February 27, 2012 |
"You have malignant melanoma," the dermatologist told me. But that wasn't the worst of it. The worst part was that thepathologist's report had been in my chart for over a year and my dermatologist had never told me. As I sat there absorbing the news, I kept thinking, "How could this happen?" I've spent my career in healthcare; I'd like to think I know how to navigate the system. I'm the one who never puts off a Pap test or mammogram; who had a colonoscopy at age 50; who gets flu shots and regular checkups.
December 31, 2011 |
Keith Primeau has not put on his full hockey equipment since the day he retired from professional hockey, a career cut short by several concussions, not all of them documented. To say he has good days would be stretching the definition. "I can honestly say here that there isn't a day that goes by that I don't sense I've damaged my brain," said Primeau, who retired in 2005 at 34. "Whether I stand up and get a headache or I'm resting and I get a headache, I know exactly why I had to stop playing.
September 1, 2010 |
Frank McCourt needed money last year, so he solicited an infomercial king to invest in the Dodgers. He offered an array of enticements: game tickets, preferred parking, employee discounts on team merchandise, invitations to news conferences and — atop the list of benefits — "Championship Ring (when we win World Series). " McCourt proposed a deal in which he would receive $25 million right away. He would have five years to either pay the money back, with interest, or convert the loan into a tiny share of team ownership.
June 8, 2010 |
The Food and Drug Administration, the nation's chief watchdog on food safety, is too often caught flat-footed when problems arise, a health advisory panel said Tuesday, urging the agency to focus more on preventing outbreaks of illness by targeting facilities and products most likely to make people sick. The panel said the FDA is trying to apply so-called risk-based management in food safety in piecemeal fashion and does not have an overall plan, or the money, to implement it effectively.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 26, 2010 |
A dozen notables mounted bikes outside the entrance to Long Beach City Hall late last year for the unveiling of a metallic bicycle sculpture with a lofty proclamation: "Long Beach, the most bicycle friendly city in America," it reads in bold steel lettering under the likeness of an antique bicycle. It was a little premature, leaders admit. "But we're striving for that," said City Manager Pat West, a longtime cyclist. While other cities spin their wheels, Long Beach is joining the ranks of places such as Portland, Ore., San Francisco and New York City that have made safe passage for bikes a priority, even at the expense of traffic lanes.
July 24, 2009
Re "Inside the mind of a killer 'Santa,' " Column One, July 11 After reading your story, I am so surprised that Bruce Pardo was able to buy so many weapons from the same store without raising any suspicion. Your story says that California law limits sales of concealable firearms to one per customer every 30 days, but perhaps if this store had been more proactive and called the police, this tragic crime could have been avoided. Alejandro Lopez Eagle Rock :: This story was difficult to read but helpful in comprehending the magnitude of this tragedy that was so disturbing to me when it occurred last Christmas.