August 16, 2013 |
Andrew Lloyd Webber was hospitalized Thursday in England to undergo a medical procedure on his back, but by Friday morning tweeted that he had returned to work on his new musical. "Thank you for all the kind messages re my back op yesterday. Very happy to be working on @SWardMusical today and feeling much better. ALW. " "Stephen Ward" is scheduled to open in December on London's West End. The show is about a figure in the 1963 Profumo scandal in England. PHOTOS: Arts and culture by The Times The composer, who has recently been in poor health, tweeted Thursday, "In hospital today having my 12th general anaesthetic in 8 months.
August 9, 2013 |
WASHINGTON -- In an effort to quell growing public unease, President Obama released new information about domestic spying, called on Congress to change the Patriot Act to increase oversight and safeguards, and urged lawmakers to consider allowing adversaries to appear against the government for the first time in the secret court that authorizes surveillance. Obama made clear in a nearly one-hour news conference that he was responding to what he called the “very passionate but not always fully informed debate” that has erupted in the weeks since a former National Surveillance Agency contractor, Edward J. Snowden, leaked classified surveillance programs to the media.
August 2, 2013 |
Major League Baseball Drug testing began: March 2003. Biggest catches: Ryan Braun (65-game suspension), Manny Ramirez (50 games), Melky Cabrera (50 games), Rafael Palmeiro, Jason Grimsley. Plus more than 30 minor leaguers and free agents in 2012. Drugs of choice: Testosterone (increases strength, speeds recovery after workouts); Adderall (attention-deficit stimulant). Strengths: In 2012, did 5,136 random drug tests (3,955 urine, 1,181 blood tests) on players. Seven tested positive for performance-enhancing drugs, 11 for stimulants.
August 2, 2013 |
Americans love to look good, but insurers are often reluctant to pay the bills to help us look better. Last year we spent nearly $11 billion on cosmetic procedures, according to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery. Of the more than 10 million procedures performed, the most requested was breast augmentation. But Cameo Wichinsky, a 42-year-old investment fund manager living in Santa Monica, wants to take her figure in the opposite direction. Having long lived with the discomfort of breasts large enough to cause shoulder and neck pain and to limit her level of physical activity, she's ready to go under the knife to reduce her breast size and, she hopes, improve her quality of life.
July 26, 2013 |
Mary Southwick was 34 when she developed pain on the bottom of one foot. After seeing a neurologist who said she had a nerve injury caused by dancing, she developed thrombophlebitis and was admitted to the hospital. An intern underdosed her heparin (blood thinner), and she suffered a large blood clot in a lung. This was soon followed by a heart attack, then respiratory failure, renal failure and shock. Her physician husband interceded and transferred her care to a trusted cardiologist.
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July 22, 2013 |
The U.S. Department of Education is investigating USC over its handling of alleged sexual assault and rape cases after students filed a complaint with the federal government, officials said Monday. Two current USC students - both of whom allege being raped - said at a news conference that their 110-page complaint contains accounts from more than 100 students detailing problems with the university when handling reports of sexual assault. The complaint was filed last spring. Many of the students "were blamed for their victimization and were forced to watch impotently as their cases were routinely misreported, misconstrued, mishandled or discounted entirely," said Tucker Reed, one of the co-signers of the complaint who recently completed her junior year.
June 25, 2013 |
DETROIT - Jason Vargas will undergo surgery Wednesday to remove a blood clot from his left armpit area, a procedure that is expected to sideline the Angels left-hander for three weeks to a month. Vargas, who was put on the disabled list Friday with a 6-4 record and 3.65 earned-run average in 14 starts, will not throw for at least two weeks. Once he resumes throwing, he should have enough arm strength to return after a few bullpen sessions and a minor league start or two. "We're all relieved this was caught, not for a guy coming back to pitch but for a guy needing a procedure for a condition that could be very serious," Manager Mike Scioscia said.
June 18, 2013 |
Kathy Ebel's debut novel, “Claudia Silver to the Rescue,” chronicles three months in the life of a young woman as she navigates through employment woes, hapless romantic entanglements, and helping out her sister from whom she has been estranged for years. Set in New York City in the early 1990s, Claudia's story details “twentysomething” college grads who are not always prepared for the realities of life in the years immediately after graduation. Creative director at NBC, Ebel is also a former screenwriter for television shows such as “Cold Case” and “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit,” and her essays and poetry have appeared in SELF, Might and the Los Angeles Times Magazine.
June 17, 2013 |
The emails already are flying around the Internet in Orange County, they're predictably from women, and they're saying let's forget about getting our medical care at Hoag Hospital in Newport Beach. Hoag said it was not the review of its services, prompted by its partnership with St. Joseph Health, a Roman Catholic-affiliated institution, that led to its decision to stop performing elective abortions. The hospital does too few of them -- about 100 a year -- to maintain the required level of excellence, a spokesman said.
May 31, 2013 |
Pau Gasol has shed his crutches after undergoing "FAST technique" procedures on both knees on May 9. Today it's been 3 weeks since the procedure done to knees. I'm finally off the crutches!! #lookingahead - Pau Gasol (@paugasol) May 30, 2013 The procedure involved inserting a probe into Gasol's knees while using directed ultrasound waves to remove degenerated tissue in his patellar tendons. The Lakers forward/center struggled with knee pain throughout the season.