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May 1, 2013 | By Melissa Healy
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 | By Paul Richter, Ken Dilanian and David S. Cloud, Los Angeles Times
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.
April 23, 2013 | By Robert J. Lopez
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.
March 19, 2013 | Elaine Woo, Los Angeles Times
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 | By S. Irene Virbila
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 | By S. Irene Virbila
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.
January 20, 2013 | By David Pilling
When Michael Woodford in 2011 became president of Olympus Corp., the Japanese optical equipment maker, he told his secretary there was no need to walk backward each time she left his office. In the executive suite of a Japanese company, where fawning deference to those at the top is the norm, this counted as a radical egalitarian gesture. But, as Woodford discovered, he was not really at the top at all. Although he had been promoted to the presidency, becoming the first foreigner to assume that role since the company was established in 1919, he was kept out of the inner circle.
January 18, 2013 | By Dawn C. Chmielewski, Los Angeles Times
Long laboring in obscurity, independent filmmakers are getting a chance to have their short films seen by a global audience through a new distribution agreement with YouTube. But to do so, they may sacrifice the chance of winning an Oscar. Kat Candler was delighted to learn on Thanksgiving morning that her film "Black Metal" was among 65 shorts selected for exhibition at the Sundance Film Festival and one of a dozen handpicked by Sundance's curators to be featured on YouTube, the online video site whose worldwide audience exceeds 800 million.
January 10, 2013 | By Rosie Mestel
Between 1940 and 1971, many pregnant women were treated with a synthetic estrogen, diethylstilbestrol -- commonly known as DES -- to prevent miscarriage and other complications. The drug didn't work for that purpose, but it did have biological effects on the women who took it,  as well as their children. On Wednesday, four sisters who'd been exposed to DES in the womb reached a settlement with one of the drug's principal makers, Eli Lilly & Co., during a federal trial in Boston, the Associated Press reported.
December 27, 2012
There's a lot of fiction being spread about the new requirements to expand the reading of nonfiction in public schools. Some teachers say they have already been forced to cut important poetry and literature from their classes to make way for government reports and lists of invasive plants. To some extent, the complaints appear overblown. Contrary to what some news outlets have reported, no one is proposing to dump "Macbeth" for pamphlets about insulation. Nor is the proposal as ridiculous as some suggest; the planned changes could valuably broaden students' reading, writing and thinking skills.
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