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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 14, 1993 | JEFF SCHNAUFER
Geraldo Cruz has always gained pleasure from the sounds of life, but now the looming closure of the Visually Handicapped Adults of the Valley Center in Van Nuys threatens to take away the sweetest sound of all: a perfect strike. Blind since birth, Cruz and about 160 other Valley residents get their only recreational activity--such as the weekly bowling club--from the center.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 28, 1997 | SYLVIA L. OLIANDE
An Encino vocalist was the Valley's sole finalist in the Music Center's ninth annual Spotlight Awards. Laurie Rubin, 18, will be among the 12 high school students throughout Southern California to compete in six categories at the award's finals on April 8 at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. Rubin is a classically trained vocalist who has just begun competing after years spent singing for charity dinners honoring the likes of Ronald and Nancy Reagan, Gen.
NEWS
August 13, 1987 | United Press International
Tropical Storm Arlene threw 50-m.p.h. winds and thundersqualls Wednesday toward Bermuda, where a blind sailor attempting a solo voyage across the Atlantic was seeking refuge from the hurricane season's first storm. Sailor Jim Dickson, 41, struggling with a broken computer navigation system, misread his Braille compass Wednesday, got off course for several hours as he raced the storm toward the resort island and will be forced to spend the night at sea, officials said.
NEWS
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.
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 8, 1998
Obadiah, a blind 7-month-old harbor seal, has found a home at the Long Beach Aquarium of the Pacific in the Seal and Sea Lion Exhibit. When found on the shore in Newport Beach in August, she was dehydrated and underweight. The Friends of the Sea Lion Marine Mammal Care Center in Laguna Beach nursed her back to health. Obadiah has cataracts in both eyes, and her chances of survival in the wild are less than 10%, said aquarium spokeswoman Michele Nachum.
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.
NEWS
February 13, 1997 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Cincinnati nailed its scofflaw meter-feeder, but it decided not to go after its jaywalking blind man. Jeff Friedlander, 48, was slapped with a jaywalking ticket after he was hit by a pickup truck and broke his tailbone last month. The police officer who ticketed him thought he stepped out of the crosswalk and caused the accident.
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.
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