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April 10, 2013 | By Thomas H. Maugh II, Special to the Los Angeles Times
About 10% of married couples suffer from infertility - the inability to conceive a child naturally. Through the better part of the 20th century, physicians considered this a minor and perhaps irrelevant problem, one that contributed overall to society by keeping the birthrate down. British biologist Robert Edwards thought differently. He was among the first to fully appreciate the frustration and depression the condition engendered in its victims and the benefits that could arise from reversing it. Along the way, he met resistance from religious conservatives who insisted that life must begin only through intercourse, not artificially, and from fellow scientists who resented the fact that he spoke frequently with the media about both his research and the ethical implications.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 10, 2013 | By Thomas H. Maugh II, Special to the Los Angeles Times
About 10% of married couples suffer from infertility - the inability to conceive a child naturally. Through the better part of the 20th century, physicians considered this a minor and perhaps irrelevant problem, one that contributed overall to society by keeping the birthrate down. British biologist Robert Edwards thought differently. He was among the first to fully appreciate the frustration and depression the condition engendered in its victims and the benefits that could arise from reversing it. Along the way, he met resistance from religious conservatives who insisted that life must begin only through intercourse, not artificially, and from fellow scientists who resented the fact that he spoke frequently with the media about both his research and the ethical implications.
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BUSINESS
August 9, 1990 | GREGORY CROUCH and ANNE MICHAUD, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Texas authorities said Wednesday that officials of FundAmerica Inc. told them in a closed-door meeting that they intended to do everything they can to retrieve $11.3 million of company money wired to two overseas entities by company founder Robert T. Edwards. Edwards was arrested July 19 in Florida on charges he was running FundAmerica as a pyramid scheme. During the nine months before his arrest, he wired millions of dollars to two mysterious entities in the Netherlands and Hong Kong.
OPINION
October 5, 2010
There's a good chance that you know, or know someone who knows, one of the more than 4 million couples worldwide who have had a child through in-vitro fertilization. The procedure isn't considered a big deal these days, just another option for people who have had trouble conceiving. In fact, it's hard to imagine the amazement, and in some quarters dismay, that greeted the 1978 birth of Louise Brown, the first test-tube (more accurately, petri-dish) baby, who recently celebrated the birth of her own child.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 15, 2003 | From Times Wire Reports
Seventy members of a Butte County Indian tribe have been voted out of the tribe after they signed a petition to recall the tribe's elected leaders earlier this year. "They gave us three minutes to defend ourselves, one at a time, and then they 'disenrolled' us in one vote," said Robert Edwards, who was expelled from the Enterprise Rancheria tribe of Estom Yumeka Maidu. The tribe, formed in 1915, is seeking permission from the state and federal governments to build a casino in Yuba County.
SPORTS
July 24, 2001 | From Associated Press
The longshot comeback of running back Robert Edwards hit a snag Monday when he failed a conditioning test on the first day of training camp and was put on the physically unable to perform list. The New England Patriots' first-round draft pick in 1998, Edwards severely injured his knee in a beach football game at the Pro Bowl after that season. He blamed Monday's failure on anxiety and said he hopes to take the running test again after falling a second short of the required time.
SPORTS
August 25, 2001 | Associated Press
Robert Edwards was released by the New England Patriots on Friday, the latest setback in the running back's struggle to resume his career after a devastating knee injury sidelined him for two seasons. Edwards, the 18th player selected in the 1998 draft, was hampered because of a groin injury for most of training camp. He didn't play in the first two exhibition games and missed most practices.
SPORTS
September 9, 2002
Sunday, when Robert Edwards reached an NFL end zone for the first time in four seasons, he knelt and said a prayer of thanks. Later, he scored again--just to emphasize that his comeback from a calamitous knee injury is complete. Playing in his first game since January 1999, Edwards scored the Miami Dolphins' final two touchdowns to punctuate a 49-21 victory over the Detroit Lions. "I felt like I did when I scored my first touchdown as a rookie," he said.
SPORTS
January 19, 2007 | Sam Farmer, Times Staff Writer
Eight years after a freak injury at the Pro Bowl nearly cost him his leg, the pain has finally subsided for Robert Edwards. Not the pain in his knee, but the stab he felt each time he saw his old team, the New England Patriots, hoist another Lombardi Trophy. "I've pretty much moved past it," Edwards said. "But the first couple were really tough. I always think about if I hadn't gotten hurt, that would be me."
SPORTS
September 15, 2002 | SAM FARMER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Gruesome as it may be, the videotape is somehow uplifting to Robert Edwards. The Miami Dolphin running back used to slip it into his VCR whenever he was feeling especially low. It brought him back to that fateful day on Waikiki Beach three years ago, when his potential seemed as boundless as those impossibly blue skies.
SCIENCE
October 5, 2010 | By Thomas H. Maugh II, Los Angeles Times
British biologist Robert G. Edwards, whose contributions to the technology of in vitro fertilization have made more than 4 million couples parents, has been awarded the 2010 Nobel Prize in physiology or medicine. Working with Dr. Patrick Steptoe, Edwards, now 85, developed the techniques for removing mature eggs from a woman's ovaries, fertilizing them in test tubes and inducing them to begin dividing before implanting them back in the mother. Their efforts yielded the July 25, 1978, birth of Louise Brown, the first "test tube baby," both demonstrating the success and the safety of the technique and bringing hope to infertile people all over the world.
SPORTS
January 19, 2007 | Sam Farmer, Times Staff Writer
Eight years after a freak injury at the Pro Bowl nearly cost him his leg, the pain has finally subsided for Robert Edwards. Not the pain in his knee, but the stab he felt each time he saw his old team, the New England Patriots, hoist another Lombardi Trophy. "I've pretty much moved past it," Edwards said. "But the first couple were really tough. I always think about if I hadn't gotten hurt, that would be me."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 15, 2003 | From Times Wire Reports
Seventy members of a Butte County Indian tribe have been voted out of the tribe after they signed a petition to recall the tribe's elected leaders earlier this year. "They gave us three minutes to defend ourselves, one at a time, and then they 'disenrolled' us in one vote," said Robert Edwards, who was expelled from the Enterprise Rancheria tribe of Estom Yumeka Maidu. The tribe, formed in 1915, is seeking permission from the state and federal governments to build a casino in Yuba County.
BOOKS
August 10, 2003 | Carlos Eire, Carlos Eire is the T. Lawrason Riggs professor of history and religious studies at Yale University and the author of "From Madrid to Purgatory: The Art and Craft of Dying in 16th Century Spain."
Why buy a book about monks, or check it out from the library? Monks are invisible in our culture nowadays, utterly marginal, even superfluous; it's even difficult to fathom their existence. If they have an image at all, it is usually one of meekness, compassion and goodwill. More often than not, though, they are a blank to the world at large, or an enigma. Monks are also a measure of our distance from the Middle Ages.
SPORTS
September 15, 2002 | SAM FARMER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Gruesome as it may be, the videotape is somehow uplifting to Robert Edwards. The Miami Dolphin running back used to slip it into his VCR whenever he was feeling especially low. It brought him back to that fateful day on Waikiki Beach three years ago, when his potential seemed as boundless as those impossibly blue skies.
SPORTS
September 9, 2002
Sunday, when Robert Edwards reached an NFL end zone for the first time in four seasons, he knelt and said a prayer of thanks. Later, he scored again--just to emphasize that his comeback from a calamitous knee injury is complete. Playing in his first game since January 1999, Edwards scored the Miami Dolphins' final two touchdowns to punctuate a 49-21 victory over the Detroit Lions. "I felt like I did when I scored my first touchdown as a rookie," he said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 8, 1986 | From Times Wire Services
Robert Edward Lang, the first director of Radio Free Europe and a former vice president of both CBS News and ABC News, has died. He was 70. Lang, who died Tuesday of cancer, joined the Free Europe Committee in 1948 as a consultant investigating the feasibility of radio broadcasting into Iron Curtain countries. Radio Free Europe went on the air in 1949 with a staff of 1,800 and 22 transmitters broadcasting to Czechoslovakia, Poland, Hungary, Albania, Bulgaria and Romania.
SCIENCE
October 5, 2010 | By Thomas H. Maugh II, Los Angeles Times
British biologist Robert G. Edwards, whose contributions to the technology of in vitro fertilization have made more than 4 million couples parents, has been awarded the 2010 Nobel Prize in physiology or medicine. Working with Dr. Patrick Steptoe, Edwards, now 85, developed the techniques for removing mature eggs from a woman's ovaries, fertilizing them in test tubes and inducing them to begin dividing before implanting them back in the mother. Their efforts yielded the July 25, 1978, birth of Louise Brown, the first "test tube baby," both demonstrating the success and the safety of the technique and bringing hope to infertile people all over the world.
SPORTS
August 25, 2001 | Associated Press
Robert Edwards was released by the New England Patriots on Friday, the latest setback in the running back's struggle to resume his career after a devastating knee injury sidelined him for two seasons. Edwards, the 18th player selected in the 1998 draft, was hampered because of a groin injury for most of training camp. He didn't play in the first two exhibition games and missed most practices.
SPORTS
July 24, 2001 | From Associated Press
The longshot comeback of running back Robert Edwards hit a snag Monday when he failed a conditioning test on the first day of training camp and was put on the physically unable to perform list. The New England Patriots' first-round draft pick in 1998, Edwards severely injured his knee in a beach football game at the Pro Bowl after that season. He blamed Monday's failure on anxiety and said he hopes to take the running test again after falling a second short of the required time.
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