October 27, 2013
Re "New tactics on mentally ill inmates," Oct. 24 It is distressing to read a correctional psychiatrist's assertion that psychotic prisoners "would have no memory" of being repeatedly pepper-sprayed and "have a higher than average threshold for pain or noxious stimuli. " The claim that psychotic illness would prevent a person from remembering physical pain has no basis in science. Regarding pain thresholds, a growing body of literature documents post-traumatic stress disorder symptoms in psychotic people subjected to excessive force.
October 26, 2013 |
If you have knee pain, we've got a remedy for you. Called the kneady ball, this therapy ball (or tennis ball) massage developed by Jill Miller for the Rx Series class at Equinox gyms eases stiffness and soreness, allowing you to move like your old self again. What it does The rubber therapy ball digs into the suprapatellar pouch, massaging the area where the quadriceps muscles converge, loosening tightness and allowing the knee to track more smoothly. What to do Come down to the floor on hands and knees with a ball and a yoga block.
October 25, 2013 |
From the start, Fox Searchlight was confident that "12 Years a Slave" would win critical acclaim and be an awards contender. Getting people to see it? The film's distributor feared that would be a different story. The new movie depicts the evils of slavery in painful and unflinching ways. Scenes include lynchings and whippings, rape and the separation of young children from their mother. Many people go to the movies for a couple of hours of escapism; "12 Years a Slave" is anything but. ON LOCATION: '12 Years a Slave' British director Steve McQueen "has no intention of making audiences the slightest bit comfortable with this terrible story" of a free black man kidnapped and enslaved in antebellum Louisiana, Times Film Critic Kenneth Turan noted in his review.
October 24, 2013 |
A venomous bark scorpion, its stinger poised to strike, confronts a furry, little grasshopper mouse somewhere in the desert. A deadly melee is about to begin and you won't believe who wins. Even though the bark scorpion possesses one of the most painful -- and potentially lethal -- stings in the animal kingdom, he's about to become lunch for a twitchy little rodent. Thanks to evolution, the grasshopper mouse no longer feels the intense burning, and subsequent throbbing, that humans or other mice feel when injected with scorpion venom -- pain that would stop most predators dead in their tracks. In fact, after several stings to the face, a grasshopper mouse stops briefly to groom itself, then resumes its savage attack before feasting on the overwhelmed scorpion.
October 17, 2013 |
The postseason is full of thorny decisions, and this would be a particularly difficult one. Which doesn't mean it isn't the right one. The Dodgers need to sit Hanley Ramirez. It's time to recognize his desire and valiant effort to play with a broken rib , while also facing the reality that right now he is hurting more than helping the team. It's hard to watch him right now. This is his first postseason and he desperately wants to play. But he can't swing the bat properly, certainly not with that incredibly powerful stroke that fired the Dodgers to their 42-8 run. He swings and your side hurts.
October 16, 2013 |
Cpl. Josh Hargis lay in a military bed, seemingly unconscious but clearly alive according to the machines that monitored his every pulse of life after he was seriously wounded by a suicide bomber in Afghanistan. His commander approached the bed to pin the Purple Heart on him, and then the Army Ranger executed what military protocol demanded: He saluted. Hargis' simple but oh so intense action has become the "Salute Seen Around the World," drawing numerous views on Facebook after the photo was posted by the corporal's wife, Taylor.
October 14, 2013 |
More than two hours before Monday's first pitch, amid the early stirrings of a stadium on the brink, two men made a single quiet decision. They each announced it alone. They each spoke while wincing in pain. There were no fans around to cheer it. There were no teammates nearby to inspire it. Yet it was a decision that altered legacies, energized a city and perhaps even saved a season. In the Dodgers' dugout, Hanley Ramirez announced he was going to play Game 3 of the National League Championship Series against the St. Louis Cardinals with a broken left rib. "This is no time to lay down right now," said Ramirez.
October 13, 2013 |
Mark Wahlberg has sold his home in the 90210 ZIP Code for $12.995 million -- $1 million less than the actor-producer was asking when he listed it two years ago. The contemporary Mediterranean estate, built in 1985, has been updated throughout its 11,500 square feet of living space. In addition to the five-bedroom, eight-bathroom main house, the property features a guesthouse and a detached gym with a boxing ring where the actor trained for his starring role in "The Fighter" (2010)
October 9, 2013 |
Hanley Ramirez has been labeled many things throughout his career. A tremendously talented player, yes. And also a prima donna, a loafer and an underachiever. But ask around the Dodgers clubhouse these days and a different description of Ramirez emerges. "He is as tough a ballplayer as I've ever been around," catcher A.J. Ellis said. Ramirez played the National League division series in considerable pain, which was obscured by his batting .500 in leading the Dodgers to a three-games-to-one victory over the Atlanta Braves.
October 7, 2013 |
Six years in, it's reasonable to expect some growing pains from the Angel City Jazz Festival. Heading into its third and most conventionally "festival-like" concert on its six-night schedule, which offered a slate of four acts under clear skies at the John Anson Ford Amphitheatre, the festival still couldn't escape the shadow of a run of bad luck with scheduling. With the event's most buzzed-about act -- the Robert Glasper Experiment -- canceling its show due to a scheduling conflict, the festival rebounded fast by booking the Terence Blanchard Quintet in his place for Oct. 12. But just as the sun was setting, festival emcee LeRoy Downs announced from the stage that Blanchard had also canceled his appearance (a festival representative later cited "circumstances beyond our control," and said all pre-sold tickets would be refunded)