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March 1, 2013 | By Monte Morin
Here's a bit of good news for people who like bad news: A German study suggests that people who are overly optimistic about their future actually faced greater risk of disability or death within 10 years than did those pessimists who expected their future to be worse. The paper, which appears in the March edition of Psychology and Aging, examined health and welfare surveys from roughly 40,000 Germans between ages 18 and 96. The surveys were conducted every year from 1993 to 2003.
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SPORTS
September 6, 1986
If Napoleon McCallum gets injured seriously playing football for the Raiders, who will foot the bill for his disability pension? The Raiders or the Navy (that is, we taxpayers)? Would the disability be service-connected? GUY R. TURGEON Los Angeles
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 30, 1989
Two women Long Beach police officers have sued the department, contending that the stress of persistent sexual harassment forced them to take disability leaves. Lindsey Allison of Garden Grove, the first female officer in Long Beach's police dog detail, and Melissa Clerkin of Long Beach, who was assigned to the patrol division, seek unspecified damages in their federal lawsuit against the city, Police Chief Lawrence Binkley and 18 other police officials. Binkley declined to discuss the lawsuit, which was filed Friday, and lawyers in the Long Beach city attorney's office could not be reached for comment.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 17, 1988
A former Los Angeles police officer received three years' probation and a $5,000 fine Monday, after pleading no contest to a charge of illegally applying for a disability pension. Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Robert Altman also ordered former Sgt. John Petrosky, 37, to perform 200 hours of community service after entering his plea to one felony count of attempted grand theft, said Al Albergate, spokesman for the district attorney's office.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 7, 1991
Cockburn justifies clinging to his thoroughly discredited communist wish-fantasies (such as nostalgic yearning for the workers' paradise of the brutal Vietnamese and Cuban revolution) by informing us that he was "born into a communist family." So was Boris Yeltsin. One of these two gentlemen, however, has managed to overcome his congenital disability. DAFYDD AB HUGH Los Angeles
SPORTS
April 21, 1990
Perhaps Jim Murray's own struggle against visual disability has given him insight beyond the ordinary. Before and since that problem, he has seen more truth than a hundred others in the transient arena of reporting--sports or otherwise. DAVID L. ROSEN, Los Angeles
NEWS
January 15, 1988 | From a Times Staff Writer
The Senate on Thursday refused to pass a bill by Sen. Ed Davis (R-Valencia), a former Los Angeles police chief, that would allow investigators of the Employment Development Department to arm themselves. "These people don't need firearms," argued Sen. Milton Marks (D-San Francisco) of the 86 agents whose duties include investigating suspected fraud in the payment of payroll taxes, such as unemployment and disability insurance premiums. Sen.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 30, 2001
The Times on Sept. 23 included an excellent editorial, "At Last, Help for the Elderly," calling attention to demographic trends in the county. In the same edition, an article, "Getting Seniors Up and About" by David Reyes, included this quotation from Seniors Outreach Center spokeswoman Betsy Crimi: "You can have the best services in all the world, but if you can't get to them, they don't mean anything." Earlier in the article you wrote that "for years, programs have been insufficient or focused on those with disabilities, and have failed to keep up with the needs of the elderly, the fastest-growing segment of the county's population, officials said."
ENTERTAINMENT
April 1, 1990
Cinema Messages As a disabled person, I am concerned about the perceptions carried away from "Born on the Fourth of July," which won Academy Awards for best director and best editing. As I left the theater after seeing this movie, I felt dirty and pathetic. I never realized how miserable I was. I am not a veteran. I have multiple sclerosis and am in a wheelchair. People often assume my life is more dismal than it really is. This movie reinforces that notion. By contrast, when I saw "My Left Foot" I felt I could do anything.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 6, 1986
Longmore brings out that it is the emotional blows and distress caused by Elizabeth Bouvia's financial problems, her brother's death, loss of her marriage and child, and the discrimination in graduate school motivated her wish to die, not necessarily her disability. Anybody, disabled or not, suffering that many setbacks, might want to die. If Bouvia were an able-bodied person would the American Civil Liberties Union lawyers be as eager to help her in her wish to die? Would the 2nd District Court of Appeal be as quick to have the feeding tubes removed?
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