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February 19, 2014 |
The family of a Tustin man who was shot and killed by police last week say he was unarmed and suffering from depression and an anxiety attack when they called for help, an attorney for the family said. Tustin police received a call about a family disturbance at an apartment about 11:30 a.m. Feb. 10. When they arrived, police spokesman Sgt. Andy Birozy said, they were "immediately confronted with an adult male armed with a knife” -- later identified as Robert Villa, 23. The knife was recovered at the scene.
February 14, 2014 |
SOCHI, Russia -- Emily Cook was doing a facile job of providing a summation of her Olympic career and the future of American aerialists, all neatly done in the confines of the mixed zone on Friday. One question took slightly longer for Cook to answer. Cook was asked what Jeret "Speedy" Peterson would have had to say about her career. “He would have been bummed I didn't hit that second jump,” Cook said, laughing. “But no, he's with me. He's here. I'm positive of that.” Cook's close friend, Peterson, was a major figure in the sport by virtue of his skill and considerable charisma and helped her deal with a devastating injury in 2002, which kept her out of the Olympics.
February 12, 2014 |
By singing and dancing into the hearts of Depression-era America, Shirley Temple opened the door for hundreds of childhood performers to follow. Yet the realm of stardom in which those young stars now find themselves couldn't be more different than the world Temple helped create. Shirley Temple Black, who died Monday at age 85, performed in dozens of movies before she even hit her teens. For several years in the 1930s she was a bigger box-office draw than any adult star of the period, a group that included Vivien Leigh and Greta Garbo, as the studio both pushed Temple to crank out movies and protected her from the scrutiny that came with it. PHOTOS: Shirley Temple Black, 1928-2014 It is Temple's legacy that, directly or otherwise, made possible the emergence of a wide group of modern-era youthful entertainers, including Jodie Foster, Justin Bieber, Gary Coleman and Miley Cyrus, to name just a few. It is also a culture that has mutated significantly in Temple's wake - and not always for the best.
January 31, 2014 |
The numbers are staggering: Almost 7% of the U.S. adult population - about 17.6 million people - is diagnosed with depression, according to the National Institute of Mental Health. The national Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that depression costs 200 million lost workdays each year at a cost to employers of $17 billion to $44 billion. There are effective treatments for depression, including, researchers said recently, meditation. But neither talk therapy nor the existing medications work for everyone.
January 28, 2014 |
Call it the John-Boy Effect: The millennial generation is the most financially conservative since the Great Depression, according to a new study. The trauma of the global financial crisis in 2008 and the dot-com meltdown eight years earlier have turned millennials into hard-core savers who are reluctant to take big financial risks, according to UBS Wealth Management Americas. QUIZ: Test your knowledge of mortgages More than one-third of people aged 21 to 36 say they're financially conservative, and their actions speak even louder than their words, according to the survey . The average millennial has 52% of his or her portfolio in cash, more than twice the 23% of other investors.
January 16, 2014 |
Kate Fodor's clever if uneven comedy “Rx,” in its West Coast premiere at the Lost Studio under the direction of John Pleshette, has a great premise. The Schmidt pharmaceutical company is conducting clinical trials for a new drug, code named SP-925, which specifically targets workplace depression -- “a startling drop in norepinephrine levels during the working day,” as neurology team leader Allison Hardy (the wonderful, terrifyingly peppy Kirsten Kollender) explains at a shareholders meeting.