"Roman Candle" turns 20: Secrets of Elliott Smith's accidental masterpiece (slideshow)
Elliott and the friends with whom he recorded in middle school in Texas (photo courtesy of Dan Pickering)
OSI Systems Inc., one of the U.S. Transportation Security Administration’s primary contractors for airport security equipment, fell as much as 10.2 percent after losing a $60 million order for screening machines.
OSI, based in Hawthorne, California, had hundreds of its passenger-imaging machines — derisively called naked scanners by some privacy advocates — removed from U.S. airports earlier this year after the TSA concluded the company couldn’t meet a congressional deadline to make revealing images more generic.
“The failure sounds rather pedestrian but in the context of the recent dispute with the TSA raises serious questions about the day-to-day management of OSI’s most important segment,” Oppenheimer & Co. Inc. analysts Yair Reiner and William Lee said in a research note.
The shares fell to $65.78, down 8.3 percent, at 10:10 a.m. on Nasdaq.
TSA terminated the contract, signed Sept. 26, for the latest machines with OSI subsidiary Rapiscan Systems Inc. for default, the company said in a statement. TSA will issue a revised solicitation for the systems in the future, OSI said.
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Heatmiser publicity shot (L-R: Tony Lash, Brandt Peterson, Neil Gust, Elliott Smith) (photo courtesy of JJ Gonson photography)
Elliott and JJ Gonson (photo courtesy of JJ Gonson photography)
"Stray" 7-inch, Cavity Search Records (photo courtesy of JJ Gonson photography)
Elliott's Hampshire College ID photo, 1987
Elliott with "Le Domino," the guitar he used on "Roman Candle" (courtesy of JJ Gonson photography)
Full "Roman Candle" record cover (courtesy of JJ Gonson photography)
Elliott goofing off in Portland (courtesy of JJ Gonson photography)
Heatmiser (L-R: Elliott Smith, Neil Gust, Tony Lash, Brandt Peterson)(courtesy of JJ Gonson photography)
The Greenhouse Sleeve -- Cassette sleeve from Murder of Crows release, 1988, with first appearance of Condor Avenue (photo courtesy of Glynnis Fawkes)