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April 12, 2010 | By Mark Olsen
It is tough to write about "Letters to God" without feeling like you're kicking a kitten. Based on a true story about a boy with brain cancer -- co-written and co-directed by the boy's father, Patrick Doughtie -- the film is meant to convey a message of spiritual faith, hope and inspiration. Directed by David Nixon, who also made the successful faith-based film " Fireproof," the film has sincerity to spare but precious little dramatic tension or filmmaking flare, rendering it more laborious than labor of love.
August 27, 2009 | Christi Parsons and Peter Wallsten
Reporting from Martha'S Vineyard, Mass., and Washington -- For Barack Obama, the upstart Illinois senator who thought he could be president, January 2008 was a critical moment. As the fight for the Democratic nomination heated up, Hillary Rodham Clinton was hammering Obama's credentials as a liberal and calling in a lifetime of political IOUs from party leaders. But seemingly in the nick of time, Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, the surviving lion of an iconic political pride, appeared at a rally in Washington to play the trump card of American liberalism: It was the junior senator from Illinois, Kennedy declared, who was the true heir of his martyred brother, the late President John F. Kennedy.
July 20, 2013 | By Bill Shaikin
Michael Weiner can return a smile. He cannot return a handshake, at least not with his right hand. So he extended his left hand, over and over again, to the biggest stars and most prominent executives in baseball. It was remarkable, in every sense of the word, to see him on the field at the All-Star game. He can no longer walk, so he sat in a wheelchair, moving when someone else could push him. He can no longer control his right side, so his right arm was strapped to a shelf attached to the wheelchair.
September 9, 2009 | DAVID LAZARUS
People have been asking for years whether cellphones can give you a brain tumor. And for years, the wireless industry has been telling us not to worry our pretty heads. So that's settled, right? Maybe not. A group called the International EMF Collaborative issued a report the other day warning that cellphones may be more dangerous than users have been led to believe by health authorities. The report, titled "Cellphones and Brain Tumors: 15 Reasons for Concern," says the latest research indicates that regular use of cellphones can result in a "significant" risk of brain tumors.
Former Kansas City Royal relief pitcher Dan Quisenberry, a three-time all-star who ranks 13th on baseball's all-time save list, died after a nine-month battle against brain cancer Wednesday morning. He was 45. Quisenberry, who had checked into a hospital last week, returned to his home in Leawood, Kan., Friday to be with his family. "It's a sad day, but I just talked to his mom, who was there, and she said he went peacefully," said longtime friend Rich Fielder, who attended Costa Mesa High, Orange Coast College and La Verne College with Quisenberry, a native of Santa Monica.
April 10, 2011 | Steve Lopez
Lawrence Tolliver II, a barber by trade, wasn't sure he could do it at first. But now he thinks he's ready. The tools are in his backpack, and he is preparing to travel to a funeral home on South Crenshaw Boulevard to cut the hair of his deceased son. He did it for his father back in 2004, and he has done it for close friends, paying tribute with one last cleanup, on the house. But with a son, he's feeling a different kind of pain and loss, the natural order of things undone. "I wasn't afraid with my father," Mr. Tolliver says.
June 1, 2011 | By Shari Roan and Ellen Gabler, Los Angeles Times
Cellphone users may be at increased risk for two types of rare tumors and should try to reduce their exposure to the energy emitted by the phones, according to a panel of 31 international scientists convened by an agency within the World Health Organization. Studies so far do not show definitively that cellphone use increases that risk, said the authors of the consensus statement issued Tuesday by the WHO. But "limited" scientific evidence exists, they said, to suggest that the radiofrequency energy released by cellphones may increase the risk of glioma, a type of brain cancer, and acoustic neuroma, a noncancerous tumor of the nerve that runs from the ear to the brain.
July 26, 2009 | Faye Fiore and Noam N. Levey
Ted Kennedy wakes up mornings in his house on Cape Cod to a packet of news clippings put together by his wife. If there's a hearing going on in Washington, he watches on his computer. Five hundred miles away, Congress is wrestling with historic legislation to give every American access to quality healthcare. It is the moment the Massachusetts Democrat has worked toward for 46 years.
February 17, 2012 | By Mike DiGiovanna, Los Angeles Times
Gary Carter, a Hall of Fame catcher from Fullerton who helped lift the New York Mets to a dramatic victory over the Boston Red Sox in the 1986 World Series, died Thursday in Florida. He was 57 and had brain cancer. Nicknamed "Kid" for his grit and youthful exuberance, Carter was an 11-time All-Star who hit .262 with 324 home runs and 1,225 runs batted in during 19 seasons playing for the Montreal Expos, Mets, San Francisco Giants and Dodgers. His goal to become a major league manager unfulfilled, Carter was coaching at Palm Beach Atlantic University near his Florida home last May when he experienced headaches and forgetfulness and was diagnosed with brain cancer.
July 27, 2011 | By Kim Willsher, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Reporting from Paris -- When he was diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor 20 years ago, David Servan-Schreiber, the French-born doctor, neuroscientist and later bestselling author, took the phrase "physician, heal thyself" to heart. Submitting to the punishing traditional treatments of chemotherapy and radiotherapy, he still felt there was something more he could do to enhance his chances of survival. FOR THE RECORD: An earlier version of this article incorrectly reported the name of David Servan-Schreiber's wife in the list of survivors and omitted two children.
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