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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.
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HEALTH
September 20, 2013 | By Melinda Fulmer
The burpee exercise done with a medicine ball is a wonder in efficiency, working several muscle groups at once, while raising your heart rate to burn fat, says Dr. Levi Harrison, orthopedic surgeon and developer of the Art of Fitness Cardio Core Workout. What it does This explosive move works the muscles of your legs, chest, arms and shoulders. What to do Start by standing with legs more than hip-width apart, clutching a medicine ball of 2 to 10 pounds at your chest with both hands.
NEWS
April 23, 1987 | Associated Press
A skydiver went into a headlong dive to catch up with an unconscious colleague and open her parachute seconds before she would have struck the ground. Diane Williams was about 3,500 feet, or 10 seconds, from the ground, when Gregory Robertson pulled out of his rescue dive, propped her into an upright position, yanked her ripcord, then released his own chute, Robertson and witnesses said. Williams, 31, of Slaton, Tex.
NEWS
January 20, 1985 | RUTH YOUNGBLOOD, United Press International
Multiple sclerosis patient Ed Wojcik lay in his bed in despair, unable to move his legs, focus his eyes or speak intelligibly. Once again, the summer heat was taking its toll, but Wojcik's mind was active. "If astronauts can keep cool and comfortable during space walks despite searing solar radiation, maybe something can be done for me," the retired engineer figured.
SPORTS
August 4, 2012 | Bill Plaschke
LONDON -- Oscar Pistorius marches into Olympic Stadium with a limping gait of an old man, and the only thing you see, the only place you look, the only thing that matters, are his legs. They are blades. Goodness, they really are blades. Their charcoal tint glistens beneath a sudden London sun. They seem to squeak around a damp midmorning track. He flew the legs here from South Africa in a carry-on bag. He will be delayed after his race because he is removing the legs. PHOTOS: 2012 London Olympics, Day 8 When he drops into the metal starting blocks Saturday morning, becoming the first double-amputee to compete in an Olympics, his legs make it appear he's actually part of the starting blocks.
HEALTH
October 27, 2012 | By Melinda Fulmer
Sitting in front of a computer all day can take a toll on the back. This flowing sequence, demonstrated by fitness expert Jennifer Kries, who uses it on her "Hot Body Cool Mind" DVD series, helps to restore the mobility and ease to your spine using some of the same stretches your pets use. Do it in the middle of the afternoon when you need to release stiffness and get energized. What it does This series of movements increases blood flow to the muscles surrounding the spine, stretches the upper body and strengthen the legs and buttocks.
SCIENCE
September 14, 2013 | By Amina Khan
Gears may seem like a purely human invention. And yet the basic interlocking mechanism found inside grandfather clocks and car steering systems has now turned up in the remarkably powerful legs of young planthopper insects. The discovery, published in Friday's edition of the journal Science, provides the first known example of working gears that evolved in a living being. "It's a wonderful example of the clever solutions that nature comes up with," said Robert Full, a biomechanist at UC Berkeley who was not involved in the study.
NEWS
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.
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
TRAVEL
November 16, 1986 | MARTY CARLOCK, Carlock is a Weston, Mass., free-lance writer.
The kennels were silent when we arrived, but now canine clamor echoes through the valley. Mark, copper-bearded, came running from the source of the noise with a leashed husky dog about the same color as his beard. It wasn't clear who was pulling whom. Four 12-foot Arctic sleds, tied down to four stout stakes, stood ready; laid out on the snow in front of each sled was a dog-team harness with 11 yokes. As his dog frisked and pranced, Mark knelt at one harness, clipped the dog's lead to a ring.
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