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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 6, 2005 | Jennifer C. Yates, Associated Press Writer
The attraction between the tall, lean Army sergeant and the petite blond was instant. After a night of slow dancing at a bar, Joe just had to see Peggy the next day. He offered her $150 if she'd call in sick to her job as a waitress and go out with him instead. Flattered, she agreed to see him after her shift ended. Before you knew it, they were married. It all happened so fast. Then, just as quickly, Joe Jenkins, who was making the Army his career, was off to Iraq.
October 11, 2004 | Eric Slater, Times Staff Writer
Actor Christopher Reeve, who became famous for his role as Superman and then garnered far more acclaim for his perseverance after being paralyzed from the neck down in a 1995 horseback riding accident, died Sunday. He was 52. Reeve fell into a coma Saturday after going into cardiac arrest at his New York home, his publicist, Wesley Combs, told Associated Press by phone from Washington, D.C., on Sunday night.
April 25, 2004 | Carolyn Thompson, Associated Press Writer
If you had only a few months left on Earth, what would you do? If you could find out how you were going to die, would you? These are "what ifs" that many people ponder casually at times. But in Deneane Chiplock's family, life regularly demands answers. The family has been devastated by amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or ALS, known as Lou Gehrig's disease for the New York Yankee slugger who had it. The "creeping paralysis" that spares none of its victims has taken 24 lives in three generations.
March 27, 2004 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Scientists who trained a monkey to move a mechanical arm using thought alone said Tuesday that experiments in Parkinson's disease patients showed the technique might work in humans too. Electrodes implanted in the brains of Parkinson's disease patients transmitted signals that might someday be used to operate remote devices, the team at Duke University Medical Center reported. The team gave patients a videogame to play while the electrodes sent their signals from within the brain.
December 21, 2003 | From a Times Staff Writer
Julia Tavalaro, who became the subject of magazine and newspaper stories and a book after she spent six years so paralyzed that people thought she was not cognizant, died Friday. She was 68. During the six years, she was unable to let anyone know she was aware. Her senses were intact. She could understand, remember and think. She felt sadness, happiness and anger. But she was helpless. She could move her head and eyes, but the movements were hardly noticeable. And she could not speak.
October 1, 2003 | Stuart Silverstein, Times Staff Writer
USC has received a $17-million federal grant for a new research center to develop high-tech medical implants to treat such ailments as blindness, paralysis and memory loss. The National Science Foundation grant, which will be announced by USC officials today, is intended to spur collaboration among the university, government and industry.
As the infections and death toll attributed to West Nile virus rise by the day, federal health officials said Thursday they are reasonably certain that the virus can be spread through blood transfusions. They also warned that West Nile patients can develop a polio-like paralysis that is easily misdiagnosed and improperly treated. The new information has created urgency within the public health community to address a disease that didn't even appear in the United States until 1999.
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