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August 10, 2008
PLEASE, enough. With all the painful cuts at The Times, why do you continue to publish Choire Sicha's brutal space waster the Sunday Conversation? He's obviously going for an "I'm just one-of the-guys" chumminess but the interviews simply come off as brain-dead gossip. A Q&A is supposed to reveal something about the artist (or whatever you want to call folks like Tiffany Pollard). Instead, unlike great pop culture interviewers like Deborah Solomon, who can be cutting or friendly to reveal nuances and ideas from her subjects, all Sicha extracts is nothing but the banality of ego. Ken Capobianco Long Beach
May 27, 2008 | Anna Gorman
A drive-by shooting in Highland Park on Monday afternoon has left a 14-year-old girl brain dead, the Los Angeles Police Department said. LAPD spokeswoman Karen Smith said the girl, who was not the intended victim, was sitting in a car at Avenue 64 and York Boulevard when she was shot in the head. The shooting was gang-related and the alleged gunman was arrested, Smith said. A 30-year-old man, who police believe was the intended victim, suffered gunshot wounds to the arms and is in stable condition.
February 14, 2008 | Catherine Saillant and Gregory W. Griggs, Times Staff Writers
An Oxnard junior high student who was shot in the head by a classmate earlier this week was declared brain dead Wednesday, and the 14-year-old male suspect now faces a first-degree murder charge, authorities said. Lawrence King, 15, was declared brain dead by two neurosurgeons about 2 p.m. at St. John's Regional Medical Center in Oxnard, said Craig Stevens, senior deputy Ventura County medical examiner. King's body remains on a ventilator for possible organ donation, he said.
March 24, 2007 | Charles Ornstein, Times Staff Writer
To allay fears that surgeons might try to retrieve the organs of dying patients prematurely, the federal contractor that oversees organ transplantation approved standards Friday to protect the growing number of donors who have no hope of recovery but who are not officially brain-dead.
August 5, 2006
Well, if this whole general manager thing doesn't work out for Bill "No Need to Do Anything" Stoneman, I'm sure FEMA will be happy to hire him. RICHARD TURNAGE Burbank What a coincidence that on the night that the Angels did not secure a bat, the team went out and scored a whopping one run. Could someone please wake up "Rip Van Stoneman"? My biggest fear is if the Angels fail to go all the way, Stoneman will try to shed his reputation by going out and making some brain-dead moves.
February 27, 2006 | Kurt Streeter, Times Staff Writer
It was Jordan York, 4 months old, who gave Nick Draper, 7 months old, the gift of life. Hour after hour, Jordan lay still and silent, his tiny heart beating valiantly against the odds. His doctors declared him brain dead. His mother put everything in God's hands. A hospital chaplain baptized him. His mother and father held his small fingers. With the chaplain, they said the Lord's Prayer.
September 13, 2005 | From Times Wire Reports
A 5-week-old baby, whose brain-dead mother had been kept on life support for three months to allow the child to be born, died after undergoing emergency surgery. Susan Anne Catherine Torres, who was born about 13 weeks premature, died of heart failure at Children's National Medical Center after surgeons tried to repair a perforated intestine, a family statement said. The infant's condition had deteriorated rapidly over the weekend, the family said. Susan Rollin Torres, 26, of Arlington, Va.
August 4, 2005 | From Associated Press
A brain-dead woman who was kept alive for three months so her fetus could develop was removed from life support Wednesday and died, a day after giving birth. "This is obviously a bittersweet time for our family," Justin Torres, the woman's brother-in-law, said in a statement. Susan Torres, 26, a researcher at the National Institutes of Health, had melanoma and suffered a stroke in May after the cancer spread to her brain.
February 15, 2005 | Jenifer Warren, Times Staff Writer
In a move they called exceedingly rare, state prison officials Monday granted an early release to an inmate who was shot last month by a correctional officer and has been declared brain-dead. Daniel Provencio, 28, has been connected to a ventilator and feeding tubes in a Bakersfield hospital since Jan. 16, when he was struck in the head by a foam projectile.
January 28, 2005 | Jenifer Warren, Times Staff Writer
Daniel Provencio lies on his back in a hospital bed, tubes sprouting from his mouth, a thick wreath of gauze on his head. Shot by an officer during a fight at Wasco State Prison, Provencio, 28, has been declared brain dead. Since the Jan. 16 incident, Department of Corrections investigators have been asking questions at the prison near Bakersfield.
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