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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 18, 1995
This is a note to thank the wonderful California good Samaritans who found me on Venice Boulevard on Nov. 23 at 2 p.m. I had put my belongings in my rental car trunk so I could walk to the beach to take pictures. When I returned after an hour or so, all my belongings and purse were gone. Everything I owned was gone and the only thing I had on me was my camera and $5 in my pocket. This lovely couple that happened to be walking by my car saw my distraught behavior and comforted me. The man called the police with his cellular phone and then gave me $40. That enabled me to eat dinner that night and put gas in the car to get back to the airport.
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NATIONAL
February 21, 2014 | By John M. Glionna, This post has been updated as indicated below.
A 5-month-old baby was saved from suffocation on a Miami highway thanks to the quick thinking of a group of highway Good Samaritans. Traffic halted when a woman jumped out of her car calling for help for a baby boy who had turned blue. That's when humanity kicked into action, according to the Miami Herald. [Updated at 9:53 a.m. PST Feb. 21: "Baby Sebastian remains in critical but stable condition," a Florida hospital spokeswoman told the Los Angeles Times on Friday morning.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 18, 1988
Your assessment that the need for prenatal care for uninsured and low-income women is greater than ever is right on the mark (editorial, "A Break for Good Samaritans," July 31). But your support for a pending bill, Assembly Bill 3473, to extend "Good Samaritan" protections to obstetricians performing emergency deliveries for patients for whom they have not provided prenatal care, usually low-income or uninsured women, is misguided. In effect, you are saying that these women should be entitled by law to top-quality prenatal care, but not to the same level of care as insured patients at the time of delivery.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 11, 2014 | By Robert J. Lopez
A good Samaritan saved a Riverside County man being mauled by pit bulls by ramming his van through a chain-link fence and scaring the dogs away, officials said Tuesday night. The 53-year-old victim was being attacked by at least two dogs when the good Samaritan drove by the Lake Elsinore scene around 4:15 p.m. Tuesday, according to the Riverside County Department of Animal Services. "The dogs scurried away when the man's van busted through the gate," department spokesman John Welsh said.
NEWS
January 27, 1987 | From Reuters
Chanting prayers in ancient Hebrew, descendants of the biblical Samaritans buried their high priest Monday on a holy mountain where they still offer animal sacrifices to God. About 100 of the remaining 530 members of a community once dispersed across the Middle East paid their final respects to Yaacov Ben-Uzi, 88, who died Monday at his home in Nablus, the largest Arab town in the occupied West Bank. The Samaritans, persecuted throughout history, now comprise just five extended families.
NEWS
April 18, 1989 | DANIEL WILLIAMS, Times Staff Writer
Farouk Altif is looking for a good Samaritan, or even an average one, so long as she's of marriageable age and willing. Altif is himself a Samaritan, part of a tiny and ancient nation that is gamely hanging onto survival in the Holy Land. His particular problem is that among Samaritans, women are scarce; males outnumber females by a ratio of about 5 to 3. Indeed, Samaritans in general are scarce--only 529 are known to exist. There are probably more Good Samaritan hospitals in the world than there are Samaritans.
SPORTS
February 14, 2011 | By Lisa Dillman
Groundhog Day in the Eastern Conference. The Clippers come to town, face struggling team and end up staggering themselves, playing a predictable offense and a limited amount of defense. Blake Griffin makes a worthy highlight-reel play. The crowd swoons, files away the memory for posterity and goes home happy when the Clippers eventually crumble. On Monday night, it happened again as the Milwaukee Bucks won, 102-78, at the Bradley Center, handing the Clippers their third consecutive loss and putting another debit on L.A.'s road-challenged resume.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 20, 2002 | Steve Harvey
A man with a gun was chasing three people through an alley in San Diego the other day when an onlooker jumped on his back. Cut! The onlooker didn't realize he had interrupted the shooting of a scene from a movie based on the old TV series "Hunter." A city film commission rep told columnist Diane Bell of the San Diego Union-Tribune that neither the good Samaritan nor the actor was injured. Then again, the actor has bumped bodies before. He is 6-foot-5-inch Fred Dryer, the ex-L.A.
OPINION
December 25, 2008
Re "Good Samaritans get no aid from high court," Dec. 19 The California Supreme Court has decided to vindicate immorality by encouraging the common man to bypass an accident scene and forgo giving assistance to avoid liability. The season of giving is apparently no longer prudent. I now understand why, at two separate car accidents in recent years, drivers sped by with nary a glance while my wife and I attended to injured and very scared individuals. We clearly did not comprehend our personal liability when we screeched to a halt and offered help, despite not being formally trained medical personnel.
NATIONAL
February 21, 2014 | By John M. Glionna, This post has been updated as indicated below.
A 5-month-old baby was saved from suffocation on a Miami highway thanks to the quick thinking of a group of highway Good Samaritans. Traffic halted when a woman jumped out of her car calling for help for a baby boy who had turned blue. That's when humanity kicked into action, according to the Miami Herald. [Updated at 9:53 a.m. PST Feb. 21: "Baby Sebastian remains in critical but stable condition," a Florida hospital spokeswoman told the Los Angeles Times on Friday morning.
NATIONAL
January 30, 2014 | By John M. Glionna
Call it a gesture of airborne hospitality in a community's time of need: In Alabama, one of several Southern states hit by a freak snowstorm this week, Birmingham-area resident David Upton flew his company helicopter and ferried away nearly a dozen people stranded in their cars and in medical need. There was the pregnant woman and her young son desperately seeking to get home; the sick man who needed a ride from work and a woman who needed a lift home from a hospital. At 52, Upton, co-owner of a company called Cranweorks, is used to using big equipment to help people out of professional jams.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 24, 2014 | By Ari Bloomekatz
The Los Angeles Police Department issued a statement Friday that began simply: "Harbor Station had an eventful day yesterday. " At about 4:30 p.m. Thursday, authorities said a man walked into the station and said he had a bomb in his truck that he wanted to turn over to authorities.  "He says he found it and wanted to be a good Samaritan," said Sgt. Jerry Davila. "I don't know where he found it, but like I said, he was trying to be a good Samaritan with it. " The station was temporarily evacuated and the parking lot shut down for a couple of hours while a bomb squad investigated what the man had brought.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 25, 2013 | By Ari Bloomekatz
One person was killed and another arrested--after a good Samaritan chased him--following an early Friday morning hit-and-run in East Hollywood, authorities said. A driver in a car traveling eastbound on Santa Monica Boulevard near Normandie Avenue struck a pedestrian in a crosswalk about 1:50 a.m., said officer Rosario Herrera of the Los Angeles Police Department. "The suspect fled the location, but was later detained," Herrera said.  The male victim, who was not immediately identified, was taken to a hospital, where he died.
NATIONAL
October 21, 2013 | By John M. Glionna and Matt Pearce
LAS VEGAS - Visitors at Ballys casino on the Strip, where a gunman killed one patron and injured two employees Monday, say they're not shocked by the shooting -- stressing that violence can erupt anywhere, even in a gambling mecca where operators try to create a bubble of free-spirited carelessness. “I guess they could increase security,” said Barry Leeming, a British citizen who wandered among slot machines hours after an argument over a cover charge at the Drai's After Hours nightclub led to the death of a “good Samaritan” club patron who tried to stop the altercation, which left three others wounded, including the suspect.
NATIONAL
December 11, 2012 | By Molly Hennessy-Fiske, Los Angeles Times
WILDWOOD, N.J. - This boardwalk beach town, packed in summer and ghostly in winter, has become the last refuge for several hundred homeless survivors of Superstorm Sandy. Many place their hope in Lisa Brocco-Collia. At 41, she seems as much a force of nature as the storm itself. Her home was partially condemned after floodwater surged through the first floor. But she's been far too busy as a volunteer relief coordinator to move - setting up a donation center at the VFW post, arranging free dinners at a downtown restaurant, visiting families with her clipboard, keeping tabs on state and federal agencies, pestering politicians.
WORLD
December 9, 2012 | By Edmund Sanders, Los Angeles Times
MT. GERIZIM, West Bank - When Ben Yehuda Altif got engaged to his first cousin Mazal, there was no problem winning the blessing of their families or the Samaritan high priest, who leads their ancient Israelite sect. Marriage between cousins is common in the religious community. But there was still an obstacle. Like many Samaritan couples today, the pair had to pass a premarital genetic screening to predict the likelihood of having healthy children. Without the green light from doctors, the marriage would be off. "Doctors said OK, and now we have a healthy, handsome boy," said Altif, 33, reaching for his wife's cellphone to show off pictures of their son. Samaritans, who trace their roots back about 2,700 years, are best known for clinging to strict biblical traditions that have largely disappeared, including animal sacrifice, isolation of menstruating women and, until recently, a ban on marrying outsiders.
TRAVEL
November 26, 2000 | SUSAN SPANO, TIMES TRAVEL WRITER
Travel makes you vulnerable. It opens you up to new people, places and adventures, but when things go wrong, that vulnerability can mean disaster, particularly if you're a woman alone. You can get stranded in your car on the highway, lost in a foreign city or dehydrated on a desert hike. And even smaller, less dramatic problems like losing your wallet can mean trouble on the road.
NEWS
August 31, 2012 | By Karin Klein
Of course it's good news that private donations were quickly raised to cover the ambulance fees for two women who were accidentally electrocuted as they tried to help at the scene of an accident so that their families will not have this insult added to their grief.  But this is just the latest in a long series of tears in the communal fabric that now add up to a gigantic hole in our willingness and ability to help each others. People are outraged that there are no waivers for people like Stacey Schreiber, 39, of Valley Village and Irma Zamora, 40, of Burbank.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 18, 2012 | By Mark Olsen
Samuel L. Jacksonbrings a welcome world-weariness to his character in "The Samaritan," a man named Foley just released from prison after having served 25 years for killing his best friend in a con job gone wrong. But soon, Foley's found himself sucked back into a life on the grift, and Jackson launches into one of his many patented bellows and things take a turn for the predictable. (There's even an obvious twist lifted straight from a recent Asian crime film; to identify the movie would give it away.)
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