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October 17, 1989 | Associated Press
A blind man who has been trying to join the State Department for more than a decade said Monday that he has been told his wish will be granted under the reversal of a policy that dates to the 18th Century. Avraham Rabby of New York City said in a telephone interview that he was informed of the decision Friday after the State Department notified Congress of its intention to hire qualified blind people for the career diplomatic service.
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NEWS
November 18, 1997 | From Associated Press
A blind physicist who wants to advance a Braille system for computers had his grant request rejected by the Education Department because his typewritten application wasn't double-spaced. "I'm blind. I couldn't tell it was single-spaced," said John Gardner, an Oregon State University professor and expert in new information technologies for the disabled. Gardner said his assistant mistakenly typed the application single-spaced and in a font smaller than the department prefers.
NEWS
March 14, 1993 | LISA KLUG, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It is a marriage born of ingenuity: A portable computer that is able to talk and a student who is unable to see. With the help of a lightweight laptop that reads his lecture notes aloud, 32-year-old Robert Antunez is graduating in June with a bachelor's degree from UCLA after 15 years of going to college, a semester here, a quarter there. What's next? Antunez hopes to start law school in the fall. "I'd be lost without my laptop," the political science major said.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 3, 2008
BEFORE "Blindness" (the film) and before Jose Saramago's book, there was John Wyndham and his "Day of the Triffids." Originally published in 1951, it is well known to readers of science fiction, and anticipates Saramago's idea by decades. Having only read Reed Johnson's article and the plot synopsis of the novel, I can't really compare, but it sure sounds similar. The London Times said of ["...Triffids"] in 1951: " . . . a brain-chilling tale of tomorrow. . . . all the reality of a vividly realized nightmare."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 14, 1991 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
By studying 192 members of a large Kentucky family, Texas researchers have identified the approximate location of a second gene that causes retinitis pigmentosa, a hereditary eye disorder that often leads to blindness. RP affects about 100,000 Americans and 1.5 million people worldwide. In 1989, researchers identified a defective gene that causes about one-third of the cases of RP. That gene, found on chromosome 3, is the blueprint for rhodopsin, a pigment that is important in vision.
SCIENCE
July 17, 2004 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Children who go blind at a very young age develop musical abilities that are measurably better than those who lose their sight later in life or retain full vision, according to a new study. Scientists at the University of Montreal have found that blind people are up to 10 times better at discerning pitch changes than the sighted -- but only when they went blind before the age of 2.
NEWS
January 28, 1988 | From Times Wire Services
Experimental pancreas transplants, used to cure the blood sugar imbalance caused by diabetes, do not seem to halt the progressive blindness that diabetes causes, University of Minnesota doctors reported.
NEWS
October 9, 1996 | From Associated Press
People who smoke a pack of cigarettes a day double their likelihood of developing the most common cause of blindness among older Americans, according to two new studies in today's Journal of the American Medical Assn. The more people smoke and the longer they smoke, the higher their risk of developing the usually untreatable malady, age-related macular degeneration, the research found.
NEWS
April 23, 1988 | SCOTT KRAFT, Times Staff Writer
From the time he was a toddler, Moriba Katmara fought off the black flies. To be bitten 200 times a day while working in the fields was not unusual, and the tiny drop of blood left by each bite would have turned into a thick stream by nightfall. Katmara and half the men in his village are blind now because of those flies. Small children lead him from place to place. His life's work consists of making rope and shelling peanuts. He has given up hope he'll ever marry. Katmara is only 28 years old.
OPINION
March 14, 2005
Re "University of Colorado Chief Resigns," March 8: University of Colorado professor Ward L. Churchill compared the Sept. 11 victims to Adolf Eichmann, the Nazi war criminal who masterminded the Holocaust, history's most horrible crime. Undoubtedly his vicious and insensitive remarks caused pain to the relatives of the victims of 9/11. In announcing her resignation, Elizabeth Hoffman, the university president, claimed that Churchill was the victim of a new McCarthyism in which people with unpopular views are targeted.
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