorists may betray themselves someday by jiggling on a Nintendo Wii balance board, blinking too fast, curling a lip like Elvis — or doing nothing at all. Burns and his team of scientists are researching whether video game boards, biometric sensors and other high-tech devices can be used to detect distinct nonverbal cues from people who harbor "mal-intent," or malicious intent. "We're looking pre-event," said Burns, the No. 2 at the Homeland Security Advanced Research Project Agency, a counterpart of the fabled Pentagon agency that developed Stealth aircraft and the Internet.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 9, 1992
The never-ending stupidity of bureaucrats in general and the Los Angeles Unified School District in particular sets my teeth on edge. The recorded list of fires, vandalism, trashing and malicious destruction in our school system is beyond outrageous. The Sun Valley Junior High School fire is another sickening example of the shortsighted, callous disregard for the taxpayer's money. Estimated loss--$350,000. It has been suggested to the school district time after time that they keep janitorial personnel on school premises overnight.
July 4, 2010 |
Security researchers Nick DePetrillo and Don Bailey have discovered a seven-digit numerical code that can unlock all kinds of secrets about you. It's your phone number. Using relatively simple techniques, this duo can use your cellphone number to figure out your name, where you live and work, where you travel and when you sleep. They could even listen to your voice messages and personal phone calls — if they wanted to. "It's really interesting to watch a phone number turn into a person's life," DePetrillo said.
July 12, 2011 |
Want to fool merchants with a fake ID? Hack someone's text messages? Or how about tracking where your co-workers are, without their knowing it? There's an app for that. The explosion in smartphone and tablet applications that enable people to check the weather, follow their stocks and play Words With Friends has a dark side: apps that facilitate questionable if not outright illegal behavior. Apple's App Store, for example, offers Drivers License software that promises "unlimited access to realistic-looking licenses" for all 50 states.