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July 19, 2012 | By Dylan Hernandez, Los Angeles Times
By the time Matt Kemp hit a walk-off home run in the 12th inning to lift the Dodgers to a 5-3 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies on Wednesday, the first eight innings felt as if they had taken place a lifetime ago. But those first eight innings were about as well pitched as any this season. On the mound for the Dodgers was Clayton Kershaw , the 2011 National League Cy Young Award winner. Opposite him was Cliff Lee , who won the American League's version of the prize in 2008.
June 29, 2012
Re the Supreme Court's decision on the Affordable Care Act, June 28 The three-plus years of the Obama administration have marked a lot of changes in our lives. For the first time in 15 years I had to look for a job; our daughter was born with a heart condition that requires three operations; several years of savings were wiped out; and my wife was laid off after eight years of teaching in the Los Angeles Unified School District. In 2010, my employer's healthcare plan excluded coverage for preexisting conditions until President Obama's Affordable Care Act passed.
June 28, 2012 | By Rosie Mestel, Los Angeles Times / For the Booster Shots blog
Hospital bills piling up? Can you paint? Draw? Sculpt? Dance? Sing? Act? At Lincoln Medical and Mental Health Center in the Bronx, you can whack $40 off your health bill for each hour you spend working on a mural or offering  some other artistic service. (The AP video above tells the story.) Here's more about the program in the hospital's news release and an article in the New York Daily News. Hold up, though: You have to be an uninsured person making a living as an artist to register for the bartering program, called the Lincoln Art Exchange, the press release explains.  Actors, musicians, poets, dancers and writers can all qualify.
August 17, 2011 | By Eryn Brown, Los Angeles Times / for the Booster Shots blog
Most people who go under general anesthesia for surgery don't perceive or remember their operations.  But a few do -- and accounts of the experience are unsettling.   In search of the best ways to prevent unintended intraoperative awareness, as it is called, a team of researchers recently conducted a randomized trial, involving 6,041 patients at high risk for the complication, to determine whether monitoring electrical activity in the brain during surgery was a more effective tool for keeping patients unconscious than a standard and less expensive monitoring method that measures the concentration of anesthesia in exhaled breath.
January 26, 2011
Giving little notice and surprising its board co-chairs, Richard P. Townsend has stepped down as president of the Museum of Latin American Art after less than two years in its top spot, the museum announced Tuesday. It's the third change at the top for the Long Beach museum in little more than 31/2 years. "He met with us and said he wanted to pursue other opportunities," said Burke Gumbiner, museum co-chair. "It was voluntary. We thanked him for his contribution. We like the artistic program and are going to continue the artistic program.
December 12, 2010 | By Katherine Skiba, Los Angeles Times
Richard C. Holbrooke, the U.S. special envoy to Afghanistan and Pakistan, was in critical condition Saturday after undergoing surgery to repair a tear in his aorta, a State Department spokesman said. Holbrooke, 69, underwent surgery Saturday morning at George Washington University Hospital after becoming ill at the State Department the day before, spokesman Philip J. Crowley said. President Obama issued a statement Saturday evening saying he had spoken to Holbrooke's wife, author Kati Marton, and told her that he and first lady Michelle Obama were "praying for Richard.
October 2, 2010 | By Mike Hiserman
Michigan State Coach Mark Dantonio had to sit out his team's 34-24 upset win over 11th-ranked Wisconsin on Saturday. Still recovering from a Sept. 19 heart attack, he was supposed to watch from the Spartans Stadium press box. Instead, he watched on television from a hospital bed. Michigan State announced before the game that the coach had been admitted Thursday after a routine examination revealed a blood clot in a leg. Cardiologist Chris D'Haem , who initially treated Dantonio by putting a stent in a blocked blood vessel, said in a statement released by the school that a clot was "not uncommon" after such a procedure.
July 5, 2010 | By Scott Martelle, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Peter Case sits by the window in an upstairs room at McCabe's Guitar Shop, some 25 minutes into an interview that has already covered growing up near Buffalo, N.Y., how his new album, "Wig!," came about, his first guitar teacher, the roots of his own music and the benefits of analog over digital recording. He's been animated, laughing, tripping over himself at times in the rush to tell old stories about the Nerves and the Plimsouls, his pop-punk bands from the 1970s and 1980s, respectively, even picking up an old battered guitar and working through a few jazz chord progressions.
May 11, 2010
'Iron Man' lowers take Turns out that "Iron Man 2" was a bit less popular with moms than expected, while "Babies" was a whole lot more. The final North American weekend gross for the superhero sequel was $128.1 million, a bit below the estimated $133.6 million than Paramount Pictures released Sunday. The film did $1 million better than expected overseas, however, grossing $58.4 million, instead of the estimated $57.2 million. So far, the movie has taken in $194.2 million in foreign markets.
March 28, 2010 | By Nicole Santa Cruz
Former First Lady Barbara Bush was hospitalized Saturday morning after "not feeling well," according to a family spokeswoman. At the request of her doctor, Bush, 84, was admitted to Methodist Hospital in Houston at 10 a.m. to undergo routine tests. Her husband, President George H.W. Bush, accompanied her to the hospital. "He's concerned, but has great faith in the doctors," said Jean Becker, the chief of staff for the office of the former president. She is expected to be released within a day or two. Although Bush hasn't been feeling "like herself," she's been keeping up her public schedule.
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