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July 20, 2008 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
The National Park Service has launched a website for visitors with disabilities and other special needs to help them find accessible trails, programs and activities at national parks. The website is called "National Parks: Accessible to Everyone." Many individual parks have sections on their websites about accessibility, and the new national database is a work in progress, incorporating information as it becomes available. The site lists places where signed interpreters can be arranged for the hearing-impaired and visitors centers that have captioned movies or services for visually impaired parkgoers.
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BUSINESS
June 28, 2008 | From Times Wire Services
PBS.org, the Public Broadcasting Service website, attracted more U.S. visitors than any of the sites of the six commercial broadcast TV networks for four straight weeks, according to online monitor Hitwise. Among Web users visiting the broadcasters' sites, 24.2% chose PBS.org in the week ended June 21, followed by ABC, NBC, CBS and Fox, each with less than 20%, PBS said. CW and MyNetworkTV ranked sixth and seventh. For the 2007-08 television season, PBS.org ranked third behind ABC and NBC with 19% of U.S. viewers, up from 15% the previous year.
BUSINESS
June 12, 2008 | From the Associated Press
Google Inc. Chief Executive Eric Schmidt said Wednesday that the Internet search leader hoped its recently acquired advertising service DoubleClick would aid newspapers as they struggled to corral more online revenue. "It's a huge moral imperative to help here," Schmidt said at an event hosted in San Francisco by Syracuse University's S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications.
IMAGE
June 8, 2008 | Erin Weinger, Times Staff Writer
BAG BORROW OR STEAL -- the website that rents out status handbags and gets a glam-cameo in the "Sex and the City" movie -- is getting into the designer sunglass rental biz. It sounded a little creepy to us, too. But here in L.A., where the right shades actually do matter, it's tempting to think of scoring a pair of saucer-size Fendis for as little as $22 a week. So we repressed the cringe and clicked on www.bagborroworsteal.com. There were more than 170 pairs to choose from, searchable by size, color or designer, and not just the flashy logo brands.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 4, 2008 | DAVID SARNO
Those Times readers more accustomed to the soothing, unhurried feel of this column in newsprint may have yet to discover that we here at Web Scout headquarters also maintain an eponymous blog. Our online incarnation is a lean, mean potpourri of news, culture and cat videos from across the World Wide Web, and these last few days have been particularly oddity-filled ones online. Though I'd like to say our most widely read Web Scout blog entry was the meditation on Net neutrality or the breaking coverage of an online security breach at telecommunications giant Comcast, the numbers tell a different story.
HEALTH
May 26, 2008 | Susan Brink, Times Staff Writer
Like almost everyone their age, young adult cancer survivors are into the Web. The following sites help them deal with the aftermath of cancer: * A national list of transition programs for childhood and adult cancer survivors is available at www.acor.org/ped-onc /treatment/surclinics.html. These programs help adults piece together treatment records and develop preventive care-plans. * seventyk.org Named for the 70,000 new young adults diagnosed with cancer in the U.S.
NEWS
May 25, 2008 | Jon Healey
THE HOMEROOM Graffiti his path to an art career For those who have been following posts by Manual Arts High teacher Antero Garcia about using graffiti in his classroom lessons, the latest issue of the newspaper LA Youth has a story by Ramon Marcos. "I'm more artistic now," Marcos writes about the art classes he's taking at Skillz 'N Action, a free, urban art program for teenagers. "Before coming here I didn't even think about going to college, Marcos says. "I saw myself in the future having a lousy job that I would hate.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 6, 2008 | Geoff Boucher
With no fanfare, the Nine Inch Nails posted a free download of their new album, "The Slip," on the band's official website early Monday morning, meant as a gesture of gratitude to fans, said Nails auteur Trent Reznor in a posting: "Thank you for your continued and loyal support over the years -- this one's on me." "The Slip," which has 10 tracks, is available at www .nin.com, in a variety of formats (including one billed as a "higher-than-CD quality" 24-bit 96k version), all of them free and delivered with album artwork, lyrics and credits as a PDF file.
BUSINESS
April 16, 2008 | Michelle Quinn, Times Staff Writer
A Santa Monica company whose investors include actor Will Smith is launching a website today that offers 10,000 high-quality music videos and concerts for free. PluggedIn Media Corp. has the backing of three of the four major music companies: Universal Music Group, EMI Music and Sony BMG. The site has raised more than $2 million from its founders and from Overbrook Entertainment, a production and management company whose principals include Smith.
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