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August 21, 2009 | Nicole Santa Cruz
A bronze marker engraved with a quote from Nelson Mandela will be placed at a park in West Hollywood where some of the first same-sex marriages in California were performed. The City Council plans to unveil the rectangular plaque at its Sept. 8 meeting before permanently installing it at West Hollywood Park off North San Vicente Boulevard, a site which was full of pride June 17, 2008, when same-sex couples could legally marry for the first time in California. "It happened on a single day but it went on for months," said Jeffrey Prang, the West Hollywood councilman who thought of the plaque.
December 8, 2008 | By Cathryn M. Delude
Every year, some half a million patients die of a heart attack, and while many had known heart disease, an alarming number may have just received a cardiovascular clean bill of health from their doctors. "About half the victims die suddenly, without previous symptoms," said Peter Libby, chief of cardiovascular medicine at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston. Researchers have come to realize that most sudden heart attack victims harbor a stealth danger -- "vulnerable plaques" embedded in the arterial wall that largely defy detection.
December 6, 2008 | Thomas H. Maugh II, Maugh is a Times staff writer.
Early Peruvians appear to have had a more varied diet than previously believed, according to starch grains embedded in plaque on their teeth. The findings, reported Tuesday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, move back by more than 2,000 years the date that humans in the New World were eating beans and a local fruit known as pacay -- indicating that they were committed farmers far earlier than believed. They also ate peanuts and domesticated squash.
October 17, 2008 | Christian Berthelsen
School district officials announced on Thursday a $1,000 reward for the return of six bronze plaques, including four honoring Santa Ana High School's war dead, that were stolen from a campus wall Tuesday night. Four of the plaques honored students who died in World War I, World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War. The others commemorated a rededication of the school building and the school's centennial anniversary. Anyone with information is asked to call (714) 558-5535 or an anonymous reporting line at (714)
October 16, 2008 | Christian Berthelsen, Times Staff Writer
Six bronze plaques, including four honoring Santa Ana High School's war dead, have been pried off a campus wall and stolen, possibly to be sold for scrap, the school's principal said Wednesday. The plaques honored students who died in World War I, World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War. School officials do not have a separate list of the students' names and are concerned that, unless the plaques are returned, they may be unable to reconstruct the memorials.
July 22, 2008 | Alana Semuels, Times Staff Writer
Why is a Scandinavian vodka being enshrined on the Hollywood Walk of Fame? It's not a tasteless homage to stars who drink too much. It's just the latest corporate attempt to buy some good buzz. Today, Absolut Vodka becomes a "Friend" of the walk, shelling out hundreds of thousands of dollars for a star-like plaque embedded in Hollywood Boulevard. For some, the partnership is further proof that no attraction or event in the U.S. is impervious to the phenomenon of corporate sponsorship.
March 10, 2008 | John M. Glionna, Times Staff Writer
For two years now, Ian Brennan has dedicated himself to documenting the invisible: tracking down the exact spots where homeless people died on the streets. The 41-year-old music producer and former psychiatric worker says he's seen firsthand how much of society ignores the destitute. He's watched police belittle street people with emotional problems. He's witnessed pedestrians stepping over transients who collapsed in front of them.
January 15, 2008 | Thomas H. Maugh II, Times Staff Writer
The heavily advertised drug Vytorin is no better than an inexpensive generic drug at blocking the damaging effects of high cholesterol levels, according to new data released by the drug's manufacturers Monday. In a study of 720 patients funded by the manufacturers, Vytorin -- a combination of the drugs simvastatin and ezetemibe -- reduced levels of LDLs, the so-called bad cholesterol, by about 29% more than simvastatin alone.
January 6, 2008 | From Times Wire Services
About 167,000 lawn mowers made by American Honda Motor Corp. were recalled because the cutting blades could rotate when the control lever is released. The recall involves lawn mowers with model numbers HRB217HXA, HRX217HXA and HRX217HMA, which were sold by Honda lawn and garden dealers and at Home Depot stores from January 2003 to November 2007. For more details, call (800) 426-7701 or go to www.hondapowerequipment .com or About 160,000 First Years 3-in-1 Flush and Sounds Potty Seats, distributed by RC2 Corp.
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