Stories tagged: cell phones
UPDATED: Tue., Feb. 20, 2018, 4:45 p.m.
Idaho Senate panel advances measure to ban hand-held cell phones while driving
BOISE - Idaho lawmakers eager to curb rising numbers of fatal and serious injury car accidents are pursuing a ban on driving while talking on hand-held cell phones.
Thu., Nov. 16, 2017
Garrison Keillor: It’s not so bad to be old
What would life be like without a cell phone, a credit card, an ID? Garrison Keillor contemplates the possibilities of reliving the “good” old days and concludes that it is …
Sun., July 30, 2017, 1:38 p.m.
Cellphone service could be spotty for rural eclipse-watchers
If you plan to livestream next month’s solar eclipse from one of the prime viewing spots, here’s a thought: Keep your phone in your pocket, put on your paper shades …
UPDATED: Wed., July 26, 2017, 2:52 p.m.
Front Porch: Technology might drive me crazy, or to the beach
I’m just about on board with getting a smart phone and have been researching what to buy … And then came the car.
UPDATED: Sun., July 23, 2017, 8:59 p.m.
No more holding cell phones with new driving law in effect
Washington drivers will now have to put down their cell phones under a new distracted driving law.
Tue., May 16, 2017, 11:08 p.m.
Washington to drivers: Put the cellphone down, don’t risk fourth DUI
New Washington laws increase penalty for drivers using a smartphone or driving under the influence.
UPDATED: Wed., April 19, 2017, 10:11 p.m.
Washington drivers’ use of smartphones about to be curtailed
Legislature passes final version of bill that tells drivers to put down their smartphones.
Sun., April 9, 2017
Dan Hansen: Dad, we’re missing you – and wish we could give you a call
A lot has changed since Dan Hansen’s father passed away. There’s the grandchildren, and then there’s those confounded, omnipresent phones.
Thu., Aug. 27, 2015, 10:49 a.m.
Court: Public officials’ texts are public records
A public employee’s work-related text messages are public records, even when they are sent and received on a private cellphone are public records, the state Supreme Court ruled today.
Fri., Feb. 6, 2015
City tax audit on phone companies finds $700K gain
An ongoing audit of taxes paid by telephone companies operating in Spokane has turned up $700,000 in unexpected funds for the city, including more than $500,000 in unpaid taxes, interest …
Mon., Jan. 12, 2015
Spokane County drivers most likely to talk, text on road
Spokane County drivers are among the worst in Washington when it comes to using cellphones while driving. A study in 2013 showed that 14.5 percent of local drivers talked or …
UPDATED: Fri., Oct. 3, 2014, 12:43 p.m.
Three injured in accident near Chattaroy
A man looking at his cell phone while driving Friday morning caused an accident that sent three people to the hospital, the Washington State Patrol said.
Sun., Nov. 24, 2013
Doug Clark: It’s not just a truck, it’s a demon on wheels
Today we pose the physics question … Can anyone recommend a good exorcist?
Sun., Oct. 6, 2013
Trade-in options abound for smartphones
Feeling stuck with your old smartphone? Do you covet new releases like the iPhone 5S that boast niftier features like fingerprint sensors? There’s good news. A growing number of options …
Mon., June 17, 2013
Statewide crackdown catches drivers on phones
Spokane drivers continue to ignore cellphone laws despite the risk of a $101 ticket. State troopers and other officers cited 1,448 drivers in Washington May 20 through June 2. That’s …
Sun., April 14, 2013
New smartphones bring competition for iPhone
Ready for the battle of the phones? This year’s crop of high-end smartphones is starting to emerge, like bear cubs crawling out of their burrows, sniffing the spring air. First …
Thu., Jan. 31, 2013
Washington lawmakers submit big cellphone bills
OLYMPIA – During last year’s wrangling with budget troubles, Washington state Sen. Jerome Delvin racked up a cellphone bill that would make most users recoil – $309.21 in a single …
Thu., June 21, 2012
Front Porch: Smartphone comes with some dumb service reps
I didn’t cry, but I wanted to scream. And I really, really wanted to stamp my feet and maybe throw something – preferably a cellphone. Three hours at a Costco …
Mon., May 28, 2012, 6:49 p.m.
Spokane Police arrest alleged cell phone thieves
Spokane Police arrested a husband and wife Monday who are suspected of stealing cell phones and selling them on Craigslist.
Sun., April 29, 2012
Travel smart with your cellphone
Smartphones can be handy tools for travelers. They can also be costly if you travel abroad and don’t take precautions. I have heard of people racking up thousands of dollars …
Tue., Jan. 17, 2012
AAA pushing for ban on texting while driving
BOISE – A new statewide survey shows that 87 percent of Idahoans favor a ban on texting while driving – including 78 percent who say they’d strongly support it. “It’s …
Wed., Dec. 14, 2011, 10:02 a.m.
ITD to hold off a year on trucker texting ban
BOISE - The Idaho Transportation Department had been working on legislation to propose in January to ban texting by commercial truck drivers, to comply with a recently enacted federal rule, …
Sun., Nov. 20, 2011
State cellphones squander $500,000
SEATTLE – A state audit has found Washington is wasting money on 2,000 idle state employee cellphones. The audit report, released Friday by state Auditor Brian Sonntag, found the state …
Mon., Oct. 17, 2011, 12:10 p.m.
Cell phone companies to warn consumers of overages
NEW YORK (AP) — Cellphone companies pledged Monday to warn subscribers before they go over their monthly limits for calling minutes, text messages and data use. The pledge comes in …
Sun., June 19, 2011
Many drivers talked way to tickets in first year of cellphone ban
A few try to hide it with their hands. Others may drop it in their lap to avoid detection. But some drivers don’t even bother – their cellphones stay clearly …
Tue., April 26, 2011, 10:27 a.m.
Lost cell phone leads to car prowling suspect’s arrest
A 15-year-old car prowler was arrested Monday after he left his cell phone inside a victimized vehicle and the owner called his mother, Spokane Valley police said today.
Wed., March 2, 2011
Editorial: Texting bill misses root of problem: cell phones
Last year, the Idaho Legislature was on the verge of passing a broadly supported bill that would ban texting while driving, but infighting and parliamentary maneuvering distracted them from reaching …
Mon., Feb. 7, 2011
Do Your Part: Don’t throw out your electronic waste
Electronic waste is on the rise in the United States at a startling rate. In fact, it is growing at nearly three times the rate of any other kind of …
Mon., Jan. 3, 2011
Mr. Dad: Scrutinize cancer claims
Dear Readers: A few weeks ago I devoted a column to the issue of electromagnetic fields generated by cell phones and other electronic devices that many people worry are causing …
Wed., Oct. 6, 2010, 12:10 p.m.
Apple to make iPhones compatible with Verizon, others
A new report says Apple Inc. is getting ready to manufacture a new iPhone that works on cellular networks based on CDMA technology, a move that would allow the phones …