It is 75 minutes before showtime at the 2010 MTV Video Music Awards, and the Justin Bieber Watch is in full effect. (OMG!) On the fourth-floor pool deck of the hotel that overlooks the Nokia Theatre in downtown Los Angeles, a motley collection of MTV marketing partners, entertainment executives, and other shiny Angelenos are enjoying cocktails and squinting at the open-air red carpet. (Any minute now!) MTV has parked a cadre of young fans in bleachers across the street to scream on cue at every celebrity arrival, but in the meantime, they’re baking in the sun. Amid the hubbub are two guys huddled together, drinking Michelobs, unmoved by the glamour around them. After a few polite neck cranes over the rail, Twitter cofounder Evan Williams, flanked by his then-COO Dick Costolo, gives up. “I really can’t see anything,” he says. Williams then looks over at the bleachers, sees one girl literally turning pink before our eyes, and deadpans, “They probably … [Read more...] about I Want My Twitter TV!
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The Automobile Club of Southern California will offer a free towing service on New Year’s Eve to help keep impaired drivers off the road. The organization’s Tipsy Tow service will run from 6 p.m. Monday to 6 a.m. Tuesday and will be available in all of the 13 Southern California counties serviced by the Auto Club of Southern California, including Ventura County. New Year’s 2019 will mark the 23rd consecutive year the organization has offered the Tipsy Tow service. The Automobile Club of Southern California recommends that party-goers plan for a sober ride or use a designated driver if attending a gathering. With that said, if those plans fall through, motorists, bartenders, restaurant managers, party hosts or passengers of a drinking or otherwise impaired driver can call 800-400-4AAA for a free tow of up to seven miles. Callers need to keep in mind that the service excludes rides for passengers and is restricted to a one-way, one-time ride for the driver and that … [Read more...] about Free tow and ride service aims to curb drunken driving on New Year’s Eve
Facebook Twitter Google+ LinkedIn December political cartoons from the USA TODAY Network Fullscreen Posted! A link has been posted to your Facebook feed. The cartoonist's homepage, knoxnews.com/opinion/charlie-daniel Charlie Daniel, Knoxville (Tenn.) News Sentinel Fullscreen The cartoonist's homepage, pnj.com/opinion Andy Marlette, Pensacola (Fla.) News Journal Fullscreen The cartoonist's homepage, citizen-times.com/voices-views David Cohen, Asheville (N.C.) Citizen-Times Fullscreen The cartoonist's homepage, indystar.com/opinion/varvel Gary Varvel, The Indianapolis Star Fullscreen The cartoonist's homepage, pnj.com/opinion Andy Marlette, Pensacola (Fla.) News Journal Fullscreen The cartoonist's homepage, news-press.com/opinion Doug MacGregor, The (Fort Myers, Fla.) News-Press Fullscreen The cartoonist's homepage, courier-journal.com/opinion Marc Murphy, The (Louisville, Ky.) Courier Journal … [Read more...] about Letters to the editor: Text tax, the mess in Tulare and standing up to Trump
Robert S. Gable and his late twin brother Kirkland invented the first electronic monitoring system for criminal offenders, tracking the location of at-risk teenagers and probationers in Massachusetts in the 1960s. Electronic monitoring has come a long way since then, but not necessarily to the liking of Gable, a professor emeritus of psychology at Claremont Graduate University in California. While many view the current model for electronic monitoring as an alternative to prison that can save states money, Gable views it as chiefly a punishment driven by public animosity toward sex offenders. RELATED: Homeless offenders create gaps in Wisconsin’s GPS monitoring system RELATED: Wisconsin doubles GPS monitoring despite five years of malfunctions, unnecessary jailings RELATED: Opponents claim GPS monitoring violates civil rights; judges not so sure “You can start simply by the legislation that’s done,” Gable told a reporter. “You know … [Read more...] about Electronic monitoring pioneer wants less punishment, more reward for offenders
Story highlights Pope Francis will have lunch with the homeless after address to Congress Large crowds have greeted his Popemobile in Washington Washington (CNN)Pope Francis challenged America Thursday to embrace millions of undocumented immigrants and join a global campaign against climate change and poverty, wading undaunted into the nation's volatile politics in a historic address to Congress. Francis also called for a fairer world economy, the abolition of the death penalty, the protection of ethnic and religious minorities, the outlawing of the global "blood" trade in arms and the protection of the family in a speech sure to please liberals. The speech underscored the emergence of Pope Francis as a global political leader -- rather than a moral or spiritual voice alone. His boldness in staking out positions on the nation's most pressing issues could reverberate through Capitol Hill and the 2016 presidential race in the months to come. Practicing what he preached, the wildly … [Read more...] about Pope delivers political message on immigration, tolerance to Congress