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June 21, 1989 | From Times wire services
The Norwegian coast guard skipper who rescued hundreds of passengers from a stricken Soviet cruise liner said today that the ship was traveling much too fast when it smashed into a belt of Arctic ice. "I don't know the exact speed but I was told by crew on board that it had a speed of between 14 and 17 knots at the time of the accident," Sigurd Kleiven, commander of the coast guard vessel Senja, told a shipboard news conference. Asked how fast he would have been going in such foggy conditions with drifting ice around, he replied: "Between two and three knots."
March 26, 2014 | By Sam Farmer
ORLANDO, Fla. - The death this week of Ralph Wilson, founder and sole owner of the Buffalo Bills, was but half the heartache of the NFL franchise and its fans. Hall of Fame quarterback Jim Kelly, who led the Bills to four Super Bowl appearances in the early 1990s, found out two weeks ago that the oral cancer he was originally diagnosed with in June has returned. His wife, Jill, wrote on her blog that "the cancer's back, aggressive, and starting to spread. " The 54-year-old Kelly, an icon in western New York, is hospitalized in Manhattan, and has been visited by a steady stream of Bills teammates.
July 19, 1986
A combination of chlorine and muriatic acid fumes from a spill at the swimming pool at the Boys' Club of Hollywood sent 45 children and three staff members to hospitals Friday afternoon for treatment of respiratory complaints. There apparently were no serious injuries. The executive director of the club, Mark V. Chow, said about 300 youngsters were at the club when a jug of muriatic acid spilled on the outdoor pool's chlorinator about 1:30 p.m., forming a cloud of gas.
March 25, 2014 | By Paresh Dave
A Colorado third-grader who shaved her head to express solidarity with a cancer-stricken friend may be exempted from a charter school's dress code that bans shaved heads. Jamie Renfro said Sunday that Caprock Academy in Grand Junction had asked her daughter, Kamryn, to stay away from campus until her hair grew back because she had violated its dress code. “We do sign that we understand and agree to the rules every year...but honestly, I never thought my 9-year-old daughter would do something so courageous, brave and selfless,” Renfro said in a public post on Facebook . She kept Kamryn at home on Monday and took her out with Delaney Clements, the 11-year-old friend who started chemotherapy last month, for the third time.
September 1, 2006
Re "Middle-Class Workers Ailing in Census Checkup," Aug. 30 The Census Bureau has taken to breaking down the economic category of "poor" to be "poverty stricken" and "severely poverty stricken" (under $10,000?). Might I suggest that anyone earning a salary of more than $1 million be classified as "severely rich" and those pulling down a salary of more than $2.5 million be labeled "obscenely rich." ROBERT ARONOFF South Pasadena
July 28, 1990
Nowhere have I seen any indication that the grief-stricken (or is that "greed-stricken"?) parents have been held accountable for leaving two disturbed, drug-addicted boys alone with a quantity of alcohol and dope . . . and a loaded "12-gauge sawed-off shotgun." Isn't possession of a sawed-off shotgun a felony in Nevada? CHRISTIAN LEOPOLD SHEA Hollywood
November 2, 1985
How pitiful that a "brave, young powerful man" could be reduced to a panic-stricken being by a mere spider. I just hope he's not a father, schoolteacher or in any way connected with children. JEAN RIBEIRO Big Bear Lake
August 7, 2005
Re "Gov. Orders Shade, Water for Workers Sickened by Heat," Aug. 3 Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger orders shade and water for heat-stricken farmworkers. Heaven forbid we give them driver's licenses. The hypocrisy continues. TOBY KEELER Topanga
May 14, 1985
I concur with your editorial on Nicaragua. It is cowardly for the richest and most powerful nation on earth to bully a poverty-stricken country of 2.8 million peasants into submission. R. E. DILLBERG Temple City
June 14, 1989
Guard Dale Ellis of the Seattle SuperSonics was fined $346 after being found guilty of assaulting his wife and resisting arrest during a January incident at his home. Ellis was ordered to see a counselor and fined at the non-jury trial before Judge Brian Gain. If Ellis does not commit another crime for a year, the convictions will be stricken from his record. If Ellis violates any of the conditions set by Gain during the next year, the judge can sentence him to 15 months in jail and increase the fine to $6,000.
March 21, 2014 | By Tony Perry
SAN DIEGO - The San Diego Zoo has joined a long-odds international effort to save one of nature's tough guys: the Tasmanian devil. Although possessed of sharp fangs, a powerful jaw and a carnivorous personality, the devil is on the verge of being wiped out by a rare and contagious form of cancer on its home island of Tasmania off the coast of Australia. Wildlife officials Down Under, watching in horror as the devil population moves rapidly toward extinction, decided that a public relations effort was needed to raise public awareness about the marsupial's plight . In October, four devils arrived at the San Diego Zoo on long-term loan from the Taronga Western Plains Zoo in Australia.
March 12, 2014 | By Paresh Dave
A 7-year-old Virginia boy struggling with a serious infection began a potentially lifesaving drug treatment Wednesday after his family's awareness campaign went viral and spurred the FDA and a pharmaceutical company to fast-track a new drug trial. First-grader Josh Hardy contracted adenovirus during a bone marrow transplant, which he needed as part of his treatment for leukemia. Though the viral infection typically has mild effects, Josh's cancer-weakened immune system has been more susceptible.
February 4, 2014 | By David Pierson
The U.S. Department of Agriculture will make $20 million available to California farmers to boost water conservation efforts amid one of the worst droughts in state history. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said the program was the first of more to come to assist California's growers and ranchers, some of whom are faced with fallowing land and liquidating herds because of the lack of water. “We are doing everything within our power to support those farmers and ranchers affected by this intense drought,”  Vilsack said in a media briefing Tuesday.
January 8, 2014 | By Robert J. Lopez
Riverside police recovered a stolen puppy that was intended as a gift for a 7-year-old girl with leukemia, authorities said Wednesday. The pug was supposed to be a Christmas present from a Riverside woman, who had heard about the child's plight, authorities said. Shawna Hamon gave the dog to an acquaintance who promised to deliver the puppy to the girl in Sacramento. But the acquaintance kept the dog and allegedly hid the animal after she learned that Hamon had alerted law enforcement, according to the Riverside Police Department.
December 15, 2013 | By John M. Glionna
LOVELOCK, Nev. - For years, school nurse Deborah Pontius came to work with nits to pick. On some days in this isolated central Nevada town, she'd actually sift through the hair of students found with live head lice. But something bigger bugged her: the district's policy of sending children home when they were infested with head lice - grayish-white insects that suck blood from the scalp and cause severe itching. Pontius saw stricken students miss weeks of school. A reentry ticket involved painstaking inspections, with parents required to prove that not a single hitchhiker resided on a child's head.
November 12, 2013 | By Carol J. Williams
As millions of Filipinos desperately search for sustenance and shelter in the devastation left by Typhoon Haiyan, many may be comforted by the knowledge that help is surely on the way from family members working abroad. The Philippines' biggest export has long been its workers, with at least 10% of the country's approximately 100 million people living and working in other nations. They staff cruise ships in the Caribbean, clean homes in the affluent Persian Gulf, work as nannies in Europe and crew merchant marine vessels the world over.
July 30, 1989
Concerning Alan Lubock's July 16 letter protesting Calendar's use of the expression "AIDS stricken": While small-minded people are arguing about terminology, sick people are dying. After giving the matter a great deal of thought I couldn't find anything "uncompassionate" (to use Lubock's word) about the phrase "AIDS stricken," as opposed to his preferred term, the unwieldy "person with AIDS" or PWA. Get your priorities straight, people! The same kind of nit-picking happens within the black community often.
September 28, 1997
In regard to the proposed new sports arena: As a native of L.A., I cannot understand how anyone in his/her right mind could even suggest the thought of adding this nightmare to the already overcrowded, bumper-to-bumper traffic, air-polluted, crime-ridden, poverty-stricken metropolis of downtown L.A. Greed and the love of money must certainly be the motivating forces in this decision. God help us all. ROBIN RUSSELL Pasadena
October 1, 2013 | By Jenny Deam
JEFFERSON COUNTY, Colo. -- The federal government shutdown on Tuesday has left Colorado officials scrambling to keep emergency relief and recovery operations continuing in the wake of last month's massive flooding.  Gov. John Hickenlooper announced Tuesday morning he authorized the use of state money to pay Colorado National Guard troops so they can continue with flood recovery. Under the shutdown they would not be paid, according to the governor's office. “We can't afford to lose one day in rebuilding areas destroyed or damaged by the floods,” Hickenlooper said in a news release.
September 6, 2013 | By Kevin Baxter
CINCINNATI - The youngest of Mark Ellis' three children is a 2-year-old girl named Dylan. So when Sarah Ellis, wife of the Dodgers' second baseman, read about the death of an 8-year-old Indiana boy named Dylan Williams following a baseball practice earlier this summer, it haunted her. “The baseball tie-in and the name of the child and everything kind of struck her. And she reached out to the community to see if there was anything we could do,”...
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