December 27, 2012 |
SACRAMENTO - A prepaid cellular company controlled by Mexican billionaire Carlos Slim is taking fire as it moves to expand in the lucrative California market. TracFone Wireless Inc., which has more than 21 million users in the United States, is the country's biggest player in the fast-growing business of selling low-cost cellphones and prepaid minutes - often to low-income customers. These phones, typically costing users as little as $20 for a phone and 60 minutes of use, appeal to many customers who don't want or can't afford to sign yearlong or multiyear contracts.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 9, 2012 |
SACRAMENTO - Barrels of excess water have been tumbling down the Sacramento River with nowhere to go except the San Francisco Bay and out to sea. To be precise, 58,000 cubic feet of water per second - think of one cubic foot as a basketball - have been rushing past California's capital en route to the Golden Gate. Normal winter flow when it's not storming is around 20,000 cubic feet per second, according to the state's chief hydrologist, Maury Roos. Some of that extra water is needed to flush out the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta and bay. And 11,000 cubic feet is being pumped south from the delta, mostly into the San Luis storage reservoir off Pacheco Pass in the San Joaquin Valley.
December 6, 2012 |
Carlos Slim, the world's richest person, is confronting a mounting backlash that's coming from the same parts of Latin American that made him wealthy. Authorities in several countries are moving to rein in his telecommunications empire. A wave of telecommunications regulation has swept the area in the last four months. Mexico's new president pledged last week to stimulate competition against Slim. In Brazil, institutions that monitor the phone industry are also gaining teeth, while populist politicians in countries such as Argentina and Colombia are spurring rule changes.
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November 7, 2012 |
SAN DIEGO - City Councilman Carl DeMaio, a conservative Republican, held a slim edge Tuesday over Rep. Bob Filner, a liberal Democrat, in early vote totals in the race to succeed termed-out Mayor Jerry Sanders, a moderate Republican. The race was expensive and bitter, with the two candidates holding strongly opposing views on key issues, including the outsourcing of city jobs and the upcoming contract negotiations with city workers over salaries and pensions. The two emerged as the top vote-getters in the June primary by edging out San Diego County Dist.
October 24, 2012 |
CLEVELAND - President Obama's reelection campaign is invoking Al Gore's narrow loss to George W. Bush in the Florida recount of 2000 to spur voters in battleground states to the polls in a White House race that either side could lose if even a small band of supporters fails to cast ballots. In an ad that began airing in Ohio on Wednesday, Obama's campaign reminds television viewers of the 32-day drama that unfolded when the 2000 presidential election in Florida finished in a near tie. A U.S. Supreme Court ruling stopped the recount, effectively naming Bush the winner of Florida by 537 votes out of nearly 6 million cast.
October 12, 2012 |
Just as he caught an entry pass inside, Metta World Peace slipped. He looked out of position. It appeared World Peace would fall or commit a turnover. It seemed like another example of his unpredictable play turning for the worse. That didn't happen. World Peace regained his balance. He performed a spin move into the lane. World Peace then finished the acrobatic play with an open layup. The Lakers aren't reading much into their 93-75 preseason loss Wednesday to the Portland Trail Blazers at Citizens Business Bank Arena in Ontario, Calif.
October 3, 2012 |
Fourteen years after he became the face of the “Subway diet,” keeping the weight off still isn't easy for Jared Fogle. The Indianapolis resident spends 200 days a year on the road. He rarely stays in a city for more than 24 hours. He's used to delayed planes, crazy hours and tempting food court offerings. “It's brutal,” said Fogle, who was recently in Los Angeles to support Subway's collaboration with the new Disney film “Frankenweenie.” But the 34-year-old, who helped Subway become one of the first national restaurant chains to successfully market healthfulness, makes do. He exercises “fairly regularly” but is far from a fitness buff, he said.
October 3, 2012 |
Before Clippers center DeAndre Jordan reached this point in training camp in which his teammates raved about his improved offensive skills, Clippers Coach Vinny Del Negro recalled he had ripped into his young player about Jordan's weight problems. Jordan, 24, didn't maintain his playing weight of 265 pounds from last season, ballooning up to 295 pounds in the early part of the summer. "And I read him the riot act too," Del Negro said. The 6-foot-11 Jordan apparently listened because he came to camp last week weighing 265 pounds, with 8% body fat. As he dropped the weight during the summer, Jordan also began to work on improving a basically nonexistent low-post game.
September 14, 2012 |
TORONTO--If the Toronto International Film Festival is known for works of grand cinematic scope like "The Master" and "Cloud Atlas," it also has another filmic side: the one where true stories are told about colorful personalities. Perhaps none comes more colorful than Iceberg Slim, the late pimp-turned-bestselling-author who helped create the genre known as street lit and had a profound effect on hip-hop and its artists. One of those artists is the musician and actor Ice-T, who credits his career and his life to the street scribe.
August 26, 2012 |
Yippee and hooray upon the arrival of Adrian Gonzalez and his Red Sox pals, the Boston Herald proclaiming "Bums Away," but then Los Angeles is dazzled by star power. The public address announcer introduces the newest Dodgers - Gonzalez, Josh Beckett and Nick Punto - the crowd cheers and then Hanley Ramirez emerges from the dugout and takes an unannounced curtain call as well. It's perfect, the fun that has been missing here returning with a stadium-wide laugh, and a few Manny-esque moments later Gonzalez hitting a three-run homer.