July 18, 2013
Re "Telemarketers calling in backup," Column, July 16 David Lazarus' piece on unwanted commercial calls really resonated with me, since I'm one of those who has recently experienced a marked increase in such calls in spite of being on the federal government's Do Not Call Registry. These calls are so annoying that I decided to take action. I resolved to report each and every such call to the Federal Trade Commission, even though its website says it's not going to do much about it. Here's what I do when I get an unwanted commercial call: I pretend I'm interested and get the caller to give me the name, address and telephone number of the company.
July 17, 2013 |
This post has been updated. Please see below for details. The Angel City Jazz Festival announced the lineup for its sixth annual installment coming this fall, and once again its menu of concerts offers a broad sample from the vanguard of music in 2013. Scheduled to begin on Friday, Oct. 4, under the theme "Metamorphosis: Artists on the Cutting Edge of Change," the festival co-produced by the Jazz Bakery and Angel City Arts will span six concerts through Oct. 13 with headliners including Dave Holland, Greg Osby and Robert Glasper, whose R&B and hip-hop-leaning band the Experiment has become one of the biggest stories in jazz.
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July 9, 2013 |
SACRAMENTO -- Ten inmates who began refusing meals July 1 are under medical observation, prison officials said Tuesday. The inmates are incarcerated at High Desert State Prison near the Nevada border in northeast California. J. Clark Kelso, the federal receiver who oversees prison healthcare, said the inmates would be referred to a physician if they go 17 days without food or show signs of distress. The 10 inmates stopped eating their regularly scheduled meals one week before the protest spread throughout the prison system Monday.
July 6, 2013 |
Trakdot is a new battery-powered device designed to help travelers keeps tabs on their luggage. You tuck Trakdot into your checked bag, and the palm-sized, Federal Aviation Administration-compliant device switches to “airplane mode” during flight, but upon landing, transmits its airport location to a mobile phone via text, email or app. The app also also sends an alert when bags are approaching the carousel. The $49.99 device works with any cell phone globally. It requires an $8.99 activation fee and $12.99 annual service fee. Info: Trakdot
June 19, 2013 |
Those fees hotels tack on? Starting July 1, add Las Vegas ' Golden Nugget to the list of accommodations that do that. The good news is that the Golden Nugget's fee is lower than many others on the Strip. The Golden Nugget, the only downtown property to consistently get a four-diamond rating from AAA, is calling its extra charge a “Fremont Street Experience Fee.” Except for New Year's Eve, the Fremont Street Experience is a free attraction. “It isn't free to us,” said Amy Chasey, the Golden Nugget's vice president of marketing.
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June 18, 2013 |
A top Los Angeles County lawman wants judges to issue more “split sentences” so state felons being held in local jails under prison realignment must also serve a period of probation. Without that, Chief of Probation Jerry Powers told county supervisors Tuesday, officials have no ability to make sure the inmates get into substance abuse treatment and other programs once released from behind bars. Powers' comments came as he joined with public health officials in a progress report on the realignment program.
June 13, 2013 |
The price of extreme weather events continues to rise. Superstorm Sandy and the ongoing drought made 2012 the second costliest weather and climate disaster year since 1980, racking up more than $110 billion in damage. According to the National Climatic Data Center , there were 11 events that each caused more than $1 billion in damage. The disasters--seven severe weather and tornado events, two tropical cyclones, and the yearlong drought and its associated wildfires - killed more than 300 people combined.
May 29, 2013 |
SAN FRANCISCO -- Google is redesigning the Gmail inbox to ease some of the frustration of sorting through emails on the desktop and on mobile devices. A new version of Gmail automatically groups and then delivers incoming emails in five different categories -- primary, social, promotions, updates and forums. The idea is to be able to see what's new in your inbox at a glance. It's a feature that many of Gmail's more than 425 million users, overwhelmed by the daily onslaught of messages, have been clamoring for. "We get a lot of different types of email: messages from friends, social notifications, deals and offers, confirmations and receipts, and more.
April 25, 2013 |
UCLA's spring game Saturday was going to cost UCLA students $7 for the bus ride to the Rose Bowl. Then Bruins Coach Jim Mora stepped in. And then athletic department officials rethought the matter. Mora had volunteered to pay for students' bus fare to the game, Josh Rebholz , UCLA associate athletic director of development, said on his Twitter account Wednesday night. On Thursday afternoon, athletic department officials decided to pick up the tab for the trip to the Rose Bowl.
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April 23, 2013 |
For more than half of my 38 years in the news business, I've been a member of a union, though I'm not currently. And my late father was a proud Teamster for decades. So I appreciate the goods that unions deliver to nearly 15 million members in the United States: living wages and good benefits. Workplace safety. A measure of job security. And protection against management abuse. In other words, don't count me among those who vilify organized labor, which in many parts of the country offers the best hope for hanging on to a place in the middle class.