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January 25, 2006 | Robin Abcarian, Times Staff Writer
Polly Williams was 29 years old when she slashed her wrists twice and downed a bottle of sleeping pills. What drove her to the edge? Two pieces of pizza. She hadn't been able to get home in enough time to throw them up.
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November 1, 2013 | Stuart Pfeifer
The appearance-obsessed can get Botox injections to erase wrinkles, Rogaine to reseed fading hair lines and the prescription medicine Latisse to fill out flimsy eyelashes. Soon, they may be able to get a shot to kill fat. A Southern California company has invested millions of dollars on an injectable, fat-destroying drug that it says will do away with double chins. Kythera Biopharmaceuticals Inc. said the drug, which for now is known by the code name ATX-101, has proved effective at diminishing double chins during trials on more than 1,000 volunteers in the United States and Canada.
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HEALTH
December 18, 2000 | LINDA MARSA, TIMES HEALTH WRITER
Within the next few days, airports will be overflowing with travelers heading home for the holidays. But adult children expecting a joyful family reunion may find an unpleasant surprise awaiting them: a sharp decline in the health of an elderly parent or family member. The sad fact is that an older person's circumstances can change quickly. A broken hip or an illness can transform a self-sufficient senior into a frail, needy person who requires constant attention.
IMAGE
November 18, 2007 | Melissa Magsaysay, Times Staff Writer
It's 8:30 on a Friday night and Melissa Boock is unenthusiastically contemplating going out with friends. The decision would be easier had she properly prepped her hair that day, a ritual that begins at 11 a.m. with a shower, after which she pulls her wet tresses into a tightly wound bun that sits atop her head for precisely six hours and winds down in the later evening, only to be hit with an intensive product-and-straightening session just before her outfit choice is solidified.
HEALTH
March 19, 2007 | Jacqueline Stenson, Special to The Times
UNLIKE professional athletes who use anabolic steroids to improve their game, a 27-year-old mortgage broker in Orange County turned to "the juice" for reasons of pure vanity, "as simple as a looking-good thing." At the suggestion of a bodybuilder friend, he purchased a round of the drugs -- including oral and injectable steroids, as well as injectable human growth hormone -- for $1,000 in Mexico a few years ago. The drugs helped him buff up in just six months.
NEWS
March 22, 2000 | BOOTH MOORE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
With her skimpy skirts, bulging bustiers and "cha-cha" heels, real-life toxic avenger Erin Brockovich is challenging conventional wisdom that dressing for success means wearing a power suit. Her signature sexy style, which she adopted as a teenager, has been both a tool and obstacle in her work as a researcher investigating ground-water contamination with attorney Ed Masry. She is judged by movie critics--and in real life--by how she dresses. But would Brockovich ever dream of changing? Hell no.
NEWS
January 24, 1992 | MARTHA GROVES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
New rumblings are coursing through Santa Cruz, where businesses have been operating out of huge tents since the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake toppled much of downtown. This time the disturbance is man-made. The eclectic city--known for hippies, surfers and its UC campus mascot, the banana slug--has been in an uproar since Jan. 14, when the City Council voted 5 to 2 to tentatively approve an ordinance that would ban discrimination in employment or housing based on how someone looks.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 27, 2006 | Robin Abcarian, Times Staff Writer
IN the afterglow of his win, the newest American Idol, 29-year-old Taylor Hicks, took questions after the show. Inevitably, the subject of his radically unusual hair color was broached: "I didn't have any idea that America would embrace gray hair as much as they have," he told reporters. Gee, where on Earth would he have gotten the idea that America doesn't embrace gray hair? Could it have crossed his mind when he was told early on by Simon Cowell that he was too gray to be the American Idol?
NEWS
September 16, 2002 | ROBIN GIVHAN, WASHINGTON POST
The world's most famous comb-over has vanished. New York's former mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani has at last given in to baldness, allowing his naked scalp to rise--unashamed--from a ring of smooth, graying fringe. The public debut of this more flattering hairstyle was last week, at his mother's funeral in Brooklyn.
SPORTS
February 15, 2006 | Steve Henson, Times Staff Writer
General Manager Ned Colletti said Tuesday that Nomar Garciaparra and Kenny Lofton are "technically signed players," and the fact that they haven't actually signed their contracts "is of zero concern." "I have a letter of agreement from their agents," Colletti said. "That happened before we announced anything. That's the way it is with any player."
SCIENCE
October 27, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
Some Neanderthals may have had fair skin and red hair, giving them an appearance resembling modern Europeans, researchers reported Friday in the journal Science. The researchers found the MC1R gene and used DNA analysis to find a variation that produced the same pigmentation changes as in humans. It would have been an advantage for Neanderthals, allowing them to soak up more vitamin D from the sun in cloudy Europe.
HEALTH
March 19, 2007 | Jacqueline Stenson, Special to The Times
UNLIKE professional athletes who use anabolic steroids to improve their game, a 27-year-old mortgage broker in Orange County turned to "the juice" for reasons of pure vanity, "as simple as a looking-good thing." At the suggestion of a bodybuilder friend, he purchased a round of the drugs -- including oral and injectable steroids, as well as injectable human growth hormone -- for $1,000 in Mexico a few years ago. The drugs helped him buff up in just six months.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 27, 2007 | From the Associated Press
Is Jack Nicholson playing Lex Luthor in the next "Superman" movie? Maybe he'll be Daddy Warbucks in a remake of "Annie." Or perhaps he's going for the same hairstyle as Britney Spears. Turns out the shaved head he sported at the Academy Awards on Sunday night was just devotion to craft.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 3, 2006 | Booth Moore, Times Staff Writer
In 15 years, Katie Couric's hair has been in a pixie cut and a flip, blond, brunet and everything in between, bangs swept neatly to the side, gelled into rock star spikes and teased into something resembling a dinner roll. She's worn men's suspenders and sugary sweet twin sets, tablecloth check jackets with shoulder pads the size of a linebacker's and waist-nipping hourglass suits more appropriate for a cocktail party than a televised coffee klatch.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 27, 2006 | Robin Abcarian, Times Staff Writer
IN the afterglow of his win, the newest American Idol, 29-year-old Taylor Hicks, took questions after the show. Inevitably, the subject of his radically unusual hair color was broached: "I didn't have any idea that America would embrace gray hair as much as they have," he told reporters. Gee, where on Earth would he have gotten the idea that America doesn't embrace gray hair? Could it have crossed his mind when he was told early on by Simon Cowell that he was too gray to be the American Idol?
ENTERTAINMENT
April 7, 2006 | Lori Aratani, Washington Post
James Armstrong's got style, and he likes to smell good. Real good. And to smell good, he's got to have his Axe. "Axe is one of my favorite things in life," he said. "You don't want to be smelling bad in class." He's 13. He wears outfits, not clothes. And he has one scent for every day. And one for, well, you know, special occasions. "Sometimes when you wear it," said Milai Henriet, his classmate at A. Mario Loiederman Middle School in suburban Silver Spring, Md.
NEWS
February 20, 1997 | DIANA MARCUM, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Keeping arm's length from a political stinker, local airport commissioners Wednesday assigned a committee to resolve whether--and how--to regulate the personal hygiene of cabdrivers. But the airport staff, showered by national media attention, watered down its initial proposal by eliminating any specific requirements for "fresh breath" and "pleasant body odor." Even the notion of hygiene guidelines continued to raise a stink among some cabdrivers.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 11, 2001 | HOWARD ROSENBERG
Let me entertain you. --Baby June in "Gypsy" * Let them entertain you. Sunday brings not Mother's Day corsages but bombshells and blonds, goddesses large and little, following blueprints set out for them in their childhoods. One is Norma Jeane Baker, who became Marilyn Monroe, still a disturbing, shrouded, tragic figure nearly four decades after her death at age 36.
SPORTS
February 15, 2006 | Steve Henson, Times Staff Writer
General Manager Ned Colletti said Tuesday that Nomar Garciaparra and Kenny Lofton are "technically signed players," and the fact that they haven't actually signed their contracts "is of zero concern." "I have a letter of agreement from their agents," Colletti said. "That happened before we announced anything. That's the way it is with any player."
ENTERTAINMENT
January 25, 2006 | Robin Abcarian, Times Staff Writer
Polly Williams was 29 years old when she slashed her wrists twice and downed a bottle of sleeping pills. What drove her to the edge? Two pieces of pizza. She hadn't been able to get home in enough time to throw them up.
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