April 20, 1986 |
"The stupidity of people never ceases to amaze me," the salesman said. "Something is wrong with a person if they will send me $20,000 or $30,000 over the phone." The salesman, who works in North Miami Beach under the name Kevin O'Brien, is typical of thousands of high-pressure telephone sales people around the country pushing questionable investments despite aggressive state and federal efforts to clean up the telemarketing industry.
October 30, 1998 |
Leslie W. Light, the haranguing judge of Santa Monica, began the latest proceedings at the trial of accused embezzler Susan McDougal by telling McDougal's sister to sit down and shut up. (In so many words.) A few minutes later, Light gave a similar tongue-lashing to the prolix McDougal, who even while sitting on a witness stand doesn't know when to shut up. McDougal is a woman who, if you ask her what time it is, will probably tell you how to build a clock.
April 18, 1993 |
Here is how it became clear to me that normalcy, for better or worse, was returning to Los Angeles. It was midmorning Saturday, about three hours after the verdicts were read. I was roaming about in my car, just looking around, listening to talk radio and generally attempting the impossible--to determine the singular "mood" of this schizoid mass of urbanity we call, for a lack of a more precise term, a city. The radio was full of nothing but Rodney King.
February 7, 2003 |
A lot of siblings use the weekend to call each other and catch up. Few, though, have strangers across the country eavesdropping, or joining the conversation. The five Dolan sisters will be doing just that on Saturday, when their radio program "Satellite Sisters" debuts on KABC-AM (790) and other ABC network stations. The show, which originated with a two-year run on public radio in 2000, features the five women, ranging in age from 37 to 47, chatting about subjects from momentous to minuscule.
March 8, 2014 |
A smart phone app that allows users to post messages anonymously is coming under fire for fostering cyberbullying, leading to at least two juvenile arrests, school phone-use bans and several campus lockdowns. Scrutiny of the 4-month-old Yik Yak app for Android and Apple devices has spread from the Southeast to the Northeast to the Midwest and, this week, to the West Coast. The app has registered more than 10,000 downloads on Google's Play Store and, according to AppAnnie , has cracked the top 100 most popular apps on Apple's App Store.
August 26, 1994 |
Twenty-nine years ago, a doctor at a Denver mental hospital sat a sickly, slightly retarded boy named Tim Baley down at a piano and watched him run his fingers across the ledges and valleys of the keyboard. The puzzled doctor began jotting down notes. Baley had undergone hundreds of tests, but medical minds were still having a hard time coming up with a diagnosis for the boy's developmental problems and poor health. The piano test only deepened the mystery.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 6, 2014 |
A campus lockdown at San Clemente High School has been lifted after authorities searched the school early Thursday after a threat was posted on a social media app. The bomb threat was posted on Yik Yak, a social media site on which users can post anonymous comments. The campus was placed on lockdown shortly after the 9 a.m. posting and was lifted at 1 p.m. Students and staff were told to shelter in place while a sweep of the campus was conducted, said Lt. Jeff Hallock, spokesman for the Orange County Sheriff's Department.
March 6, 1986 |
A 30-pound baboon named Rosie gingerly handled a rubber ball "bomb," then gleefully tossed it to her trainer, dressed like Indiana Jones. He juggled it in mock horror and tossed it back. These antics drew youthful giggles from a crowd of 200 at Moorpark College's Wildlife Theater. A few little faces leaned forward to see if Indiana's cave girl nemesis, co-trainer Janine Turlik, who ended up with the "bomb," had discovered the prop in enough time to save herself. Not to worry.
January 15, 1988 |
For 33 years the Palomino has set aside one night of the week for something called talent night. The level of talent varies. "I'd say 10% of the acts are exceptionally good," said Harry Orlove, lead guitarist in the house band at the North Hollywood nightclub, "and 30% are really, really terrible. It's like a Fellini movie." With that, a succession of performers took the Palomino's stage one recent Monday and proved him right.
April 6, 2004 |
Covering 'yaking in all its forms for close to 20 years, this mag was the first publication dedicated solely to sea paddling and kayak touring, and a glance at back issues shows articles on places from the Arctic to Turkey to Flathead Lake in Montana. Saltwater or fresh, it seems there's hardly a body of water that a serious kayaker won't consider for an excursion.