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ENTERTAINMENT
February 11, 2013 | By David Pagel
Surrealism never took root in America. When the visual arts came into their own in this country around the middle of the 20th century, the most prominent movements steered clear of Surrealism's embrace of life's unconscious underbelly. Pop, Minimalism and Conceptualism dispensed with the irrational messiness of inner lives in favor of easy-to-read emblems, squeaky-clean surfaces and brainy language games. The pivotal year was 1958, when Jasper Johns first exhibited what would come to be known as his trademark works: juicy pictures of targets, flags and numbers made of torn newspaper, fleshy wax and dripping pigment, some with 3-D objects attached and others with built-in boxes, their hinged covers lifted to reveal life-size faces.
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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."
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.
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 21, 2002 | JESSICA GARRISON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Lori Schappell has spent her entire life connected to her twin sister, Reba, at the side of the forehead, with Lori facing one direction and Reba the other. Because Reba is 4 inches shorter and suffers from spina bifida, Lori wheels her sister around on a stool wherever they go. The miraculous surgery that separated Guatemalan twins in Los Angeles this summer was not possible when the Schappells were children. Lori, for one, has no complaints. "I don't believe in separation," she said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 25, 2002 | LIZ F. KAY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Surgery to separate 11-month-old twins conjoined at the head and facing opposite directions may be delayed several weeks because of complications from a preliminary procedure performed at UCLA on Monday. Surgeons at Mattel Children's Hospital implanted a silicone balloon under the scalp of each of the Guatemalan-born twins, Maria de Jesus and Maria Teresa Quiej-Alvarez.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 14, 2006 | Juliet Chung, Times Staff Writer
For the first 10 months of their lives, Regina and Renata Salinas Fierros have been facing each other in what looks like a permanent hug. Today, a team of 80 doctors and nurses will attempt to separate the twin sisters, joined from the lower chest to the pelvis, in an operation that could last 24 hours or more.
NATIONAL
May 13, 2006 | From Times Wire Reports
Mayo Clinic surgeons in Rochester separated 5-month-old twins born joined at the chest and abdomen after nearly seven hours of surgery to untangle their livers, reposition their hearts and divide a shared intestine. Abbigail and Isabelle Carlsen spent their first five months looking eye to eye, often bumping legs and arms and touching each other in the face.
WORLD
February 20, 2005 | From Times Wire Reports
Egyptian doctors removed a second head from a 10-month-old girl who had one of the rarest birth defects. Manar Maged was in serious but improving condition after the procedure to treat her for craniopagus parasiticus, said Abla Alfy, a consultant in pediatric intensive care at the hospital in Benha, about 30 miles north of Cairo. "After surgery ... you get unstable blood pressure, you get fever. But she is stabilizing," Alfy said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 18, 2002 | From Times Staff Reports
The formerly conjoined Guatemalan twins, who were separated in a marathon operation Aug. 6, were both in serious condition with stable vital signs Saturday. One day after undergoing surgery for a bacterial infection in the lining of her brain, Maria Teresa Quiej Alvarez was breathing with a ventilator and remained partially sedated. She had opened her eyes and looked around, according to representatives of Mattel Children's Hospital at UCLA.
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