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October 27, 2009 | Lisa Dillman
Clippers' rookie power forward Blake Griffin, the No. 1 overall draft choice in June, has a stress fracture of the left patella, or kneecap, and could miss as much as six weeks of the season. The news, released late Monday, came on the eve of the team's NBA opener, and the blow was a significant one, meaning the Clippers will be starting the season minus the fresh new face of the franchise and might be without him in the lineup for the first 20 games of the season. Tests revealed the fracture and a second opinion later in the day backed up the results and conclusion of the first doctor.
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April 22, 2014 | Patt Morrison
"Fracking" - now there's a word that just begs for a bumper sticker. Short for "hydraulic fracturing" - the process of breaking open rock with high-pressure liquids to get at otherwise untappable oil and natural gas - fracking conjures up a welcome energy boom for some, ecological disaster for others. Mark Zoback - Stanford geophysicist since 1984, member of the National Academy of Engineering's Deepwater Horizon investigation committee, personal "decarbonizer," fracking expert - sees the problems and the potential for California.
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WORLD
July 18, 2009 | Associated Press
Pope Benedict XVI waved reassuringly to well-wishers outside a hospital Friday where he underwent surgery to set his right wrist, fractured in a fall at his Alpine vacation chalet. The 82-year-old pope's accident was the first significant medical issue of his 4-year-old papacy, but doctors said he would suffer no long-term effects and would be able to return to playing piano and writing once the wrist heals. His cast will be removed in a month.
NATIONAL
February 15, 2014 | By Molly Hennessy-Fiske
CARRIZO SPRINGS, Texas - Just a few years ago this was a sleepy town of 5,600, and people eked out a living from the land. They farmed, worked ranches and leased their property to hunters to make a few dollars. Now, an oil and gas boom is transforming the economy of south Texas, turning Carrizo Springs into a busy city of at least 40,000. Texas oil companies, tapping a vast formation called the Eagle Ford shale, have nearly doubled oil production over the last two years and by next year are expected to produce 4 million barrels a day. That would catapult Texas ahead of Iran, Iraq and the United Arab Emirates to become the fifth-biggest oil producer in the world.
SPORTS
June 30, 2013 | By Mike DiGiovanna
HOUSTON - X-rays showed a nondisplaced fracture of a bone just below Peter Bourjos' right wrist, an injury that will sideline the speedy center fielder for at least two to three weeks. Bourjos, who sat out 40 games in May and June because of a left hamstring strain and was slowed last week by a bruised left thumb, suffered the injury when he was hit by a pitch Saturday. Doctors told Bourjos he can play when he can tolerate the pain and that hitting and throwing won't exacerbate the injury.
NEWS
November 3, 2012 | By Eric Pincus
Lakers point guard Steve Nash was diagnosed with a "small non-displaced fracture in the head of his fibula," according to a statement released by the team. Nash underwent an MRI exam on his left leg, which was injured in Wednesday night's game against the Portland Trail Blazers. Team doctor Steve Lombardo made the diagnosis, which will keep Nash out for at least a week, when he'll then be re-examined. Nash was acquired over the summer in trade from the Phoenix Suns. The Lakers have started the season 0-3 after losing all eight of their exhibition games.
SPORTS
October 28, 2010 | Wire reports
Brett Favre missed his second straight day of practice for the Minnesota Vikings on Thursday, but he walked around the team's facility without the oversized boot that had been protecting an injury that is putting his league-record streak of 291 consecutive starts streak in jeopardy. The 41-year-old quarterback limped through the locker room with a heavy wrap on his ankle, which was injured in a loss to the Green Bay Packers on Sunday night. Asked if he thought he could play against New England, Favre said, "I wouldn't put anything past me, to be honest with you. " Favre has a stress fracture in the ankle as well as an avulsion fracture in the heel bone, where a fragment has been torn away by a tendon or ligament.
SPORTS
May 13, 2011 | By Mike DiGiovanna
It has been almost a year since Kendrys Morales broke his left ankle while jumping onto home plate in celebration of a walk-off home run. But it wasn't until this week that the Angels used the term "fracture/dislocation" to describe the first baseman's injury. That term provides insight as to why Morales was slow to recover from surgery last June and why he elected to have a second surgery that will sideline him for the 2011 season. "From a layman's perspective, it didn't seem right — a simple ankle fracture, you fix it and you're back in three months," said Dr. Tim Gibson, an orthopedic surgeon at Orange Coast Memorial Medical Center in Fountain Valley.
NEWS
September 7, 2013 | By Kyle Schuneman
September is one of the most popular months to move, but busy renters may not feel as if they have the energy or time for DIY projects in a new home. I've pulled together five products that are easy ways to put a personal stamp on a new space. Whether you are moving now or simply refreshing the same ol' place, these quick fixes may give you the look you're after without leaving a permanent mark on your rental. 1. Cutting Edge Stencils: This company's “Geometric/Allover” stencils are a great way to update an old or cheap bookcase.
NEWS
March 5, 2012 | By Shari Roan, Los Angeles Times / For the Booster Shots blog
Vitamin D may be helpful in protecting highly active pre-teen and teen girls, such as those who play sports, from stress fractures, researchers reported Monday. The study was surprising because calcium has long been considered the nutrient most vital to bone health in children. But, in developing children, vitamin D intake may matter more. Researchers analyzed data from 6,721 girls ages 9 to 15 at the start of the study. The girls' intake of calcium, vitamin D and dairy products was recorded along with stress fractures, which are common sports-related injuries.
OPINION
February 9, 2014
Re "Too many prisoners," Editorial, Feb. 5 Mass incarceration plagues our nation, so the recent bipartisan effort in Washington to limit harsh mandatory minimum sentences for drug offenses is a welcome antidote. Because of excessive and unjust mandatory minimum sentences supported by both parties three decades ago, the federal prison population has increased by 800%. The result is the permanent fracturing of thousands of lives, including people whose potential is wasted behind bars and children whose parents have gone absent much longer than necessary.
SPORTS
February 8, 2014 | By Eric Pincus
Steve Nash finally returned to the Lakers' lineup Tuesday in a loss to the Timberwolves in Minneapolis. After sitting out a victory over the Cavaliers in Cleveland the following night, Nash celebrated his 40th birthday with a season-high 19 points in a win over the 76ers in Philadelphia. "To be able to just be back out there for two games -- yeah, I'm rusty, I'm not quite in game shape yet -- but to be moving freely and be able to do things you're accustomed to doing out there, it just makes the game a lot more fun," Nash said after practice Saturday.
SPORTS
February 6, 2014 | By Mike Bresnahan
PHILADELPHIA - Swaggy knee? Nick Young was the Lakers' latest player to get hurt, taking away their second-leading scorer and nickname-bestowing personality. He will miss at least two weeks because of a non-displaced fracture in the patella of his left knee. Young, who averages 16.9 points, also sustained a bone bruise. Young was injured when Cleveland guard C.J. Miles grabbed him from behind on a fastbreak layup, forcing him to plant unsteadily in the second quarter of the Lakers' 119-108 victory Wednesday.
SPORTS
February 6, 2014 | From staff reports
SOCHI, Russia - Now that he has been chosen as the U.S. team's flag bearer for the 2014 Sochi Olympics opening ceremony, Todd Lodwick faces a potentially painful challenge. Holding the flag. Less than a month ago, the Nordic combined athlete fell hard in the ski jump portion of a competition in France. He fractured his left shoulder, tearing the labrum and ligaments. "It was a devastating crash," he said. Lodwick, who competed in his first Olympics in 1994, kept the arm immobilized for three weeks, taking it out of a sling only for physical therapy.
NATIONAL
January 22, 2014 | By Neela Banerjee
BRIDGEWATER, Va. - The headwaters of the Potomac River rise amid the hills and hollows of George Washington National Forest in Virginia. Small creeks dart past oak, white pine and hickory, become streams that nourish farmland and towns, and create a river that courses through two states and the nation's capital. About 4 million people depend on that water. For decades, the U.S. Forest Service identified preserving its purity as the top priority for the national forest. Now, the agency is considering allowing George Washington to become the first national forest to permit high-volume hydraulic fracturing, or fracking.
SPORTS
January 10, 2014 | By Dan Loumena
New Orleans Pelicans point guard Jrue Holiday is out indefinitely after it was determined he had a stress fracture in his right tibia, the team announced Friday. The fifth-year veteran out of UCLA and North Hollywood Campbell Hall High is averaging 14.3 points, 7.9 assists and 4.2 rebounds in 33.6 minutes a game this season. Second-year guard Brian Roberts is expected to start at point guard for the Pelicans. The 6-foot-4 Holiday had a poor shooting effort Wednesday in a 102-96 loss at home to the Washington Wizards, making only three of 11 shots for eight points.
NEWS
January 26, 1986 | United Press International
Cartoonist Berke Breathed, creator of the comic strip "Bloom County," was in satisfactory condition Friday in St. Joseph's Hospital intensive care unit after surgery to stabilize a fractured spine. Breathed, 28, underwent the 5 1/2-hour operation Thursday night to stabilize a compression fracture suffered in Wednesday's crash of his ultralight aircraft near Albuquerque.
SPORTS
December 25, 2013 | By Mike Bresnahan
  Kobe Bryant wasn't depressed. He wasn't inhaling chocolate-covered caramels and peppermint bark while trying to digest the latest injury that wrapped itself around his left leg. He shrugged off a fractured knee as if it were a torn toenail or mildly sprained wrist, even though he'd probably sit out another five weeks. He's paying attention, though, once again monitoring who's saying naughty and nice things about another Bryant injury. "Same old tune, it's just being sung a little more loudly now. Those types of things just really help me lock in more than ever," Bryant said Wednesday before the Lakers lost to the Miami Heat, 101-95.
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December 19, 2013 | Bill Plaschke
At first glance, it was an announcement draped in sadness, the lateral tibial plateau that stole Christmas. Six games into his comeback from a left torn Achilles' tendon, Kobe Bryant's left leg has buckled under the strain. After Bryant worked eight months to return to the court, a fractured knee will send him to the sidelines for six more weeks. There is sadness felt by an aging superstar who could be losing a slow fight with his body. There is sadness felt by a Lakers organization whose recent, foolish $48.5-million investment in Bryant is looking worse by the ache.
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