October 3, 2013 |
What's even more repulsive than the idea of using DNA tests to help people create a designer babies? Getting a patent for the idea. 23andMe, the pioneering direct-to-consumer genetic testing company, was awarded such a patent in September. U.S. Patent #8,543,339 is titled “Gamete donor selection based on genetic calculations,” and among the inventions it claims is the idea of using genetic tests and computer programs to predict the likely traits of a baby based on the DNA of its parents.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 22, 1991 |
Nadia Puente thought she was going to help a teacher unload some books when she entered a gray car while walking home from school the afternoon of March 20, 1989. Early the next morning, the body of the 9-year-old Santa Ana girl was found stuffed in a silver trash can at Griffith Park in Los Angeles. Authorities allege that Nadia was kidnaped, sexually assaulted and killed by Richard Lucio DeHoyos, 34, a former assistant manager of a Taco Bell restaurant in Westminster.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 22, 1999 |
On Sunday, Denise Williams returned to the little beige house in Pomona where a day earlier she had found her 13-year-old daughter lying on a bedroom floor, dead from apparent stab wounds. Williams, fighting back tears, walked up to a police officer at the scene. "Have they found who did this?" she asked. But the officer provided no answers to the slaying of Nicolette Hayes, a mystery that some anxious bystanders quietly compared to the unexplained death of tiny-tot beauty queen JonBenet Ramsey.
June 5, 1988 |
A different set of "Golden Girls" sprints into action this week, as the newest offering by Louise Page ("Salonika") opens Friday on South Coast Repertory's Mainstage. "It's about a British women's track team," said actress Margaret Marx, who plays one of the runners. "They've been running freely, without corporate sponsorship. Then they get the sponsorship-- which doesn't corrupt their integrity, but it does influence it.
July 3, 1993 |
The security guards figured he was just another well-heeled lawyer. He wore a dark suit with suspenders, carried an attache case and towed a large leather bookcase strapped to a dolly. But when his elevator stopped on the 34th floor, Gian Luigi Ferri slung two guns over his shoulders, grabbed a satchel full of ammunition and headed straight for the conference room of the law firm of Pettit & Martin, where he shot four people he had never met, who happened to be there by a fluke.
May 7, 1989 |
"E ntertainment Tonight" will air its 2,000th show on Friday. Although thumped by critics since it debuted on Sept. 14, 1981, the syndicated program has survived. Entertainment reporters are now as common on TV as weather reporters, in part because of "ET," which has remained television's leading news show devoted solely to the entertainment industry. Last September, at the start of its eighth season, "ET" introduced a new format, with glitzier graphics, strobe-light pacing and two new features--its opening Inside Story and the ET Insider, a gossip-column-style commentary by co-star John Tesh.
June 19, 2008 |
SHE MADE a name for herself in the '90s with movies like "A League of Their Own" and "Tank Girl," but Lori Petty likes to say she was an accidental movie star. Moving to New York at age 18, she worked as a waitress in between auditions and slept on friends' couches, at the YMCA, or, on occasion, in Central Park. "It was so comfortable it was like home," Petty recalls as she sits at a deck cafe overlooking the Santa Monica beach, her big blue eyes and cropped hair rendering her immediately recognizable to "Point Break" fans sitting nearby.
March 17, 2009 |
World Series most valuable player Cole Hamels left training camp Monday and flew to Philadelphia to have his left elbow examined by Phillies team physician Michael Ciccotti. "He's had a little bit of a persistent soreness in his elbow. We do not believe it's serious," Phillies General Manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said. "But at least at this time we thought it was important for Dr. Ciccotti to check him out and see if there's anything more serious than we think it is."
October 4, 2011 |
When Martin Scorsese and Olivia Harrison first sat down about five years ago to strategize about a documentary on the life of George Harrison, both quickly zeroed in on a letter the young Beatle wrote to his family at the height of Beatlemania. "It was a letter George had written when he was not more than 22," Harrison said of the man to whom she was married for 23 years before his death from cancer a decade ago. "It was in 1965, and the Beatles would have been really cresting at that point.