August 28, 2013 |
As hospitals race to offer the latest in high-tech care, a major California health insurer is pushing back and refusing to pay for some of the more expensive and controversial cancer treatments. Blue Shield of California is taking on this high-cost radiation treatment just as Scripps Health in San Diego prepares to open a gleaming, $230-million proton beam therapy center this fall, only the second one in California and the 12th nationwide. This week, Blue Shield began notifying doctors statewide of its new policy for early-stage prostate cancer patients, effective in October.
August 21, 2013 |
Elmore Leonard, the highly popular and well-regarded crime novelist who died Tuesday at age 87, also left his mark on television. Compared with his books and the movies that continue to be wrought from them, it's the smallest of the marks he made: Two of the three TV series based on his writing, “Maximum Bob” (ABC, 1998) and “Karen Sisco” (ABC, 2003), didn't survive even a single season, though they deserved more. (Both came from Barry Sonnenfeld, who produced the big-screen Leonard adaptation “Out of Sight,” another Karen Sisco story; and directed “Get Shorty,” the film that by Leonard's own reckoning made him a household name.)
August 21, 2013 |
Hollywood always loved Elmore Leonard. The prolific novelist-screenwriter, who died Tuesday at age 87, didn't always return the affection. Over the course of Leonard's six-decade do-si-do with the entertainment industry, his plain-spoken prose provided the basis for dozens of movies and TV shows across several genres: westerns and crime pot-boilers, dramas and comedies. The best of them capture the bestselling author's identification with knock-around guys doing morally dubious things - usually under the threat of gun violence - and crackle with Leonard's singular brand of street-wise cool.
August 19, 2013 |
Mindy Lahiri is about to add another hunky notch to her love belt: "Justified" star Timothy Olyphant is set to guest-star in an episode of "The Mindy Project. " Olyphant will ditch the boots, hat and laid-back swagger of Deputy U.S. Marshal Raylan Givens for a ... skateboard. The actor is set to play Graham Logan, "a wild, professional skateboarder in his mid-40s who nearly runs Mindy over in Union Square before asking her out on a date. " PHOTOS: Celebrities by The Times Naturally, Mindy can't resist - hello, the damsel in distress is a meet-cute mainstay in the rom-com world!
July 21, 2013 |
After George Zimmerman was acquitted in the slaying of Trayvon Martin, Stevie Wonder declared that he would never again perform in Florida or in any state with a "stand your ground" law. Over the last week, moral outrage over the reckless expansion of self-defense laws in Florida has fueled an international tourism boycott, protests around the country, and sent 200 students to the state Capitol in Tallahassee to await Florida Gov. Rick Scott's return....
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July 16, 2013 |
The shooting of an Anaheim man, whose death helped fuel days of heated protest in Orange County's largest city last year, was legally justified, according to the Orange County District Attorney's office. Joel Acevedo, was shot and killed by Anaheim police officer Kelly Phillips on July 22, 2012. The shooting death came one day after an Anaheim officer shot and killed an unarmed man, Manuel Diaz, nearby. A letter describing the district attorney's findings was sent to Interim Anaheim Police Chief Raul Quezada on Monday.