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September 11, 1987 | United Press International
Some 200 protesters, many in wheelchairs, gathered in front of the U.S. Embassy on Thursday to honor peace activist Brian Willson, who lost his legs when struck by a train while demonstrating against military aid to the contras . The group, mostly Americans, sang protest songs in English and Spanish, prayed, read poetry and listened to a message Willson had recorded from his hospital bed. Willson, who has visited Nicaragua and opposes U.S. aid to the contras, lost his legs Sept.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 11, 2008 | Ari B. Bloomekatz
A man drove up to three men and opened fire, killing one and injuring the other two in a gang-related shooting early Sunday, authorities said. The three men were standing near the 300 block of West 73rd Street, said Los Angeles Police Officer Norma Eisenman. One man, about 30, was shot in the chest and legs and died at a hospital. The other men were treated for gunshot wounds to their legs, Eisenman said. -- Ari Bloomekatz
HEALTH
May 24, 2010 | Karen Voight, Good Form
Strengthen your entire back with this one simple move. The first variation, in which your legs are on the floor, targets the upper and mid-back muscles. The second variation kicks up the intensity by also training your buttocks and legs. Lie face down on a level, padded surface. Straighten your legs behind you with your toes down and your inner ankles facing each other. Place the palms of your hands flat on the floor near your rib cage, elbows bent and tucked in close to your body.
HEALTH
October 28, 2002 | Karen Voight
Yoga postures, such as this version of the "warrior pose,'' can increase strength and flexibility throughout your body, and they will help you to develop better concentration and balance. The pose shown here is said to strengthen and stretch the legs and ankles, while also stretching the groin, chest and shoulders. 1 Stand on a level, nonslip surface with your legs wide apart. Extend your arms. Turn your right foot out to a 90-degree angle and turn your left foot in about 15 degrees.
HEALTH
May 4, 2013 | Melinda Fulmer
Do you want rocking abs this spring? Try this popular CrossFit move to strengthen your entire core. Demonstrated by Cassey Ho of Blogilates, one of You Tube's most popular fitness channels, this Pilates-inspired move is challenging but also fun, once you get moving. -- What it does It recruits your abdominal muscles to pull your body up and rock it back and forth. -- What to do Lie flat on your back on a thick mat or carpeted floor with legs extended. Extend your arms long behind your head and clasp your hands.
HEALTH
July 28, 2012 | By Jeannine Stein, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Trainer Jackie Warner says she loves the exercise called sprawls because it is based on mixed martial arts practices. It focuses on the upper body and is very challenging, says Warner, whose latest book is "10 Pounds in 10 Days. " What it does Sprawls will work the chest, shoulders and body core. How to do it Stand on a soft surface such as grass, with legs straight and shoulder width apart. Lean forward and place your palms down on the ground in front of you, also about shoulder-width apart, then fling your body backward so that your body is extended, legs straight.
NEWS
August 3, 2012 | By Lisa Boone
Ted Vadakan and Angie Myung wanted to outfit their new L.A. boutique, Poketo, with display tables that were not only modern but also inexpensive. Their solution was a cool, custom look that could easily translate as a DIY desk. “I wanted the look to be simple, honest and modern,” said Vadakan, who agreed to share the materials and process with readers. One key, Vadakan said, was a solid-core birch door repurposed as a tabletop. He bought 42-by-80-inch doors, $138 each, from Taylor Brothers Architectural Products in Silver Lake, but stock doors at most hardware stores also would work.
SCIENCE
September 18, 2013 | By Karen Kaplan
Microraptor , a small dinosaur that lived in northeast China about 120 million years ago, had feathers on its wings,  hind legs and tail. But in all likelihood, it didn't fly like a bird. Instead, it glided from trees and cruised over “medium distances” - but not very often, according to a study published online Wednesday in Nature Communications. This picture of Microraptor , whose fossils were discovered only 15 years ago, is the result of wind tunnel experiments conducted at the University of Southampton in England.
SPORTS
February 10, 2012 | By Helene Elliott
Cyclist Anthony Zahn of Riverside, winner of a bronze medal in the individual time trial road event at the 2008 Beijing Paralympics, is accustomed to racing the clock. But he's also engaged in a bigger and unwinnable race, a battle he's facing with humor and courage. Zahn, 37, has Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease, a hereditary disorder that affects the nerves in the arms and legs and leads to loss of sensation and atrophied muscles. It has no cure and Zahn said Friday there are correlations between high-intensity activity — such as cycling — and an acceleration of the disease.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 5, 2012 | By Tony Perry, Los Angeles Times
SAN DIEGO - When the group got to the bowling alley, 19-year-old Stephen Priest loudly demanded a discount. "We won't have to rent shoes," Priest shouted. "We don't have any legs!" Call it amputee humor. Therapists say it's a healthy defense mechanism against an outside world full of people who may gawk and ask intrusive questions. As a paratrooper with the Army's 82nd Airborne Division, Pfc. Priest lost both legs above the knee and his left arm was mangled when a buried bomb blew up in Afghanistan in mid-May.
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