CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 14, 1994 |
When Joshua Kerr swims, he does so with a grace and athleticism that often eludes him out of the pool. Limbs and muscles that stubbornly refused to cooperate when Kerr played soccer or baseball are transformed in the water. Smoothly performing the pattern of stroking, kicking and breathing, the 16-year-old sophomore practiced on a recent afternoon with others on the El Dorado High School swim team.
July 18, 1991 |
The five young people had sat around the conference table for about an hour, grappling with nine episode ideas for the upcoming third season of ABC's "Life Goes On." They had gone to Warner Bros. in Burbank to assess plot lines for Corky Thacher, the series' 20-year-old character with Down's syndrome. It was familiar ground for the volunteer consultants, all of whom have the genetic disorder that causes mental retardation.
September 24, 2005 |
British scientists have created the first effective mouse model of Down syndrome by inserting more than 90% of human chromosome 21 into mouse cells. Humans with the disease have an extra copy of the chromosome.
May 25, 1997 |
A woman with Down syndrome who battled for the right to have a heart and lung transplant has died, hospital officials said Saturday. She was 36. Sandra Jensen was admitted to Sutter General Hospital on May 4 and died Friday night surrounded by family, a hospital spokeswoman said. She would not disclose the cause of death but said an autopsy is planned this week. Jensen is thought to be the first person with Down syndrome to be given a heart and lung transplant.
March 28, 1992 |
Andrea Friedman has Down's syndrome. Some might think she lives in seclusion, hidden from normal people and normal dreams. But Friedman, 21, has never adhered to labels and limitations. She drives a car, attends college and, on Sunday night, will perform before millions.
February 27, 2006 |
LEROY GIGLI noticed a change in his brother Dennis a few years ago. "All of a sudden he began to forget things ... where he'd put his wallet, his watch, etc.," Leroy says. Dennis, in his mid-50s at the time, was much younger than most people who come down with Alzheimer's disease. But Leroy knew his brother had an added risk factor.
October 11, 2004
Re "Special Ed Costs Uniting Schools," Oct. 6: Saddleback schools Supt. Jerry Gross is a horrific example of the type of administrator that parents of special-needs kids have to deal with. "Some parents see us as the goose laying the golden egg," he said. Is an appropriate education for my son really a "golden egg"? He acts as if my son won the lottery by being autistic. Does he have any idea how much of our own money we spend every year on treatment? This obvious collusion of the Orange County school districts to use education funds to fight to avoid paying for services is why so many parents resort to court.
March 22, 2002 |
The life expectancy for people born with Down syndrome has doubled over the last two decades, according to an analysis of U.S. death certificates. In addition, for unknown reasons, rates of most cancers are far lower for people with this genetic condition than they are for the population at large, the data reveal. The findings, by researchers from the U.S.
December 22, 1985
Congratulations to executive producer Philip Capice and Lorimar Productions for their accurate and sensitive "Dallas" story line about the Krebbs' baby with Down's Syndrome. Stories like this and last year's "Fall Guy" episode with Jason Kingsley will dispel the old myths and teach the public the truth about Down's Syndrome and how much these citizens have to offer our communities. Joanne Duerr, Los Angeles
August 12, 1993 |
"Life Goes On"--the acclaimed TV series about a family with a son who has Down's syndrome--won't return this fall. But the impact its young star, Chris Burke, has had on America's image of the mentally handicapped continues to be strong. During the four-year run of the ABC family drama, Burke's character, Corky Thacher, went to high school, made friends and suffered ridicule. He worked as a waiter in his father's restaurant and landed another job as a movie theater usher.