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October 23, 1998 | JEFF GOTTLIEB, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Olympic sprint champion Florence Griffith Joyner died after suffering an epileptic seizure, according to autopsy results released Thursday, and her family and friends say they hope the findings will put to rest rumors that drug use contributed to her death. Griffith Joyner died last month in her sleep at age 38. Her husband, Al Joyner, bitterly criticized those who suggested that she took performance-enhancing drugs.
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NEWS
June 13, 1999 | MARISA ROBERTSON-TEXTOR, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Welland Rudd isn't a typical American. He's never eaten Thanksgiving turkey or watched fireworks on the Fourth of July. At 52, he has yet to set foot on U.S. soil. Rudd isn't a typical Russian, either. Although he speaks the language fluently and has lived his whole life in Moscow, he cuts an unusual figure here. What sets him apart is the cafe-au-lait color of his skin.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 14, 2013 | By Alan Zarembo, Los Angeles Times
As a young boy, Paul Christiano loved the world of girls - the way they danced, how their spindly bodies tumbled in gymnastics. In adolescence, as other boys ogled classmates, he was troubled to find himself fantasizing about 7- to 11-year-olds. His desires remained stuck in time as he neared adulthood. Despite a stable home life in suburban Chicago, he was tortured by urges he knew could land him in prison. "For having these feelings, I was destined to become a monster," he said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 26, 2013 | By Emily Alpert Reyes
Brent Kroeger pores over nasty online comments about stay-at-home dads, wondering if his friends think those things about him. The Rowland Heights father remembers high school classmates laughing when he said he wanted to be a "house husband. " He avoids mentioning it on Facebook. "I don't want other men to look at me like less of a man," Kroeger said. His fears are tied to a bigger phenomenon: The gender revolution has been lopsided. Even as American society has seen sweeping transformations - expanding roles for women, surging tolerance for homosexuality - popular ideas about masculinity seem to have stagnated.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 13, 2000
I have a difficult time accepting that little girls are growing up too fast. I have noticed that many elementary school girls dress like miniature women, sometimes being very provocative. We have dress codes, but after school they begin to transform into something different. I can see where these girls get their ideas of having to be sexy. We have these teen idols that our little girls look up to and want to be like. There already has been controversy about female teen idols such as Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera being far too sexy for their age. I have nothing against them as artists, but what kind of message is their sense of style sending?
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 20, 1989 | JOHN M. GLIONNA, Times Staff Writer
The muscular, blond teen-ager stood on the edge of the precipice, considering his reflection in the black waters 85 feet below, thinking about the jump. "What's his name?," someone asked from below. "Brett. Brett Johnson." came the answer. "You mean Brett 'The Crazy' Johnson." That's when the chanting began. Like taunting urban onlookers standing so many stories beneath a window ledge and a troubled soul, they cajoled: "Jump, jump, jump." So Johnson took a deep breath. And he jumped.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 31, 2001 | DON SHIRLEY, TIMES THEATER WRITER
John Leguizamo quickly cranks up the party atmosphere in his solo show at the Wiltern Theatre, where he opened Wednesday. He begins with a raucous demonstration of differences in dance styles from various social groups, and he launches the second act by dancing with audience members in the center aisle. His talk is as rambunctious as his moves.
NEWS
November 21, 2011 | By Shari Roan, Los Angeles Times / For the Booster Shots blog
High blood pressure usually concerns only people middle-aged and older. But a new study suggests that high blood pressure in early adulthood spells future heart problems and that it shouldn't be ignored. Researchers from the United States and United Kingdom followed almost 19,000 male students from Harvard who had their blood pressure measured when they entered college between 1914 and 1952. These men also responded to a health questionnaire mailed in the 1960s when they were an average age of almost 46. Assessments of death and cause of death were made in 1998.
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