September 26, 2009 |
It sounds like the setup for a comic sketch: two Middle Eastern American guys launch a comedy festival to dispel those cabdriver-terrorist stereotypes and show Hollywood that "Prince of Persia" star Jake Gyllenhaal isn't the only one who can play a likable Arab. But festival co-founders Ronnie Khalil and Ryan Shrime not only launched the Middle Eastern Comedy Festival last week with four sold-out nights of stand-up and sketch comedy at the Laugh Factory and Acme Comedy Theatre, they also populated the audiences with casting agents and TV executives and persuaded the Disney/ABC Television Group to co-sponsor, with KPCC-FM (89.3)
October 24, 2010 |
This is a troubling time for Europe-bound travelers. The U.S. State Department on Oct. 3 issued a travel alert that cited "the potential for terrorist attacks in Europe" but stopped short of warning travelers against going there. Sporadic labor actions in France, Greece and elsewhere have interrupted thousands of flights, trains and other transportation. Neither terrorism worries nor transit strikes should keep you from going to Britain or the Continent. But this is a good time to weigh your options, especially on insurance.
May 8, 2010 |
Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg spoke bluntly as he stood in Times Square at 2:30 a.m. last Sunday, his red bow tie and black tux testament to the haste with which he had left a White House dinner upon learning of a car bomb in Midtown Manhattan. If anything showed that New York deserves more federal funding for security, this was it, the grim-faced Bloomberg said as lights blazed in the background from bomb experts, firefighters and police scouring the scene. "Homeland Security funds should come to where there is a threat," the mayor said after what police said was the 11th attempted terrorist strike on New York City since Sept.
May 28, 2010 |
If Bob Burns is correct, terrorists may betray themselves someday by jiggling on a Nintendo Wii balance board, blinking too fast, curling a lip like Elvis — or doing nothing at all. Burns and his team of scientists are researching whether video game boards, biometric sensors and other high-tech devices can be used to detect distinct nonverbal cues from people who harbor "mal-intent," or malicious intent. "We're looking pre-event," said Burns, the No. 2 at the Homeland Security Advanced Research Project Agency, a counterpart of the fabled Pentagon agency that developed Stealth aircraft and the Internet.
March 10, 2010 |
Using e-mail, YouTube videos, phony travel documents and a burning desire to kill "or die trying," a middle-aged American woman from Pennsylvania helped recruit a network for suicide attacks and other terrorist strikes in Europe and Asia, according to a federal grand jury indictment unsealed Tuesday. Colleen R. LaRose, who dubbed herself "JihadJane," was so intent on waging jihad, authorities said, that she traveled to Sweden to kill an artist in a way that would frighten "the whole Kufar [nonbeliever]
October 28, 2009 |
Federal authorities on Tuesday charged two Chicago men with plotting terrorist attacks against targets in Western Europe, including the "facilities and employees" of a Danish newspaper that printed cartoons of the prophet Muhammad that sparked riots in the Muslim world. David Coleman Headley, 49, a U.S. citizen born in Pakistan, was charged with conspiracy to commit terrorist acts. Tahawwur Hussain Rana, a 48-year-old Canadian citizen also from Pakistan, was accused of supporting him. Both men remain in federal custody, officials said.
February 3, 2010 |
The whiff of evil lingers in a nondescript apartment in Hollywood, Fla. There, in a second-floor walk-up, terrorists Mohamed Atta and Marwan Al-Shehhi briefly shared lodgings before their Sept. 11, 2001, odyssey of destruction. Now the building faces a wrecking ball. Hollywood's unhappy connection to the nation's worst terrorist attack soon will be transformed into a parking lot and pool. "I feel like no one will be upset about that, considering who used to be a tenant there," said Bryan Grosman, the investor who recently bought the 13-unit apartment building.
October 23, 2009
Today's topic: In hindsight, did Congress and the president react too hastily in 2001 by passing the Patriot Act just weeks after the 9/11 attacks? Did the revisions in 2005 adequately address concerns that the act went too far or didn't go far enough? Jena Baker McNeill and Julian Sanchez finish their debate on the Patriot Act, key provisions of which Congress is considering reauthorizing. Point: Jena Baker McNeill Let's stop rehashing the birth of the Patriot Act and start talking about preventing terrorist attacks in 2010 and beyond.