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NEWS
May 4, 1996 | TOM GORMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
When Michelle Roderick learned four months into her pregnancy that she would have conjoined twins--the kind of aberration that P.T. Barnum turned into a carnival sideshow--she spent the evening in tears. On Wednesday, the world saw her beaming with pride as she gave birth to Shawna Leilani and Janelle Kiana, a pair of beautiful girls who happen to be joined at the abdomen and share liver tissue.
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NEWS
November 8, 1993 | BARRY SIEGEL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It is a maxim around hospitals that you can always find some surgeon willing to take on even the most daunting operation. That's what surgeons do, after all--operate. So it was not entirely surprising when James A. O'Neill Jr., surgeon-in-chief at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, announced Aug. 18 that his team had agreed to operate on the conjoined Lakeberg twins, Amy and Angela. If any surgeons could succeed, if any surgeons could end up with one surviving baby, they could.
NEWS
February 11, 1998 | TOM GORMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Relieved doctors and a joyful father announced the birth Tuesday of twin girls joined from the waist down, saying they appeared healthier than expected. Gabrielle and Micheala Garcia, topped with wispy, curly brown hair, issued lusty cries after birth by caesarean section Tuesday morning at the Loma Linda University Children's Hospital. Soon thereafter, their proud parents were stroking the infants' heads, cooing their names and beaming proudly.
NEWS
February 24, 1998 | TOM GORMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
After Karen Crowe gave birth earlier this month to conjoined twins, the Loma Linda University Children's Hospital began receiving flowers, cards and telephone messages from well-wishers who sympathized. Only a few of the well-wishers, however, could actually empathize. Through a fluke of nature, Crowe had become the newest member of one of the world's rarest sororities of motherhood.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 27, 1988 | BELLA STUMBO
As usual, Yvonne and Yvette McCarther seemed mostly bemused to find themselves the center of special attention. So they've moved out of their mother's home and into an apartment of their own for the first time. Big deal. People do it all the time. That was pretty much their reaction to the fuss last year, too, when they decided to go to college. "I'm 39, and I always said I was going to move into my own place by the time I was 40," shrugged Yvette.
NEWS
May 31, 1996 | TOM GORMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Siamese twins Shawna and Janelle Roderick will now be able to go their separate ways. Surgeons successfully separated the conjoined, month-old girls in a six-hour operation Thursday, and said afterward that the twins should recover fully and experience normal, healthy lives. "We'll all be disappointed if we don't have two very lively girls walk out of here--so to speak," said Dr. Gibbs Andrews, who headed the 24-person surgical team. "Their prognosis is very good."
SPORTS
July 15, 1990 | MIKE DOWNEY
Five weeks out of the country can do strange things to a guy. When I left for the World Cup, evidently I lost all touch with what was going on back home. For example, I just got a phone call from my friend, Kay Talk. This is not her real name. I call her Kay Talk because she talks more than an all-news radio station. "Glad you're back," Kay said. "Did you enjoy the soccer?" "Yeah," I said. "Did you?" "Oh, sure," she said. "I especially liked the game where somebody scored a goal.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 2, 2010 | By Yvonne Villarreal, Los Angeles Times
Steve Carell and Paul Rudd want to make one thing clear: They're not the second-coming of Laurel and Hardy. "For one thing, I look horrible in a top hat," Rudd deadpanned. "I'm so glad you said something," Carell joined in. "I didn't want to tell you." Be that as it may, there's no denying that anything this modern-day tag-team touches turns to slapstick gold. After they helped propel such films as "Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy" and "The 40-Year-Old Virgin" into box-office hits, Carell and Rudd are teaming up again in Paramount's "Dinner for Schmucks," which hits theaters July 23. A loose remake of the 1998 French comedy "Le dîner de Cons," the film is about a group of colleagues vying for a career boost who gather for a monthly dinner hosted by their ruthless boss and compete to see who can bring the most pathetic and idiotic guest.
NEWS
February 10, 1998 | TOM GORMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Doctors are preparing for today's scheduled delivery of conjoined twin girls who have an extremely rare type of the abnormality and may not be separable even if they survive birth. The twins, named Gabrielle and Micheala, face the same direction and are joined side-by-side from the waist down. They share two legs but just one liver, kidney, intestine and bladder. Their separate spinal cords come together at the tailbone within a shared pelvis.
NATIONAL
June 4, 2002 | JEFFREY GETTLEMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A confused onion doesn't taste good. And this growing season, with the crazy weather, Vidalia's famously sweet onions got mighty confused. First it was boiling hot, then it froze, then it got boiling hot again. The onions, distinctive to this slice of southeast Georgia, were attacked by fungus, felled by sidewall rot, deformed by mutant bulbs--kind of like Siamese twins--and victimized by all sorts of other bad things. As the last of the sweet onions rolled down the sorting line last week, the disastrous news rolled in: It was the worst season in Vidalia's history, with a $50-million loss, 60% of the yield destroyed, dozens of farmers facing bankruptcy and the future of this signature crop--the sweet taste of the South, the onion that makes you cry only when it's gone--in serious peril.
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