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January 26, 2010 | By Thomas Curwen
Jerry Snapp loved Tiffany, and it broke his heart that he had to sell her. Close to 200 pounds, almost 4 feet tall, a foot and a half wide, she was his most beautiful skull. He picked her up in the spring of '97. He heard about her from a friend and wanted to know where she came from. "The L.A. Zoo," his friend said. And how much did she cost? "$500." The next day he rented a truck and headed off to D&D Rendering in Vernon. Tiffany was out back, her head slowly rotting in a gray plastic box, destined for a landfill if a buyer wasn't found.
March 9, 2014 | By Ingrid Schmidt, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Flanked by giant Carrera marble planters shaped like skulls, designer Paula Thomas stands in the courtyard of the first stand-alone boutique for her upscale global fashion brand, Thomas Wylde. "I love the dark and macabre, but I try to turn that into an aesthetic that is beautiful, alluring and abstract," says the British-born, Los Angeles-based Thomas, whose label merges a streetwise, rock 'n' roll vibe with feminine sophistication. Located next to company headquarters in Culver City, the store opened on Feb. 20, simultaneously celebrating Thomas' 48th birthday and the debut of a made-in-L.A.
September 6, 2012 | By Bill Shaikin
Oakland Athletics pitcher Brandon McCarthy underwent emergency surgery Wednesday night after tests revealed he had suffered a fractured skull, a brain contusion and bleeding within the head. McCarthy was struck on the head by a ball hit by the Angels' Erick Aybar during a game Wednesday in Oakland. The A's announced the surgery in a statement Thursday and said McCarthy was "alert, awake and resting comfortably. " According to the statement, McCarthy was diagnosed with the injuries in a CT scan Wednesday afternoon.
October 3, 2013 | By Betsy Sharkey
For cheap thrills, "Nothing Left to Fear" is true to its title. Director Anthony Leonardi III and writer Jonathan Mills have let not one scary moment on screen. And that's frightening. Not so much for the film's teen stars Ethan Peck (the great Gregory's grandson), Jennifer Stone of "Wizards of Waverly Place" and Rebekah Brandes. They're young. PHOTOS: Fall movie sneaks 2013 But for Anne Heche and James Tupper, there is nothing in "Nothing" for either of the actors except to figure out which one will write the apology notes to fans.
January 22, 2005 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
A skull found near the Klamath River on New Year's Eve has been identified as that of a Happy Camp woman who disappeared last year, Siskiyou County sheriff's officials said. A forensic dentist confirmed that the remains found were those of Teri Renee Edwards Poe, 49, who disappeared in a heavy snowstorm on Jan. 27, 2004. Authorities had believed Poe was probably dead after her car was found days later in 8 to 9 feet of murky water in the middle of the icy Klamath River.
March 8, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Some are fascinated with 3-D printing. One man can't get it out of his head. An unidentified man had 75% of his skull replaced with a 3-D printed implant made by Oxford Performance Materials, a Connecticut company. The surgery this week was the first time a patient received an implant made specifically for him using 3-D printing technology. The patient, whose name and injury OPM would not disclose, had his head scanned as part of the procedure. The operation marks a big step in the advancement of 3-D printing technology, the company said.
June 19, 2012 | By Laura J. Nelson
With the help of power tools and industrial-grade vise grips, Miami doctors have successfully removed a 3-foot spear that pierced a teenager's skull during a fishing accident. And Tuesday, 16-year-old Yasser Lopez left the intensive care unit. “It could be a complete recovery,” said Dr. Ross  Bullock, a neurosurgeon at the University of Miami-Jackson Memorial Hospital. “That is so rare.” The afternoon of June 7, Lopez's 15-year-old friend misfired a Cressi Sub SL spear gun while trying to load it, according to the Miami-Dade Police Department.
November 27, 2008 | ASSOCIATED PRESS
A Polish pianist has made his stage debut in Britain, 26 years after his death. André Tchaikowsky's skull was featured in performances of "Hamlet" by the Royal Shakespeare Company between July and November, company spokeswoman Nada Zakula said Wednesday. Director Greg Doran said he did not disclose the skull's use earlier because he feared the news could overshadow the play. It was the first time the skull was used in a performance -- Tchaikowsky's expressed wish -- though the company had used it in rehearsals since it was donated in 1982.
November 21, 2008 | Times Wire Reports
Researchers said they had identified the remains of Nicolaus Copernicus by comparing DNA from a skeleton and hair retrieved from one of the 16th century astronomer's books. The finding could end centuries of speculation about the resting spot of Copernicus, whose theories put the Earth in orbit around the sun. Archaeologist Jerzy Gassowski told a news conference that a skull, missing its lower jaw, was found in 2005 buried in a Roman Catholic cathedral in Frombork. It belonged to a man about 70 -- Copernicus' age when he died in 1543.
December 4, 2009 | By Raja Abdulrahim
The skull of an ice age giant ground sloth was recently uncovered at a construction site in Riverside County and could be headed for display at the San Bernardino County Museum. The bones dating back 1.8 million years were discovered Nov. 18 on the site of a future Southern California Edison substation as earthmovers flattened the land in a hilly area west of Beaumont, said Rick Greenwood, director of Edison's environment health and safety division. Work in the area was immediately halted.
September 6, 2013 | By Oliver Gettell
"Riddick" -- the third sci-fi film to star Vin Diesel as the interplanetary antihero of the same name -- arrives nine years after its predecessor, "The Chronicles of Riddick," and 13 years after the original, "Pitch Black. " Unfortunately for Diesel and series writer-director David Twohy, "Riddick" hasn't exactly returned to a hero's welcome. For every film critic who finds it a fun, gory slice of genre entertainment, there's another who finds it stale and one-dimensional. In the Los Angeles Times, for example, Michael Phillips calls "Riddick" "extremely violent, cleverly managed fun. " He explains, "This is not one of those Johnny-come-lately sequels preoccupied with getting a new audience up to speed on where the story was. It's about living in the moment, in the now, and killing in the now. " Diesel, Phillips says, "has discovered what it means to be a certain kind of movie star, working hard but not too, serving material that, here, does what it's supposed to do. " PHOTOS: Fall movie sneaks 2013 On the other hand, USA Today's Claudia Puig warns , "Move along, there's nothing to see and no one to root for in this murky franchise reboot.
August 1, 2013 | By Kim Murphy
SEATTLE - What is it about a face that causes people to accept it as "normal"? Or to be disturbed, if somehow it is not? For those who suffer from facial deformities, this is more than an idle question. As it turns out, psychologists have come to understand precisely what ratios between eyes, nose and cheeks are subconsciously seen by others as acceptable, and how people react when a face somehow doesn't fit into the mathematical norm. “If I'm talking to you, I'll just sort of naturally figure out if the balance of your face makes sense to me as a human being,” said Richard Hopper, head of the craniofacial surgery center at Seattle Children's Hospital.
July 3, 2013 | By Richard Winton
Antonio Lopez Chaj's skull looks a pie chart with a quarter missing. He cannot speak, needs help to walk and needs 24-hour care after being severely beaten by a security guard in a Los Angeles bar three years ago, his attorneys say. After hearing evidence about the horrific April 2010 attack, a Torrance jury awarded the 43-year-old immigrant painter nearly $58 million in economic and medical losses. The Los Angeles resident's injuries were so severe that doctors had to remove a portion of his brain and skull.
May 24, 2013 | By Frank Shyong, Los Angeles Times
An 8-year-old Palmdale boy died Friday after being hospitalized for a day with injuries suggesting torture, the Los Angeles County coroner's office said.  Lt. David Smith said the coroner's department had not received the body and cannot yet determine the cause of death. The boy was discovered unconscious with a skull fracture, several broken ribs, cigarette burns and abrasions around his ankles that indicated he may have been tied up, according to KTLA-TV Channel 5 . Deputies with the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department in Palmdale arrested the boy's mother, Pearl Fernandez, 29 and her boyfriend Isauro Aguirre, 32, on Thursday. During police interviews, Aguirre admitted causing the injuries to the child and Fernandez admitted that she was present and did not intervene during the assault, KTLA said .  Aguirre was booked on suspicion of attempted murder and was being held on $1-million bail.
April 22, 2013 | From KTLA News
Loma Linda University officials have solved the mystery of some human skulls and other bones that were unearthed at a nearby construction site. Construction workers dug up several skulls and limbs, but an investigator from the coroner's office who looked at the remains determined that they didn't belong to victims of foul play. Instead, they were the remains of bodies that had been used in medical research at the university back in the 1930s or '40s. “What we found when we got down there today was several skulls and primarily some limb bones - mostly legs, a few arms” said Dr. Brian Bull, chair of the Loma Linda Pathology Department.
April 15, 2013 | By Kate Mather
Sheriff's Department investigators plan to further search an area in Palmdale where a human skull was found Sunday, officials said. Few details were immediately available about the discovery, which the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department said was made shortly before 4 p.m. near the 6200 block of West Avenue N. KTLA reported that an area resident's dog found the skull. Homicide detectives and coroner's officers planned to return to the location about 8:30 a.m. Monday to conduct "an extensive search/investigation," a Sheriff's Department statement said.
August 18, 2010 | By Thomas H. Maugh II, Los Angeles Times
From the size and shape of the beak, researchers have always known that the massive South American "terror bird" was a predator. Now they know precisely how the bird killed — wielding its huge skull and hooked beak like an pickax and repeatedly chopping at prey until it succumbed. The 5-foot-tall, 90-pound Andalgalornis steulleti , whose skull was nearly twice the size of a human's, went extinct millions of years ago, but Argentine and U.S. researchers have been using CT scans and biomechanical reconstructions to deduce how the flightless predators killed.
September 30, 2009 | Times Wire Reports
A piece of skull with a bullet hole that Russian officials said belonged to Adolf Hitler actually came from a woman, scientists at the University of Connecticut in Hartford concluded. The cranium fragment is part of a collection of Hitler artifacts preserved by Soviet intelligence after Hitler and Eva Braun reportedly committed suicide in a Berlin bunker in April 1945. The collection was put on display in 2000. Archaeologist Nick Bellantoni examined the skull for a History Channel documentary.
March 21, 2013 | Hailey Branson-Potts
John Sohus suffered at least three potentially fatal blows to the head from a blunt object before his skull was wrapped and buried in two plastic bags bearing insignias of universities linked to murder defendant Christopher Gerhartsreiter, prosecution witnesses testified Wednesday. The 27-year-old victim's remains were discovered in 1994 in the backyard of a San Marino home where Gerhartsreiter -- then known as Christopher Chichester -- had previously lived in the guesthouse. After the discovery, crime scene investigators found four bloodstains on the floor of the guesthouse, said Lynne Herold, a criminalist for the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department.
March 9, 2013 | By Melinda Fulmer
If you don't want your upper arms waving long after you've said goodbye, you'll need to work on your triceps. The supine triceps extension, sometimes called the skull crusher, is one of the simplest yet most powerful ways to sculpt this muscle. The move, demonstrated here by celebrity trainer Harley Pasternak is featured on his "Harley's Hollywood Workout" video game. What it does This exercise tones your triceps - the biggest muscle in your arms - making them look longer and leaner.
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