CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 22, 1985
For years I've wondered why it's a dirty word to be a do-gooder, a bleeding heart or an intellectual. Is it better to be a do-badder? Wasn't Christ a bleeding heart? Doesn't intellectual imply brains? CORINNE C. WICKS Downey
March 13, 1993
So KMPC has brought back good old Bob Starr, who is even more sophomoric and redundant than the last time he was on Angel radio. Then, those pea brains team him with a guy (Billy Sample) who has absolutely no past connection with the club. Is it any wonder this team never wins? PETE GARDNER Sherman Oaks
August 24, 1986
When Maria Shriver and Forrest Sawyer said goodby to "The CBS Morning News," I said goodby to CBS. How could the network fail to give these two fine anchors a chance when they were the best? It is not Maria and Forrest who should have left but rather the CBS "brains" who made the dumb decision. E. C. Knutsen, Desert Hot Springs
May 5, 2002
Besides vampires and Hells Angels, rats may be the most public relations-challenged species of all time. Think about it. What are these pointy-nosed, pointy-tailed creatures good for? Chewing walls and wires, gnawing attic treasures, housing fleas and spreading the plague. So, how surprising to learn the other day that doctors in New York (not the surprising part) have wired rats to obey human commands. No, not to walk into rat traps. The doctors stuck three little wires into rat brains.
February 18, 1990
It is ironic to me that here in Pasadena a young lady with an IQ of 70 was recently sent to the slammer for tossing her newborn out the window, killing the child, while some bozo in L.A. can suck the brains out of a baby a few weeks younger, get paid up to $8,000 and then state that the abortion procedure is his "passion." There is a terrible sickness here somewhere. KATHY ANDREWS Pasadena
February 12, 1997
Every society believes there are aphrodisiac foods. We think of oysters, champagne and chocolate, but a vast number of things have had a rep somewhere: anchovies, asparagus, brains, chiles and garlic, just for an alphabetic sample. Most are either stimulants or sources of protein, so a dinner of steak and coffee might qualify . . . though it just doesn't, you know, sound romantic.
December 30, 2011 |
For typical city folk, there may be no creature more pedestrian than the pigeon, that ubiquitous gray denizen of the sidewalks. But the bird's reputation got a boost this month when psychologists at the University of Otago in Dunedin, New Zealand, announced that pigeons can count — a skill previously presumed to be unique to primates. The finding, which was published in the journal Science, is forcing experts to reconsider the evolution of mathematical ability. Postdoctoral fellow and study leader Damian Scarf explained why in a conversation with The Times.
July 9, 2010 |
There was good reason to be worried when the Lakers lost that second game of the NBA championship playoff series against Boston. The loss was at home. According to new animal research, winning at home appears to be important to the male species' ability to prepare for, and win, future conflicts. In a study with mice, researchers showed that experiencing a win caused changes in the brains that enhanced the ability to win in the future. Researchers also found that winning at home had a particular effect, causing more activity in male hormone receptors in brain regions thought to influence social aggression.
December 4, 2012 |
A new study of brains donated after death details the degenerative brain disease that afflicted 68 of 85 subjects who suffered multiple concussions during stints in the military or in organized sports. Among the deceased athletes whose brains were examined for the study were NFL Hall of Famers John Mackey, a tight end, and running back Ollie Matson, both of whom died in 2011 of dementia complications. Among those diagnosed post-mortem as suffering from chronic traumatic encephalopathy, 26% were considered suicidal at some point in their lives, and at least seven ultimately took their own lives, the study found.