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November 21, 2013 | By Emily Alpert Reyes
A growing minority of Americans believes that doctors should do anything possible to save a life, no matter what, instead of saying there are some situations in which a patient should be allowed to pass away, the Pew Research Center found in a survey of nearly 2,000 adults. In addition, an increasing number of people say that even if they were suffering an incurable disease and were in severe pain, they would not ask their doctors to halt treatment. The surge in such attitudes surprises bioethicists who want physicians and families to carefully weigh aggressive medical treatments for patients near death.
November 19, 2013 | By Mikael Wood
The music was straightforward: blunt-force punk rock loaded with brawny guitars and set to a galloping beat. The ideas in play, though, were anything but simple. Leading her band Against Me! on Monday night at the Troubadour, Laura Jane Grace roared through “Transgender Dysphoria Blues,” a surging march-tempo number in which she channeled the inner thoughts of someone in conflict with herself. “You want them to see you like they see any other girl,” she bellowed, before acknowledging, “but we can't choose how we're made.” PHOTOS: Concerts by The Times Grace sings from experience.
November 14, 2013 | By Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
Many documentaries steeped in social or political issues get very insistent and often very noisy in expressing a point of view. Michael Moore is of course the model for effective, engaging and defiantly in-your-face activism in this arena. In contrast, "The Ghosts in Our Machine," a heartfelt meditation on animal rights, comes at you as a whisper. It depends on the persuasive powers of creatures great and small - in their natural habitat or in cages - to argue that we stop using them for food, clothing, research and entertainment.
November 12, 2013
Re "Tesla shares hammered again," Business, Nov. 8 Thomas Edison solved the light-bulb filament problem. Xerox shipped early 914 copiers in the 1960s with a "scorch eliminator" (a fire extinguisher). Electric car maker Tesla will solve its problems. Ben Eisner Westlake Village ALSO: Letters: Unequal justice in Texas Letters: Looking to France on Iran Letters: The middle class loses. Again.
November 11, 2013 | By Mike Bresnahan
Steve Nash will miss at least two weeks because of persistent nerve pain in his back, the Lakers said Monday. Nash will have an epidural shot in his back Tuesday, a solution he tried with limited effect toward the end of last season. He was examined Monday by a back specialist, Dr. Robert Watkins, in Los Angeles. Nash, who will be 40 in February, left Sunday's loss to Minnesota in the second quarter because his back flared up. He has also been bothered by ankle and neck soreness this season, on top of being sidelined almost two months last season because of a broken leg and subsequent nerve damage in the area.
November 10, 2013 | By Eric Pincus
Steve Nash sat out the second half of the Lakers' 113-90 loss to the visiting Minnesota Timberwolves on Sunday night because of back pain. According to a team spokesman, Nash will be examined Monday by back specialist Dr. Robert Watkins. Nash played 13 minutes, scoring two points without hitting a field goal in three attempts. He also had three assists and two turnovers. The Lakers have kept Nash out for two games this season as a precautionary measure -- opting for rest when the team plays on back-to-back nights.
November 10, 2013 | By Melissa Rohlin
Steve Nash was sidelined the second half of Sunday's 113-90 loss to the Minnesota Timberwolves because of nerve pain in his back and hamstring. As he walked out of Staples Center, he stopped to talk to a small group of reporters about his frustration. "I hesitate to even talk about it now because it's probably not a good time, I'm feeling a little emotional, but it's hard," Nash said. "I really want to play and I really want to play the way I'm accustomed to playing, and to be so limited is frustrating.
November 9, 2013 | By Steve Dilbeck
JOSH BECKETT , 33, starting pitcher Final 2013 stats: 0-5, 5.19 ERA, 1.50 WHIP, .289 opponents batting average, 8.5 strikeouts per nine innings in 43 1/3 innings of eight starts. Contract status: Last year of four-year deal at $17 million. The good: Gave up only one run and struck out nine in 8 1/3 innings on April 14 at Arizona, though he lost 1-0. That was pretty much it. The bad: Never really got it going before succumbing to a nerve issue that caused numbness in his pitching hand.
November 8, 2013 | By Inkoo Kang
"Speciesism: The Movie" feels like, and is, a product of youth. Director Mark Devries began making his awkwardly titled first-person documentary in college, and its tone is so painfully earnest it might well have begun as a class project. Heavily influenced by PETA's messaging and inflammatory tactics - the first half-hour is practically an ode to the animal rights organization - the film is more polarizing than persuasive. Devries initially models himself after Michael Moore, affecting a gee-whiz naiveté that's both grating and implausible.
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