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September 27, 2009 | Associated Press
An Ohio woman who gave birth to a baby boy after a fertility clinic implanted her with the wrong embryo is a "guardian angel," the boy's biological parents said Saturday. Paul and Shannon Morell of suburban Detroit said in a statement that they would be "eternally grateful" to Carolyn Savage, of Sylvania, Ohio, for her decision to give birth to their child despite the clinic's mistake. "We will be eternally grateful for his guardian angel, Carolyn Savage, and the support of the entire Savage family," the Morells said.
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ENTERTAINMENT
November 21, 2013 | By Ryan Faughnder
The saga of Katniss Everdeen will bring the masses into its arena this weekend as "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" arrives in theaters, easily unseating "Thor: The Dark World" for the top box-office spot. Lionsgate's "Hunger Games" sequel, which will open in 4,100 theaters starting with Thursday night showings, is expected to take in as much as $180 million through Sunday, according to people who have seen pre-release audience surveys. Lower estimates for the Jennifer Lawrence-starring movie put it at between $150 million and $170 million.
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NEWS
April 9, 1997 | From a Times Staff Writer
The federal trial of fertility clinic operator Dr. Sergio C. Stone, which was scheduled to start Tuesday, will now probably begin this summer, according to attorneys involved in the case. The postponement came at a pretrial hearing Monday after federal prosecutors sought deletions from the 35-count mail fraud indictment against Stone, the first of UC Irvine's fertility clinic doctors to stand trial. Stone and his two medical partners--Drs. Ricardo H. Asch and Jose P.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 14, 2013 | By Nardine Saad
"Real Housewives of New Jersey" stars Teresa Giudice and husband Giuseppe "Joe" Giudice have pleaded not guilty to several federal fraud charges. The Giudices, who made their mark on the Bravo series with their lavish lifestyle and combative relationships, held hands and were swarmed by media as they approached the U.S. District Court in Newark, N.J., on Wednesday. The reality TV couple entered their pleas via their attorneys during a five-minute court proceeding, the Associated Press reported.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 11, 1995 | TINA NGUYEN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Crispina and Mark Calvert said they were grateful to the UC Irvine fertility clinics that helped them have a healthy 5-year-old son from a surrogate mother. But the couple now is suing the university and fertility team for allegedly misplacing their embryos. "We always thought that these doctors walked on water," Mark Calvert said. "They were God-like to us. . . . Now we feel they've stolen our heritage."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 11, 1996 | MARTIN MILLER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Attorneys for the key doctor in the UC Irvine fertility clinic scandal said they were unable Wednesday to learn from Chancellor Laurel L. Wilkening whether she believed doctors intentionally transferred eggs from women without their consent and implanted them in others, some of whom later gave birth. Wilkening testified Wednesday in a closed-door deposition hearing connected to more than 40 civil lawsuits stemming from the human egg-swapping scandal.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 8, 1996 | GEOFF BOUCHER
A Mexican woman filed suit Wednesday claiming that her eggs and embryos were stolen by UC Irvine fertility doctors and given to an Italian couple who had twins within a year. The suit by Martha and Alejandro Hinojosa of Mexico was among four new claims filed Wednesday against the clinic, and brings the total to 80. The Hinojosas visited the clinic's Garden Grove branch in late 1989 seeking help in having children, but they were unsuccessful, according to attorney Lawrence S. Eisenberg.
NEWS
June 7, 1995 | MICHAEL GRANBERRY and TRACY WEBER, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
In the letter that prompted UC Irvine to launch a full-scale inquiry into its Center for Reproductive Health, three whistle-blowers paint a graphic picture of what they call "wrong, likely illegal and highly improper" procedures, according to documents obtained by The Times on Tuesday. Most of the accusations involve Dr. Ricardo H.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 23, 1996 | JULIE MARQUIS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Dr. Ricardo H. Asch, a key figure in the UC Irvine fertility clinic scandal, concluded four days of sworn testimony Monday, acknowledging the grief of patients whose eggs and embryos apparently were taken without their consent and admitting that he shared some responsibility.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 13, 2000 | From Associated Press
The lawyer who filed suit last month alleging that UC Irvine's fertility clinic sold a couple's complete genetic material to another woman said Monday that she may seek class-action status for the case.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 2, 2012 | By Mark Olsen
"The Babymakers" starts out as an agreeable, playfully off-color comedy of contemporary domestic manners and loses course to become a slack, tacky slapstick. After months of trying to get his wife Audrey (Olivia Munn) pregnant, Tommy Macklin (Paul Schneider) is told by a doctor that his sperm are "confused. " While reeling from this blow to his masculine identity, he hatches a plan to steal back a batch of semen he had donated to a fertility clinic years before. On their own, just talking at dinner or alone in bed, Schneider and Munn are a winning pair, her high-energy type-A vibe playing well off his low-key delayed responses.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 28, 2010 | By Catherine Saillant, Los Angeles Times
A physician who rocked a UC Irvine fertility clinic 15 years ago, when he and a partner switched the frozen embryos of dozens of unsuspecting women, is being held in Mexico City as U.S. officials race a deadline to extradite him to face criminal charges. Ricardo Asch, one of two fertility doctors who fled prosecution as the scandal in Orange County unfolded, was arrested in Mexico City on Nov. 3, said Thom Mrozek, spokesman for the U.S. attorney's office in Los Angeles. He remains in custody as U.S. prosecutors seek to extradite him to Southern California to face federal mail fraud and tax evasion charges.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 18, 2010
If you're nostalgic for warrior princesses, talk about "Xena: Warrior Princess." Long before Lucy Lawless was going topless in Starz' "Spartacus: Blood and Sand," she was just a warrior bent on overcoming her dark past and saving innocents to redeem herself in the campy '90s cult TV series. Want to relive that Spartan costume? The first season is now available on DVD. (Tuesday) If you want vampires that don't sparkle, talk about "American Vampire."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 3, 2009 | Richard Winton and Molly Hennessy-Fiske
An Arizona man who allegedly stole the identity of a San Francisco physician and posed as a doctor running a West Los Angeles sperm bank has been arrested on suspicion of sexually assaulting two men, authorities said. Jeffrey Lynn Graybill, 40, of Phoenix is accused of pretending to be "Dr. Robert Richardson" and soliciting sperm donors for the nonexistent Fertility Clinic of West Los Angeles, said Jane Robison, a spokeswoman for the Los Angeles County district attorney's office.
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September 27, 2009 | Associated Press
An Ohio woman who gave birth to a baby boy after a fertility clinic implanted her with the wrong embryo is a "guardian angel," the boy's biological parents said Saturday. Paul and Shannon Morell of suburban Detroit said in a statement that they would be "eternally grateful" to Carolyn Savage, of Sylvania, Ohio, for her decision to give birth to their child despite the clinic's mistake. "We will be eternally grateful for his guardian angel, Carolyn Savage, and the support of the entire Savage family," the Morells said.
OPINION
July 23, 2009 | MEGHAN DAUM
On July 11, Maria del Camen Bousada de Lara, a Spanish woman who 2 1/2 years ago briefly became the "world's oldest mom" when she gave birth to twin boys at age 67, died of cancer. A recipient of donor eggs and sperm at a Los Angeles fertility clinic, she had told doctors she was 55, the maximum age for partnerless in-vitro fertilization patients at that clinic.
NEWS
March 12, 1996 | JULIE MARQUIS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A Superior Court judge has denied the University of California's motion to seal depositions and other evidence in lawsuits stemming from UCI's fertility clinic scandal. Judge Leonard Goldstein on Friday found that "there was not good cause to justify keeping this information secret from the public," said Karen Frederiksen, an attorney representing the Los Angeles Times and the National Broadcasting Co., both of which opposed the motion.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 12, 2009 | Alan Zarembo
Dr. Joel Batzofin founded the Huntington Reproductive Center in Pasadena in 1988 and turned it into the biggest fertility practice in the West. By undercutting competitors' prices, he drew patients from around the world to his Southern California clinics. By 2001, Batzofin and the five partners he brought in shared a yearly profit of more than $5 million. But in a drama vaguely reminiscent of Julius Caesar's, his partners took a secret vote the next year, ousting him from his own empire.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 10, 2009 | Alan Zarembo, Jessica Garrison and Kimi Yoshino
The Beverly Hills doctor whose fertility treatment led to the birth of Nadya Suleman's octuplets -- and her six previous children -- has one of the worst success rates of any fertility clinic in the country, according to federal records reviewed by The Times. In fact, Suleman's children represent a sizable portion of the pregnancy rate at his clinic over the last several years -- and taxpayers are already footing part of the bill.
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