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November 13, 2011 | By Andrew Leckey
Question: Please give your thoughts on Gilead Sciences Inc. stock, which has been recommended to me. Answer: This biotechnology company is a leader in discovering, developing and marketing therapies for treating life-threatening infectious diseases. For example, it recently submitted an application to the Food and Drug Administration for marketing approval of its single-tablet, once-daily regimen, called Quad, for treatment of HIV-1 infection in adults. Atripla, a three-drug pill, touts itself as "the No. 1 prescribed HIV regimen.
September 29, 2011 | By Jeannine Stein, Los Angeles Times / For the Booster Shots blog
Miners and people in the hotel and food service industry have the highest smoking rates, while those in education have the lowest, finds a new Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report on smoking prevalence in various professions. Data from the National Health Interview Survey found that overall the incidence of smoking was highest among those who didn't graduate high school, had no health insurance and lived below the federal poverty line. Smoking rates among all working adults surveyed was 19.6%.
August 7, 2011 | By Heather Williams
Seventeen thousand feet above sea level, at the top of the Lake Titicaca basin in Peru, the gray-black slopes sparkle with tiny flakes of gold. Each day, 40,000 people with pickaxes and crude hydraulic drills work the shaft mines of La Rinconada. Another few thousand toil in teams sifting sand in an open pit mine at the headwaters of the lake's principal tributary. A gold rush is on in this part of the Andes. New fortunes are made by a few, while many others toil amid mass squalor.
July 26, 2011
The story of the Chilean miners who were trapped underground for more than two months is on its way to the big screen. The 33 miners have sold the rights to their story to producer Mike Medavoy, the producer and the miners' representatives announced Monday. The planned film will recount the remarkable plight of the miners who were trapped for 69 days after the San Jose mine they were working in collapsed near Copiapo, Chile. "Motorcycle Diaries" screenwriter Jose Rivera is set to write the script.
July 9, 2011 | By David Wharton, Douglas Farmer and Matt Stevens
No one had to explain it to Rory McIlroy — he understood the significance of the moment. The 22-year-old from Northern Ireland had just won the U.S. Open, capturing his first major, and already his name was being mentioned in the same breath as Tiger Woods and Jack Nicklaus. McIlroy had become the Next Big Thing. "When you win a major quite early in your career, everyone is going to draw comparisons," he told reporters. "It's natural. " Modern sport thrives on star power, feeding off those rarified athletes who come along once a generation or so, talented and successful enough to become icons.
May 15, 2011 | By Mark Magnier, Los Angeles Times
Reporting from Ladrymbai, India The young miners descend on rickety ladders made of branches into the makeshift coal mines dotting the Jaintia Hills in northeast India, scrambling sideways into "rat hole" shafts so small that even kneeling becomes impossible. Lying horizontally, they hack away with picks and their bare hands: Human labor here is far cheaper than machines. Many wear flip-flops and shorts, their faces and lungs blackened by coal. None have helmets. Two hours of grinding work fills a cart half the size of a coffin that they drag back, crouching, to the mouth where a clerk credits their work.
May 12, 2011
What's in a name Re "Dishonored," Opinion, May 10 Karl Jacoby's general issue with how Americans do not fully grasp our Native American past is true in many respects, but I did not take the military code-name "Geronimo" as denigrating to the Apache leader. Quite the contrary. Whether we were playing games as kids or riding a roller- coaster, to yell out "Geronimo" was something of a war cry, a battle yell — shouting the name of that brave warrior to provide adrenaline and courage.
May 8, 2011 | By Kim Geiger, Tom Hamburger and Doug Smith, Washington Bureau
As he delivered a eulogy last year for 29 men killed in the worst coal mine disaster in four decades, President Obama bowed his head and repeated a plea he had heard from mining families: "Don't let this happen again. " Looking at the audience that filled the Beckley, W.Va., convention center hall, he asked: "How can we fail them?" A year later, many family members say that Washington has failed them, and some of the president's closest congressional allies agree. While there have been improvements, many of the glaring problems revealed by the explosion at the Upper Big Branch mine remain unaddressed.
April 30, 2011 | Keith Thursby, Los Angeles Times
Hazel Dickens, a singer, songwriter and musician from West Virginia who was a pioneering force in bluegrass music and a strong and eloquent voice for coal miners, the poor and women, has died. She was 75. Dickens died April 22 at a Washington, D.C., hospice of complications from pneumonia, said Ken Irwin, a founder of Rounder Records, her longtime label. "She wrote about migrant workers, women being wronged, whatever hit her … that needed to be addressed," Irwin said. "She was largely the social conscience of the bluegrass world.
March 7, 2011 | Jerry Crowe
Harold Miner pulls up in a black Cadillac Escalade, rolls down a window and extends his right hand to greet a visitor. Later, the publicity-shy former USC basketball All-American is friendly and engaging. He shows no sign of discomfort as he recalls the pain of failed expectations and explains why he has mostly strayed from the public eye since his surprisingly unremarkable NBA career short-circuited 15 years ago. Smiling and laughing easily, he appears thoroughly at ease. This is a recluse?
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