August 17, 1986 |
Medical care has been making it harder to die. Meanwhile, the law has been trying to make death easier--at least for some patients. In 1975, the year Karen Quinlan became comatose, no state gave legal recognition to "living wills." Ten years later, when Quinlan died, nearly 40 states had passed such laws. They permit competent adults to set limits on medical efforts aimed at postponing death. As the authors of two new books see it, such laws have not gone nearly far enough.
June 12, 1989
One of every four U.S. households was the target of a violent crime or theft in 1988, the same proportion as the previous three years, the Justice Department said. This proportion remained at the lowest level since the Bureau of Justice Statistics began calculating the household rate in 1975. That year, almost one in three households was the target of a violent crime. Households in the Northeast were the least vulnerable to crime, with 19% hit, while those in the West suffered the most with 30.3%.
June 11, 1994
Mary Gates, 64, a director of major banking and communications corporations whose contacts greatly helped her son Bill's Microsoft Corp. Mrs. Gates was a director of several companies, including First Interstate Bancorp, US West Inc. and KIRO-TV, a Seattle television station. She had been a regent at the University of Washington since 1975. That year, she became the first woman director of First Interstate Bank and the first woman to serve as president of King County's United Way.
July 9, 1995
E. Claiborne Robins, 84, who earned millions of dollars in the pharmaceutical industry and gave millions to higher education. Robins, who joined family-owned A.H. Robins Co. in 1933, built it into a publicly held company with revenue of more than $241 million in 1975, the year he retired as chief executive officer. He stayed on as chairman as the company went through a crippling legal battle over the Dalkon Shield.
July 5, 2013 |
Fast-food and other employees across the country have been striking and protesting for higher wages, arguing that they can't live on the minimum wage. Their protests have drawn attention in an economic recovery where data show that the gap between the rich and the poor is growing. Friday's jobs numbers show that the pay gap is continuing throughout industries. The Bureau of Labor Statistics tracks wages of all private-sector employees, but also breaks down wages of production and non-supervisory employees, which are “employees who are not owners or who are not primarily employed to direct, supervise, or plan the work of others.” Those workers make up 80% of the workforce, but their wages are growing more sluggishly than the wages of the whole workforce, which also includes supervisors and owners, data show.
January 22, 1991
Sanford F. Rothenberg, former president of the Los Angeles County Medical Assn., past chief of neurosurgery at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and vice president of Southern California Physicians Insurance Exchange, which he helped found in the 1970s at the height of the malpractice insurance crisis, is dead. Rothenberg, a graduate of USC and UC Berkeley School of Medicine, was 71 when he died of cancer Friday at his Century City home.
February 19, 2000 |
The Ho Chi Minh Trail, the snaking jungle thoroughfare that funneled Communist troops and supplies during the Vietnam War, is to become a two-lane national highway. The Vietnamese government announced at a news conference Friday its plans for a roughly 1,000-mile road from the northern province of Ha Tay to the southern hub of Ho Chi Minh City, formerly Saigon, along the old route of supply lines for the Viet Cong, the former South Vietnam's Communist guerrillas.
July 16, 1998 |
Nguyen Ngoc Loan, the South Vietnamese general whose summary execution of a bound prisoner was depicted in a photograph that stunned the world three decades ago, has died. He was 67. Loan died Tuesday night at his home in Burke, a suburb of Washington, after a battle with cancer, said his daughter, Nguyen Anh. The photo of Loan firing a pistol point-blank at the grimacing prisoner's head on Feb. 1, 1968, became a haunting image of the Vietnam War.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 28, 1985 |
Bolstered by a 53% sales increase, Rusty Pelican Restaurants Inc. on Tuesday reported record net income for its fourth quarter and full fiscal year ended July 28. The Irvine-based restaurant chain said that net income for the fourth quarter rose 59% to $1.2 million, from $753,000 a year ago. Revenues jumped to $19.2 million, from $12.6 million during a year earlier. For the year, net income increased 26% to $2.3 million, from $1.8 million the prior year. Revenues were up 47% to $53.