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April 22, 2012 | By Carolyn Kellogg, Los Angeles Times
Jesmyn Ward was struggling. Despite two master's degrees and five years of work experience, her job situation was difficult: She commuted an hour each way to a low-paying college teaching job. In her writing career, things were even worse. She sent out stories and got back rejection letters. Her agent tried and failed, and tried and failed again, to sell her book. "I almost gave up," Ward says. In the spring of 2008, she thought, "Maybe I should stop this. Maybe I should just quit and do something that would give me a steady, higher paycheck, like nursing.
December 30, 2006 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Government researchers have discovered a recessive gene that causes about 15% of cases of a rare and sometimes fatal bone disorder best known as brittle bone disease. Osteogenesis imperfecta affects one in every 15,000 to 20,000 births. People with the disease produce either too little or defective collagen, the protein that acts as scaffolding in bone and other connective tissue.
April 15, 2014 | By Lalita Clozel
WASHINGTON -- After a grueling 48-hour drive from Montana, the capital's latest transplant -- a 38-foot long, 66 million-year-old Tyrannosaurus rex skeleton -- got to rest its bones Tuesday at the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History. The Smithsonian's newest acquisition is one of the largest and most complete specimens in the world, and it will be the museum's first real T. rex skeleton on display. “What could be more fabulous than welcoming a Tyrannosaurus rex to Washington D.C.?
March 30, 2014 | By Matt Pearce
Nobody really vanishes into thin air. But that's more or less what happened to Inez Garcia on Nov. 2, 1952, when she stepped out of her husband's car in Santa Fe, N.M., never to be seen again. That, at least, is what Juan Andres Jose Garcia said.  Inez Garcia, 26, left four young children, now in their 60s, who have spent decades wondering what happened to their mother. They may soon have an answer. Santa Fe police announced Friday that this month they dug up bones that may be human, buried in a free-standing garage that Garcia's husband had jealously guarded from intruders before his death in the 1990s.  "When [ Juan Andres Jose Garcia]
January 16, 1992
A human skull and bones were unearthed Wednesday by a crew digging a trench for telephone wires. The bones were found 7 feet under the sidewalk in the 3800 block of West Commonwealth Avenue and included a complete skull, femur bones and ribs, all from the same person, Deputy Coroner Cullen Ellingburgh said. Judy Suchey, an anthropology professor at Cal State Fullerton, is scheduled to examine the bones today to determine specifics, such as height, weight and sex.
October 7, 1995
Human bones were found in a cardboard box off a road in the Santa Clarita Valley early Friday, Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies said. A passing motorist spotted the box off Pico Canyon Road about three miles west of the Golden State Freeway about 12:45 a.m., Deputy George Ducoulombier said. The Los Angeles County coroner's office will determine the cause of death and seek to identify the bones, Ducoulombier said.
February 10, 2006 | From Times Wire Reports
Two hikers found human bones in a remote part of a mountain range, and authorities were preparing to test them to determine the person's identity, sheriff's officials said Thursday. Authorities believe a mountain lion scattered the bones and carried some of them to a rock plateau, where the hikers found them over the weekend, said Lake County Sheriff's Sgt. Mike Morshed.
January 23, 1991
Authorities have called in an anthropologist to help identify a set of human bones found Monday by hikers in Griffith Park. Los Angeles Police Detective Loren Zimmerman said the bones were discovered by boys hiking in an area above Fern Dell Drive. Ralph McKay, 14, and his brother Carlos, 11, found what their companion, Alex Eapen, 15, identified as a human jawbone. Zimmerman said Eapen believed it could be identified because some teeth were still intact.
May 21, 1999 | From Times Wire Reports
As a truck loaded with the bones of their ancestors made its way from Massachusetts to New Mexico, more than 200 Pueblo Indians were walking 80 miles to be at the Pecos National Historic Park, near Santa Fe, when it arrives. The Indians were using the route their ancestors took 160 years ago. Harvard University handed over the remains this week.
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