May 16, 2013 |
His wife was a patient at the clinic where I worked in my early days as a doctor. I saw her regularly for hypertension. But on one visit, she was more concerned about her husband - let's call him Pedro. He was having stomach pains and difficulty swallowing. I told her to make an appointment for him with me. When I saw him, Pedro explained that he had lost weight and was having trouble swallowing solid food. A barium swallow study confirmed my fears: He had esophageal cancer. Another doctor at the clinic received the report before I saw Pedro again and made an urgent referral to surgery.
August 12, 2011 |
Based on a 19th-century novel that's usually characterized as sprawling, "Mysteries of Lisbon" is a hothouse melodrama seen through a cool, discerning eye. Director Rául Ruiz has called it one of his most theoretical films, but this multicourse (41/2 -hour) feast is no self-conscious demonstration of molecular gastronomy. The storytelling is straightforward, with a classical sheen, even as mischief and hallucination puncture the serene surface. The running time should not be cause for dismay; with 100-plus films to his credit, Ruiz is nothing if not a master of tone and pacing as he moves his players through the drawing rooms, hotels, convents and monasteries of Western Europe and, briefly, Brazil, unwrapping stories within stories within stories.
October 2, 2010 |
The first thing the graduate student saw was a set of foot bones at the surface of an excavation site in Peru. He turned over a rock and noticed a pattern of scales. This hinted that the large fossil might still have soft tissue intact ? a rarity. The team of paleontologists nicknamed the specimen "Pedro" and took it to the lab for further examination. It turned out to be the remains of a 5-foot, 120-pound penguin ? one of the largest ancient penguins ever found, according to an online report this week in the journal Science.
May 27, 2007
Regarding "Water Logging," May 13: As a citizen concerned about the global effects of rampant logging, I was so relieved to read the article about harvesting submerged forests. Now, if we could just flood the world's forests, we would have an unlimited supply of "eco-friendly" lumber. BRIAN SMITH San Pedro
June 19, 2001
Foreign films--The Oscar-nominated 1998 Brazilian film "Central Station" screens Friday at 7:30 p.m. as part of the "Foreign Films Featuring Friendship" series at the Warner Grand Theatre, 478 W. 6th St., San Pedro, (310) 548-7672. The wrong film was listed in Sunday's Calendar.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 8, 2009 |
A woman was shot to death early Monday in the unincorporated Athens neighborhood, the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department said. She was shot at 1:20 a.m. in the 12800 block of South San Pedro Street, near El Segundo Boulevard, said Sgt. David Infante, and pronounced dead at the scene. Coroner's identified her as Reynesha Reed, 24, of Los Angeles. No further information was available. -- Patrick J. McDonnell