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February 8, 2007 | John Valenti, Newsday
Cabdriver Osman Chowdhury said Wednesday that he never once considered keeping the 31 diamond rings he found inside a suitcase left in his Manhattan cab by a Dallas woman who had given him a 30-cent tip. "Why would I think I could keep it?" said Chowdhury, 41, of Queens. "It wasn't mine." Instead, Chowdhury did the right thing: He helped his supervisor track down the woman and returned the suitcase, a laptop computer and the rings.
Under jalapeno pepper cans stuffed with withering lilies, the dirt is still fresh on the Chavez Munoz brothers' graves--as fresh as Pedro Fabian Huaroco's limp and the lingering pain from the Temecula truck wreck that crippled him and fatally crushed his three childhood friends April 6. As yet another van crammed with illegal immigrants crashed Friday, killing two and injuring 19 in Alpine, Calif.
For seven years, Scott Stokes conducted his own reckless inquiries into the physiological effects of pot. "I woke up to get high, and I got high to go to bed," recalled the 19-year-old from El Toro, who broke his marijuana habit only after he was arrested two years ago for burglarizing a head shop. "If I didn't have it, I would . . . start sweating, and when I'd breathe deep I'd get into these weird breathing patterns. "People say that marijuana is not addictive, but it's extremely addictive."
May 21, 1995 | Associated Press
A jalapeno a day, keeps the ulcer at bay? Not exactly the stuff of medical folk wisdom. But if recent studies are right, doctors may one day prescribe chili peppers for patients with peptic ulcers, painful erosions in the lining of the gut. Don't bite into a red-hot pepper yet. Experts caution that even if the results are proved, ulcer sufferers who are susceptible to heartburn may find the unpleasant side effects outweigh the benefits.
May 29, 2011 | By Jill U. Adams, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Osteoporosis drugs can definitely strengthen bones. However, studies and patient reports over the last four years have uncovered a surprising danger: In some cases, these drugs seem to be breaking bones instead of protecting them. Now a new study from Sweden has helped put that risk of drug-induced breaks into perspective. The study concluded that the drugs, such as Fosamax, Boniva, Actonel, Atelvia and Reclast, caused one broken femur for every 2,000 people who used them for a year.
March 17, 2011 | By Eryn Brown, Los Angeles Times
With reports that a radiation plume from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant could reach Southern California as soon as Friday, worried citizens have been hoarding potassium iodide pills, wondering if it's OK to go outside and otherwise fretting over an invisible, and somewhat unpredictable, threat. But all that worrying might cause more harm than the radiation itself, experts say. Here are some answers to common concerns. How much radiation do scientists think will arrive here?
December 19, 2010 | By Robin Abcarian and Jessica Garrison, Los Angeles Times
Today the military, tomorrow the marriage altar? In an era when gay Americans have seen stunning progress and many setbacks in the quest for equality under the law, many believe 2010 will go down in history as a watershed that will lead inexorably to more legal rights. Saturday's vote in the Senate to allow the repeal of the federal law banning gays from openly serving in the military is "one of the greatest, if not the greatest, victory in the history of the movement for gay and lesbian equality," said Aaron Belkin, director of the Palm Center, a UC Santa Barbara think tank that studies the issue of gays in the military.
Maybe, muse the parishioners at St. Peter Claver Catholic Church, God is testing us. Repeatedly. That was the refrain heard Wednesday at the growing Roman Catholic parish in Simi Valley that has seen both stunning successes and heartbreaking struggles in recent years. This week, a beloved priest known for his charisma and his surfing resigned his parish post after wrestling with his vow of celibacy.
July 1, 2010 | David Lazarus
It's scary enough that a widely prescribed diabetes drug, Avandia, was shown in new studies this week to pose a substantially greater risk of heart attacks for users. But what should really get consumers freaked is that healthcare experts and federal regulators say this isn't really surprising. When it comes to drug safety, they say, you can't make an omelet without breaking a few eggs. "You can improve safety by keeping drugs off the market for more testing," said William Comanor, director of UCLA's Research Program in Pharmaceutical Economics and Policy.
October 30, 2010 | Bill Dwyre
With Manny Pacquiao, it is hard to see the forest for the trees. If sports have a say, he is the eighth wonder of the world. He is to boxing what Tiger Woods, pre-driveway accident, was to golf. When he walks into a room, you expect his feet to be touching only water. After his Nov. 13 fight in Dallas against Antonio Margarito, he will either attend a news conference or feed the multitudes with five loaves and two fishes. Anybody collecting a paycheck in the sport, from Bob Arum to the guys sweeping the floors after the fights, should be lighting candles under his picture.
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