CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 10, 2013 |
Direction-impaired drivers, prepare to meet your doom. A California appellate court has ruled that it's illegal to hold your phone while driving to use it for anything -- like checking Google maps, or even looking at an email or text. The case was brought by Steven R. Spriggs, a 58-year-old professional development officer at Fresno State University. On Jan. 5, 2012, Spriggs found himself in stop-and-go traffic caused by road construction on California 41 near the California 180 interchange.
November 28, 2001 |
The Supreme Court dismissed a major challenge to federal affirmative action Tuesday, belatedly conceding that it had taken up the wrong case to decide whether the government can steer some contracts to minority-owned businesses. In the court's parlance, Tuesday's decision was a "dig"--"dismissed as improvidently granted"--Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist announced in the case of Adarand Constructors vs. Mineta, 00-730.
March 30, 2005 |
The chief of the federal highway system recently took the time to write, saying I was too quick in a recent column to dismiss the Bush administration's idea of using tolls to build new roads instead of gas taxes. "The Your Wheels column unfortunately dismisses tolling as part of the solution to highway congestion," said Mary E. Peters, Federal Highway administrator. "Toll roads are, in fact, already proving valuable in Southern California."