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May 20, 2012 | By Steve Chawkins, Los Angeles Times
Nobody thought much about the locked metal cabinet in the medical school at the University of Birmingham in the United Kingdom. It was another forgotten fixture in the anatomy department - until a researcher last year found seven skulls with yellowing labels indicating the remains were those of Native Americans from California's Central Coast. Earlier this month, the skulls and several bone fragments were boxed and gingerly placed aboard a jet to LAX at London's Heathrow Airport.
May 6, 2012 | Steve Lopez
When I knocked on a door in Torrance on Tuesday afternoon, I had just about given up on finding Fidel Lopez. Twenty years ago, at the corner of Florence and Normandie, the self-employed construction worker was dragged from his truck and viciously beaten just minutes after the same vengeance was served on Reginald Denny during the L.A. riots. Both assaults were captured on video that was played over and over, nauseating for the sheer brutality and the inhumane, triumphant swagger of the attackers.
April 19, 2012
MOVIES No matter how many Grateful Dead sets you hit up back in the day, the devoted know there's always room for one more. At the second annual Meet Up at the Movies, catch a screening of the band's classic 1989 concert at the Alpine Valley Music Theater, and compare skull tattoos with thousands of the faithful. Regal Cinemas, L.A. Live, 1000 W. Olympic Blvd., L.A. 7 p.m. Thu.
March 18, 2012 | By Lance Pugmire
The resilient Eric Hurley just had one more hurdle tossed in front of him: a demotion to the Angels' minor league camp. In the last three years, Hurley has undergone shoulder surgery, operations on a broken left wrist and suffered a small skull fracture when hit by a comebacker. Two avenues seemed evident for the 26-year-old: say enough is enough, or get back on the mound. "I hope bad things come in threes, and that's over," Hurley said before pitching Friday. "I know I can pitch at a high level.
September 13, 2011 | By Carolyn Kellogg, Los Angeles Times
Film producer Simon Lewis was driving down Beverly Boulevard with his wife in 1994 when their car was broadsided by a van traveling at about 75 mph. Lewis, then 35, had seen his biggest success with "Look Who's Talking," a comedy about a chatty baby starring John Travolta, Kirstie Alley and the voice of Bruce Willis. But after this accident his life would never be the same. An hour after emergency workers reached the scene of the accident - the car had spun through the air and smashed into a tree - they found the bloodied Lewis and were surprised to discover he had a pulse.
September 8, 2011 | By Melinda Newman, Special to the Los Angeles Times
No to caskets, sanitary napkins and rolling papers. Yes to snowboards, skateboards and wine. After closely guarding their music and logos for decades, the surviving members of the Grateful Dead are significantly increasing their merchandising and licensing deals. The pioneering jam band's music has appeared in at least four movies since April, and over the last several months, the number of licensees has increased 20%, including new deals with Burton snowboards, Dregs skateboards and Wines That Rock.
July 17, 2011 | By Elaine Woo, Los Angeles Times
Dr. Joseph Hittelman, a Los Angeles physician whose advocacy of reforms such as healthcare for the poor led to his persecution as a subversive during the McCarthy era, died Tuesday at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. He was 100. The cause was complications of a heart attack, said his son, attorney Paul M. Hittelman. Joseph Hittelman was a family practitioner in the early 1950s when he was called before government committees seeking to remove Communists from positions of power and influence.
July 6, 2011 | By Molly Hennessy-Fiske, Los Angeles Times
Mahmoud Mohamed, an Egyptian protester profiled last month by The Times after he was seriously injured during the uprising that toppled President Hosni Mubarak, has died due to complications from his injuries, relatives said. Mohamed, 23, a shoemaker who lived with his family in Cairo, suffered a fractured skull, pelvis and legs and was blinded in one eye when he was attacked and run over by security forces during the protests in Tahrir Square on Jan. 28. He died June 27, relatives said.
June 7, 2011 | By Ken Dilanian and Brian Bennett, Los Angeles Times
Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh's injuries from an attack on his palace mosque last week are more serious than first reported, a U.S. official said Tuesday, casting doubt on whether the embattled ruler can return to power anytime soon. "He's got burns, he has some shrapnel injuries and he's had surgery," said the U.S. official, who discussed sensitive intelligence matters on condition of anonymity. "I think this will be a protracted recovery. It takes a long time to heal from injuries like that.
May 30, 2011 | By Karen Ravn, Special to the Los Angeles Times
You may be lazing by the pool after a visit or two to the swim-up bar, but parts of your brain are always on duty — ready to leap into action should a stressful event require attention. This skeleton crew of sorts is called the default-mode network. It includes one of the busiest and most important structures in the entire brain, the hippocampus, which is responsible for processing memories. "Whenever you have to look something up or file something away, you ask your hippocampus to do it," says Jens Pruessner, an associate professor in the departments of psychology, psychiatry, neurology and neurosurgery at McGill University in Montreal.
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