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June 10, 2006 | Jill Leovy, Times Staff Writer
Los Angeles Police Officer Kristina Ripatti is paralyzed from the chest down after being shot by a robbery suspect Saturday night in South Los Angeles. Ripatti remains hospitalized after surgery at California Hospital Medical Center, and although doctors have said she could recover some movement, she is unlikely to walk again, LAPD officials said Friday. "We are holding out hope. But there are permanent effects," said Lt. Paul Vernon, LAPD spokesman.
April 1, 2006 | From Times Wire Reports
Scientists eased the paralysis of rats with spinal cord injuries by transplanting cells from adult mouse brains, an encouraging sign for developing human treatments, researchers reported. The paralyzed rats were given the mouse cells, called neural precursor cells, two or eight weeks after their injuries, according to the study in Wednesday's issue of the Journal of Neuroscience.
March 4, 2006
THE PROSPECTS FOR SENSIBLE immigration reform in Washington have never been bleaker, judging by this week's deliberations in the Senate Judiciary Committee. Yet another proposed immigration bill was floated, this one by Sen. Arlen Specter (R-Pa.), and roundly derided by his colleagues. This exercise is a waste of time. President Bush has been talking about the need to overhaul immigration laws since he took office five years ago, and a perfectly sound bill sponsored by Sens. John McCain (R-Ariz.
January 3, 2006 | From Times Wire Reports
An Iraqi infant brought to the United States for treatment of severe birth defects is "interactive and playful," with good mental function, but will probably wind up using a wheelchair, her doctor said in Atlanta. Dr. Roger Hudgins, a pediatric neurosurgeon who took the case for free, said that 3-month-old Noor al-Zahra would probably have paralysis or weakness in her legs after surgery.
December 4, 2005 | Ching-Ching Ni, Times Staff Writer
The long-term environmental impact of last month's chemical explosion in northern China that left millions without safe drinking water remains to be seen. But the political fallout has begun. Beijing sacked its top environment official Friday in an effort to show accountability for the mishandling of the crisis.
September 11, 2005 | Jordan Rau, Times Staff Writer
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's yearlong focus on prying power from lawmakers provoked a backlash that paralyzed this year's legislative session, shredding the agendas of both the Republican governor and the Democratic majority. Schwarzenegger's decision to call a special election for November colored the entire eight-month session, which ended minutes before midnight Thursday, officials in both parties said.
September 9, 2005 | Kim Murphy, Times Staff Writer
The proWestern government that swept to power in Ukraine's "Orange Revolution" collapsed Thursday when President Viktor Yushchenko fired his popular prime minister and accepted the resignation of other key political allies, struggling to quell the most serious political crisis of his 7-month-old administration.
May 14, 2005 | Shav Glick, Times Staff Writer
Two spectacular accidents, one triggered by the other, gave a sparse crowd a scare during Friday's final qualifying preparations for the Indianapolis 500. Rookie Paul Dana lost control of his Dallara-Toyota in the second turn and careened into the SAFER barrier before spinning down the backstretch backward, with the rear of his car on fire.
April 23, 2005 | Lynn Smith, Times Staff Writer
Sixty years after his death, Franklin Delano Roosevelt remains largely an iconic figure, regarded by most scholars as the greatest president of the 20th century. The architect of the New Deal and Social Security as well as the U.S. involvement in World War II, FDR seems impressed on the public mind as the confident politician in a flowing cape, wearing a toothy grin that's gripping a cigarette holder at a jaunty angle.
February 16, 2005 | Rachana Rathi, Times Staff Writer
A paraplegic scheduled to appear in court today faces charges that could send him to prison for life. Juan Romero Robles, also known as Miguel Angel Corlione, is accused of stealing a woman's driver's license, threatening to kill her if she went to the police, and trying to steal a man's watch and shoes -- all using a toy gun in a 10-minute spree at a bus stop in La Puente in December. The case has attracted attention because a paraplegic is accused of committing a violent crime.
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