April 24, 2012 |
Marion Underwood is drowning in teenage texting data. For the last four years, the University of Texas at Dallas professor has been collecting texts sent by and to 175 adolescent students at a large suburban Texas high school as part of a study dubbed the BlackBerry Project. Participating students receive free BlackBerrys from Underwood's team, as well as a data plan that includes unlimited texting and a limited number of voice minutes. In return, the young participants allow researchers to record all the texts and emails they send and receive from the phone, which they agree to use as their primary communication device.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 4, 2009 |
The Metrolink engineer involved in a deadly rail disaster in Chatsworth last fall not only allowed unauthorized rail enthusiasts to sometimes ride in his cab, but on at least one occasion let a teen take the controls. And he planned to do it again on the day of the crash, records show. The conduct, a serious violation of safety regulations, was disclosed Tuesday in a series of cellphone text messages presented as evidence in a National Transportation Safety Board hearing on the collision.
September 17, 2006 |
A text message sent by a missing 14-year-old to her mother led to her rescue Saturday, when police found her in a hand-dug, booby-trapped bunker. Elizabeth Shoaf's message also led investigators to name a suspect in her abduction more than a week ago. Police were searching for 37-year-old Vinson Filyaw, said Kershaw County Sheriff Steve McCaskill. Shoaf was found by deputies about a mile from her home in a 15-foot-deep hole in the side of a hill that was covered with plywood.