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July 11, 2013 |
Cigarette smoking hit the lowest point ever recorded among American eighth-graders and high school sophomores and seniors last year, a newly released report shows. Last year, only 5% of high school sophomores said they had smoked cigarettes daily in the previous 30 days, compared with 18% of sophomores who were smoking daily at one point in the 1990s. The numbers have also plunged for eighth-graders and high school seniors, hitting their lowest point since the surveys began. The change is just one of the findings in a vast new report on the well-being of American children, compiled by the Federal Interagency Forum on Child and Family Statistics.
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July 10, 2013 |
Authorities arrested a 42-year-old man on suspicion of indecent exposure in East Los Angeles and said Wednesday night that they were seeking additional possible victims. Oscar Manuel Iturralde allegedly exposed himself to an underage girl on Monday near Hubbard Street and South Atlantic Boulevard, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. The victim and her brother were able to get a partial license plate number of the suspect's truck, which led detectives to arrest Iturralde on Wednesday.
May 30, 2013
"War/Photography: Images of Armed Conflict and Its Aftermath" includes several pictures that have become icons. But the steady flow of images both arresting and conventional is in some ways more revealing, since they conspire to tell stories far larger and more complex than single images might convey. It makes sense. A military, in order to function effectively, must subsume the individual into the cohesive and uniform mass. Photographers, on the other hand, strive for intimacy. That tension — between disappearance and exposure, the many and the one — emerges as perhaps the most compelling constant throughout the 150-plus photographs in the exhibition.
May 30, 2013 |
Astronauts heading to Mars would face exposure to a deluge of radiation, in some cases as much as NASA policy permits, according to new data from the Curiosity rover. The space agency limits astronauts to a 3% increased risk of fatal cancer. This translates to different levels of radiation exposure, depending on an astronaut's age and gender. But according to a paper published in Friday's edition of the journal Science, radiation exposure in a nonstop round-trip to Mars, which would take about a year, would ring in at about 662 millisieverts.
May 1, 2013 |
Since 2008, when a group of physicians drew a hypothetical link between Lyme disease and autism, a growing number of patient activists have embraced the belief that the hallmark neuropsychiatric symptoms of autism may spring from the body's immune response to the bite of a deer tick carrying the bacterium Borrelia burgdorferi . But a research letter published Tuesday in the Journal of the American Medical Assn. casts doubt on the link. A group of researchers and clinicians from Weill Cornell Medical College and Columbia University Medical Center acquired blood samples and medical records of 120 children -- 70 of them diagnosed with autism and the rest unaffected siblings or healthy controls -- recruited primarily from the northeastern and western United States, where Lyme disease infection is relatively high.
April 26, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - U.S. intelligence agencies unanimously agree that Syrians have been exposed to deadly sarin gas in recent weeks, but they are divided over how certain they can be that the Syrian regime is to blame, U.S. and congressional officials said Friday. As the Obama administration weighs how to respond to the use of poison gas, intelligence officials say they are confident that sophisticated tests of tissue and soil samples and other evidence point to sarin. But reactions in the U.S. intelligence community have varied because of the possibility - however small - that the exposure was accidental or caused by rebel fighters or others outside the Syrian government's control, officials said.
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April 23, 2013 |
A 15-year-old Ventura County boy has been arrested on suspicion of indecent exposure and two counts of sexual battery, authorities said Tuesday night. The youth was arrested at his home after a woman reported that he exposed himself to her on a residential street in Fillmore on April 18, the Ventura County Sheriff's Department said. Afterward, detectives allegedly linked the youth to two sexual batteries that were reported in the same area as the indecent exposure incident, according to authorities.
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March 19, 2013 |
Henry Bromell, a novelist and short-story writer who brought a literary quality to some of the most acclaimed dramatic TV series of the last two decades, including "Homeland," "Northern Exposure" and "Homicide: Life on the Street," died Monday at St. John's Health Center in Santa Monica. He was 65. He was believed to have had a heart attack, said his longtime friend and agent Peter Benedek. Bromell spent the last 23 years writing, producing and directing TV dramas noteworthy for their resonant characters and sharp dialogue.
February 20, 2013 |
Saturday's first ever the Garagiste Festival: Southern Exposure in Solvang featuring the wines of small "garagiste" producers from the Santa Ynez Valley was a sold-out event. Held at the Mission-style Veteran's Memorial Building in Solvang, it was exuberant, crowded - and fun. The 32 vintners pouring their wines were arranged along the two long sides of the hall. Winemakers didn't have much elbow room, but everyone was cheerful and voluble, relishing the chance to introduce their latest vintages to a wine-loving public.
February 5, 2013 |
Forget the racy underwear, whisk your valentine off to the wine country for his or her present. The Garagiste Festival takes place Saturday, Feb. 16. Say, didn't that happen a while ago in Paso Robles? That's right. But this one is the Southern Exposure version, held in Solvang and devoted to Santa Ynez Valley wineries producing fewer than 1,200 cases. It's close enough that you could drive up for the afternoon and gives you the chance to taste more than 100 wines and 15 grape varieties.