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January 14, 2010
Haitians have long been prey to hurricanes and coups, their nation ravaged by erosion and corruption, mudslides and marauders, poverty and violence. Now the few economic and political gains made over five years of relative stability have been buried along with thousands of corpses in the rubble of a magnitude 7.0 earthquake. The presidential palace, parliament, government ministries and hospitals -- indeed most of the capital of Port-au-Prince -- are in ruins. An already dysfunctional state now lacks even the edifices of government.
April 22, 2014 | Steve Lopez
Howard Askins grew up in New York, the son of blue-collar transit authority employees who expected him to go far, and he did. His first stop was Brown University, and then he was off to Harvard, where he earned both medical and law degrees before moving on to psychiatric residency at UCLA. Nathaniel Ayers, like Askins, grew up working class - in his case, Cleveland was home. His dream was music, not medicine, and his hard work landed him at the prestigious Juilliard School for the Performing Arts in New York City, where he played for a time in the same orchestra as Yo-Yo Ma. On Monday, the two African American men sat across from each other in a former pickle factory on San Fernando Road that serves as the mental health division of Los Angeles County Superior Court.
February 2, 2010 | By Shari Roan
Widely used antidepressants may help patients recover cognitive functions, such as memory skills, that are damaged following a stroke, according to research released Monday. Escitalopram, a type of selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor, or SSRI, was linked to improved cognitive functioning in a group of stroke patients who did not have symptoms of depression, scientists found. Previous research showed antidepressants were associated with improved cognitive functioning in stroke patients who were given the drug because they were depressed.
April 19, 2014 | By Lance Pugmire
Saku Koivu saw his retiring teammate, friend and Finnish countryman Teemu Selanne skate around the arena bathed in cheers last week in the Ducks' final regular-season home game. Moved, of course, Koivu quickly set aside the moment that's so close to home. Because there are still games to win. Koivu, 39, could be just as close to retirement as Selanne, but the 18-year NHL veteran center hasn't officially announced his intentions. "Very private guy, very unselfish - been like that a long time," Koivu's linemate Andrew Cogliano said.
January 29, 1994
Re: Jan. 25 article "Earthquake Will Bring Metrolink to Camarillo." I am proposing that a better expenditure of $500,000 to $900,000 in FEMA funds would be construction of an airport terminal at Point Mugu Naval Air Weapons Center. There is already a fully built and functioning Amtrak transportation center in Oxnard for people of Camarillo or Ventura. FERDINAND PINA Oxnard
December 13, 1987
Two important issues need to be addressed regarding the article "A Heartfelt Revolution" by Lynn Simross (Dec. 3). The subject was heart transplants at UCLA Medical Center. First, the long, stressful hours of the two coordinators of the heart transplant program, sometimes working 20-hour days and occasionally having to stay awake and functioning at the hospital for three days straight, does not a mentally competent, safely functioning individual make. When considering the monumental responsibilities of the coordinators as Simross related, the obvious expectation would be that the calmest, best prepared, most alert individuals would be in that position and that such an optimum state of functioning would be at all times assured.
September 6, 1998
As the parent of three young children, I am opposed to the current trend of holding teachers accountable for the poor performance of their students on standardized tests. If such low scores were followed up with an intensive addition of extra teachers and tutors to bring up the skills of low-functioning students, that would be great. I believe most of the low achievement in schools has to do with the low socioeconomic levels and language levels at home. I would like to see the students and parents held accountable rather than have the state government focus on teachers as the problem.
April 28, 1990
Regarding your coverage of the recent Long Beach Grand Prix and the young black participant, why don't you just report events as they happen? Good thing I wasn't in the race: You would have run out of words in your lead paragraph: The 5-foot-6, left-handed, bald, first-generation, Irish Caucasian Catholic, native Pennsylvanian, functioning alcoholic with an upper plate and a history of changing jobs... JOHN E. HAROLD San Dimas
September 27, 1990
This column only serves to focus our attention again on the great inconsistency of the abortion rights movement. Since the greatest consideration is the dignity or value of the unborn child (fetus), this discussion can only be carried on while the rights of unborn children are ignored. Specifically, how could an unborn child's brain cells after an abortion be of any use if they were not functioning effectively in the pre-born baby before the abortion? It all breaks down into an obvious assault on all the defenseless unborn children who cannot speak or act for themselves.
January 9, 1987
Throughout David Johnston's article, "Jury Out on Vision Therapy for Troubled Teens" (Jan. 2), reporting Dr. Stan Kaseno's San Bernardino County Juvenile Hall project, claims were made that there is no research substantiating visual training's effectiveness. The Optometric Extension Program, an international nonprofit foundation headquartered in Santa Ana, provides postdoctoral continuing education in behavioral optometry to optometrists in 26 countries and began teaching visual training in 1937.
April 16, 2014 | By Julie Cart
The California Fish and Game Commission on Wednesday postponed a controversial decision on whether to afford gray wolves protection under the state's Endangered Species Act, giving itself another 90 days to consider the matter. After listening to a spirited 2 1/2 hours of public comment in an overflowing meeting room in Ventura, the five-member commission voted unanimously to take up the issue at its next meeting in June. The decision regarding listing was prompted by the arrival in late 2011 of a young male gray wolf in Northern California.
February 27, 2014 | By Salvador Rodriguez
The Snakebyte Vyper is a 3-in-1 mobile tablet that can also control your TV and function as a video gaming console. Users can hold the tablet in their hands when they want to surf the Web, read e-books or check their social media. They can also hook up the tablet to its dock and use a wireless remote when they want to watch content from apps such asNetflix and HBO Go on their TV. And when they're ready for a video game, users can launch a gaming app on the tablet and play a game on the TV wih a controller that comes with the device.
February 8, 2014 | By David Wharton
SOCHI, Russia - It was 2:30 a.m. and the stranger on the other side of the door wanted into my hotel room. "How many cards do you have?" he kept asking in broken English. The lock rattled and eventfully broke. Still hazy from sleep, I did all I could to keep him from forcing the door open. Finally, he backed away as more footsteps hurried down the hall. A new speaker identified himself as the hotel manager. He said the late-night intruder was a locksmith mistakenly sent to change the lock.
January 17, 2014 | By Robert Krol and Shirley Svorny
The recent report from the Los Angeles 2020 Commission paints a bleak picture for Los Angeles, with a laundry list of ills facing the city. Our concern is that the commission will recommend options, to come within 90 days, that mimic those of the past: policies that favor specific industries, aim for growth in only particular geographic areas, lend money to firms turned down by banks or target specific types of jobs. We can't say this firmly enough: An important objective must be to make adjustments that give investors security about the future of city services and tax rates.
December 23, 2013 | By Chad Terhune, David Lauter and Maeve Reston
After months of technical glitches and political tumult, a burst of last-minute insurance shoppers illustrated the growing appetite for Obamacare and the enormous challenges ahead in making the massive healthcare expansion work. On Monday, the crush of consumers prompted the Obama administration to put thousands of applicants on hold and push back another key enrollment deadline to Tuesday. This unexpected move came despite weeks of computer fixes aimed at improving the troubled website.
September 19, 2013 | By Mary McNamara, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
Going into Sunday's Emmy telecast, all eyes are on "Breaking Bad. " It's picked up a slew of acting awards during its five-season run and is this year's odds-on favorite for drama series; as the show moves toward its Sept. 29 finale, its ratings have almost tripled since last year. "Breaking Bad" exemplifies a new sort of television series, one conceived with its ending in sight. Wonderfully written, powerfully acted, gorgeously shot, its seasons serve as chapters that take on the Big Four of literary conflict: Man versus Man, Man versus Nature, Man versus Society, Man versus Himself.
August 25, 1991
The city of Dana Point is at a crossroads. The determination will soon be made as to whether we are to be managed by our elected officials or respond to the push-pull of a small but vocal group of rabble-rousers. The most recent "to-do" has been a meager attempt to subject the city's General Plan to a referendum, to appear on the ballot next June. For the city to continue as a functioning entity, we need to uphold the ratification of the General Plan. We cannot afford to operate for a year without a General Plan; to do so is to cease to function.
April 24, 2005
The article on Billy Cottrell described students who I have worked with as a speech pathologist ("Burned," by Vince Beiser, April 10). Those on the high-functioning end of the autism spectrum do have difficulty with communication and social skills, which frequently leads to their getting in trouble in childhood, adolescence and adulthood. How many of those in juvenile detention settings, jails or prisons may have committed crimes because of disorders such as this? They also experience difficulty when functioning in the workplace and maintaining relationships.
September 11, 2013 | By Alexandra Zavis
Mike Dalton starts his day at a Department of Veterans Affairs office in Oakland doing something he couldn't do a year ago: He signs on to a computer and calls up an application for disability compensation. With a few mouse clicks, he pulls the information he needs to rate a veteran's injuries. The new computer system is the centerpiece of a major overhaul that department officials promise will clear the backlog of claims that has had severely wounded veterans waiting months - if not years - to find out whether they will receive financial help.
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