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 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.
December 21, 2012 |
Maria Belón wasn't proud of her dumb luck. It had been nearly three years since the Indian Ocean tsunami roared into her family's Christmas vacation in Thailand, killing 230,000 people but somehow sparing her, her husband and her three sons. The family had since returned to Madrid, resumed their routines, but she carried on her shoulders the pain and suffering of surviving something that took so many others' lives. Lost in a quiet grief, unable to enjoy simple pleasures, she wasn't eager to share her story.
December 9, 2012 |
MAMMOTH LAKES - Before we get to the early snow, the new businesses, the zipping skiers and beaming boarders at Mammoth Lakes, let's remember how bad things have been this year for this corner of the Eastern Sierra. First, Mother Nature delivered scant snow in the 2011-12 season, driving tourism down just as the larger economy seemed to be recovering. Then in June, management at Mammoth Mountain, the resort that dominates the town, trimmed staff, cut salaries and announced the shuttering of its June Mountain ski operation - a painful blow to the tiny mountain community of June Lake, 20 miles north of Mammoth.
December 3, 2012 |
WASHINGTON -- The number of homes in foreclosure dropped in October from the previous month and was down 9% for the year as the housing market showed signs of improvement. About 1.3 million homes, or 3.2% of all U.S. homes, were in any stage of the foreclosure process in October, down from 1.4 million homes in September, according to data released Monday by Irvine research firm CoreLogic. Quiz: How much do you know about mortgages? The number of completed foreclosures also dropped in October, to 58,000 from 77,000 the month before, the company said.
November 6, 2012 |
Stem cell therapy may help repair the hearts of patients who have suffered heart attacks, and, according to a new study published Monday in the Journal of the American Medical Assn., it may not matter whether those stem cells come from the patient or a donor. For decades, common belief was that areas of the heart severely damaged by a heart attack could not be repaired. But the development of advanced cell therapies, in which stem cells or other cell types are injected into the damaged area, have provided new hope that interventions may be possible.