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December 2, 2011 | By Mark Olsen
Anyone feeling let down by this past summer's action selections for their false-start franchises, comic-book over-reliance or crutch-use of unworldly CGI will be well served by finding their way to "The Yellow Sea. " The second feature from South Korean writer-director Na Hong-Jin, the film is a breakneck mix of bone-crunching freneticism and bloody close-quarters knife-fighting with a strand of romantic melancholy. In the somewhat lawless territory where North Korea, China and Russia border one another, a cab driver is given an offer to work off a gambling debt by traveling to Seoul to kill a man. While he's there, the cab driver also looks for his wife, who has likely left him. All this sets off a storm of violence, double-crosses and layered subterfuges that puts the cabby in well over his head but also brings out a streak of capable savvy that even he is surprised to find within himself.
September 16, 2011 | By Dylan Hernandez
So the mysterious bone bruise wasn't the problem after all. With his bruise healed but his pain persisting, sidelined closer Jonathan Broxton has decided to undergo a minor elbow operation Monday to shave down a bone spur and remove loose bodies. Broxton went on the disabled list in early May, when an MRI exam showed he had a bruised elbow and bone spur. Figuring the bruise was responsible for Broxton's pain, team physician Dr. Neal ElAttrache prescribed rest. The two-time All-Star made enough progress to pitch in a couple of minor league games in July, but had to be shut down when the pain returned.
In a surprising discovery, UCLA researchers have found that atherosclerosis, better known as hardening of the arteries, may arise in part through the formation of bone in the arteries. The finding, reported today in the Journal of Clinical Investigation, could open the door to new therapies to prevent atherosclerosis, which is treated by controlling intake of cholesterol and fats, said Dr. Linda Demer, associate chief of cardiology at the UCLA School of Medicine.
September 13, 2009 | Julliette Funes
Ruben Fleischer didn't think his motion picture directorial debut would involve 45 days of filming disfigured zombies getting maimed by a roller coaster, shooting hundreds of bloodied corpses running at full speed or capturing a flesh-eating bride as she lunges at her groom. Not that that's a bad thing. "My dream was to get to make a movie and the experience of actually making a movie so far exceeded my dreams of whatever I thought to be possible," said the history-major-turned-director.
Sophia Forshtay wakes up on a Sunday morning, a 4-year-old singing happily to herself in bed. Her tiny melody floats through the house, mixing with the aroma of breakfast coffee. But there's a sad note: Lying on her back, she can't turn her head. She can't lift her arms. Sophia's body is slowly, inexorably turning to bone. She is one of about 2,500 people around the world with fibrodysplasia ossificans progressiva, or FOP.
December 19, 2010 | By Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
All actors, in some way, suffer for their craft, with the very act of losing oneself inside another being coming at a high price. All that pushing and prodding of one's pain, joy, love, loss and failure required by the craft is invasive by nature, demanding exposure that few of us would willingly suffer. But there are those roles where the physical extremes parallel, or outpace, the emotional ones; where art is found in extraordinary action, an "our body, ourselves" melding of the abstract of emotions with the concrete of bone and sinew.
July 30, 2012 | By Thomas H. Maugh II
Modern culture emerged in southern Africa at least 44,000 years ago, more than 20,000 years earlier than anthropologists had previously believed, researchers reported Monday. That blossoming of technology and art occurred at roughly the same time that modern humans were migrating from Africa to Europe, where they soon displaced Neanderthals. Many of the characteristics of the ancient culture identified by anthropologists are still present in hunter-gatherer cultures of Africa today, such as the San culture of southern Africa, the researchers said.
June 22, 1989 | JEFFREY S. KLEIN
If the soup is cold or the steak is overcooked, you can always send it back to the kitchen. But what can you do if you bite into a juicy hamburger patty and break a tooth? You can sue. That's the conclusion of a recent California Court of Appeal case. Patrice Evart broke a tooth when she bit into a hamburger and struck a hard object that felt like a piece of bone. She sued the manufacturer of the hamburger and the restaurant that served it, among others. Los Angeles trial judge David M. Schacter dismissed the case before trial in late 1987, apparently convinced that a piece of bone was not a foreign object, but a natural product that a consumer should reasonably expect to encounter in a hamburger patty.
August 28, 2010 | By Diane Leach, Special to the Los Angeles Times
In "The Writing Life," Annie Dillard advises would-be writers to find their bone, the thing that drives them to write, and to work as closely to that bone as possible. Dillard also instructs writers — with another corporeal metaphor — to work as closely along the nerve as possible. Vietnamese American writer Monique Truong's bone is the outsider's plight, and her pen is a scalpel, laying perfect words down along that nerve until even the happiest reader understands what it means to forever stand apart from your family and the larger society you inhabit.
September 7, 2013 | By Mike DiGiovanna
An injury plagued season in which Peter Bourjos spent more time on the disabled list than the active roster will end - fittingly, it seems - with surgery. The Angels center fielder, one of the team's top hitters in April and June, will have a pin inserted in his broken right wrist, probably this week. Bourjos, who suffered the injury when he was hit by a pitch in Houston on June 29, will be able to resume baseball activities in about two months. “It's pretty frustrating,” Bourjos said before Saturday night's game against the Texas Rangers.
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