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April 24, 2014 | David Lazarus
As far as corporate notices go, they don't get much creepier than this recent alert from Verizon Wireless. The company says it's "enhancing" its Relevant Mobile Advertising program, which it uses to collect data on customers' online habits so that marketers can pitch stuff at them with greater precision. "In addition to the customer information that's currently part of the program, we will soon use an anonymous, unique identifier we create when you register on our websites," Verizon Wireless is telling customers.
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ENTERTAINMENT
March 16, 2008
RE " 'Wire' Leaves a Legacy of Hope" [March 9]: "The Wire" is too piercing for most Americans because we can see ourselves and our dilemmas regardless of one's color or position. My congratulations to [creator] David Simon and the cast for outstanding work. Thanks to Matea Gold for helping "some of the public" to comprehend the power of this series. Roger Duncan Del Mar
OPINION
April 15, 2014 | By The Times editorial board
New technology often challenges society's long-standing assumptions and standards, but sometimes courts - and others - lose sight of common sense as they grapple with the changes. That's the case in a recent decision of California's 6th Appellate District, which found that text messages and emails between public officials are beyond the reach of the Public Records Act if they are sent on private devices rather than ones owned by public agencies. The three-judge panel said that electronic communications between council members and the mayor of San Jose, even those regarding city business, should not be considered "public" records if they are not "used" or "retained" by the city government (the language cited comes from California's Public Records Act, written long before smartphones existed)
NEWS
November 9, 2013 | By Craig Nakano
For the next installment of our Handmade Holiday Gift Guide, we turn to the Ojai Art Festival, running through Nov. 24 -- a celebration of work made from trash and meant to provoke questions about waste. That's where, if you're lucky, you'll see the barbed wire baskets of Karl Vidstrand. The artist scavenges in the Mojave, near where he lives, for the desert detritus that accents his pieces. What's intriguing about the resulting designs is that they subversively prevent each basket from performing its function: holding stuff.
SCIENCE
July 6, 2012 | By Thomas H. Maugh II, Los Angeles Times
Everyone who has ever painted knows that bristles can fall off the paint brush and mar your new surface. It probably should not be a great surprise, then, that bristles can come off a wire brush used for cleaning an outdoor grill, get taken up by food and ingested. Once in the throat or intestines, the bristles can cause serious damage, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warned this week in its Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. A team of physicians from Brown University's Alpert School of Medicine reported that they had observed six cases of such injury between March 2011 and June 2012.
NEWS
March 19, 2013 | By David A. Keeps
Guarav Nanda, the Los Angeles designer behind the Bend collection of brilliantly colored indoor-outdoor wire chairs you've probably seen in stores and restaurants across Southern California, has a bistro table and chair launching through West Elm on Tuesday for just $249 to $299 -- an attractive price for anyone who's been following Nanda's line. We first discovered Bend in May 2011 -- at the time noting that the materials and production translated to prices ($450 to $495 per chair)
ENTERTAINMENT
April 26, 2013 | By Greg Braxton
AMC's "The Walking Dead" is adding another cast member from HBO's acclaimed "The Wire" series to the zombie apocalypse drama. Larry Gilliard Jr. will play Bob Stookie, a former Army medic deeply haunted by his past--both before and after the apocalypse. The character is a loner, though he maintains a charming yet self-deprecating facade. In "The Walking Dead" comics, the character was a Woodbury resident (and alcoholic) responsible for saving the Governor's life after he was tortured by Michonne.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 13, 2008
I enjoyed Matea Gold's article Jan. 6 on "The Wire." My personal connection is multifold: The show was responsible for me getting my SAG card; my friend, Jeffrey Pratt Gordon, plays Johnny "Fifty" Spamanto; I'm from the Baltimore area, and I'm a fan of just plain old good acting/writing/directing. The reason I believe "The Wire" has never caught on is the same reason that the ills of our cities aren't addressed -- minorities make up a large portion of the show, and frankly, much of America has proved that a show about true urban minorities is not something they are interested in ("The Cosby Show" being a success because the family was wealthy)
ENTERTAINMENT
August 6, 2013 | By Lee Romney
SAN FRANCISCO -- Ruth Asawa, a San Francisco sculptor recognized as a major post-WWII American modernist for her intricate hanging wire creations, died early Tuesday, her daughter Addie Lanier said. She was 87. Asawa, who as a Japanese American woman navigated decades of discrimination as well as internment during the war, had a lasting effect on the arts in San Francisco, where she moved in 1949 to join her husband, architect Albert Lanier. In addition to breaking the barriers of craft with her crocheted wire sculptures, Asawa dedicated herself to fostering the arts for local youth and adults.
SPORTS
March 1, 2014 | By Steve Waters
PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. - The wind blew, the greens got firm and the putts weren't dropping like they had the first two days. Even so, Rory McIlroy was content with his one-under-par 69 Saturday that extended his lead to two shots heading into the final round of the Honda Classic. "I think it was a very solid round of golf," said McIlroy, who had four birdies and three bogeys. "I'm still in the lead of the golf tournament and I can't be disappointed with that. " McIlroy was at 12-under 198. Russell Henley, who began the day in third, shot 68 and was in second at 200. Russell Knox, who climbed up the leaderboard into fourth place Friday with a 63, came back with a 68 and was in third at 201. Jhonattan Vegas shot a second consecutive 66 to move into fourth at 202. Stuart Appleby (65)
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 17, 2014 | By Samantha Schaefer
A tree trimmer was apparently electrocuted Monday in Malibu after he cut through live wires, officials said. The man, who has not been identified, was found unconscious about 25 feet above the ground in a tree in the 24810 block of Pacific Coast Highway, said Los Angeles County Sheriff's Sgt. Philip Brooks. Deputies responded at 10:23 a.m. to a call regarding the man, who was pronounced dead after he was lowered from the tree, Brooks said. The man apparently cut through a live electrical wire instead of the tree while working with a crew, he said.
NATIONAL
February 11, 2014 | By Tina Susman
NEW YORK - Sky, a wire fox terrier with scores of best-in-show titles under her furry white belt, added another one to the collection Tuesday night by winning the top prize at the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show. The ginger-and-white dog defeated six others - whittled down from more than 2,800 - to take the prize, which brings no money but a trophy, a large ribbon, fame and a steak lunch at Sardi's. It's the 14th time the breed has won best in show here. "It's overwhelming. I'm so proud of her. There's no words to describe this," Sky's handler, Gabriel Rangel, said after the judge, Betty Regina Leininger, tapped Sky at the close of the two-day event.
BUSINESS
December 13, 2013 | By David Lazarus
Ron's Wi-Fi Internet service is bundled with his phone service. He wants to ditch his land line, which he seldom uses. Ron's question: Can he still have Wi-Fi in his home? ASK LAZ: Smart answers to consumer questions The answer, happily, is yes. Most major phone and cable companies offer stand-alone Internet service. But deciding which one's right for you can be trickier. Check out today's Ask Laz video for what you need to keep in mind. If you have a consumer question, email me at asklaz@latimes.com or contact me via Twitter @Davidlaz .    
OPINION
December 8, 2013 | Doyle McManus
Has John F. Kerry turned into the unexpected star of President Obama's second term? He was Obama's second choice as secretary of State (after Susan Rice). He's the same windy, stiff Bostonian who ran unsuccessfully for president a decade ago. And he's taken on a list of assignments that looked distinctly unpromising: nuclear negotiations with Iran, peace between Israel and the Palestinians, the civil war in Syria. But in 10 months, Kerry has embarked on a whirlwind of diplomacy.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 6, 2013 | By Hector Becerra
It was a case of Beverly Hills copper. Except instead of starring Eddie Murphy, police said the caper starred five teenagers accused of knocking out power to street lights in the wealthy city in a doomed effort to steal copper wire, which can be sold for scrap. An officer on patrol about 1:50 a.m. Friday in the residential area of Rexford Drive and Lomitas Avenue in north Beverly Hills noticed lights were out and began scouring for suspicious activity, said Sgt. Max Subin. The officer stopped a vehicle and found the occupants had a trove of tools investigators believe were used to steal copper, Subin said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 31, 2013 | By Robert Faturechi, Jack Leonard and Andrew Blankstein, Los Angeles Times
A Los Angeles County sheriff's deputy wore a wire for the FBI last month, secretly recording a department supervisor as part of an investigation into allegations of improper fundraising, the deputy and his attorneys said. Deputy Edwin Tamayo told The Times that FBI agents asked him to wear the wire after he told them that a captain gathered him and other subordinates at a patrol station barbecue pit and ordered them to sell tickets to a 2011 fundraiser for Carmen Trutanich's unsuccessful bid for district attorney.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 10, 2006
Threads from the never-ending conversation. Links to all items appear on the Web at latimes.com/heard. An avian invasion of sorts has been quietly taking place on the streets of Los Angeles. Will Campbell at Metroblogging Los Angeles (blogging.la) tracked down the artist for a Q&A about the cute bird-shaped cutouts hanging from wires at busy intersections throughout the city. Earlier mentions appear on Franklin Avenue blog, Montecito Heights, Above the City and L.A. Brain Terrain.
SCIENCE
December 3, 2013 | By Geoffrey Mohan
A map of the human brain may in fact be a two-volume edition, divided by gender, according to a new study that found significant differences between how the male and female brains are hard-wired. Males tended to have have stronger front-to-back circuits and links between perception and action, while women had stronger left-to-right links between reasoning and intuition, according to University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine researchers who imaged the brains of 949 adolescents and young adults.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 17, 2013 | George Skelton, Capitol Journal
SACRAMENTO - Five bells rang, followed by the clack-clack of paper spewing from the Teletype. It was a bulletin. "Dallas, Nov. 22 (UPI) - Three shots were fired at President Kennedy's motorcade today in downtown Dallas. " Five bells for a bulletin. Ten for a very rare flash alerting editors and broadcasters to earth-shaking news. There were several flashes that day. One came soon after the initial bulletin. "Kennedy seriously wounded perhaps fatally by assassin's bullet. " And about an hour later: "President Kennedy dead.
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