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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 8, 2013 | By Tony Perry
A former Amtrak clerk who fled after being convicted of disability and insurance fraud in January has been apprehended in Mexico, the San Diego County district attorney's office said Monday. Wanda Lee Ann Podgurski, 60, had allegedly taunted law enforcement authorities after she disappeared, including a tweet thought to be directed at D.A. Bonnie Dumanis: "Catch me if you can. " Catch me if you can. - Wanda podgurski (@wanda_podgurski) June 6, 2013 Podgurski was arrested Thursday in Rosarito by the Fugitive Task Force.
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SCIENCE
February 19, 2014 | By Mary MacVean
It's not enough for people to get regular moderate exercise as they age. Researchers say it's also important not to spend the rest your time sitting too much. In fact, for every hour of sedentary behavior, the odds were 46% greater that people older than 60 would have some disability in ordinary skills such as getting around the house and feeding themselves, according to the study published Wednesday in the Journal of Physical Activity & Health. Being sedentary will lead to problems “independent of time spent in moderate or vigorous activity,” concluded the researchers, from Northwestern's Feinberg Medical School, Rush University Medical Center, Harvard School of Public Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 25, 2012 | By Rebecca Keegan
Movies helped Steven Spielberg cope with his dyslexia, the director of "Jaws" and "Schindler's List" said in a rare interview about being diagnosed with the learning disability five years ago. "It was like the last puzzle part in a tremendous mystery that I've kept to myself all these years," Spielberg, 65, told the website "Friends of Quinn. " As a child, Spielberg said he learned to read two years later than his classmates, which made him subject to teasing and caused him to dread school.
NEWS
December 23, 1993 | MARK CHALON SMITH, Mark Chalon Smith is a free-lancer who regularly writes about film for The Times Orange County Edition.
In "The Piano," Holly Hunter's character will not talk. What this does for her, and the audience, is open an internal dialogue in which senses and impressions join to give insight into Jane Campion's film. The story behind Ada and the piano she treasures is absorbing, but it's the mystery of her muteness that provides "The Piano" with a certain depth. We want to know what Ada is all about, what goes on behind that wordless face, and without dialogue, we have to work to figure everything out.
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
BUSINESS
January 21, 2014 | By Michael Hiltzik
We've never met the man, so we're willing to stipulate that Sen. Tom Coburn (R- Okla.), a physician who recently announced his early retirement from the Senate, is a sweetheart to have at a dinner party. That's the bottom line on Coburn offered by Bloomberg columnist Margaret Carlson, who seems genuinely bereft at the thought of his leaving Washington. " He was the most ego-free, funny and sensible person you could meet," she wrote a few days ago.  Coburn is evidently considered an engaging fellow in Washington facing serious medical problems, so you can count Carlson's piece as the harbinger of a flood of similar insider encomiums.  Curiously, however, there's very little in Carlson's column about the reason that any of us outside Washington might care one whit about Coburn -- his positions on a host of important issues, or his tactics for making his positions stick.
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.
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