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April 9, 2007 | George Skelton
You can't strip all the emotion from the argument over assisted suicide. But cooling the coarse rhetoric could lead to a more rational and substantive debate. The kind of coarse rhetoric I'm referring to was Cardinal Roger M. Mahony's charge last week that Assembly Speaker Fabian Nunez (D-Los Angeles) is part of the "culture of death." That's church lingo and, with any luck, it won't infiltrate the public policy dialogue.
March 16, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
A court in Perigueux, France, convicted a doctor in the poisoning death of a terminally ill cancer patient and gave him a one-year suspended sentence. Laurence Tramois was found guilty in the Aug. 25, 2003, death of Paulette Druais in the nearby town of Saint-Astier. Chantal Chanel, a nurse who delivered the fatal dose of potassium prescribed by the doctor, was acquitted. Last week, 2,000 doctors and other medical personnel signed a petition urging the decriminalization of euthanasia.
March 15, 2007 | Tony Barboza, Times Staff Writer
Ed Boks says he runs the Los Angeles city department that "most people love to hate." Taking over as general manager of Los Angeles Animal Services a little more than a year ago, he became the fourth person in four years to oversee the care of thousands of animals in city shelters. The turnover rate alone illustrates the political pressure that historically hangs over the department as it manages the population of unwanted pets whose treatment people care about deeply -- even radically.
March 9, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
More than 2,000 French doctors and nurses have signed a petition declaring that they had helped patients suffering from incurable diseases to die and calling for legalized euthanasia. The declaration, published in the weekly Nouvel Observateur, comes days before the trial of a doctor and a nurse charged with administering a fatal dose of potassium to a woman suffering from terminal pancreatic cancer in August 2003.
February 17, 2007
Re "The language of death," Opinion, Feb. 12 A bill such as the California Compassionate Choices Act has been a long time coming. I have found it odd that we have no trouble putting an animal out of its misery when it is suffering. Yet, when a human being is needlessly suffering, all sorts of ethical, moral and religious issues are yanked in without hesitation. My belief in the necessity of a law such as this stems from watching my mother suffer from throat cancer. She had no hope of recovery; she was declared terminally ill about four weeks before she eventually died.
February 15, 2007 | Carla Hall, Times Staff Writer
The city shelters didn't empty out all of their 1,000 or so animals during last weekend's big adoption promotion, but business was brisk enough to extend a moratorium on the euthanasia of healthy animals through today. The Los Angeles Department of Animal Services said that from Friday through Sunday, the city adopted out 323 animals -- cats, dogs, rabbits and a few other creatures, including a snake.
February 9, 2007 | Carla Hall, Times Staff Writer
On any given day in the six city-run animal shelters, there are roughly 1,000 dogs, cats and rabbits, most available for adoption. On average, 56 are adopted daily and 50 are euthanized -- or killed, as private animal welfare groups bluntly put it. A "no-kill" policy is the holy grail for municipal shelters nationwide.
August 23, 2006 | From the Associated Press
Saint Liam, the 2005 Eclipse Award winner as horse of the Year, was euthanized Tuesday after injuring his hind leg, according to a newspaper report. The 6-year-old stallion, who won the 2005 Breeders' Cup Classic at Belmont Park last October, was being led to his paddock at Lane's End Farm in Versailles, Ky., when he slipped and fell, suffering a left tibial fracture. He was taken to Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital, where he was euthanized, the Lexington Herald-Leader reported on its website.
August 19, 2006 | Robyn Norwood and Bob Mieszerski, Times Staff Writers
Lost In The Fog, the Eclipse Award winner as the nation's top sprinter last year, has inoperable cancer and will be euthanized after what will amount to an extended farewell, the thoroughbred's trainer and his veterinarian said Friday.
July 21, 2006 | Richard Fausset and Ann M. Simmons, Times Staff Writers
This week's arrest of a doctor and two nurses who stayed through Hurricane Katrina to care for stranded hospital patients -- but are now accused of killing four of them -- has prompted a strong backlash in the medical and legal communities here. Some doctors saw the accusations leveled by Louisiana Atty. Gen. Charles C. Foti Jr. on Tuesday as brash, misguided moves that permanently smeared the reputation of three respected colleagues.
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