February 7, 2013 |
One morning 13 years ago, I brought my young son to a storefront children's gym in Culver City. Ezra had recently been diagnosed with autism, and someone - a doctor or a therapist - had suggested that Dave Rabb could help. I don't remember what I expected, but not the man I met: Dave was short and sturdy, in his 60s, with a Brooklyn accent and an attitude to match. I told him I wasn't sure Ezra would be able to follow directions - at 4, our son was remote and distracted and rarely made eye contact - but that I could help.
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January 31, 2013 |
The 22-year-old Palmdale man who created Manti Te'o's fake girlfriend broke his silence for the first time, saying he perpetrated the elaborate hoax to build a relationship with the football star. Ronaiah Tuiasosopo pretended to be Te'o's girlfriend, Lennay Kekua, for months, communicating on the phone and through social media. Tuiasosopo went so far as to disguise his voice to sound like a woman's when he spoke to Te'o on the phone, his attorney, Milton Grimes, said in an interview with The Times.
January 27, 2013 |
The prospects of Dwight Howard's injured shoulder healing during the season may be far-fetched, and surgery could knock him out for a considerable period. "Six months," Howard said. "I'd rather live with it than have six months out again. That'd be two summers in a row, so I don't want that. " Instead he hopes to play through the injury. As Howard describes it, the labrum in his right shoulder is intact but torn away from the bone. "Will it heal?" Howard said. "I hope so. " Howard undergoes regular therapy, icing it after games.
January 18, 2013 |
The Chicago Blackhawks started being ripped apart seemingly minutes after they won the Stanley Cup in 2010. Other winning teams limped into training camps unrested, and faded away. After all, it's human nature to exhale after getting to the top of the mountain. Or at least to buy another round or two for old friends. "We've had our fun already," Kings center Anze Kopitar. And rightly so. The first Stanley Cup championship for the Kings ignited summer-long celebrations, from Southern California to Kopitar's native Slovenia.
January 7, 2013 |
Indianapolis Colts Coach Chuck Pagano has been through a lot this season. After being hired by the Colts during the off-season, Pagano was diagnosed with leukemia and missed most of the season while undergoing treatment. He re-assumed his head-coaching duties before the final regular-season game, a victory over the Houston Texans, and remained in that role for the Colts' wild-card playoff game against the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday, a season-ending 24-9 loss. Still, it was quite a season for the Colts, who had won just two games the previous year and revamped much of the team, opting to draft Andrew Luck as quarterback and trade all-time great Peyton Manning.
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January 1, 2013 |
SAN DIEGO - Marine Cpl. Timothy Read, who lost a leg in Afghanistan and has been diagnosed with traumatic brain injury and post-traumatic stress disorder, is applying some Rustoleum to a new drive shaft for his prized 2003 Mustang Mach 1. It's more than just a hobby. Working on cars and motorcycles, Read said, fills the aching void in his life left when his war wounds stripped him of the ability to be a combat Marine. "My hands are meant to be dirty," he said. "I'm meant to be busting my knuckles, doing a man's work.