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May 21, 1989 | RANDY LEWIS
New Orleans' second-favorite (to the Neville Brothers) sons attempt to spice up the commercial ingredient in their white-soul/bar-band/blues gumbo, with less-than-finger-lickin' results most of the time. Instead of moving toward the elegant, contemporary blues of a Robert Cray or the fiery blues-rock of a Mason Ruffner, the Radiators land facelessly smack dab in the middle of mainstream rock. On the title tune the band locks into an infectious, rolling rhythm worthy of a Crescent City street parade, and they turn in a solid version of J.J. Jackson's 1966 hit "But It's Alright."
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April 15, 2014 | Christopher Hawthorne, Los Angeles Times Architecture Critic
For Kerry Brougher, newly named director of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' planned film museum, the bubble may be nothing compared with the spaceship. Brougher comes to the academy from the Hirshhorn in Washington, D.C., where one of his first tests as interim director was dealing with fallout from a failed proposal to install a $15-million inflatable bubble in the museum's circular courtyard. In Los Angeles, Brougher will inherit a new architectural challenge: what do with a major building project that isn't in danger of being scrapped, as the bubble was, but has significant, even fundamental design flaws.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 19, 2001
Edward Luttwak argues that it is somehow irrational to oppose the use of depleted uranium in ammunition ("Radiation-Sickness Scare Ignores Scientific Facts," Commentary, Jan. 16). While the radiation danger from intact DU is apparently small, the danger from pulverized DU--the result of a hit by the ammunition on a hard target--may not be. This is not ignorance but caution, seemingly rare these days. PAUL R. COOLEY Culver City
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January 12, 2014 | By Tony Barboza
Radiation detected off the U.S. West Coast from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant in Japan has declined since the 2011 tsunami disaster and never approached levels that could pose a risk to human health, seafood or wildlife, scientists say. Experts have been trying to dispel worries stemming from a burst of online videos and blog posts in recent months that contend radiation from Fukushima is contaminating beaches and seafood and harming sea...
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 11, 1990
It is, of course, outrageous as you pointed out in your editorial "They Were Told There Was No Danger" (Oct. 1) that 500 uranium mine workers, an estimated 150,000 civilians living downwind of atomic bomb tests that were conducted during the 1950s and 1960s and the military personnel who were used as guinea pigs during those same tests were lied to by the U.S. government regarding the hazards of radiation. It is important to note, though, that we are still being lied to by our government and the nuclear industry regarding the safety of nuclear power plants and the effects of low-level radiation.
NATIONAL
November 13, 2009 | Ralph Vartabedian
A sea of ancient water tainted by the Cold War is creeping deep under the volcanic peaks, dry lake beds and pinyon pine forests covering a vast tract of Nevada. Over 41 years, the federal government detonated 921 nuclear warheads underground at the Nevada Test Site, 75 miles northeast of Las Vegas. Each explosion deposited a toxic load of radioactivity into the ground and, in some cases, directly into aquifers. When testing ended in 1992, the Energy Department estimated that more than 300 million curies of radiation had been left behind, making the site one of the most radioactively contaminated places in the nation.
NEWS
March 17, 2011
UCLA professor Keisuke Iwamoto answered reader questions about the dangers of radiation exposure in a live Web chat Thursday. Iwamoto, a faculty member at UCLA's Division of Molecular and Cellular Oncology, studies radiation exposure and how it can lead to cancer. In his research, he also has analyzed donated tissue samples from Japanese atom bomb survivors. Here's the transcript of the chat (moderated by L.A. Times staff writer Jeannine Stein with help from reader engagement editor Martin Beck)
HOME & GARDEN
October 8, 1994 | CYNDI Y. NIGHTENGALE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Jill Friedman found the inspiration for her work in a scrap-metal yard. She turns old automobile radiators and heaters into picture frames, mirrors and switch plates for her J. Line Designs collection. After a stroll through the scrap yard last spring, she began experimenting. Friedman, 31, created a picture frame that she showed--and sold--to a few stores. "I was just winging it, but I got great response," she said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 5, 2014 | By Tony Barboza
The sardine fishing boat Eileen motored slowly through moonlit waters from San Pedro to Santa Catalina Island, its weary-eyed captain growing more desperate as the night wore on. After 12 hours and $1,000 worth of fuel, Corbin Hanson and his crew returned to port without a single fish. "Tonight's pretty reflective of how things have been going," Hanson said. "Not very well. " To blame is the biggest sardine crash in generations, which has made schools of the small, silvery fish a rarity on the West Coast.
HEALTH
December 20, 2013 | By Emily Dwass
When my son and daughter were youngsters, once a year I'd have a disagreement with their pediatric dentist. He wanted to do routine annual X-rays, and I would protest because neither child ever had any cavities. His response: Dental X-rays are an important diagnostic tool, representing a small speck in the sea of radiation that we receive by inhabiting planet Earth. It turns out we both were right. Dental X-rays are essential for detecting serious oral and systemic health problems, and generally the amount of radiation is very low. But new thinking on dental X-rays is that the "one size fits all" schedule is outdated.
SCIENCE
December 11, 2013 | By Monte Morin
Patients with metastatic breast cancer who respond to chemotherapy are unlikely to see any additional benefits from surgery or radiation therapy, according to leaders of a new clinical trial. The randomized, controlled study, which was presented Wednesday at the San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium , was intended to settle a long-running dispute among oncologists about the best way to treat women whose tumors had spread to other parts of their bodies, said Dr. Rajendra Badwe, director of the Tata Memorial Hospital in Mumbai, India.
WORLD
December 5, 2013 | By Tracy Wilkinson
MEXICO CITY -- Authorities sought at least two thieves on Thursday who had seized a truck with radioactive material in central Mexico, while a family who found and took home the exposed stolen container was under medical observation, officials said. The truck was hijacked Monday by gunmen who intercepted it north of Mexico City. It was transporting a large amount of highly active cobalt-60, a radioactive substance used in the treatment of cancer, from a hospital in Tijuana to a nuclear waste storage dump near the capital.
BUSINESS
November 12, 2013 | By Stuart Pfeifer
All the amenities of modern medicine are available at a new West Los Angeles hospital. There's 24-hour emergency care, a team of surgeons, psychology and physical therapy units, MRI and CT machines, one of the top oncologists in the country. Medical assistants busily roam the halls, soothing patients' fears with smiles, kind words or gentle touches. But they have to watch out: The patients can bite. They're dogs, cats and other pets being treated at the VCA West Los Angeles Animal Hospital, which at 42,000 square feet is the largest pet hospital west of the Mississippi River.
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October 17, 2013 | By Charles McNulty, Los Angeles Times Theater Critic
The suspense is laboriously built up in the Geffen Playhouse production of "Wait Until Dark," a freshly adapted version of Frederick Knott's 1966 play that gave rise a year later to the movie with Audrey Hepburn as a blind Greenwich Village pixie beset by nefarious shadows. But when the tension finally gets going late in the second half, it rips, momentarily reviving not just a dusty property but a theatrical genre. Alison Pill plays Susan, the young, victimized woman who lost her sight in a car accident and now must fend off some thuggish con men who have descended on her while her husband is away.
BUSINESS
August 28, 2013 | By Chad Terhune
As hospitals race to offer the latest in high-tech care, a major California health insurer is pushing back and refusing to pay for some of the more expensive and controversial cancer treatments. Blue Shield of California is taking on this high-cost radiation treatment just as Scripps Health in San Diego prepares to open a gleaming, $230-million proton beam therapy center this fall, only the second one in California and the 12th nationwide. This week, Blue Shield began notifying doctors statewide of its new policy for early-stage prostate cancer patients, effective in October.
SCIENCE
May 30, 2013 | By Amina Khan, Los Angeles Times
Astronauts heading to Mars would face exposure to a deluge of radiation, in some cases as much as NASA policy permits, according to new data from the Curiosity rover. The space agency limits astronauts to a 3% increased risk of fatal cancer. This translates to different levels of radiation exposure, depending on an astronaut's age and gender. But according to a paper published in Friday's edition of the journal Science, radiation exposure in a nonstop round-trip to Mars, which would take about a year, would ring in at about 662 millisieverts.
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