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November 30, 1988 | ZAN STEWART
The bane of most contemporary bands is the tendency to slowly slide into a compositional mire, with far too many of a group's tunes sounding as if they'd been cloned. Fortunately, the audience at the Baked Potato on Monday was spared another exposure to this musical version of the plague as Steve Smith's jazz/rock quintet, Vital Information, played a 90-minute set where variety was exalted.
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October 11, 2012 | By Tina Susman
She was known as "Baby Bones" for seven years, as investigators struggled to put a name to the little girl whose skeletal remains and Tweety Bird satchel were found in a wooded area of New Jersey. Now the girl's aunt, uncle and the aunt's former companion are under arrest, and Baby Bones has a name: Jon-Niece Jones, who was 9 when she died in New York City. The mystery, which was featured on the TV show "America's Most Wanted" in 2009, reportedly began unraveling recently after police received tips about the case, including one that enabled them to compare DNA of the remains to a living relative and make a connection.
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ENTERTAINMENT
March 9, 2002 | DON HECKMAN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Vital Information's press data describe the band as an "all-star soul/jazz/rock super group." OK. But even granting the fact that its members--drummer-leader Steve Smith, keyboardist Tom Coster, guitarist Frank Gambale and bassist Baron Browne--have a collective resume that includes gigs with the likes of Journey, Chick Corea, Santana and Billy Cobham, that's a lot of hyperbole for anyone to have to live up to.
HEALTH
February 7, 2011 | Roy Wallack, Gear
Whether you're 18 or 80, if you like to run, bike, row, swim, cross-country ski or climb mountains, you have to keep an eye on the old ticker ? for training and safety purposes. Those aiming for victory have to know how hard to push it; those out for basic health and longevity have to know when to throttle back. And those who take it too far absolutely have to get help fast. Here's some technology that provides instant access to your vital signs exactly when you and your helpers need it. Calling your heart rate Modula Instant Heart Rate app: Available for Android and iPhone smart phones, this is one of the first heart rate monitor apps that does not require any external sensors.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 7, 1998 | DON HECKMAN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
High-decibel electronics and rock-style intensity don't usually sit well with mainstream jazz fans. Especially when the music is played by performers who have pop music identification. But mainstream jazz fans will miss a stimulating experience this week if they pass up Vital Information, which opened a six-night run at Catalina Bar & Grill on Tuesday.
SPORTS
August 1, 1992
Someone at NBC needs to have a long talk with Bob Costas. His commentary on the opening ceremony was a disgrace. He seems to feel that letting the viewers know if a country has ever won a gold medal or not is vital information. He made numerous embarrassing comments about various nations, including one comment about the leader of a small country who is the largest monarch in history and cannot be physically removed from his throne due to his size. One of the major themes behind the Olympics is to leave the politics and negative feelings at home, an idea of which Mr. Costas apparently is not aware.
OPINION
February 22, 1987
Rand J. Feura (Letters, Jan. 10) makes an excellent point about the news media including information about seat-belt use when reporting on an accident. We have advocated that practice since the legislation came into effect. The problem has been with the accident report forms used by law enforcement. In the past there was never a place to note whether a person was wearing a seat belt, therefore that information has not consistently been available to reporters when writing their stories.
NATIONAL
October 11, 2012 | By Tina Susman
She was known as "Baby Bones" for seven years, as investigators struggled to put a name to the little girl whose skeletal remains and Tweety Bird satchel were found in a wooded area of New Jersey. Now the girl's aunt, uncle and the aunt's former companion are under arrest, and Baby Bones has a name: Jon-Niece Jones, who was 9 when she died in New York City. The mystery, which was featured on the TV show "America's Most Wanted" in 2009, reportedly began unraveling recently after police received tips about the case, including one that enabled them to compare DNA of the remains to a living relative and make a connection.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 6, 1996
I appreciate the June 25 article that included me. However, the public was deceived when the article portrayed me as a teenager with no moral values. "Summer Job Blues" failed to include the vital information that would have eliminated any misconceptions. When asked about recent interviews, I shared my experience about the survey at Linens 'n Things. One of the questions asked if I would report a relative who was stealing. My response was no, but only because I was not given room to explain myself.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 7, 2008 | Kevin Crust, Times Staff Writer
Leave it to a trio of crafty veterans to pull a fast one with "The Bank Job," a lively heist drama set in early 1970s London and inspired by an incredibly strange true story. Longtime screenwriters Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais, whose eclectic resume includes "Across the Universe," "Flushed Away" and decades of U.K. television, have woven a masterful narrative full of odd twists and dark humor from which Australian director Roger Donaldson and a prime cast mine plum characters and a tight plot to satisfying effect.
HEALTH
July 29, 2002 | RIDGELY OCHS, NEWSDAY
My father is an incurably polite man. So it wasn't entirely surprising that when he went to a doctor for a checkup regarding a chronic condition, he neglected to mention a new, excruciating pain that had made it difficult for him to walk or lie down. The fact that he entered the office on crutches seemed to have escaped the notice of the doctor, whose specialty, after all, was blood problems, not bone and nerve problems.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 9, 2002 | DON HECKMAN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Vital Information's press data describe the band as an "all-star soul/jazz/rock super group." OK. But even granting the fact that its members--drummer-leader Steve Smith, keyboardist Tom Coster, guitarist Frank Gambale and bassist Baron Browne--have a collective resume that includes gigs with the likes of Journey, Chick Corea, Santana and Billy Cobham, that's a lot of hyperbole for anyone to have to live up to.
NEWS
November 5, 1999 | ERIC MALNIC, TIMES STAFF WRITER
They call them "black boxes." Actually, they're painted orange, because that makes them easier to find. The two recording devices, each about the size of a rural mailbox, often provide vital information for investigators attempting to determine the circumstances and cause of an airplane crash like the one that claimed 217 lives off Nantucket Island on Sunday.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 20, 1998 | JEAN O. PASCO and NANCY HILL-HOLTZMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Problems with a new radar system used to track planes in the nation's five busiest airport regions, including Southern California, have forced two facilities to revert to older equipment and raised concerns about safety. The new system, which air traffic controllers use to keep planes at safe distances from each other, fails at times to provide information quickly about such crucial matters as aircraft speed, altitude, and direction in landings and takeoffs.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 7, 1998 | DON HECKMAN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
High-decibel electronics and rock-style intensity don't usually sit well with mainstream jazz fans. Especially when the music is played by performers who have pop music identification. But mainstream jazz fans will miss a stimulating experience this week if they pass up Vital Information, which opened a six-night run at Catalina Bar & Grill on Tuesday.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 7, 2008 | Kevin Crust, Times Staff Writer
Leave it to a trio of crafty veterans to pull a fast one with "The Bank Job," a lively heist drama set in early 1970s London and inspired by an incredibly strange true story. Longtime screenwriters Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais, whose eclectic resume includes "Across the Universe," "Flushed Away" and decades of U.K. television, have woven a masterful narrative full of odd twists and dark humor from which Australian director Roger Donaldson and a prime cast mine plum characters and a tight plot to satisfying effect.
HEALTH
July 29, 2002 | RIDGELY OCHS, NEWSDAY
My father is an incurably polite man. So it wasn't entirely surprising that when he went to a doctor for a checkup regarding a chronic condition, he neglected to mention a new, excruciating pain that had made it difficult for him to walk or lie down. The fact that he entered the office on crutches seemed to have escaped the notice of the doctor, whose specialty, after all, was blood problems, not bone and nerve problems.
NEWS
November 1, 1997 | ROBERT L. JACKSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The chairman of the Senate panel investigating campaign fund-raising abuses suspended hearings Friday after nearly four months, saying he believes they established that President Clinton politically exploited the White House in ways his Republican predecessors never did. Sen. Fred Thompson (R-Tenn.) said that after 32 days of hearings, his committee has no more vital information worthy of additional public sessions.
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