Mike Roe

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Stories by Mike Roe

Bill Gates' awesome new Web site

As a lifelong Mac user, it pains me to say this, but Bill Gates' new Web site, the Gates Notes, is excellent. He's retired from being actively involved in Microsoft, but is now working full time as co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

Conan O'Brien: 'Please do not be cynical'

"I'm asking this particularly of young people that watch: Please do not be cynical. I hate cynicism. For the record, it's my least favorite quality. It doesn't lead anywhere. Nobody in life gets exactly what they thought they were going to get.

Man who allegedly set 2003 Old Fire faces death penalty if convicted

Rickie Lee Fowler, who allegedly set the 2003 San Bernardino "Old Fire" that destroyed almost 1,000 homes, will face the death penalty if convicted, the Los Angeles Times reported.

Life without a phone or a computer

I'm not having a good week technologically. Both my computer and my phone decided to not work this week, so outside of my time in the office, I've been largely disconnected the last several days.

Prince writes Minnesota Vikings tribute song

I don't know if the Minnesota Vikings are going to the Super Bowl, but I do know they officially have the coolest tribute song. Prince, inspired by the Vikings' victory over the Dallas Cowboys, wrote the song "Purple and Gold" in their honor.

2 women involved in celebrity burglaries receive additional charges

Two young women suspected in the "Bling Ring" celebrity burglary case were charged today with additional counts of receiving stolen property, the L.A. County District Attorney's Office announced.

A stormy night in

I'm currently figuring out what I'm going to do this evening. I just received successive e-mails informing me that a) my gospel choir rehearsal is canceled due to the weather and b) my hiking group, which I normally go to when I don't go to choir, is canceled due to the weather.

Former Ukiah college scholarship trustee settles after being accused of misappropriating funds

James Harrison settled with the California Attorney General's Office after he was accused of misappropriating money from a college scholarship trust intended to benefit female graduates of Ukiah High School pursuing careers in medicine.

Tornado warnings

As we deal with weather reminiscent of 2012 and the Day After Tomorrow, including a tornado warning in Southern California, it reminded me of my time going to college in the upper Midwest at Saint Olaf College.

Remembering Martin Luther King in music

I had the chance to celebrate the life of Martin Luther King, Jr. last night musically with the gospel choir I sing with, Hollywood Mass Choir, at our annual Martin Luther King tribute concert.

LA Customs officials seize $7 million in counterfeit DVDs

U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials seized 252,968 DVDs with counterfeit trademarks coming into the Los Angeles/Long Beach port on Jan. 7. The Department of Homeland Security made the announcement this morning. The suggested retail price of the DVDs was estimated to be over $7.1 million and the domestic value was $204,904.

New Incredible Hulk film better than last 2

I had the chance last night to see an advance screening of the new animated movie Planet Hulk, based on the Marvel Comics storyline. It was on the higher end of Saturday morning fare, though not as good as some other recent superhero animated movies like Superman/Batman: Public Enemies or Wonder Woman.

Carson man sentenced to death for stabbing, killing elderly couple

Carson man Anthony Cain was sentenced to death today for stabbing to death elderly couple Ernestine and Lamar Matthews during a robbery in their Cerritos home six years ago, the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office announced this morning.

Orange County man sentenced for drowning 4-year-old son

Gideon Omondi was sentenced today to 25 years to life in prison after being convicted of murdering his 4-year-old son. Omondi drowned his son in a bathtub after becoming angry over having to pay child support. Omondi had turned himself in.

Conan O'Brien, folk hero

TMZ is reporting that Jay Leno has made a new deal with NBC, giving him back The Tonight Show. As someone who's always been a fan of Conan O'Brien's work, it's disappointing to see him leaving, but I'm sure he'll land on his feet wherever he winds up.