June 12, 2013 |
Two window washers were rescued 46 floors above street level Wednesday afternoon after their scaffolding collapsed outside a skyscraper in midtown Manhattan. Before firefighters removed part of a window and pulled the workers inside, the two workers were calmly awaiting rescue from opposite sides of a scaffold that appeared to have buckled in the center. Two rescuers at Hearst Tower, on Eighth Avenue in Manhattan, laid atop the lip of the roof staring down at them. One worker chatted on his cellphone as rescuers milled about on the roof of the avant-garde skyscraper.
March 3, 2013 |
When the first modern office buildings sprung up in America at the end of the 19th century, it was an unquestioned expectation that employees would show up for work there every day. Like the factory workers who came before them, office workers usually clocked in and out, and they sat at their desks - most arranged in highly regimented rows - from morning until early evening, under constant supervision. Even trips to the water cooler were often monitored. With the development of computers and more advanced telecommunications in the 1970s, some employees began to imagine a day when it might be possible to work from home, free from oversight and more in control of their work day. Today, working from home is becoming so common that the idea of making every employee come into the office five days a week seems almost tyrannical.
November 14, 2012 |
“Slipped Disc: A Study of the Upright Walk,” by prominent German playwright Ingrid Lausund, is the debut of Green Card Theatre, a new company dedicated to bringing playwrights from around the world to the attention of Los Angeles audiences. The play, a guest production at Son of Semele, is the first of Lausund's 30-odd plays to be produced locally. And although the aim of Green Card is definitely an admirable one, the present production disappoints. Perhaps something was lost in Henning Bochert's somewhat prolix translation, but despite a crisp staging by director Christopher Basile, the play is so philosophically dense that meaning gets stranded on the shoals of artistic pretention.
October 18, 2012 |
A free Amazon.com service that makes content-sharing easier on multiple Kindles could bring students one step closer to shedding their heavy backpacks. Called Whispercast , the service creates a single point to purchase and distribute Kindle e-books to students and office workers with wireless Internet connection. Amazon announced the launch Wednesday. A teacher or administrator can register students to the classroom's Kindles, sort them into groups by subject or grade level, then distribute readings accordingly.
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October 6, 2012 |
On the morning of July 10, attorney Jerald Gale was reading an e-mail in his office on the 20th floor of a Koreatown high-rise. That's the last thing the 58-year-old husband, father and avid cyclist remembers before losing consciousness. Gale's heart had gone into sudden cardiac arrest. It wasn't a heart attack, in which blockage cuts off blood flow to the heart. In sudden cardiac arrest, the heart stops pumping because of an electrical problem caused by a rhythm disorder. Gale had been treated for some blockage six years ago, but he was healthy again and under the care of a cardiologist, and he'd had no warning signs that anything was wrong.
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May 16, 2012 |
Los Angeles County Dist. Atty. Steve Cooley said Tuesday that the corruption investigation of Assessor John Noguez has grown to include multiple targets and that he intends to seek grand jury indictments in the near future. In his first public comments about the expanding criminal probe, Cooley also accused the union that represents assessor's office employees of interfering with the investigation by ordering members to refuse to cooperate without permission from Noguez's office.