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May 28, 2013 | By Andrew Blankstein
L.A. County sheriff's deputies are investigating singer Justin Bieber after witnesses in his Calabasas neighborhood reported the pop singer driving at freeway speeds on local streets. Sheriff's spokesman Steve Whitmore said the case will be investigated and presented to the Los Angeles County district attorney's office for a possible criminal filing. Bieber refused to talk with sheriff's deputies, Whitmore said. Prosecutors also are weighing whether to charge Bieber for battery for allegedly spitting on a neighbor.
April 23, 2014 | By Laura J. Nelson
The first comprehensive analysis of Los Angeles County's experimental toll lanes indicates the pay-to-drive routes made some rush-hour commutes faster and less painful, both in the toll lanes and in the free lanes, but made little to no difference for many drivers battling morning traffic. According to an independent report prepared for federal transportation officials, the toll lanes along the 110 and 10 freeways didn't significantly change overall traffic speeds during peak periods for drivers using either the tollway or the general lanes.
May 17, 2013 | By Jim Peltz
Several drivers neared the 230-mph mark Friday on the eve of qualifying for the Indianapolis 500. E.J. Viso, a Venezuelan driving for the Andretti Autosport team, ran the fastest lap of 229.537 mph at the 2.5-mile Indianapolis Motor Speedway before afternoon rain shortened the practice session. Next fastest were his teammates Marco Andretti at 228.754 mph and rookie Carlos Munoz at 228.520 mph. Australian Will Power, Californian J.R. Hildebrand and five other drivers each topped 227 mph. Qualifying to determine the pole-sitter for the May 26 race, along with the next 23 spots in the 33-car field, is scheduled Saturday.
April 21, 2014 | By Michael Krikorian
Last week I sent a text message to a friend. A Hollywood business meeting I had high hopes for had been suddenly "postponed. " "Everybody canceled except me," I texted. She texted back, "Haha. " What's so funny about it, I wondered? Where's the haha in my disappointment? My text was more sad than funny; her text steamed me. Dismissed twice . "Haha" and its partner, "LOL," are texting's go-to replies, a vaguely complimentary, vaguely condescending way to acknowledge a text has been received.
September 21, 2000
It seems to me that it is way past time that we comment on the automobile commercials on TV. They show these beautiful vehicles and they exhibit their attributes mostly at road speeds that would make an astronaut cringe. Must they show the cars traveling at excessive speeds? Is this setting a good example to our present generation of drivers and potential drivers? Cars are traveling today at speeds that cause accidents and kill people. Cars are an expensive item. Must they also show us how they drive at "Mach 1"?
February 21, 2014 | By Salvador Rodriguez
American carriers do a solid job providing coverage with their LTE networks, but when it comes to speed, AT&T, Verizon, Sprint and T-Mobile have a hard time keeping up with the rest of the world. U.S. carriers average the second-slowest speed among LTE networks worldwide, according to a " State of LTE " report by OpenSignal, a company that makes an app that helps users find areas with the best network coverage. The report looked at LTE network performance in the second half of 2013.
November 19, 2009 | Seema Mehta
Assembly leaders announced Wednesday that they were accelerating the hearing schedule and vote on education-reform proposals that could increase the state's eligibility for hundreds of billions of federal grant dollars. The state stands to receive up to $700 million if it is successful. -- Seema Mehta
November 20, 1986
O'Neill did an excellent job of exposing the Luddite mentality and paucity of technical understanding rampant in his industry. The 55-m.p.h. speed limit does not save lives. It does waste time, harass otherwise law-abiding citizens, creates disrespect for law enforcement personnel, and turns driving into drudgery. Highway design standards do not reflect the absolute maximum safe speed for a given roadway, as stated by O'Neill. Design standards relate to worst-case geometric factors such as curve radius.
August 26, 2001
Re "Driving a Deadly Dinosaur," Aug. 11: One major cause of the bloodletting on Ortega Highway is Caltrans engineers posting a half-century-old mountain road for near-freeway speeds of 55 mph. Truly, it must take years of training in highway engineering to pull that one off. So we see one more outcome of Caltrans' belief that it is blessed with the secular equivalent of papal infallibility. Riverside County's similar obstinacy in refusing to adopt a double-fine policy in their area also doesn't help defuse a nasty situation.
September 16, 2009 | JAMES RAINEY
Last week Meghan McCain spent two days chattering with the ladies of ABC's "The View." Today she's scheduled to talk about hair extensions on the CW's "The Tyra Banks Show." And this hour, and seemingly every hour, Sen. John McCain's daughter tweets away, gabbing with members of her "Twitterfam" about her hopes for a better dating life and for more flattering photos of her rear end. This woman-child, just out of college, would build a solo media conglomerate and claim a role as a spokeswoman for a new GOP, based mostly on pluck, her name, good cheer, her name, sass and, did I say, her name?
April 19, 2014 | By Steven Borowiec
SEOUL - The official death toll in South Korea's ferry disaster rose to 49 early Sunday after divers gained access to the submerged vessel and recovered more than a dozen bodies. Government officials reported that divers had retrieved the bodies by breaking a window on the vessel, but it was unclear whether they had gained entry to the ship. In a sign that hope had run out for the survival of any of the 256 listed as missing, officials asked relatives of those aboard to provide DNA samples to expedite the identification of bodies.
April 19, 2014 | By Tony Perry
SAN DIEGO -- A 26-year-old San Diego man was arrested Saturday morning on suspicion of drunk driving and vehicular homicide after two passengers in his Nissan Sentra were killed in a high-speed crash. Mario Alberto Castaneda Carranza was driving at 70 mph on Interstate 8 near Lakeside in eastern San Diego County when he apparently lost control of his car at approximately 7:30 a.m., according to the California Highway Patrol. The 1997 vehicle crashed through a chain-link fence and smashed into a concrete culvert.
April 19, 2014 | By Jerry Hirsch
The battle for buyers of family sedans - already the most competitive U.S. auto segment - will heat up this fall when Toyota and Hyundai launch dramatically restyled versions of their respective offerings, the Camry and the Sonata. A decade ago, the default choices in this biggest slice of the auto market were the Camry and Honda's Accord, but the competition has grown fierce in the last five years. Automakers can't afford a misstep with a new model, and they can't fall behind with a dated model.
April 18, 2014 | By Chris Barton
A selection of jazz and jazz-adjacent shows head for Los Angeles in the coming days. Regina Carter at the Jazz Bakery Jazz violin isn't a crowded field, but Regina Carter remains a standout regardless. After exploring African music with the critically acclaimed "Reverse Thread" in 2010, Carter turns toward her roots in Americana and folk on her latest album, "Southern Comfort," and the results are just as arresting. Mingling swift, sawing runs with guitar and accordion, Carter delivers fresh takes on rootsy classics including "Hickory Wind," "Honky Tonkin'" and a funky, electronics-dusted "Trampin'.
April 15, 2014 | By Mike Bresnahan
Gary Vitti's workspace at the Lakers' training facility is surrounded by a life-size skeleton, detailed charts of the human muscular system and books about tendons and ligaments. Lots of books. The medical library came in handy this season as the Lakers suffered a continual string of injuries, the worst in Vitti's 30 years as their trainer. A few days before his 60th birthday, Vitti sat down with The Times for a candid interview on how Kobe Bryant will look next season, why the Lakers were ailing all season and the recent outbursts of angry Lakers fans.
April 15, 2014 | By Hector Tobar
There's something delightfully strange and counterintuitive about the way time operates in the opening chapters of Michael Lewis' new book, "Flash Boys: A Wall Street Revolt. " Lewis describes a new kind of Wall Street gold rush. In the entirely automated, pre- and post-crash stock market of the first two decades of the 21st century, human traders have become superfluous. Stocks are bought and sold inside computers, and a new brand of high-frequency trader is making a fortune thanks to a precious new commodity - speed.
August 8, 2012 | By Frank Shyong, Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles skateboarders can still make those high-stakes downhill runs known as "bombing" - they'll just have to stand up straight, obey speed limits and yield to oncoming traffic, thanks to a new city ordinance passed Tuesday. The City Council voted to impose various regulations and penalties on "unsafe" skateboarding and scrapped an alternative ordinance that would have banned it altogether. Boarders must ride upright instead of crouched, maintain speeds that will not cause harm to themselves or to others and obey all traffic signs.
September 14, 1994
After observing the Simpson court proceedings to date, it seems the wheels of justice at the trial will turn at two speeds--slow and stop. MARK L. DENESSEN Redondo Beach
April 15, 2014 | By Christie D'Zurilla
Dina Lohan pleaded guilty to charges of aggravated drunk driving and speeding Tuesday, earning herself 100 hours of community service before her sentencing hearing comes up in early June.  "I'll never be back here again. You can quote me," the 51-year-old told Newsday on her way out of court and into a silver Rolls-Royce.  It was all part of a deal that come June 3 will see Lohan's license revoked for a year and an ignition interlock device installed in her car. The judge also said he would sentence her to alcohol-education classes, and she'll be paying $3,100 in fines.  She'll have to play by the rules for a year, the judge said, as a condition of her discharge.  Lohan, mother to  is-she-still-sober  actress Lindsay Lohan, was arrested last September in Long Island, N.Y., going 77 mph in a 55-mph zone, according to police.
April 10, 2014 | By Chris Foster
UCLA receiver Kenneth Walker cut across the field, leaving cornerback Adarius Pickett in his wake Thursday. He snagged a pass and cruised into the end zone. This was good medicine. Walker was concerned at times last fall, worrying about his future. He spent the season on the sideline after back surgery in June. “For a while, I was depressed,” he said. “I thought I was going to get lost in the shuffle. We only had one receiver leave. Everyone else was back and played.
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