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April 16, 2012 | By Thomas H. Maugh II / For the Booster Shots blog
Death rates from unintentional injuries of children from birth to age 19 fell by nearly 30% in the United States from 2000 through 2009, largely because of a 41% drop in deaths in car crashes, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Monday. That amounts to more than 11,000 children saved during the decade, Dr. Ileana Arias, principal deputy director of the CDC, said in a news conference. "The rate is among the worst of all high-income countries," she said, and the real shame is that most of the deaths "are predictable and preventable.
October 9, 2012 | By Richard Winton, Los Angeles Times
Tennis umpire Lois Goodman, charged with bludgeoning and stabbing to death her 80-year-old husband in April with a coffee mug, has passed a lie-detector test administered by a former FBI examiner in which she denied killing her husband, her attorneys said Tuesday. The attorneys said they would give the results to prosecutors in hopes the charges against the 70-year-old Woodland Hills resident would be dropped. She has pleaded not guilty. The examination, in which Goodman denied killing her husband, Alan, or having any involvement in his death, was conducted by former FBI polygraph examiner Jack Trimarco during the first week of October, Robert Sheahen, one of her attorneys, said.
August 29, 2012 | By Richard Winton and Andrew Blankstein, Los Angeles Times
Two decidedly different portraits emerged Wednesday of the U.S. Open tennis umpire accused of killing her 80-year-old husband and then trying to pass it off as an accident. Prosecutors said Lois Goodman, 70, bludgeoned her husband, then callously left him to die as she went to "tennis and to get her nails done. " Deputy Dist. Atty. Sharon Ransom accused Lois Goodman of meticulously planning the killing in advance, but did not lay out any evidence to support that claim. She said the umpire used a broken coffee mug like an "improvised knife," stabbing her husband 10 times.
An outbreak of E. coli illness linked to a California company's unpasteurized apple juice claimed its first fatality Friday with the death of a 15-month-old Colorado girl. Anna Gimmestad, an only child, died at Children's Hospital in Denver after a two-week battle with kidney failure, known to be a complication of an especially virulent bacterial strain known as E. coli O157:H7. The child's parents, from Greeley, Colo., said the child had consumed fruit "smoothies" made by Odwalla Inc.
October 10, 2012 | By Deborah Vankin, Los Angeles Times
Comedian Tig Notaro's downtown Los Angeles loft is oddly intact considering she is moving across the country in the morning. She's about to start a new job with Comedy Central, she has a new book deal with Ecco, her debut comedy album, "Good One," is now No. 2 in its category on iTunes, and reporters from Vanity Fair and the New Yorker are calling later about a new comedy recording of hers on Louis C.K.'s website. Still, as she relaxes on the taupe couch that divides her industrial-modern kitchen and airy, sun-lit living room, Notaro seems utterly unflustered.
August 19, 1988 | PHILIP HAGER, Times Staff Writer
The California Supreme Court, refusing to extend unmarried cohabitants a right that the law grants to married couples, Thursday barred a single man from suing for the negligence-related accidental death of his live-in girlfriend. The justices, in a 6-1 decision, rejected a suit for emotional distress and loss of companionship brought by Richard C. Elden, who survived a car crash that took the life of his companion, Linda Eberling, in Pasadena in 1982.
July 7, 1988 | GLENN F. BUNTING, Times Staff Writer
Police officials in Seattle are reviewing the 1968 death of the second wife of Melvyn R. Paisley, the former assistant Navy secretary who is a central figure in the nationwide Pentagon contract scandal. The case is being reopened by the King County Police Department after a review of coroner's records and phone calls from several witnesses who want to talk to detectives, said Maj. Terry Allman, head of criminal investigations. "The red flags just popped up," Allman said.
October 26, 1997 | EUGENE J. CARROLL Jr., Retired Rear Adm. Eugene J. Carroll Jr. is deputy director of the Center for Defense Information in Washington
The midair collision of two military aircraft over Edwards Air Force base on Wednesday continues a disturbing series of crashes that began in September. In just over a month, the losses total 18 lives and 10 planes. These accidents involved aircraft from three services operating different models while performing widely different missions. They occurred in locations stretching 10,000 miles from California to Africa to the Persian Gulf.
October 31, 2013 | By Michael Muskal
A federal prosecutor in Georgia has opened a formal review into what local officials ruled was the accidental death of a teenager, found dead and wrapped in a wrestling mat in his high school gymnasium. The latest step in the case of Kendrick Johnson was announced Thursday by Michael Moore, the U.S. attorney for the Middle District of Georgia at a news conference in his office in Macon. Johnson's parents and lawyers have questioned the official ruling that the high school student died in an accident and had a private autopsy done that supported the possibility of foul play.
January 9, 1994
Regarding Calendar's coverage of the top stories of 1993 (Dec. 26): Part of the problem of Beavis and Butt-head's influence on children has been overlooked: the fallacious notion of the populace (adults and children alike) that all animated films and programs are for juveniles ("The Guys Who Drove a Bigger Wedge Between the Generations," by Chris Willman). Many creations have used cartooning to create something of artistic or literary merit with adult themes: "Wait Till Your Father Gets Home," "Heavy Metal," "Fantasia," "American Pop," "The Simpsons."
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