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July 12, 2010 | By Barbara Demick, Los Angeles Times
Texting and typing are replacing the elaborate strokes that make up written Chinese. And when it comes time to jot down a few words, more Chinese are realizing they can't remember exactly how. For Ma Silang, the long descent into forgetfulness began after he graduated from high school, went off to London for three years to study photography and bought his first computer. Now the 30-year-old fashion photographer, a native Beijinger, has such difficulty writing in his mother tongue that the other day when he was scribbling a shopping list for himself he suddenly realized that he had forgotten one of two characters that make up the Chinese word for "shampoo."
August 3, 2010 | By Jerry Hirsch, Los Angeles Times
At a time when automakers are stuffing new cars with interactive technology that integrates more deeply with smart phones, iPods and other devices, more teen drivers are playing with these gadgets while driving. Most teens engage in distracted driving even though almost all are aware that it's dangerous, according to a survey of nearly 2,000 male and female drivers 16 to 19 conducted in May by the American Automobile Assn. and Seventeen magazine. Almost nine in 10 teenage drivers (86%)
July 14, 2012 | By Patrick McGreevy and Michael J. Mishak, Los Angeles Times
SACRAMENTO — Gov. Jerry Brown approved a flurry of new laws Friday, including an exception to the ban on texting while driving, an increase in fines for staging bear and rooster fights, and a prohibition against law enforcement officers having sex with arrestees. They will take effect in January. Brown announced Friday that he had signed 48 bills. One will permit drivers to dictate, send and listen to text-based communications as long as they do so using technology specifically designed for voice-operated and hands-free operation.
August 21, 2009
The science is clear on cellphones: Except for allowing people to call for help in an emergency, they make poor driving companions. A solid and growing body of studies shows that texting, conversing on hand-held phones or even chatting hands-free -- the one cellphone activity allowed under California law -- make us dangerous drivers, as likely to get into an accident as if we were legally drunk. Yet just as people used to say that a few beers didn't affect their motoring skills, drivers these days believe they're perfectly alert behind the wheel while on a cellphone.
March 18, 2010 | By Teresa Watanabe
Frustrated at the White House and Congress, immigrant advocates are rolling out a series of pressure tactics to push forward legalization for illegal immigrants and other reforms. Tens of thousands of people are expected to march Sunday in Washington, D.C., urging officials to act on legislative reforms or face the consequences -- including a possible Latino voter backlash in November. Activists plan to launch texting and "tacos for justice" campaigns Friday to raise money for the reform campaign.
August 16, 2013 | By Daniel Miller
Director Werner Herzog's sobering new documentary short, "From One Second to the Next," is a hit on the Internet. The 35-minute film, a cautionary look at the dangers of texting while driving, has racked up nearly 1.75 million views on YouTube since it debuted Aug. 8.  The movie, made in partnership by wireless carriers AT&T, Verizon Wireless, T-Mobile and Sprint, is at times gut-wrenching in its depiction of lives irrevocably changed by...
February 18, 2013 | By Ronald D. White
There are already a number of laws on the books in various states designed to thwart so-called distracted driving and teens and texting. But one California lawmaker thinks those laws must change to keep up with technological developments. Under current California law, drivers younger than 18 are already prohibited from talking on their mobile phones, even if they use a hands-free device or mobile service device. Another state law already prohibits texting while driving. But California state Sen. Cathleen Galgiani (D-Stockton)
September 6, 2013 | By Karen Ravn
Most of us would rather not think of ourselves as irrational or dishonest. But in the books "Predictably Irrational" and "The (Honest) Truth About Dishonesty," Dan Ariely, a behavioral economist at Duke University, makes the case that we're all probably both. And what's more, he says, that's not entirely bad. Does everyone behave irrationally sometimes? Absolutely yes. Irrationality is not about stupidity. It's about being human. Actually it's about both. Sometimes we behave irrationally because we don't think, or we don't think long-term.
February 11, 2014 | By Paul Whitefield
Whatever happened to following this sensible advice: “Just walk away”? It's so simple, so concise -- and in the case of Kim Pham, it could've saved her life. Pham is the young woman who died after a beating outside a Santa Ana nightclub last month. Two women, Vanesa Tapia Zavala, 25, and Candace Marie Brito, 27, have been charged with murder and have pleaded not guilty. What happened outside that nightclub on Jan. 18? Here's testimony Tuesday from a preliminary hearing into the case, as reported by the Los Angeles Times : “Officer Roland Andrade said one witness told him someone from Zavala and Brito's group bumped into Pham, setting off an argument.
August 30, 2013 | By Alexandra Le Tellier
If you are texting with a driver and the distracted driver gets into an accident, should you also face legal consequences? Yes, says a New Jersey appeals court. In this day and age, the court reasons, your digital presence can be just as real as your physical presence. So if you know that the person you're texting is operating a vehicle, and you have good reason to believe that he'll view or respond to your message while driving, you too should be held responsible if he gets into an accident.
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