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May 17, 2010 | By Brendan Borrell, Special to the Los Angeles Times
They are some of the most troubled children that psychiatrists ever see. They have raging tempers and engage in reckless behaviors that frequently land them in the principal's office, even the hospital. But are they bipolar? In the last 15 years, diagnoses of bipolar disorder in children have skyrocketed as much as fortyfold, according to some estimates. The condition — defined by severe mood swings, between depression and mania, lasting for weeks or month at a time — has traditionally been considered a lifelong condition in adults and is treated through tranquilizers and antidepressants.
Last Tuesday, the Kings soared out of Los Angeles on a three-game trip and zeroed in on the Smythe Division-leading Vancouver Canucks. Sunday, they crept back into town more concerned about the fast-closing Edmonton Oilers. The Kings' season of inconsistency hit another low Sunday night with a 5-1 loss to the Boston Bruins before a sellout Boston Garden crowd of 14,448. That was the final blow in a disastrous trip that all but knocked the Kings out of a shot at repeating as division champs.
September 12, 1985 | STEVE HENSON, Times Staff Writer
Precarious are the fortunes of a small college football team. Most NCAA Division II schools can afford to give out far less than the 45 football scholarships allowed by NCAA rules, so even coaches of talented teams complain of a lack of depth. The unexpected arrival of a key player or an injury to a starter often causes such intense mood swings in coaches that a psychologist could label them manic-depressive.
April 11, 1989 | PAUL HENDRICKSON, The Washington Post
Fate has some cruel sorrows in its quiver, and the story of Rita Hayworth, who slid from sex goddess to Alzheimer's victim inside of three decades, is one of them. Once, she was never lovelier--that was the name of a movie she did with Fred Astaire. Once, she married an Islamic prince. Once, she slinked through the Argentine as "Gilda." (Audiences were said to gasp at that first sultry sight of her.) Once, or this was another part of the myth, B-29 flight jockeys decoupaged her image onto the atomic bomb.
June 3, 2007 | Gayle Pollard-Terry, Times Staff Writer
If money's no object, check this out at the Five Most Expensive Homes on the Market. Topping the category and listed at $125 million is a 12-bedroom, 15-bathroom estate with a guesthouse on just over 5 acres in Bel-Air. If money dictates all, take a look at the Five Least Expensive Houses on the Market. The lowest-priced listing, at $107,500, is a refurbished, two-bedroom, two-bathroom mobile home in a desert community for those age 55 and older.
February 7, 2008 | ROSA BROOKS
'We can end a war. ... We can save the planet. ... We can change the world." A few years ago, if you'd suggested that a leading contender for the Democratic presidential nomination consider airing these sentiments in ads broadcast during the Super Bowl, most political pundits would have said you were insane. The Super Bowl, watched by nearly a third of the U.S. population, is about football, beer and machismo.
May 5, 1996 | Sara Scribner
Reports that Cure singer Robert Smith had become a lighthearted sprite when "Wish" was released in 1992 were grossly exaggerated. Beneath that album's surface high spirits were hints of the old Smith--the voice of the gloom generation. Because the Cure eloquently captured the gothic soul of the '80s, Smith battles an inherent problem: His voice has become a cliche, and the Cure's music has not ventured far enough from its recipe to pull the singer out of it.
She was a popular teacher, known for working past midnight on school projects and being a compassionate ally to her students. He was one of the special ones: a sixth-grader with whom she had recognized a kindred spirit when he entered her class, talented and intense.
July 14, 2009 | Broderick Turner
Lamar Odom sounded frustrated and hopeful at the same time. He sounded frustrated he hasn't been able to come to terms with the Lakers on a contract. But he sounded hopeful he and the Lakers will get a deal done. At the end of the day, Odom was asked, does he expect to be back playing for the Lakers next season? "I don't know," Odom told The Times in a phone interview. "That's why there are negotiations. I don't know. Of course I hope they can get it done. "It's negotiations.
May 30, 1993 | BEVERLY BEYETTE, Times Columnist
As dawn comes to Venice Beach, the gulls forage among the clumps of kelp that washed ashore during the night. Soon, the people will descend--100,000, if this is a typical Saturday. Gang violence the week before has a few edgy. But still they come: The psychics, the cyclists, the skaters, the sun worshipers. Times Columnist Beverly Beyette recorded the changes in the human landscape, hour by hour, in her Venice Beach Diary. Saturday, May 22, 5:30 a.m.--There is only one person on the beach.
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