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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.
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.
January 28, 1987 | WILLIAM C. REMPEL, Times Staff Writer
Today marks the first anniversary of Roger Boisjoly's crippling rage. It was born in the angry fireball that consumed the space shuttle Challenger on Jan. 28, 1986, just 73 seconds into the heavens above Florida, and killed its seven crew members. It didn't have to happen. That's what troubled Boisjoly.
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
August 22, 2008 | Maria Shriver, Maria Shriver is the first lady of California.
This has been a year filled with teachable political moments. Racism, sexism, ageism and "change" have been debated at kitchen tables and water coolers across America. But this last week, those gathered around my kitchen table have been consumed with another discussion, one that is not Democratic or Republican -- it's the "R-word" debate. The "R-word" stands for "retard." For the 6 million to 8 million Americans with intellectual disabilities and their families, this word and its hurtful use is equal to the impact of the "N-word" on an African American.
November 17, 2002
I don't think the L.A. Board of Supervisors understands the severity of the effect of closing Rancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation Center on people with disabilities (Nov. 13). In many of the independent living centers across California, there are consumers of services who thank Rancho Los Amigos for their independent way of living. Without Rancho Los Amigos they might be in a nursing home, doubting their self-worth and letting their disability get the best of them. But because of Rancho, many people with disabilities are integrated into society as members of the community and the work force.
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.
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.
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
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
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