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SCIENCE
March 12, 2013 | By Eryn Brown
What happens in a day at the roller derby?  For one thing, scientists have discovered and reported Tuesday in the journal PeerJ , a lot of bacteria get swapped around. Researchers at the University of Oregon's Biology and Built Environment Center , a collaboration of architects and biologists who study how design affects the kinds of microbes that live among us, and how it influences our health, recently examined the microbiomes -- the ecosystems of thousands of microorganisms -- on the skin of three roller derby teams before and after a competition.
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March 23, 2014 | By Samantha Schaefer
Some girls choose soccer or cheerleading. Ivy Wolk chose roller derby. "This is it, this is for me," the petite, wide-eyed 9-year-old said to her mom the first time she saw the Los Angeles Derby Dolls hit the track, and one another, two years ago. Split lips, black eyes, rink rash and bruises are trophies here. "It's not child abuse, it's derby," she once told her mother, who made sure she alerted her daughter's pediatrician about the girl's newfound love for the sport. "There have literally been days where I have been like, 'I must be crazy.' But she just picks herself up and gets back out there," said her mother, Tracy Wolk.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 27, 2009 | Dennis McLellan
Bill Bogash, a pioneer Roller Derby star who launched his legendary career on skates as a teenager during the Great Depression when he teamed up with his mother, has died. He was 92. Bogash, a resident of Yucca Valley, died of respiratory failure March 20 at Hi-Desert Medical Center in nearby Joshua Tree, said his wife, Georgia.
SCIENCE
March 12, 2013 | By Eryn Brown
What happens in a day at the roller derby?  For one thing, scientists have discovered and reported Tuesday in the journal PeerJ , a lot of bacteria get swapped around. Researchers at the University of Oregon's Biology and Built Environment Center , a collaboration of architects and biologists who study how design affects the kinds of microbes that live among us, and how it influences our health, recently examined the microbiomes -- the ecosystems of thousands of microorganisms -- on the skin of three roller derby teams before and after a competition.
SPORTS
November 17, 2010 | Chris Erskine
Anyone who's ever witnessed a Lakers game or an Ultimate Fighting Championship would vouch for the comic book excesses of today's athletic endeavors. Probably began with Babe Ruth. And devolved into Sad Ochocinco. But never mind that right now, for we have found something purer, perhaps, near downtown, at a banked-track roller derby league known as L.A. Derby Dolls. Once, sometimes twice a month, some 2,000 people turn out to watch these tough puppies fly around the rink in unstaged athletic competition that is twice as ornery as any hockey game.
MAGAZINE
February 26, 1995 | Judy Raphael
Tiny, black-haired Gina Valladares had just taken a spectacular fall, but not one of the onlookers helped her outendash not even her parents. As she struggled to her feet, her mom and dad simply shouted, "Go! Go! Go!" only to see her get whipped around, tripped up and knocked down.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 15, 1998
Ralphie Valladares, longtime roller derby legend who skated and coached for the Los Angeles Thunderbirds, has died of cancer, it was announced Saturday. He was 62. Valladares died Friday at his daughter's home in Pico Rivera, according to William J. Griffith of Roller Games International. Valladares, known as "The Guatemalan Flyer," skated with the famed T-Birds for years and developed a following around the globe because of his association with the team.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 21, 1999 | Cecilia Rasmussen
America always has had its share of sports innovators: Abner Doubleday invented baseball; Dr. James Naismith conceived basketball; William G. Morgan came up with volleyball. And then there was Leo Seltzer, the onetime publicist whose abhorrence of empty seats made him the father of roller derby, a combination of show business and sports that found its natural epicenter in Los Angeles.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 17, 2006 | Claire Noland, Times Staff Writer
Long before Day-Glo hair dye, body piercings and tattoos became familiar fashion statements, Ann Calvello made her mark with a loud look, trashy mouth and rough skating style as a member of roller derby's San Francisco Bay Bombers. Calvello, who skated into her 70s and was feisty until the end, died Tuesday of liver cancer at Peninsula Medical Center in Burlingame, Calif., said her longtime partner, Bill Prieto. She was 76.
NEWS
November 16, 2006 | Steve Baltin, Special to The Times
WOMEN dressed in punk-rock T-shirts, short skirts and fishnets skate menacingly, clacking loudly on concrete as they turn circles at breakneck speed. They shriek, bump, talk trash and shove each other to the ground, all in the name of thrills (and spills). Yes, like many pop culture pursuits of decades past, roller derby has come 'round again, manifesting itself as recreational sport-cum-party night.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 27, 2013 | By Ed Stockly
Click here to download TV listings for the week of Jan. 27 - Feb. 2, 2013 in PDF format This week's TV Movies     SERIES The Biggest Loser:  They stock the kitchen with healthful groceries on a budget in this new episode (8 p.m. NBC). The Carrie Diaries: Carrie (AnnaSophia Robb) confronts Sebastian (Austin Butler) after finding some disturbing information about his past in her father's (Matt Letscher) work files in this new episode (8 p.m. KTLA)
ENTERTAINMENT
April 30, 2012 | By Mike Downey, Special to the Los Angeles Times
A bio on NPR's website of its commentator Frank Deford notes that the magazine GQ christened him, quite simply, "the world's greatest sportswriter. " (Is he?) A story on ESPN's companion website, Grantland, referred to Deford as "a writer who had achieved legendary status by the age of 50. " (Did he?) OK. Maybe he is, and maybe he did. Wikipedia's entry for Sports Illustrated - if no one overnight has deleted it - alludes to an editor at that magazine who helped "launch the careers of such legendary writers as Frank Deford.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 9, 2011
MUSIC Best Coast Bethany Cosentino, one of L.A.'s most promising and disarming new songwriters as part of Best Coast, is on a whiplash ascent to national fame. She has a dozen immaculate, three-minute hits that would keep Carole King up at night; 17,000 Twitter followers who ravenously await updates on the exploits of Snacks, her album-cover-star cat; and a streak of the same dreamy, iconic California-ness that's pulled people west for more than a century. Getty Center, 1200 Getty Center Drive, L.A. 6 p.m. Free.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 7, 2011
EVENTS Art, science, music and comedy collide with roller derby action at TwentyWonder, a "carnival of the mind" featuring Black Rebel Motorcycle Club and Exene Cervenka. Plus, circus performers, oddity attractions and a live roller derby grudge match between the LA Ri-Ettes and the San Diego Wildfires. Proceeds benefit the Down Syndrome Assn. of Los Angeles. The Doll Factory. 1910 W. Temple St. 8 p.m. Sat. $40, VIP $100. http://www.twentywonder.org.
SPORTS
November 17, 2010 | Chris Erskine
Anyone who's ever witnessed a Lakers game or an Ultimate Fighting Championship would vouch for the comic book excesses of today's athletic endeavors. Probably began with Babe Ruth. And devolved into Sad Ochocinco. But never mind that right now, for we have found something purer, perhaps, near downtown, at a banked-track roller derby league known as L.A. Derby Dolls. Once, sometimes twice a month, some 2,000 people turn out to watch these tough puppies fly around the rink in unstaged athletic competition that is twice as ornery as any hockey game.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 30, 2010 | By Robert Abele
Roller derby is a lot more than just skating around and around a track, as any of the bruised but buoyant gals featured in the documentary "Brutal Beauty: Tales of the Rose City Rollers" will tell you. For the uber-competitive, it's a puzzle to solve; for the creative, it's an alter-ego party of hot pants, punny names and tattoos; for the highly social, it's always girls' night out; and for plenty of women whose toughness has no outlet in polite society,...
NEWS
April 19, 1987 | KATHLEEN MACLAY, Associated Press
Joannie Weston rolls with the punches and makes a living teaching others to do the same--on skates. At her workout center, students of the undisputed queen of the Bay Area Bombers are racing, blocking, slamming, whipping and occasionally slugging their way around a wooden track, driven by dreams of becoming pros on the roller derby circuit. Weston offers lessons on the only banked, regulation-size derby practice track in the country and draws students from all over.
NEWS
December 5, 1985 | DAVID WHARTON, David Wharton is a Los Angeles writer
Mike Flaningam. Surfer-blond skating star of the World Champion Los Angeles T-Birds, man in the middle of this week's controversy in the International Roller Derby League. No. 5 on your roster, No. 1 in your heart. He screams and sweats nose-to-nose with the television camera: "They're dead!" He shakes a fist at the dreaded Golden State Bombers and especially at their bad guy, Bernard Jackson, who glides around the track sneering at the crowd, cracking his knuckles. "I'll get him!"
NEWS
September 24, 2010
If you've ever watched a roller derby, you know the contact sport is fast-paced and super competitive. So who are those tough skaters whizzing by? Sixty-three percent of roller derby skaters are 25 to 34 years old and 31% have children under 18, according to the Women's Flat Track Derby Assn., the governing body for the sport, which has almost 100 member leagues across the country. (Read more: Women's Flat Track Derby Assn. ) But what if you want the workout without the body slams?
ENTERTAINMENT
July 26, 2010
BOOKS Alex Cohen and Jennifer Barbee By day, Alex Cohen is a mild-mannered radio show host and Jennifer Barbee is a diligent staffer at the WGA — but on the banked battlefield of the roller derby, they are better known as Axles of Evil and Kasey Bomber. Cohen and Barbee, who have both skated with the L.A. Derby Dolls, will sign and present their new book, "Down and Derby," an inside look at the underground sport. Skylight Books, 1818 N. Vermont Ave., L.A. 7:30 p.m. (323)
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