CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 21, 2013 |
Community members are hoping to fund a proper burial for the body of a man found Wednesday wrapped in trash bags under the earth of his own backyard, neighbors said. The man's wife buried her husband behind their porch in Apple Valley weeks ago, contending she could not afford to pay for a formal burial, San Bernardino County authorities said. When the woman's neighbor, Colin Wilson, heard the news Wednesday, he and his sister set up an online fundraising page. By Friday afternoon, $1,500 of their $3,000 goal had been raised, according to the page.
June 19, 2013
Re "F-22's rough ride," June 16 While spending hundreds of billions of dollars on the F-22 and the F-35 programs, we still have weapons systems that, despite their sophisticated schemes to avoid radar or thermally guided threats, are still vulnerable to conventional anti-aircraft shells, other ballistic ordnance and even accidental damage. What missions might justify risking such costly weapons and their crews? What might they achieve that could justify their loss? Even if we make the large assumption that we can get these aircraft to perform as designed, they just might be too expensive to hazard.
June 16, 2013
Re "Risks to hands-free units," June 13 As far as it goes, the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety's study on the dangers of using hands-free devices while driving is accurate. However, it should be noted that the hands-free technology in modern cars is new and that in time drivers will adapt to these systems and will learn how to manage all this new information. We are only in the infancy of this pervasive technology, and it's impossible to fully understand how we'll adapt to it in the future.
June 16, 2013
Re "D.A. alters policy on evidence disclosure," June 12 While I applaud Los Angeles County Dist. Atty. Jackie Lacey's attempt to clarify her office's policies regarding when prosecutors are required to disclose evidence of police misconduct to defense attorneys, the directive still falls woefully short of the full transparency that is necessary to allow defense attorneys to investigate allegations of misconduct and prepare a defense where an...
June 16, 2013
Re "Church opposes gays in Scouts," June 13 As a Baptist, I want to crawl in a hole when I read of such blatant hostility by Christians against gays joining the Boy Scouts of America. The Southern Baptist Convention, the largest Protestant denomination in America, just does not get it when it comes to sexual issues. Its obsession distorts and hurts religion and morality. It belittles the Bible by imposing anti-gay prejudice into it. Baptists certainly besmirch the legacy of Roger Williams, the English theologian who established the first Baptist church in America.
June 14, 2013 |
SAN ANTONIO - Embittered by the first three games of the NBA Finals, LeBron James guaranteed he would play better in Game 4. He was right. But who knew Dwyane Wade would practically steal the show with 32 points, ignoring his aching right knee and guaranteeing with his play that the Finals would return to Miami next week? Wade made 14 of 25 shots and had six steals as Miami beat San Antonio on Thursday, 109-93, wrenching back home-court advantage and tying the series at 2-2. BOX SCORE: Miami 109, San Antonio 93 James was there too, taking run after run at the basket with success at the AT&T Center.
June 12, 2013
Re "Trying to clear out the 'patent trolls,'" Column, June 9 The way federal law is carried out now, patents may be acquired for any one of three purposes: - To manufacture and market the invention. - To collect money from anyone else using the invention. - To keep the invention off the market. The last can happen when the invention threatens some entity's place in the market. The patent might be acquired at an offer-he-can't-refuse price, and then promptly put in the deep freeze.
May 30, 2013 |
Moments after center Mike Richards woke up Wednesday, he realized he could enjoy a rare and welcome luxury. The Kings' seven-game playoff victory over the San Jose Sharks, completed on Tuesday with a 2-1 triumph at Staples Center, had launched them into the Western Conference finals and led Coach Darryl Sutter to give players a day off. After pushing himself through a compressed, 48-game season and 13 rugged playoff games Richards took advantage of...
May 29, 2013
Re "Good news on health costs," Editorial, May 24 Yes, it will be very, very good news when these state health insurance exchanges give individuals and small groups the buying power of large employers and other big groups within the insurance game. However, as the editorial points out, we still have to overcome a new kind of moral hazard: "The rest will have to be convinced that it's worth paying $1,360 or more next year instead of facing a $95 tax penalty. " That penalty is going to increase at a fast clip over a few years, but the reluctance of the currently healthy to buy coverage also can be overcome by imposing a $10,000 to $15,000 late entry fee for those who sign up only when they need it, and not before.
May 28, 2013 |
While U.S. markets were closed for Memorial Day on Monday, European stocks rose, rebounding from the first weekly loss in a month. Asian shares, meanwhile, fell after Japan's top central banker indicated that interest rates may rise as the economy improves. Oil prices retreated for a fifth day, and South Africa's rand weakened while the yen and gold climbed. Asian stocks also declined Tuesday morning, with the regional equities gauge extending its longest losing streak in more than six months.