Prosthetics get the personal touch: Synthetic legs have become a medium for self-expression, thanks to customization made possible by sophisticated technology. It’s a bold melding of modern science and fashion statement.
Brooklyn Bike Patrol on a roll after attacks on women: A volunteer escort home from the subway along dark streets is a phone call away – no charge, no tips. Business is brisk.
On Halloween, Ruiz escorted two women — one dressed as a box of cookies, the other as a milk carton — who felt vulnerable because their costumes limited their arm movements. Many of his regulars, who are listed in his phone by their first names and their usual subway stations, are waitresses who work late and who don’t want to spend $20 or so for a cab ride home.
Nice job, Brooklyn.
Photo: Brooklyn Bike Patrol volunteers, from left, Ryan Finger, Timothy Wright-Bodine and Jay Ruiz prepare for a Friday night of providing safe escorts home from subway stations. Credit: Aaron Showalter, New York Daily News
GOLDEN, Colo. – Like most of the men in the family, Jeff Coors, 43, new president of the Adolph Coors Co., is quiet and friendly, totally unaffected and given to startling remarks. Sitting in his office on the brewery grounds, here is the first thing he said.
“Jeez, I hope you don’t try to paint this family as some sort of idealistic, above-it-all kind of family. There are no fairy tales involved in this family. I get really upset with some (media) articles that try to paint this family as somehow Cinderella-like … you know, all lovey-dovey.”
He made sardonic reference to a magazine photo he’d seen. “I mean, here you had my mother and father, with all their kids and grandkids with all these smiling faces. So you think: ‘Oh, what a wonderful family!’ And my father had a mistress all the time!”
Now there’s a curious comment. Not so odd, maybe, the son drawing attention to the fact that Dad just ran out on Mom, after 48 years, for a younger woman, and has gone off to live in the lazy, hazy climes of Northern California wine country. The whole town’s been burning up the phone wires gossiping about it ever since, anyway. And if there’s one thing that instantly stands out about the Coors clan, it’s that they’re among the bluntest, most straightforward people around.
But the Adolph Coors Co. has hardly been deluged with lovey-dovey publicity these last few years. To the contrary, for better than a decade, Coors has been the company Americans most love to hate: boycotted by organized labor, racial minorities, women, gays, students, teachers and countless other special-interest groups.
You’ll experience the bold, traditional flavor of old-school American newspapering: This 1988 Column One jumps three times. And that’s only the first of two parts! (We’ll bring you the thrilling conclusion next Thursday.) Until then, read responsibly.
Photo: Joseph Coors, left, shown with his brother Bill in 1977, supervised operations at the family brewery in Golden, Colo. He was named company president in 1977, chief operating officer in 1980 and vice chairman in 1985. Joseph Coors retired from daily operations in 1987. Credit: Los Angeles Times file
Ricky Gilleland, a tech-savvy 11th-grader, has created the only digitized record of Iraq and Afghanistan veterans laid to rest at Arlington National Cemetery. Faye Fiore reports:
He has created the only digitized record of Iraq and Afghanistan veterans laid to rest at Arlington. His website, preserveandhonor.com, is a reverent catalog of the fallen, and one young man’s response to a scandal of Army mismanagement, mismarked graves and unmarked remains that has rocked this hallowed place for two years.
There are a number of different ways to take notes, and it is best
that you use the method you feel most at ease with. However, there are
four general ideas that could help you to improve your note taking:
Use white space to separate major ideas.
Try to limit your notes to one concept or section per page.
Use abbreviations and/or symbols where possible to avoid long sentences.
Write down the information in your own words.
The Cornell Method
The Cornell Method is based on two columns: one containing the
keyword or concept, and the other containing the description or notes
associated with the keyword or concept. This method can be used while
listening to the lecturer. In the right hand column, you can list the
main ideas or write a paragraph and then on the left hand side note the
keyword or concept that relates to your section of notes. At the
bottom of the page you should write paragraphs summarizing the
information contained in the notes. This website will automatically generate the layout for this type of notes in a PDF form.
The Outlining Method
This method involves writing a series of topics and sub-topics, and
identifying them by indenting the text, numbering the lines, or using a
dash or bullet point.
A mind map is a diagram in which ideas, concepts and images are
linked together around a central concept, keyword or idea.
The Charting Method
Charting is effectively a table of rows and columns. The top row
normally classifies the concept with descriptions or keywords listed in
the row below.
The Sentence Method
With this method you simply write every new concept, or topic on a
separate line. You can also number the information if you wish. It is
recommended that you use some form of visual aid to group related
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Times Staff Writer Hector Becerra picked up the tale in this Column One that ran July 20, 2006. This is one in a series of L.A. Now posts highlighting examples of memorable storytelling from the archives of the Los Angeles Times.
Photo: A family photograph of Robert Thompson at age 14, before he disappeared. Credit: Thompson family
When a Hollywood director wanted a letter to appear as if it had been written by Queen Victoria, [DeAnn Singh] took the call. When a television producer asked for a book to look as if it had belonged to witches, she was hired. When Ventura County officials needed a masthead to adorn a declaration for civic achievement, they turned to her.
Great quote: “‘Devil-worship movies,’ she says, 'are good for calligraphers.’”
In a San Francisco neighborhood, another way to pay: Insular Bernal Heights — “this weird little borderline utopia,” as one resident calls it — has updated “complementary currency” in the form of a debit card.
This sounds like a fascinating experiment!
Designed by two neighborhood loyalists versed in technology and banking, the Bernal Bucks card allows residents to pay for their purchases while earning credits every time they swipe it at any of the two dozen area businesses that have signed on since June.
Accrued as frequent-flier miles are, the bucks can be printed as coupons and used toward future purchases. Cardholders also can donate their accrued “wealth” to neighborhood nonprofits.
… Branded with a cheerful image of Bernal’s iconic hill, their Visa debit card is issued by the local Community Trust Credit Union and aims to make patronizing neighborhood stores simpler: Residents can earn rewards or make charitable donations without having to keep track of stickers on their bills or carry a passel of buy-nine-and-get-the-10th-free punch cards.
Photo: The Bernal Bucks card allows residents to pay for their purchases while earning credits every time they swipe it at any of the two dozen area businesses that have signed on since June. Credit: Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times
‘Untouchable’ Indian woman becomes a tycoon:Dalits still face discrimination in India’s caste system, but Kalpana Saroj has worked her way up from poverty, becoming a manufacturing tycoon.
Must-read for the day.
Emerging from extreme poverty and pariah status to a position of strength and wealth has certainly been satisfying, she said. That fact that she is a woman — in a country ranked by the United Nations as among the world’s most dangerous places to be born a girl, given high female infanticide, inferior healthcare and nutrition — made her rise more extraordinary.
And although her ascent hasn’t been without its share of speed bumps or caste-related jibes, she said, she has tried to channel anger and frustration into getting things done.
“I’m aware people may still look down on me because I’m a dalit,” she said. “But even when I was very agitated, I never lost my cool, always trying instead to find my way out of difficult situations.”
Photo: Kalpana Saroj. Credit: Mark Magnier / Los Angeles Times
From law student to bride to rebel in Syria: Law student Hanadi, 19, is eager to see action on the front lines. Her ticket? A marriage of convenience to a militia commander fighting to oust Bashar Assad.
“We were raised in a conservative society where a girl has to heed her mother and father, but I no longer recognize their authority,” she said, underscoring what some describe as not only an uprising against the government but also a revolution that has upset the balance between generations. Many of the activists and fighters have joined the fight against their parents’ wishes.
Photo: Hanadi, a member of the Free Syrian Army, gave up law school to join protests against Syrian President Bashar Assad. Credit: Los Angeles Times