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January 16, 2012 |
The hospital was built in the years after World War II. Its ceilings are low, corridors long and corners sharp — all possible stress triggers for those who have been in combat. Not to mention that a hospital waiting room can make anyone edgy. But the Veterans Affairs hospital in Fresno has found a way to make the experience easier: live music. A musician playing amid the hustle and bustle is familiar to anyone who has ever sat at a cafe with entertainment or taken the subway.
August 2, 2011
A roundup of entertainment headlines for Tuesday. Kings of Leon has canceled the rest of its U.S. tour after singer Caleb Followill was deemed "unfit" to finish. ( Los Angeles Times ) Now that this debt-ceiling mess is getting cleared up, can we please focus on the tense talks between AMC and Sony over the fifth (and possibly) final season of "Breaking Bad"? ( Los Angeles Times ) BET has said "No more Mo' " to "The Mo'Nique Show. " ( Los Angeles Times )
September 6, 2012 |
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- A surprise appearance by Gabrielle Giffords provided an emotional lift to an already celebratory atmosphere on the Democratic convention's closing night, as the former Arizona congresswoman appeared onstage to lead the hall in the Pledge of Allegience. Giffords, who was critically wounded in a 2011 assassination attempt during a constituent event in her district, walked deliberately on stage, and with only occasional support from her friend and former colleague, Democratic National Committee chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz of Florida.
April 25, 2011
A roundup of entertainment headlines for Monday. Robert De Niro is shy about certain things. But talking about Donald Trump isn't one of them. ( Los Angeles Times ) Movie audiences preferred the week-old "Rio" to the new "Madea" and "Water for Elephants" on Easter. ( Los Angeles Times ) Video game "L.A. Noire" is coming soon, and it should be glorious. ( Los Angeles Times ) Is this guy the new Susan Boyle? The producers of "Britain's Got Talent" sure would like him to be. ( Huffington Post )
February 9, 2012 |
A former aide to Gabrielle Giffords who was wounded in the shooting that nearly took her life announced his candidacy for a special election to replace the Arizona Democrat in Congress. Ron Barber, who served as Giffords' district director, said he would work to continue her legacy of putting politics aside to solve problems. "My commitment is to be honest with the people of this district and help restore civility to our public life," Barber said in a prepared statement announcing his candidacy.
August 7, 2012 |
TUCSON -- Jared Lee Loughner is to be escorted by U.S. marshals Tuesday morning into the federal courthouse here where, after a judge rules him mentally competent, he is scheduled to plead guilty to the January 2011 shooting rampage that left six dead and severely wounded then-Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and a dozen others. For more than a year Loughner has been held at a federal prison hospital in Springfield, Mo., where psychiatric experts have repeatedly examined his mental capacity after strong indications that he not did not understand what happened at the shooting here, did not comprehend the potential death penalty charges against him and was unable to assist his defense.
January 9, 2014 |
Gabrielle Giffords, who gave up her Arizona seat in Congress after she was critically shot in the head three years ago, said Thursday that she might consider a return to public office. Giffords, whose recovery from the assassination attempt has riveted the nation, left the door open to a return to office in an interview with NBC's “Today” show co-host Savannah Guthrie. Asked whether she would consider returning to public office, Giffords, 43, replied: “A little bit later, a little bit later,” adding, “maybe, maybe.” Giffords's remarks came as she commemorated the anniversary of the 2011 shooting in a parking lot outside a grocery store in Tucson.
January 24, 2012 |
In a part homecoming and part farewell, Rep. Gabrielle Giffords is expected to return to the House chamber for President Obama's State of the Union speech as she bows out of public life to focus on her recovery. The Arizona Democrat has left an indelible mark on Congress during her three terms in office, and Tuesday's appearance is expected to be an emotional one. After Giffords she was shot in the head while meeting with constituents a year ago in her Tucson district, calls for political civility prompted lawmakers to cross party lines to sit beside one another during the president's speech.
February 26, 2014 |
Lower Oconee Community Hospital in southern Georgia closed its doors this month, eliminating 25 hospital beds and up to 100 hospital jobs. This was the fourth Georgia hospital to fold in two years and the eighth rural hospital in the state to close since 2000. Although Lower Oconee's shutdown may not have registered much media coverage, those in search of medical attention in Glenwood, Ga., should be mindful that the closest hospital is now 30 miles away. As reference, Santa Ana is 30 miles from Los Angeles.