All you Mac
addicts living in the greater Los Angeles area might want to watch your backs while visiting the local Apple
Store. According to the Los Angeles Times
, a group of burglars has been following customers from Apple Store locations and stealing computers
from unattended cars. Surprisingly, these "follow-away" burglaries have occurred more than 100 times over the past year.
The Orange County district attorney's office charged three L.A. residents last month with burglary
and grand theft in connection with 28 such cases. The Manhattan Beach police are still investigating 15 burglaries that happened last September. In all these cases, the criminals seem to wait for customers to leave a store, follow them (whether to another store or home), look for a computer left in the car, and -- if they find one -- grab it. Those commonalities have lead authorities to posit the existence of one large crime ring.
Despite the charges, no computers have been recovered by police. Manhattan Beach Police Sgt. Brian Brown told the LA Times, "It's a highly preventable crime if people don't leave computers in their cars." Genius, Sarge. [From: The Los Angeles Times
Is Your Neighborhood Safe?
In April 2006, Elle Girl's print edition was closed down, but the Web site lives on at ellegirl.com.
Though it will be folded into Seventeen magazine, the teen version of Cosmopolitan will publish its last print issue in December 2008. It will live on at CosmoGirl.com.
Christian Science Monitor
Founded in 1908 by Mary Baker Eddy, this venerable paper will move all its daily content to the Web starting in 2009, though it will still publish a weekly print version.
Was it too snarky for its own good? We'll never know, but this modern-day successor to '80s-era Spy magazine shut down in October. AMI, owner of the National Enquirer, bought RadarOnline.com, however, which will focus on celebrity gossip a la TMZ.com.
US News and World Report
Once a serious competitor to Time and Newsweek, US News and World Report is now best known for its College guides, which it will continue to publish. The weekly newsmagazine, however, will be turned into a monthly, and all daily operations are moving to the Web at usnews.com.