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January 8, 2011 | By Meg James, Los Angeles Times
Television networks alter their scripts when fortunes begin to crumble. But Showtime is calling for a rewrite when it's already on a winning streak. At a time when it could be savoring its success ? a string of acclaimed hits, millions of new subscribers and profit that has risen more than 20% in the last year ? Showtime instead is plotting a potentially risky new tack. The network has a new entertainment chief who wants to tweak Showtime's distinctive brand: programs built around deeply conflicted and morally challenged characters such as the serial killer Dexter, the pill-addicted Nurse Jackie and the drug-dealing mom in "Weeds.
March 27, 2014 | By The Times editorial board
Maybe it was too good to be true. A rare bipartisan healthcare reform proposal backed by leaders of three major House and Senate committees is foundering because Republicans and Democrats can't agree on how to pay for it. The irony is that the measure, which would change the way Medicare reimburses doctors, would slow the growth of healthcare spending and taxpayers' costs. Lawmakers should stop the partisan bickering and start working in good faith to find a way to enact the long-overdue and much-needed reform.
December 27, 2010 | By Karen Kaplan, Los Angeles Times
Could mothers be putting their children on a path toward obesity from the very first days of their lives? A study published online Monday in the journal Pediatrics finds that babies fed a particular type of infant formula put on more weight than other babies and continued to gain weight faster than their counterparts during the first 7.5 months of life. Researchers from the Monell Chemical Senses Center in Philadelphia wondered whether babies would respond differently to formulas based on cow’s milk (whose proteins are intact)
March 14, 2014 | By Jim Peltz
As the opening race of the Formula One season, the Australian Grand Prix always is fraught with unknowns. But this year's race on the 3.3-mile Albert Park layout in Melbourne on Sunday is especially unpredictable due to rules changes and a shuffling of some teams' drivers. Among other things, the cars have gone from V-8 engines to turbocharged V-6 engines, the amount of fuel allowed during a race has been limited, the gearbox has been expanded from seven gears to eight and there are changes in various body parts including the nose and front wing.
January 1, 1992
While I am aware of the benefits of the WIC (Women, Infants and Children) nutritional program, I do not believe that the federal government is doing anything beneficial by providing low-income women with expensive commercial formula. WIC does encourage breast-feeding as well as educate women of its many advantages. Nevertheless, the majority of single and low-income mothers opt to bottle-feed their babies. Our federal funds would go further as well as provide a greater service by concentrating on pregnant and breast-feeding mothers.
November 8, 2010 | By Mary Forgione, For the Los Angeles Times
Any new mom can attest to being tired. Nighttime feedings are usually the culprit, so how does breastfeeding compare to formula feeding in terms of sleep disruption? It really makes no difference, Julie’s Health Club blog of the Chicago Tribune reports. "When researchers looked at the impact of different feeding methods on a mother’s sleep, they found no differences in the time or quality of their sleep," Julie Deardorff writes in explaining a new study published Monday.
June 26, 2013 | By Jim Peltz
Sebastian Vettel's march toward a fourth consecutive world title resumes this weekend at one of Formula One's most celebrated tracks, Silverstone in Great Britain. Vettel heads to the British Grand Prix fresh from winning in Canada two weeks ago, which gave the Red Bull Racing driver a series-high three victories in the season's first seven races. The German driver, who turns 26 on July 3, also again sits atop the Formula One championship standings. Vettel has a 36-point lead over second-place Ferrari's Fernando Alonso, a two-time winner so far this year, and a 44-point lead over Lotus' Kimi Raikkonen, who won the season opener in Australia.
April 14, 2013 | By Dan Loumena
The Formula One championship race became more crowded atop the standings when Ferrari driver Fernando Alsonso claimed victory in the Chinese Grand Prix in Shanghai on Sunday. Reigning series champion Sebastian Vettel of Red Bull finished fourth to remain atop the standings, but he's only three points ahead of Lotus driver Kimi Raikkonen, who finished second in Shanghai. Alonso is now third in the series standings while Sunday pole-sitter Lewis Hamilton of Mercedes, who took third, is in fourth place.
August 31, 2012 | By David Lazarus
At first glance, it seems innocent enough that Diet Pepsi is tweaking its formula to stay sweet a little while longer. The soda's current sweetener -- aspartame -- loses its potency faster than high fructose corn syrup, the sweetener that's used in most regular sodas. To remedy that, PepsiCo is reportedly experimenting with other sweetener mixes. A new-and-improved version could be unveiled next year. The company told the Associated Press that it's "always looking at ways to provide the best consumer experience.
February 16, 2012 | By Shari Roan, Los Angeles Times / For the Booster Shots blog
Worrisome levels of arsenic have been found in two infant formulas that contain organic brown rice syrup as a main ingredient, researchers reported Thursday. Arsenic was also found in some cereal bars that contain organic brown rice syrup. The toxic element is a known contaminate found in rice because the crop absorbs arsenic from soil. According to the authors of the study, from Dartmouth College, the type found in the food products has been identified as a human carcinogen. Arsenic can also cause skin, lung and intestinal irritation as well as miscarriage and infertility.
March 2, 2014 | Liz Weston, Money Talk
Dear Liz: We have a son who is a high school junior and who is planning on going to college. We met with a college financial planner who suggested we put money in a whole life insurance policy as a way to help get more financial aid. Is that a good idea? Answer: Your "college financial planner" is actually an insurance salesperson who hopes to make a big commission by talking you into an expensive policy you probably don't need. The salesperson is correct that buying a cash-value life insurance policy is one way to hide assets from college financial planning formulas.
January 30, 2014 | By Jim Peltz
  Taking a big step to try to boost its sagging popularity, NASCAR on Thursday dramatically changed its 10-race Chase for the Cup title playoff. The new format puts more emphasis on drivers' winning races all season, rather than simply collecting championship points. It also features elimination rounds during the Chase so that by the season-ending race only four remaining Chase drivers will have a chance to win the title. "It's going to be the first of four drivers to cross the finish line, and that will define the NASCAR Sprint Cup champion," NASCAR Chairman Brian France told a news conference in Charlotte, N.C. "That's as simple as it gets.
January 27, 2014 | By Jim Peltz
Eight more drivers have committed to racing in Formula E, a proposed series featuring electric-powered race cars competing on city courses around the world, the series said Monday. The drivers include IndyCar Series drivers Sebastien Bourdais, Oriol Servia and J.R. Hildebrand Jr. The others are Bruno Senna of Brazil, Narain Karthikeyan of India, Daniel Abt of Germany, Franck Montagny of France and Christijan Albers of the Netherlands. Bourdais also was among the trio of drivers who won the Rolex 24 at Daytona endurance race Sunday in the premier prototype class, driving a Corvette prototype for the Action Express Racing team.
January 25, 2014 | By Noel Murray
Rush Universal, $29.98; Blu-ray, $34.98 Available on VOD beginning Jan. 28 Director Ron Howard and screenwriter Peter Morgan tell the story of 1970s Formula 1 racing stars James Hunt (Chris Hemsworth) and Niki Lauda (Daniel Brühl) in "Rush," a true-sports adventure that starts out as a "the olden days were groovy" corn-fest, then takes a turn for the better. The second half of the film concerns itself mostly with the incredibly tight points-battle between Hunt and Lauda throughout the 1976 season, and those racing sequences - some of which were shot with a subjective camera, in bad weather conditions - are white-knuckle.
January 17, 2014 | By Jim Peltz
Michael Schumacher reportedly remained in stable condition in a French hospital Friday following a skiing accident last month that left the legendary Formula One driver with severe head injuries and in a medically induced coma. Schumacher's manager, Sabine Kehm, said in an email that "Michael's condition is still considered as stable," the Associated Press reported, adding that it was the first time Kehm had not used the word "critical" to describe Schumacher's condition. "Michael's family is very happy and confident with the work of the team of doctors treating Michael, and they trust them completely," Kehm wrote.
December 30, 2013 | Wire reports
Doctors offered a grim assessment of Michael Schumacher's head injuries Monday, providing no prognosis for the Formula One driving great after his skiing accident in the French Alps. Schumacher has been put in a medically induced coma to relieve pressure on his brain, which suffered bruising and bleeding when the retired seven-time world champion fell and struck a rock Sunday while skiing during a family vacation. "We cannot predict the future for Michael Schumacher," Dr. Jean-Francois Payen , the doctor in charge of Grenoble University Hospital's intensive care unit, said at a news conference.
October 11, 2013 | By Jim Peltz
Formula One driver Lewis Hamilton simply put into words what a good number of Formula One fans probably are feeling about Sebastian Vettel's dominance of the sport: It's boring. After Vettel won his fourth consecutive race last weekend in South Korea, putting the Red Bull driver on a likely path to his fourth consecutive Formula One championship, Hamilton was quoted as saying "I feel for the fans. " Hamilton -- himself the 2008 Formula One champion who now drives for Mercedes -- then went on Twitter this week to "clarify" his remarks.
December 30, 2013 | By Chuck Schilken
Seven-time Formula One champion Michael Schumacher remained in a medically induced coma and in a critical state Monday, the day after after hitting his head in a skiing accident. “We cannot predict the future for Michael Schumacher,” said chief anesthesiologist Jean-Francois Payen, who is also in charge of Grenoble University Hospital's intensive-care unit. He added of Schumacher: “He is in a critical state in terms of cerebral resuscitation,” he added. “We are working hour by hour.” Schumacher, who turns 45 on Friday, hit the right side of his head on a rock after falling while skiing with his 14-year-old son Sunday morning in the French Alpine resort of Meribel.
December 29, 2013 | By Jim Peltz, This post has been corrected. See below for details
As he neared retirement the first time, at the end of the 2006 season, seven-time Formula One champion Michael Schumacher summed up his decision this way: "Might as well leave while I'm still at the top level. " He changed his mind, of course, as so many other top athletes do after they've stepped away from the sport they mastered. After a three-year absence, Schumacher, who won five of his titles with Ferrari in consecutive years, emerged from retirement to drive again from 2010 through 2012, this time for the Mercedes team.
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