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December 10, 1993
As part of the Patient Self-Determination Act, members of the California Assn. of Health Facilities, a nonprofit organization representing more than 1,000 licensed skilled nursing facilities throughout the state, encourage nursing home residents to make life-or-death treatment decisions themselves, before they become unable to do so ("Living Will Law Ignored, Study Says," Dec. 1). We believe that a resident's own personal views and values should determine how much life-prolonging treatment he or she gets.
August 13, 2013
Join Times transportation reporter Laura J. Nelson at 9 a.m. Wednesday for an online discussion about the Crenshaw Line and officials' latest attempts to get a train connection to Los Angeles International Airport. In Nelson's latest piece , she writes: "Now, a generation after the Green Line earned the nickname 'the train to nowhere,' planners in the midst of a multibillion-dollar rail boom are preparing to break ground on a second  LAX -adjacent train that is facing similar issues - and offering a new opportunity to complete a key missing link in the region's sprawling 87.7-mile commuter rail network.
March 4, 1990 | MIRIAM SHUCHMAN MD and MICHAEL S. WILKES MD, Miriam Shuchman teaches psychiatry at Dartmouth Medical School. Michael S. Wilkes is a physician in the Clinical Scholars Program at the UCLA Medical Center. Their column appears monthly.
ONCE YOU START the medical ball rolling," a leading heart specialist explained to a group of young doctors," it is difficult--if not impossible--to stop it." The medical system, set up to save lives, is often reluctant to turn away from a dying patient--no matter what the person's wishes. That was exactly the problem recently for a retired Los Angeles bus driver who had been suffering with lung cancer for many months.
July 31, 2013 | By Richard A. Serrano
FT. MEADE, Md. - A former top Army officer who oversaw the Pentagon's secret intelligence gathering testified Wednesday that Pfc. Bradley Manning's disclosures to WikiLeaks "affected our ability to do our mission" and endangered U.S. ground troops in Iraq and Afghanistan. Retired Army Brig. Gen. Robert A. Carr, formerly at the Defense Intelligence Agency and now an executive at Northrop Grumman, was the government's first witness in the sentencing phase of Manning's court-martial.
November 12, 2003 | Angela Fagerlin and Carl E. Schneider, Angela Fagerlin is a research scientist with Ann Arbor Veterans Affairs and the University of Michigan School of Medicine. Carl E. Schneider is a law professor at University of Michigan.
Living wills seem like good social policy. The public looks at the case of Terri Schiavo, whose end-of-life wishes are being fought over in court by her husband, her parents and the state of Florida, and thinks, if only she had created a document spelling out her desires, none of this would have had to happen. But the truth is, living wills don't work often enough or reliably enough to justify the money we've spent trying to make them routine and universal. It's time to face that fact.
June 3, 2001
It's one of the most wrenching, divisive, subjective and emotion-laden public debates in our nation: When does a caring prolongation of life, using our marvelous medical technology, become a careless prolongation of dying? Must we always do everything we can? At what point do we give up? Who decides?
April 10, 2005 | Kathy M. Kristof, Times Staff Writer
The national right-to-die debate triggered by the Terri Schiavo case has led many Americans to ponder what they would want their families to do in a similar situation. Schiavo died last month, 15 years after slipping into what doctors called a persistent vegetative state. Michael Schiavo insisted that his wife would never have wanted to be kept alive by artificial means, but her parents and siblings disagreed.
December 5, 1993
Last week the Dutch Parliament legalized euthanasia. The already liberal Dutch policy on mercy killing has been cited often, by both sides, in debates over physician-assisted suicide in the United States. Those debates continue, fueled by the highly visible, perhaps even publicity-seeking actions of Dr. Jack Kevorkian, as well as by the quieter actions of other euthanasia advocates. Changes may well lie ahead in U.S. or California law in this area.
July 3, 2012 | By Jim Puzzanghera
WASHINGTON -- Regulators on Tuesday released shortened public versions of breakup plans known as "living wills" that the nine largest banks were required to submit so the government could safely shut them down if they were in danger of collapsing. The resolution plans were required by the 2010 Dodd-Frank financial reform law to prevent the chaos that swept through the financial system when Lehman Bros. failed in September 2008. Banks with more than $250 billion in non-bank assets were the first financial institutions required to submit the plans to the Federal Reserve and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp., which will review them.
November 17, 2003
Re "Living Wills: Not a Be-All and End-All," Commentary, Nov. 12: The authors do a disservice to California residents by arguing vigorously that it is useless to fill out living wills. In California, "living will" is the commonly used term to refer to the legal mechanism that the authors themselves approve of at the end of their article -- the appointment of a surrogate health-care decision maker. California has led the way in developing effective living wills. The current version of this statute is the Advanced Health Care Directive (Probate Code Sections 4700-4701)
June 18, 2013
When it comes to glitz and showmanship, Los Angeles' next mayor is taking things down a notch. Since his victory last month, Mayor-elect Eric Garcetti has made few major announcements. He abandoned the idea of a transition team studded with big civic names, and he has ruled out plans for a black-tie inaugural ball, opting instead for a party in Grand Park with music and food. The biggest hoopla so far has come from Garcetti's “back to basics” listening tour, with residents in Boyle Heights, Northridge and elsewhere dutifully gathering in groups and putting their ideas for the city's future on Post-It Notes.
May 3, 2013 | By Houston Mitchell
  Join Times boxing writer Lance Pugmire at 1 p.m. today for a live discussion of the upcoming Floyd Mayweather-Robert Guerrero fight. Guerrero is a heavy underdog in the fight against the undefeated Mayweather, but as Pugmire wrote Thursday , that's nothing new to him. "Guerrero is a 7-1 underdog to pull an upset for the World Boxing Council welterweight title at the MGM Grand. "This looks one-sided, right? This scrapper of a family man taking on the undefeated, polished king of bling.
May 2, 2013 | By Houston Mitchell
Join Times Kings writer Lisa Dillman and hockey Hall of Famer Lisa Dillman at 1 p.m. today for a live discussion of the Kings and the Ducks. The Kings are down 1-0 in their first-round playoff series with St. Louis. As Elliott wrote Wednesday , "Speaking after an optional practice Wednesday, the morning after the team's 2-1 overtime loss at St. Louis, Coach Darryl Sutter was clear about who must step up. Asked how the Kings can counter the Blues' energetic fourth line of Chris Porter, Ryan Reaves and Adam Cracknell, Sutter was blunt: "Some of the boys that play on our fourth line have to play like big boys.
April 17, 2013 | By Houston Mitchell
  Times Lakers writer Mike Bresnahan and NBA editor Barry Stavro got together Wednesday morning to discuss the final day of the NBA's regular season. They also answered viewer questions. You can watch a replay of the discussion above.   The Clippers are in the playoffs, so most eyes will be on the Lakers tonight, as they take on the Houston Rockets with a playoff spot on the line. Win, and the Lakers are in; lose, they might be out, depending on the outcome of the Utah-Memphis game.
April 10, 2013 | Doyle McManus
President Obama won't release his proposed budget for 2014 until Wednesday, but liberals and AARP have been howling all week about something they expect to be in it. What has our president done to provoke such outrage among his supporters? He's chained CPI. In an attempt to meet Republicans halfway in the battle over taxes and spending, Obama has offered to change the formula for calculating Social Security's annual cost-of-living increase - an "entitlement reform" GOP leaders have long asked for. The result would not change current Social Security benefits, but it would reduce future raises by an estimated three-tenths of 1% in the first year, or about $42 for the average beneficiary.
March 8, 2013 | By Eric Pincus
Kobe Bryant reaffirmed in an appearance on ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" Thursday night that he'll finish his career with the Lakers. "I'm not going anywhere," said Bryant.  "I've been very fortunate to be with one organization and I just feel like you should just try to do the best that you can to try to win with the organization that you're with and if it happens great.  If it doesn't, it doesn't. " Bryant mentioned that his 17-year career will be coming to a close in the somewhat near future.
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