January 30, 2013 |
In 2007, the government of Argentina fired Graciela Bevacqua and other statisticians who were collecting its price statistics and inflation estimates. Since that time, large and disturbing - even shocking - discrepancies have developed between the official inflation estimates (roughly 10% a year) and privately generated estimates announced by Bevacqua and others (roughly 25% a year). Why would the Argentine government take such drastic action? In late 2001, Argentina defaulted on its bonds, and it has refused to negotiate with its creditors.
December 28, 2012 |
LAS VEGAS - Here's a sobering lesson: What happens in Vegas sometimes ends up in a grand jury indictment. Federal authorities announced the arrest of nine people, including the owner and employees of a prominent limousine service here after their indictment on a host of federal racketeering charges. Charles Horkey, 52, owner of CLS Transportation, and his employees were indicted on charges involving distribution of controlled substances, facilitating illegal prostitution and credit card and bank fraud, authorities said.
November 6, 2012 |
In the last week or so, an intense kerfuffle broke out over the poll-prognosticator Nate Silver and his blog at the New York Times, FiveThirtyEight . Silver, a statistician, has been predicting a decisive Obama victory for a very long time, based on his very complicated statistical model, which very, very few of his fans or detractors understand. On any given day, Silver might announce that - given the new polling data - "the model" now finds that the president has an 86.3% chance of winning.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 27, 2012 |
The excavator's teeth bite into the footing of a recently demolished sound wall. A dozen empty dump trucks along Sepulveda Boulevard rumble forward one by one. Tons of concrete and rebar tumble into each bed, the booms and clatters echoing against the metal sides. Up the slight hill, the walls and windows of a house on South Thurston Avenue begin to shake and rattle. It is 2 a.m. Tuesday, and the racket of the 405 Freeway construction has roused the Sandifers. Again. As Angelenos brace for 53 hours of disruptions from Carmageddon II, this weekend's temporary closure of the freeway, Kim Sandifer can only dream that her construction-related misery could be confined to a few days.
September 3, 2012 |
NEW YORK - Ninth-seeded John Isner, who was called for a foot-fault during his serve and later angrily smashed a racket, was an upset loser to 19th-seeded Philipp Kohlschreiber of Germany, 4-6, 6-3, 6-4, 3-6, 6-4, in a fourth-round match at the U.S. Open that began Sunday night and ended at 2:26 a.m. Monday in New York. As the second week of the biggest tennis tournament in the U.S. gets started, there is only 20th-seeded Andy Roddick and 23rd-seeded Mardy Fish left in the men's singles draw from the United States.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 14, 2012 |
A federal judge on Monday shot down Hollywood private eye Anthony Pellicano's bid to be released on bail during an appeal of his 2008 convictions for racketeering and wiretapping. Judge Dale Fischer, who presided over the private investigator's six-week trial, said she was not convinced the 68-year-old was no longer a threat to society, despite his attorney's pleas that Pellicano suffered from a serious eye condition and had neither the resources nor the motivation to engage in the intimidation and sleuthing that landed him in federal prison.