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October 14, 2009
Over the course of two hours, nurses attempted 18 times last month to find a vein in Romell Broom in which to inject the convicted murderer with a lethal combination of drugs. Broom even tried to help them, massaging his arms and straightening tubes. Finally, Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland called off the execution -- for the day, at least. A rare occurrence? Ohio, 2006: The execution of Joseph Lewis Clark took close to 90 minutes after executioners had trouble finding a vein. "It don't work, it don't work," Clark told them.
April 13, 2014 | By David G. Savage
WASHINGTON -- Outgoing Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said Sunday that the health insurance exchanges that are now up and running across the country have given uninsured Americans a true choice of insurance plans with price comparisons. “People have competitive choices and real information for the first time ever in this insurance market,” Sebelius said in an interview on NBC's "Meet The Press. " Before, she said, “individuals were really on their own” if they did not have insurance through an employer or the government.
October 18, 1986
I, for one, am sick and tired of seeing championship baseball games decided by the errant calls of the officiating crew. In the 1985 World Series, the game and Series were decided by the botched call of a first-base umpire. This year, in the fifth game of the National League playoffs, Nolan Ryan was cheated of a 2-1 victory in nine innings, again by the botched call of a first-base umpire in the second inning. The Mets then went on to win in 11 innings. Professional football has already incorporated the instant replay on controversial calls.
February 26, 2014 | By Jason Felch
Thirty-one current and former UC Berkeley students filed two federal complaints against the university Wednesday alleging a decades-long pattern of mishandling sexual assault investigations by campus administrators. The complaints allege that officials for years have discouraged victims from reporting assaults, failed to inform them of their rights and led a biased judicial process that favored assailants' rights over those of their victims. The reports were filed with the U.S. Department of Education, which investigates violations of Title IX, the federal anti-discrimination law, and the Clery Act, a federal law that requires campuses to accurately report incidents of serious crimes, including sexual assault.
March 2, 1992
Dr. Sonia Brody of Westwood states quite truthfully that if the FDA bans breast implants, the demand for them will not disappear, but the safety of the procedure might ("Get the Facts, Ma'am, Then Make Choice," Feb. 25). "This issue of breasts for women is not going to go away," she says. "Ban it, and you will have women going to Mexico and South America getting botched jobs." Say, this sounds similar to the abortion issue. If Roe vs. Wade should be overturned, abortion won't go away--but women will be getting botched jobs.
February 18, 1990
As a county nurse and, until recently, a gynecological operating room nurse, I of ten assisted with abortions, D & C's for fetal demise and D & E's for demises that were further along. I have seen women attempt to abort their own pregnancies through various non-medical means. Some were further along than expected. Twice in a one-month period I assisted with abdominal surgeries to remove the remains of botched "clinic" abortions. All this with abortions legal. It will only get worse if the time comes when the government decides what a woman can or can't do with her body.
December 14, 2003
Regarding "Safeway's Sales Slump Expected to Continue," Dec. 5: It is astonishing what Safeway Inc. Chief Executive Steve Burd failed to discuss in good faith with his investors. He should be run out of the company for failure to disclose and for fiscal mismanagement. He failed to mention how Safeway has squandered more than $1 billion of its shareholders' money on the botched acquisition of the Dominick's supermarket chain in Chicago. He failed to mention that he has lost more than $400 million so far on this senseless strike, more than it would have cost Safeway to maintain affordable health care for Vons and Pavilions workers.
A shootout Sunday between armored car guards and gunmen, one armed with an AK-47 assault rifle, left one bystander dead and at least three people wounded after a botched robbery outside a Van Nuys Costco store teeming with shoppers, authorities said. Panic-stricken customers, many with children, dived for cover in the pandemonium. Bullets shattered car windows 100 yards away.
May 13, 2004 | Elaine Woo, Times Staff Writer
David Reimer, the Canadian man raised as a girl for most of the first 14 years of his life in a highly touted medical experiment that seemed to resolve the debate over the cultural and biological determinants of gender, has died at 38. He committed suicide May 4 in his hometown of Winnipeg, Canada. At 8 months of age, Reimer became the unwitting subject of "sex reassignment," a treatment method embraced by his parents after his penis was all but obliterated during a botched circumcision.
June 28, 1985
In the political crucible of Washington, it is not unprecedented that a $1-trillion budget has been hung up by bickering over the $6 billion that it would cost to give Social Security recipients a $14-a-month cost-of-living increase next year. When members of the House and Senate budget negotiating team glance out the windows of the Capitol, they tend to see only as far as the 1986 elections.
February 5, 2014 | By The Times editorial board
Imagine you've lost your job, which doesn't take a lot of imagination in a state with 1.3 million people out of work. Now imagine your unemployment checks have stopped and you can't decipher the explanation from the state Employment Development Department. So you call the phone number on the form and it rings … and rings … and rings…. That's the reality for countless Californians who have turned to the state's unemployment office for help, only to find that the phones go unanswered.
December 28, 2013 | By Michael Hiltzik
In a just world, all the people who have piled on to the federal government for blowing the launch of would take a look at the UPS Christmas Day screwup and swallow hard. But it's not a just world, so the lesson of how the nation's leading parcel delivery service got blindsided by an excess of Internet traffic surely will be ignored.  Alec MacGillis of The New Republic reminds us of all the finger-wagging by private sector triumphalists  to the effect that, unlike the government's health insurance enrollment system, commercial websites and services wouldn't have been brought down by a surge of users, especially when the key deadline was foreseen.  The government needs "an Amazon-like culture," lectured Bret Stephens in The Wall Street Journal.
December 23, 2013 | By Ruben Vives
Detectives are investigating the shooting death of a 7-Eleven clerk in Highland Park that may have been the result of a botched robbery, according to police. LAPD Officer Bruce Borihahn said the fatal shooting occurred just before 10:30 p.m. Sunday in the 5100 block of Figueroa Street. He said two men entered the store and fired multiple shots at the victim, described only as a man 35 to 40 years old.  The man was taken to a nearby hospital, where he was later pronounced dead.
December 4, 2013 | By Matt Stevens
A 21-year-old San Francisco man has been charged with murder after prosecutors say he botched an attempt to rob a man selling a Playstation 4 video game console. Ronnie Collins fatally shot Ikenna Uwakah, 22, of Daly City four times in broad daylight on Dec. 1, according to a statement from the San Francisco district attorney's office. Uwakah and his girlfriend posted an advertisement listing the Playstation 4 for sale on Instagram and Craigslist and the couple were meeting with Collins to complete the transaction, district attorney spokesman Alex Bastian told The Times on Wednesday.
November 12, 2013 | Steve Lopez
Margaret Davis of West L.A. voted for President Obama and appreciates the ideas behind the Affordable Care Act. She agrees that everyone should have access to healthcare and no one should be denied coverage because of pre-existing conditions. But here's the problem: She knows firsthand, as the new law of the land rolls clumsily into being, that it's not working out to everyone's advantage. "I'm a 55-year-old woman in excellent health and have a catastrophic health plan," she wrote recently to Obama and California Sens.
October 24, 2013 | By Michael Hiltzik
Yes, Obamacare's website debacle is a problem for the healthcare reform program and for many customers still unable to apply for and secure health insurance. But no, it's not the first time a big government program experienced birth pangs. The go-to source on how to manage the launch of a major federal undertaking, of course, is Franklin D. Roosevelt, who launched dozens of such programs during the New Deal--several of them every bit as revolutionary as the Affordable Care Act. As I mentioned in a just-published interview with the New Republic's Jen Kirby connected with my book about the New Deal , the rollouts of many of these programs were not without glitches.
Through the squalls and storms of the past few months, no one has been more doggedly upbeat about President Clinton's ambitious plan for national health care reform than senior adviser Ira Magaziner and First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton. Magaziner, chief architect of Clinton's health care plan, took great delight in calling attention to his office bookshelves.
July 29, 2013 | By Garrett Therolf and Samantha Schaefer
A shooting that left a woman dead and a man injured Sunday morning in South San Gabriel is being investigated as a murder and attempted suicide, the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department said. The shooting occurred Sunday morning in the 8100 block of Celito Drive , said Sgt. Michael Thomas of the sheriff's department. Sheriff's deputies found a couple with gunshot wounds when they arrived at the home, according to the department. The woman was pronounced dead at the scene, and the man was taken to a local hospital, where his condition was unknown, Thomas said.  The couple, both in their early 20s, had a 2-year-old son together and were separated, according to the San Gabriel Valley Tribune.
May 29, 2013 | By Andrew Tangel
NEW YORK -- The Nasdaq OMX Group will pay $10 million for botching Facebook's initial public offering last year, a debacle that shook investors' confidence in Wall Street. Nasdaq's penalty would be the biggest ever paid by an exchange, said the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, which faulted the firm's "poor systems and decision-making" during one of the most-watched IPOs of all time. “This action against Nasdaq tells the tale of how poorly designed systems and hasty decision-making not only disrupted one of the largest IPOs in history, but produced serious and pervasive violations of fundamental rules governing our markets,” George Canellos, the SEC's co-director of enforcement, said in a statement.
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