May 2, 2008 |
"Standard OPERATING PROCEDURE" is not the first documentary on Iraq. It's not the first film on America's embrace of torture as a weapon of choice. It's not even the first picture to focus on the notorious Abu Ghraib prison. What it is is the first time Errol Morris has looked at these issues, and that makes the difference. Morris, one of the world's premier documentarians and an Oscar winner for "The Fog of War," has done something quite unusual. He's taken the prison everyone's heard of, the photographs everybody's seen and the torture that people are either ashamed of or in denial about and looked at it all with such a fierce specificity that to experience "Standard Operating Procedure" is to feel as if we haven't focused on those things at all. And focus is really the heart of Morris' unsettling film, which strikes a remarkable balance between art and disturbance, between beauty and pain.
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January 22, 2011 |
Two years ago last week, Olivia Cull, 17, was taken off life support. The standout student ? who planned to study classics at Smith College ? had slipped into a coma during a routine, outpatient procedure at Mattel Children's Hospital UCLA in Westwood. The story of her death was presented to Congress a few days ago, among cases cited by patient advocates pushing to lift the caps on damages for medical malpractice lawsuits. As lawmakers search for ways to trim healthcare costs, debate continues over the country's medical malpractice laws.
July 31, 1987 |
President Reagan, trying to reduce the use of government money in any abortion-related activity, announced plans Thursday to block clinics and family planning agencies from spending federal funds to counsel women about abortion services and clinics. Reagan, speaking to a group of abortion opponents, disclosed a series of steps intended to use governmental authority to issue regulations without congressional approval in an effort to make it more difficult for women to obtain abortions.
August 14, 2012 |
Philadelphia 76ers center Andrew Bynum will go to Germany in early September to have the same procedure on his knee that Kobe Bryant , Grant Hill and Alex Rodriguez have undergone, the Philadelphia Inquirer reported. Bynum, traded from the Lakers to Philadelphia last week in a four-team deal, has had surgery on both knees. It is unknown whether the procedure will be performed on one knee or both. According to the Inquirer, a person familiar with the situation said Bynum's knees are fine and the procedure, which has been used to treat osteoarthritis, is nonsurgical.
September 13, 2010 |
When doctors, researchers and celebrity lobbyists talk about the amazing potential of stem cell therapy, their discussions usually center on big-ticket items such as Parkinson's, Alzheimer's, cancer and spinal cord injuries. They don't, as a rule, talk about wrinkles and crow's feet. But could stem cells be the next frontier in anti-aging medicine? Though most stem cell therapies are still in their infancy, a small number of plastic surgeons across the country are already offering so-called stem cell face-lifts, cosmetic procedures that use a person's own stem cells to supposedly bring new life to aging, sagging skin.
September 21, 2009 |
"General Hospital" Soapnet Thursday, Sept. 10, 10 p.m. The premise Having been poisoned with a martini laced with what turns out to be digitalis, Edward Quartermaine (John Ingle), chief executive of ELQ, has a heart attack while driving, plowing into a carnival and killing several people (including Andrea, the woman who poisoned him). Mobster Dominic Pirellie (Dominic Zamprogna) is hit by Edward's car while trying to push other people out of the way and is severely injured.
August 11, 2012 |
Lakers owner Jerry Buss underwent a surgical procedure Thursday, but the team would not provide many details. "He did have surgery and it went fine," Lakers spokesman John Black said. "He's not home yet, but he's expected to make a full recovery. " Black would not discuss the procedure. Buss' son, Jim, the Lakers' executive vice president of player personnel, on Friday told Times columnist T.J. Simers that his father got "out of surgery 14 hours ago" when the owner called Friday morning wanting details about the Lakers' acquisition of Dwight Howard from the Orlando Magic.
October 3, 2012 |
Kobe Bryant was a showstopper Tuesday, bringing the Lakers' first practice to a momentary standstill when he dunked over Chris Douglas-Roberts. Yep, his knee is doing just fine. Bryant may not be as spry as he was even a few years ago, but his once balky right knee is not putting a drag on his capacity for plays that trigger loud whoops from teammates. He revealed after practice that his summer schedule had not included a stop in Dusseldorf, Germany, for a procedure on his knee similar to the one he had last year.
September 3, 2010 |
Every heartbeat is precious. So understand the life-threatening trauma Austin Lacy from La Puente Bishop Amat experienced in March when his heart stopped for nearly four minutes. A scheduled 15-minute procedure to drain fluid from his chest because of a rare ECHO virus turned into a 3 1/2-hour operation to save his life, followed by 30 days in intensive care, then weeks of physical therapy. "It was a terrible experience, especially for a 17-year-old kid," Lacy said.
February 7, 2013 |
An Albuquerque doctor, accused by an antiabortion group of gross negligence for her handling of a late-term abortion, was exonerated by New Mexico officials. The New Mexico Medical Board cleared Dr. Shelley Sella of any impropriety in how she handled a case involving a New York woman whose uterus was ruptured during a late-term abortion and she was taken to a hospital. Sella, a former colleague of slain Kansas abortion doctor George Tiller, is one of only a few physicians in the country who still openly perform abortions in the third trimester.