November 24, 2011 |
At this year's L.A. Auto Show, carmakers are highlighting safety features that focus on preventing accidents rather than merely surviving them. Warning indicators for blind spots and rearview cameras have become common, but many manufacturers are taking the technologies a step further. The additional features act on the safety warnings when a driver fails to do so, said Jeremy Anwyl, chief executive of online auto research firm Edmunds Inc. "I think they are too easy to ignore," he said of the warnings.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 21, 2004 |
Launching a bipartisan campaign for Propositions 57 and 58 with a town hall meeting at a ceramics packaging factory, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger warned of "Armageddon cuts" to the state budget if voters fail to pass the twin measures on the March ballot. Proposition 57 provides for $15 billion in borrowing to cover the state's existing deficit and refinance the state's debt. Proposition 58 is a balanced-budget amendment to the state's Constitution. The two are linked.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 17, 2011 |
For all the doomsday warnings about "Carmageddon," the first day largely came down to one question: Could a group of bicycle riders beat a plane across Los Angeles? Life without the 405 Freeway to connect the San Fernando Valley and Westside was remarkable only for what didn't happen. The canyons of the Hollywood Hills did not become giant parking lots. Hospitals did not go unstaffed. Stranded motorists did not abandon their cars and stagger down the freeways in search of food and water.
April 21, 2011 |
After years of ridicule on late-night TV, the Department of Homeland Security's color-coded terrorist threat alerts are being replaced with public warnings that are more black and white. Department officials said Wednesday that they were scrapping the five-color system, which was created in the frantic months after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, because the alerts typically said little about the supposed threat or what authorities were doing to lower the danger. Most importantly, studies showed that the public paid little heed to the much-mocked warnings.
March 26, 2013 |
If you're among the 100,000 young people who soon may be heading to Mexico to party at a cool beach resort for spring break, the U.S. State Department has a bit of advice for you. "While the vast majority enjoys their vacation without incident, several may die, hundreds will be arrested, and still more will make mistakes that could affect them for the rest of their lives. " Already one life has been lost. USC senior Samuel Levine on spring break in Cabo San Lucas fell to his death from a sixth-floor balcony.
July 8, 2011
After months of negotiations, movie studios, record labels and five top U.S. Internet service providers have come up with a framework for combating online piracy. Under the agreement announced Thursday, the ISPs will send warnings to customers whose broadband accounts had been used to transmit or receive copyrighted works without permission. Anyone who ignores repeated warnings will face a penalty, such as a slower Internet connection. It's not as draconian as the entertainment industry had sought, and it won't address underground sites that stream bootlegged movies and music.
November 30, 1986
The City Council has decided to review the city's aggressive code enforcement program after about 20 irate residents complained that they had received warnings for violations such as parking motor homes and trailers in the driveways of their homes. The council adopted the program at its Nov. 10 meeting. Under the program, city code enforcement officers actively seek out residents in violation of municipal codes.