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January 8, 2005 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
A whistled language used by shepherds on one of Spain's Canary Islands is processed by the brain in exactly the same manner as Spanish, researchers reported in this week's Science. They used functional magnetic resonance imaging to determine which parts of the brain are activated in response to the whistling language, Silbo Gomera.
April 14, 2014 | By Doyle McManus
A few months ago, I wrote that it was wrong to try to classify Edward Snowden as either a whistle-blower or a traitor, because he's a bit of each. Only now he's a whistle-blowing outlaw with a Pulitzer Prize to his name. Formally, of course, the prize went to the newspapers that published articles based on Snowden's massive data leak, the Washington Post and the Guardian. They don't give the Pulitzer Prize to sources. But the Pulitzer board members, a gilt-edged group drawn from such institutions as the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal and Columbia University, knew they were giving Snowden a signal honor too. Were they right?
May 4, 1996 | EDWARD J. BOYER
Stand within arm's length of Joel Brandon, study him closely, watch every move he makes, and you still won't believe your ears. This has to be a trick. No one could produce that kind of sound without using a musical instrument. Brandon will tell you that his body is a musical instrument, thank you very much, and he only calls what he does whistling because he has no better word to describe it. "I haven't been able to name it, to give it its proper due," he says with a trace of frustration.
March 20, 2014 | By Lance Pugmire
SAN JOSE - The opportunity to seize the Pacific Division lead slipped away from the Ducks on Thursday, when a criticized official's whistle and third-period breakdowns left them instead beaten by the San Jose Sharks, 3-2, at SAP Pavilion. With one more game than San Jose (46-18-7) still remaining, the Ducks (45-18-7) responded with a game-on type mind-set following the defeat. “We have 12 games left. We'll be tooth and nail in every one and they'll be the same,” Ducks Coach Bruce Boudreau said.
August 16, 2004
"We keep looking to see if we can see Ireland across the water. You just feel like you're playing in Scotland." Davis Love III, about Whistling Straits golf course in Kohler, Wis., site of PGA Championship
June 3, 2001
As one who can whistle both parts of "The Andy Griffith Show" theme simultaneously, without articles like Ann Gerhart's "Where Have All the Whistlers Gone?" (May 22), a lone, polyphonic whistler certainly could feel archaic and idiosyncratic. I must, however, take issue with adman Steven Herbst when he "refuses to demean his instrument by whistling any old jingle." Lighten up, Steve. As the article says, "It's happy-go-lucky. It's jaunty. It's loner art," and there's no shame in jingles.
People don't whistle much anymore. It used to be so American, so evocative of our rugged individualism and independence, of a certain jaunty happy-go-luckiness. A fella whistled while he worked, whistled a happy tune, then wet his whistle with a cold one, and whistled at the girls going by. Jiminy Cricket whistled, and the Seven Dwarfs, and Gene Kelly and Santa Claus and Woodrow Wilson and Charles Lindbergh and Albert Einstein.
Northrop Grumman Corp. has agreed to pay $1.4 million to settle a whistle-blower lawsuit that accused the defense contractor of overcharging the U.S. Air Force for B-2 bomber instruction and repair manuals, federal prosecutors said Friday. In the latest allegations of overcharging on the $44-billion bomber program, a former employee accused Century City-based Northrop of violating the federal Truth in Negotiations Act by inflating cost estimates on the manuals.
March 3, 2002
Re "Enron's Watkins Falls Far Short of Being a Hero," Commentary, Feb. 27: It's about time someone called politicians and journalists to account for their profligate use of words like "whistle-blower," "hero" and "courage." Americans have long had a facile notion of courage and heroism, applying it to athletes who compete while suffering from stress fractures. But to see the term "whistle-blower" join the company of such overused words is particularly distressing. To be a true whistle-blower is to go public with an ethical conflict, with the public good in mind.
November 5, 1986
President Reagan has signed into law new legislation that provides generous incentives to enlist citizens in a campaign against corruption by companies doing business with the federal government. Beyond the incentives, which can run into millions of dollars, the legislation protects the job status of the whistle-blowers. Among those sharing credit for this reform are John R. Phillips, co-director of the Center for Law in the Public Interest, and the congressional sponsors, Rep. Howard L.
March 4, 2014 | By David G. Savage
WASHINGTON - Outside accountants and lawyers who reveal fraud and wrongdoing at publicly traded companies are protected as whistle-blowers just as employees are, the Supreme Court ruled, expanding the reach of an anti-fraud law passed in the wake of the collapse of companies such as Enron Corp. and WorldCom Inc. The 6-3 decision Tuesday will affect the mutual fund and financial services industries in particular because they rely heavily on outside contractors and advisors. Denying whistle-blower protection to all outside employees of such companies would leave a "huge hole" in the 2002 law, said Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, noting that most mutual fund companies hire independent investment advisors and contractors rather than employees.
January 8, 2014 | Doyle McManus
Is Edward Snowden a whistle-blower or a traitor? Debate over the renegade computer technician who leaked thousands of secret National Security Agency documents is too often reduced to that deceptively simple choice. But it's the wrong way to pose the question, because Snowden is both of those things at the same time. Yes, he's a whistle-blower, and if that were all he had done, he would deserve our thanks for forcing a debate over the NSA's swollen powers. PHOTO ESSAY: What last year's biggest political blunders mean for 2014 But he's also a scoundrel who deserves prosecution and public condemnation.
November 13, 2013 | By Jeff Gottlieb
Angela Spaccia -- the city of Bell's former second-in-command -- tried on the witness stand Tuesday to paint herself as a potential whistleblower for corruption in a neighboring city.  Months before the scandal in Bell broke, Spaccia said she left seven phone messages with the district attorney's office to talk about the ongoing investigation in neighboring Maywood, where she was filling in as the city manager while still employed by Bell....
October 10, 2013 | By Sergei L. Loiko
MOSCOW -- Former National Security Agency analyst Edward Snowden met in Moscow this week with four Americans who in some cases had acted as whistle-blowers during their own careers, the group told journalists Thursday. Former CIA analyst Ray McGovern, former NSA senior executive Thomas Andrews Drake , former FBI agent Coleen Rowley and Jesselyn Radack from the Government Accountability Project met with the fugitive American on Wednesday to give him the Sam Adams Award for Integrity in Intelligence, the English-language Russia Today news program reported.
September 16, 2013 | By David Lazarus
Arlene wants to know about the California state auditor. Specifically, who audits them ? I had no idea, so I went right to the top: State Auditor Elaine Howle. She told me her office focuses primarily on making sure that public-sector finances and operations are on the up and up. It also runs the state's whistle-blower hotline , which allows state workers and others to report instances of fraud or waste. Howle said all such calls are confidential. As to Arlene's question, the state auditor's office is overseen by the Joint Legislative Audit Committee, along with a handful of independent auditors.
July 31, 2013 | By The Times editorial board
In acquitting Army Pfc. Bradley Manning of aiding the enemy, a military judge has displayed an admirable sense of proportion that was lacking in the prosecution's case against the young soldier who provided a trove of classified documents to the anti-secrecy organization WikiLeaks. The government's assertion that Manning was assisting Al Qaeda simply because he knew that terrorists might read the leaked documents on the Internet was a dangerously expansive legal theory, and if the judge had accepted it, Manning could have faced life in prison.
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