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March 24, 2006 | Sam Howe Verhovek, Times Staff Writer
"What do you do for exercise?" asks Booth Gardner, and it's not long before the 69-year-old former governor of Washington is sharing tales of marathons run and mountains climbed. But soon this lanky, bearded man with a trademark gruff style turns to his latest and perhaps last campaign, one that has abruptly put him back in the public eye and to which he brings a perspective full of both psychic and physical pain. Gardner is campaigning for the right to die.
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NATIONAL
November 23, 2006 | Joel Havemann, Times Staff Writer
FOR PEOPLE with Parkinson's disease, the rest of your life begins on the day of your diagnosis. It's your own Sept. 11 or, if you're old enough, Nov. 22, Kennedy's assassination. It's unforgettable. For me, that day was Feb. 5, 1990. It was like a death sentence with no chance of a pardon. I was told control of my body would slip away. I feared the same would happen to my mind.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 27, 2013 | By Carolyn Kellogg
Linda Ronstadt, who recently went public with her diagnosis of Parkinson's disease, will appear in Los Angeles next month to talk about her upcoming memoir. Parkinson's has taken away her ability to sing, but she still plans to talk about her book, "Simple Dreams. " Ronstadt will appear at the literary speakers series Writers Bloc in conversation with Patt Morrison. Tickets to the event, which will be held Sept. 24 in Santa Monica, are $25. "Simple Dreams: A Musical Memoir" includes her personal history, stories of her loves and friendships, and the stories behind some of her songs.
NEWS
July 13, 2012 | By Morgan Little, This post has been updated, as indicated below.
Nearly 20 years removed from the White House, former President George H.W. Bush, accompanied by his wife, Barbara, sat down for an interview with Parade Magazine . Praising two out of his three presidential successors, Bush saved his critiques for anti-tax ringleader Grover Norquist. Bush, whose campaign for reelection in 1992 was severely damaged by his failure to live up to his pledge “no new taxes,” was asked how he felt about that same pledge becoming the calling card for the current class of Republicans.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 5, 2013 | By Rebecca Trounson
Mario Machado, a longtime Los Angeles television news anchor and reporter who also played a newsman in a number of films and television shows, has died at a West Hills convalescent facility, said his daughter Michelle. He was 78. Machado, who worked for many years at KCBS-TV Channel 2, its predecessor KNXT and other local stations, died Saturday of complications of pneumonia, his daughter said. He had been ill for some time with Parkinson's disease. Born April 22, 1935, in Shanghai to a Portuguese father and Chinese-Portuguese mother, Machado appeared in such films as “Oh, God!
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 10, 2004 | From Times Staff Reports
A 75-year-old man who was reported missing over the weekend was found Tuesday when a homeowner in East Long Beach heard moans in his backyard, police said. Kenneth Charles Heilman, who has Parkinson's disease, left his home for a doctor's appointment Friday and disappeared.
OPINION
November 30, 2005
Re "Hot on Parkinson's Trail," Nov. 27 The Parkinson's disease-afflicted farmer had "long suspected that [weedkillers and other toxic compounds] were somehow responsible for his disease" because he is endowed, like all of us, with sufficient common sense to know that exposure to toxic chemicals will sooner or later have detrimental health effects. The popularity of the more expensive organic produce further attests to the tacit assumption among the public that there are significant health risks associated with conventional chemical-laced produce.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 16, 2013 | Times Staff and Wire Reports
Booth Gardner, a two-term Democratic governor who later in life spearheaded a campaign that made Washington the second state in the nation to legalize assisted suicide for the terminally ill, has died after a long battle with Parkinson's disease. He was 76. Gardner died Friday at his Tacoma home, said family spokesman Ron Dotzauer. The millionaire heir to the Weyerhaeuser timber fortune served as the state's 19th governor from 1985 to 1993 following terms as Pierce County executive, state senator and business school dean.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 13, 2000
Nobel Prize-winning playwright Eugene O'Neill died from a rare form of brain deterioration called cerebellar cortical atrophy, not Parkinson's disease as was previously thought, researchers who studied the author's autopsy report in today's New England Journal of Medicine. The results also show that alcohol abuse played no role in his death. During the last 12 years of his life, O'Neill gradually lost the ability to control his hands.
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