FROM Kevin Poulsen
How Hackers Exploited Video Poker Slots Slot machines used to live on the margins of the gambling industry. One arm bandits sitting in the corners of casinos being played by old ladies. Not anymore. These days, the slots have been modernized by video game technology, and they bring in as much as 85 percent of gambling profits. And of course, no one wins against the slots. You might get an occasional jackpot, but in the long run, the fix is in. That is until two guys happened upon the holy grail of slot machine addicts: a bug in the most popular video poker machine in the country. And they raked in hundreds of thousands of dollars before getting caught.
National Security, Government 'Spin' and the First Amendment Last Friday, the Associated Press learned that the Justice Department had obtained records for more than 20 separate telephone lines" for reporters' office phones, home phones and cell phones. Despite regulations that require negotiations to protect First Amendment rights, the records were seized in secret. Politicians of both parties have jumped to defend the free press, and President Obama has renewed talk of a reporters’ shield law . Attorney General Eric Holder justified the seizure because "it put the American people at risk and that is not hyperbole." Was it really a case of national security or "spin" to control a story about the CIA infiltrating al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula? Did the Obama administration intrude on a free press? Will the news media be able to protect the next "Deep Throat" in the digital age?
How will the GOP health care bill affect California? We look at who in California would benefit from the Republican-proposed American Health Care Act, and who would be hurt. Two Trump voters living in Bakersfield also weigh in on the bill.
Gary Groth on Fantagraphics and the art of the graphic novel Gary Groth, editor of Fantagraphics, publisher of some of the most notable graphic novels today, discusses the rise of comics, what makes a good graphic novel, and what his selection process is like.
What LA election results mean for development and leadership Tuesday’s election in Los Angeles gave a big win to Mayor Eric Garcetti and the city council members up for re-election. Also, voters said no to a measure that would have temporarily stopped development.
LA County social workers on trial, and reforms to juvenile justice Four former LA County social workers will go to trial on child abuse and other charges in the death of an 8-year-old boy. Also, two California state senators introduced new legislation that would end incarceration for kids under 12 and ban life sentences without parole for those under 18.