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SPORTS
December 12, 2013 | By Melissa Rohlin
Last season, while Dwight Howard was recovering from back surgery, he also apparently was struggling with another problem -- sugar. After watching Howard play for the Lakers, Dr. Cate Shanahan was struck by what she saw.  "It looked like he was wearing oven mitts out there," Shanahan told cbssports.com . "It reminded me of patients who have pre-diabetes and neurological problems because of how sugar impacts the nervous system. That's where I became really concerned. " Shanahan contacted longtime Laker trainer Gary Vitti, and set up a meeting with the 28-year-old center.  She discovered that Howard's glucose readings were sky-high.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 15, 1997
Re "Keep the Lifestyle Cops Out of Bars," Commentary, Sept. 10: I found M. Lester O'Shea's column a conglomeration of mostly self-serving rationalizations. He can't separate what is "irritating" from what is an "assault." How would O'Shea like it if I were to go up to him in a bar and stomp on his toes? In bars, stomping on toes is illegal because it is an "assault" on another person, yet smoking isn't. Why shouldn't there be laws against O'Shea blowing his smoke in people's faces? Toe-stomping may damage your feet over time, but secondhand smoke may kill you. Both "assaults" are irritating, only smoking is irritating and dangerous.
OPINION
October 21, 2007
Re "Dying prisoners may be given leniency," Oct. 15 Prisons are built to house people who are a threat to society, not to be houses of torture. The way the legal and prison systems treat dying prisoners is a crime against humanity. How can an old person in the end stages of cancer be a danger to me or anyone else? Criminals usually lack compassion and empathy, but does that justify the prison system's own lack of compassion? Ann Logan Gardena
NEWS
February 16, 1989 | STEPHEN BRAUN, Times Staff Writer
Ever the proper businesswoman, Yuka Sakamoto is poised for that moment late in the night when the bankers and international trade executives who are her regular customers fish into their pockets for business cards. Dutifully, Sakamoto produces her own: "Yuka Sakamoto--Mama." It is the appropriate job description for her line of work.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 29, 2013 | By Hailey Branson-Potts
West Hollywood may be home to a thriving Russian community, but at least one import is no longer welcome at the city's gay bars. After Russian President Vladimir Putin recently signed anti-gay laws, bar owners decided to say nyet to Stolichnaya vodka. Numerous bars have removed the brand - made from Russian ingredients - from their shelves and stopped ordering it from distributors. Bars in New York, Chicago, Seattle and San Francisco are planning to do the same. "Nobody was buying it," said Bob Yacoubian, owner of the Mother Lode bar in West Hollywood.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 19, 1997
Authorities Tuesday charged Michael Smith with more than two dozen felonies in connection with the robbery of a Northridge bar that ended in a wild shootout with undercover police officers that left three alleged robbers dead and a bystander wounded. The robbery of the ClassRoom bar led to the shooting near Corbin Avenue and Roscoe Boulevard last month by the Los Angeles Police Department's controversial Special Investigations Section.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 28, 2010 | By Amina Khan
New businesses opening in downtown Huntington Beach can cut beer pong out of their possible entertainment lineups. City leaders recently voted to ban alcohol games for new businesses or those renewing their entertainment licenses. Beer pong has been a form of entertainment at a number of establishments in Surf City, where aficionados tested their accuracy and alcohol tolerance in a satellite tournament during the World Series of Beer Pong in 2008. Beer pong starts out with partially filled cups of beer arranged in triangles on opposite sides of a table.
BUSINESS
December 7, 2011 | By Stuart Pfeifer and W.J. Hennigan, Los Angeles Times
Few aerospace employees had it as good as William Grayson Hunter. He was paid simultaneously to work full time at two aerospace firms but rarely went to work, instead spending his days at bars, amusement parks and movie theaters, according to the U.S. attorney's office in Los Angeles. One of his employers, Aerospace Corp. in El Segundo, paid $2.5 million last week to settle Justice Department allegations that the company defrauded the Air Force for several years by billing for Hunter's time when it knew he was rarely at work, the U.S. attorney's office said Tuesday.
NEWS
August 29, 1997 | From a Times Staff Writer
After a long night of behind-the-scenes maneuvering, the Assembly late Thursday gave new life to legislation that would permit smoking in bars and casinos past Jan. 1, when smoking in the establishments is set to become illegal. The legislation had been dormant until Assemblyman Edward Vincent (D-Inglewood) used a parliamentary procedure to amend an otherwise unrelated and minor Senate bill dealing with horse racing at county fairs.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 28, 2010 | By Victoria Kim, Los Angeles Times
Yamileth Fuentes constantly worried about her son Michael's education. As the mother of a child with learning disabilities, she made sure he didn't get overlooked in school. She fretted when his math worksheets weren't challenging enough, or when his spelling slipped. The energetic 42-year-old Metro bus driver wasn't afraid to fight on her son's behalf. She enlisted the help of clergymen, bureaucrats and an army of lawyers in the battle to get Michael a proper education.
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