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July 27, 2010 | Thomas H. Maugh II, Los Angeles Times
The severely disabled, including those "locked in" to their bodies as a result of accidents or disease, may soon have a new way to communicate and move around, Israeli scientists said Monday. By sniffing, more than a dozen quadriplegics were able to control computers that allowed them to write and to guide a wheelchair, the team reported in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences . The technology relies on the fact that quadriplegics and others retain control of their soft palates, which regulate breathing through the nose.
November 8, 1987 | TED APPEL, United Press International
In the car-theft capital of the United States, Los Angeles police are pinning their hopes on a homing device capable of leading them to stolen cars within minutes. "If this is a success, we can make it very uncomfortable for people to steal cars--that will make them go somewhere else," said Officer Bill Farrar, part of a team of officers studying a vehicle tracking system for the city. The system, called Lojack, has been used in Massachusetts since the summer of 1976.
October 3, 1987
Why do we have to wait before someone gets killed in a known death trap before acting? ("CHP to Weigh Loads on Kanan Dume After Runaway Truck Kills 2," Sept. 18)? Why not a light, a turn signal on Sherman Way and Firmament Avenue in Van Nuys? You take your life in your hands trying to get across. The city fathers might also look into a lot of other areas that need turn signals, or better yet, lights. PHYLLIS FERBER Van Nuys
July 2, 2010 | By Mark Milian, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
Months after an Apple employee left a pre-release iPhone in a pub, a different kind of bar is giving Apple headaches. The fix for that first bar incident, when Gizmodo got its hands on the never-before-seen breed of iPhone, brought in the lawyers and a police task force. For this new issue, which had Apple on the legal defensive, the smart phone maker admitted Friday -- a good time to get things off your chest before the long holiday weekend -- that every iPhone sold in the last three years has been overstating signal strength.
October 25, 1997
Police sought help from the public Friday in catching the driver in a fatal hit-and-run accident that occurred Oct. 16. Donna Deutsch, 45, died Wednesday at UCLA Medical Center six days after she was hit by a BMW 320i that sped away after striking her at Culver Boulevard and Braddock Drive. Det. Kirk Hunter of the Los Angeles Police Department's West Traffic Division said leads in the case were "flying in" Friday. However, he said, "unless we get a license plate number or someone comes forward .
May 8, 1986 | From Associated Press
A Los Angeles area company under contract to produce a key sensor for the braking system on the new B-1 bomber is under investigation by the U.S. attorney's office, Justice Department sources here said Wednesday. The probe, described as still in its preliminary stages, led to a raid last month on the headquarters of AMEX Systems Inc. in Hawthorne and the seizure of large amounts of internal documents, the sources said.
March 19, 1986 | From Associated Press
Rock 'n' roll singer Little Richard pleaded guilty Tuesday to three misdemeanor traffic citations stemming from an Oct. 8 accident in which he suffered a broken leg. Beverly Hills Municipal Judge Judith O. Stein sentenced the 53-year-old singer, whose full name is Richard Wayne Penniman, to six months' probation and fined him $255. She also ordered him to pay civil restitution if necessary. The accident occurred as Penniman drove a sports car on Santa Monica Boulevard just after midnight.
Dear Traffic Talk: Is it legal for motorists to cross an intersection when a pedestrian, who is in the middle of a crosswalk, motions to the driver to proceed? Or must the driver wait until the pedestrian has crossed? Harry Reis Encino Dear Harry: It is not legal for the driver to continue on through an intersection before pedestrians reach the other side of the street, said Sgt. Ernie Sanchez of the California Highway Patrol.
January 9, 1987 | GREG JOHNSON, Times Staff Writer
Federal marshals have seized television signal descramblers manufactured by a San Diego company from two Phoenix electronics companies that allegedly modified the devices to illegally receive pay television programming. Authorities in Arizona on Wednesday seized the equipment from Miller Electronics and Picture Perfect Engineering. The firms allegedly installed "pirate" computer chips that override security measures created by the manufacturer, San Diego-based Cable Home Communications Corp.
Nursing a black eye in public opinion, the Legislature is gingerly taking steps toward expanded television coverage as a way to re-burnish its image. The idea is to focus on the Legislature in much the same way as Congress is covered unedited by the C-SPAN network. There are also more than 100 local government entities in California that are televised by cable operators.
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