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October 22, 2012 | By Mary MacVean
Laryngitis might once have been the worst injury a cheerleader faced. But cheerleading has become a full-on competitive sport of its own, with injuries to match. The American Academy of Pediatrics on Monday issued a policy statement to try to ensure that participants - 3.6 million kids ages 6 and older -- get the same care as quarterbacks and pitchers. “Cheerleading has become extremely competitive in the past few years, incorporating more complex skills than ever before,” said Cynthia LaBella, a pediatric sports medicine specialist and member of the academy's council on Sports Medicine and Fitness, in a statement issued at the academy's conference in New Orleans.
November 24, 1995 | Associated Press
A moderate aftershock rattled the Middle East on Thursday, and caretakers of the Great Pyramids at Giza discovered that the previous day's deadly quake has spread slight cracks in a 5,000-year-old burial chamber. The 20-second, magnitude-5.4 aftershock was centered south of the Israeli resort of Eilat on the Gulf of Aqaba, the same as the original quake Wednesday, Israel's Institute for Petroleum Research and Geophysics said.
May 27, 1999 | From Reuters
Egyptian archeologists said they were finalizing restoration work on a funerary complex built near the great Giza pyramids 4,600 years ago ahead of opening it to the public. The tombs of the ambitious priest Kai, which are rich in artistry and details of daily life during the 4th dynasty, were found in March in a cemetery west of the Great Pyramid of Cheops. "This complex is unique because it is one of the most beautifully painted in the area.
April 23, 1989 | MIMI MANN, Associated Press
After a year of scientific debate, archeologists still can't figure out how to keep the Sphinx from falling apart. It's been almost six months since workmen made emergency repairs and replaced a stone that fell Feb. 7, 1988, from the crouching lion's right shoulder. But the experts can't decide what to do next. "Scholars from Egypt and around the world have given us good advice, but not one has been able to come up with a sure way to save our wonderful Sphinx," said Sayed Tawfik, Egypt's top archeological official.
December 7, 2006 | Susan King, Times Staff Writer
THE creative team behind Mel Gibson's "Apocalypto" did a lot of research on the once-magnificent Maya civilization of Mexico that, during a 1,000-year period, created huge cities, magnificent pyramids and a culturally and scientifically advanced society. But when it came time to re-create that universe, which disappeared 500 years ago, they allowed their imaginations to build upon historical fact.
January 21, 1990 | CLAIRE ROBEY, Robey is a free-lance writer who lives in Oxnard.
The landscape was seductive. Steamy. A green sea of Yucatan rain forest. Under an immense umbrella of quiet, pierced only by the occasional scream of a howler monkey, bougainvillea spread in unexpected shades of amethyst and coral. The road cut through dense foliage. A skinny, brown-skinned boy, eyes dark as obsidian, stood barefoot by the side of the road clutching an iguana as long as his arm. Farther on, two vaqueros appeared like an apparition, riding horseback, tanned chests naked above loose, white cotton pants.
May 15, 2004 | Reed Johnson, Times Staff Writer
It's not the first place you'd expect to run into an architect, a shrink, a poet and a nuclear physicist: 23 feet below ground, in a shadowy labyrinth of volcanic rock that once may have held the ashes of kings, the bodies of sacrificed children or an oracle whose cryptic pronouncements swayed the fate of 100,000 people. Then there's this imposing thought: Directly above you, held in place largely by its sheer brute mass, is several million tons of stone.
December 21, 1987
An attempt to collect a sample of ancient air from a 4,600-year-old pit near the Great Pyramid of Giza has failed because the chamber's builders apparently did not seal it properly, two American scientists said. The limestone pit was constructed in the shadow of the pyramid built for Cheops, a Pharaoh who ruled Egypt about 4,600 years ago.
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