CAL CITY BOYS: Biological mother of West brothers breaks silence, files multi-million lawsuit

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. (KGET) – 18 months after Orrin and Orson West disappeared from the home of their adoptive parents in California City, the boys’ biological mother is breaking her silence. “This is really hard to talk about,” said an emotional Ryan Dean, speaking to the public for the first time at a news conference … Read more

Biological mother of Orrin, Orson West files $40 million federal lawsuit

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KGET) – A $ 40 million lawsuit alleging civil rights violations was filed Friday by the mother and maternal grandmother of Orrin and Orson West, the two boys prosecutors allege died while in the custody of their adoptive parents. Ryan Dean and Dana Moorer, the mother and grandmother, respectively, had filed a claim … Read more

Full Belly Files: Spring Breaking in Sequoia and Yosemite

This edition of Full Belly Files was originally emailed to subscribers on April 1, 2022. To receive Matt Kettmann’s food newsletter in your inbox each Friday, sign up at independent.com/newsletters. El Capitan always impresses at every angle, even without gourmet eats nearby. | Credit: Matt Kettmann Big trees and bigger cliffs. That was the gist … Read more

Audio Files Are Being Used As Digital Drugs

New study sheds light on the little-known phenomenon of binaural beats, where sounds purportedly evoke psychoactive effects. A binaural beat is an illusionary tone created by the brain when presenting two tones separately to each ear that slightly differ in their frequency. It’s claimed binaural beats can have a psychoactive effect on the brain, although … Read more

How to share large files

This story has been updated. It was originally published on August 8, 2017. When you decide to share a large file or folder online — perhaps you want to send a cute home movie to a relative endowment, or need to back up a photo archive to a secondary location — you can’t just attach … Read more

How to convert HEIC files

For the most part, HEIC photo files will help you out. They take up less space than JPEGs of the same quality and one file can store multiple images, for instance. Despite these benefits, you may still find them incompatible with your devices, operating system, or way of life. If you’re struggling with this file … Read more

How to recover deleted files

No worries, mate. Tim Gouw / Unsplash This story has been updated. It was originally published on May 30, 2017. Now that we’re living in a mostly digital world, it’s a lot easier than it used to be to accidentally delete that precious family photo or important bank statement. One slip of the finger, and … Read more

You can choose how to delete files. Here’s how.

While it’s important to keep your digital spaces as clutter-free as possible, no one likes to accidentally delete files they actually need. Fortunately, operating systems and cloud storage services come with integrated undelete options. These features give you a grace period during which you can get your files back. If you’ve ever felt that vital … Read more