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February 26, 2007 | From the Associated Press
The scent of scorched metal and whine of a grinder drift through the cool, cavernous warehouse as 15 workers forge swords coveted by collectors who long for a piece of medieval history. "When you hold it in your hand, it's an amazing feeling, a feeling of power," said Gabriel Ghazarian, 59. "The sword has always been a symbol of honor, of courage and virtue. Even though it's obsolete, that symbol remains." Albion Swords is the largest producer of authentic swords in the U.S.
January 18, 2007 | J. Michael Kennedy, Times Staff Writer
THEY met in Paris in the shadow of the Eiffel Tower. He was a struggling painter with a tiny apartment in Greenwich Village; she was a ballerina who lived in Marin County and danced in San Francisco. They married and had two daughters. He became successful enough to make a living with brush and easel. They moved to a tiny farm in Petaluma, where she taught ballet and he painted pricey Irish landscapes and Paris street scenes.
May 7, 2006 | Ching-Ching Ni, Times Staff Writer
In a country known the world over for its strict one-child policy, Cui Hui and his wife would give anything to have that only child. He runs a successful Internet company and she teaches at a university. Married for eight years, they were busy pursuing their careers and kept thinking there would be time down the road to start a family. Now, both 33, they are having trouble conceiving. "We feel a lot of pressure from our peers and our parents," Cui said.
March 15, 2006 | J. Michael Kennedy, Times Staff Writer
In the final analysis, the federal watchdogs had to make a no-win choice about the bald eagles of Santa Catalina Island. The birds' eggs were still cracking because of the ravages of DDT. The chances of reproducing on their own, at least in the foreseeable future, seemed dubious at best.
November 1, 2005 | Henry Weinstein, Times Staff Writer
Although he is mild-mannered and self-effacing, Samuel A. Alito Jr. has compiled such a clear track record in 15 years on the federal appeals court that his nomination Monday to the Supreme Court sparked immediate reactions -- from both fans and critics -- that his presence on the high court would move it to the right. Alito has written strongly conservative decisions on reproductive rights, the role of religion in public life, federalism, defendants' rights and the environment.
May 31, 2005 | Tracy Wilkinson, Times Staff Writer
Pope Benedict XVI waded into Italian politics Monday by endorsing calls for voters to boycott a referendum that would ease restrictions on artificial insemination and embryonic research. The hotly contested referendum, which goes before the public in two weeks, would reverse a controversial law that has drastically curtailed the ability of Italian women to seek medical help in getting pregnant.
May 27, 2005 | Marla Cone, Times Staff Writer
Scientists studying the effects of hormone-mimicking chemicals on humans have reported that compounds called phthalates, used in plastics and beauty products and widely found in people, seem to alter the reproductive organs of baby boys. In the first study of humans exposed in the womb to phthalates, the researchers, who examined the genitalia of male babies and toddlers, found a strong relationship between the chemicals and subtle changes in the size and anatomy of the children's genitals.
April 15, 2005 | Robert Lee Hotz, Times Staff Writer
Offering a rare insight into sex and the single dinosaur, researchers announced Thursday the discovery of two unlaid fossilized eggs inside a female dinosaur unearthed in China. The unusual find of a single pair of intact eggs within a dinosaur's body cavity -- remains of a mother who died before she could lay the eggs -- shows that in matters of reproduction, these extinct creatures had as much in common with modern birds as with more primitive reptiles, the scientists reported.
October 6, 2004 | From Reuters
Thousands of banana pickers in Costa Rica have filed a lawsuit in Los Angeles against two chemical companies and three major U.S. fresh produce companies, claiming exposure to a toxic pesticide caused a range of reproductive disorders. The suit -- filed against Dole Food Co., Chiquita Brands International Inc., Fresh Del Monte Produce Inc., Dow Chemical Co. and Shell Chemical Co.
June 1, 2004 | Pete Thomas
GRAY whales are having a baby boom, with nearly 180 cow-calf pairs migrating from Baja California, according to a recent census taken from Palos Verdes Peninsula. That's twice as many as in the previous season, which was also productive. Federal wildlife officials made similar observations near Monterey. Not all the whales can be seen, but the counts are considered an indicative sample. Scientists say abundant food in the Bering Sea is helping the whales rebound.
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