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May 9, 1989 | ELLIOTT ALMOND, Times Staff Writer
Lori Rafferty was looking for adventure when she joined the crew of a 41-foot racing yacht being delivered from Hawaii to Sydney, Australia, in 1980. What she got was a harrowing test of survival. Somewhere in the South Pacific near American Samoa, the yacht Impetuous encountered a raging storm that broke the vessel's mast. Then the wind died. The crew--four men and two women--was stranded in a vast seascape for almost two weeks. As they edged toward Samoa, sending faint emergency signals as best they could, they depleted their food and water.
April 27, 2014 | By Stephen Ceasar
As a boy, Patrick Manyika looked up and watched packages of corn and canned fish fall from the sky. An airplane streamed overhead, dropping supplies to the hundreds of refugees living in isolation in the rolling hills and forests of northeast Rwanda. The relief packages read "USAID" - it was the first word he would learn to read. Manyika lived as a child in exile on the land of a national park, survived the Rwandan genocide as a teenager and eventually made his way to a private university in Southern California.
October 19, 2010
Several years ago, Dr. Edward E. Cornwell III, then a trauma surgeon at Johns Hopkins Hospital, treated a young man with several gunshot wounds to his chest and groin. The patient's testicles had nearly been shot off. Despite his life-threatening condition, he survived emergency surgery and experienced a remarkable recovery. Cornwell thought he knew why. The testicles, which had been all but destroyed, abruptly shut down the man's testosterone production. A new study confirms Cornwell's hunch that hormones put men at a disadvantage, compared with women, when it comes to surviving severe physical trauma.
April 24, 2014 | By Patrick McGreevy
SACRAMENTO - A proposal to charge a tax on oil pumped from the ground in California was approved Thursday by a state Senate panel on grounds that it would help fund higher education in the state. The Senate Education Committee voted, 5-2, to advance the bill that would levy a 9.5% tax to raise $2 billion annually to be divided among state universities and colleges, state parks and human service programs. “California is the only major oil producer in the world that does not collect taxes on oil production,” Sen. Noreen Evans (D-Santa Rosa)
July 13, 2012 | By John M. Glionna
William Martin LaFever has lots of reasons for still being alive after wandering for weeks in the remote Escalante Desert of southern Utah. One is the sheer luck that searchers put a rescue helicopter in just the right place; that was what ended one of the most amazing -- and perhaps luckiest -- survival stories in years. But Garfield County, Utah, sheriff's authorities point to one other providential fact: LaFever is autistic, which might have led him to stay close to the life-giving Escalante River.
July 13, 2013 | By Celine Wright
Discovery Channel producer Steve Rankin made headlines when he was bit by a deadly pit viper in early May. After being rushed to the hospital from the remote Costa Rican wilderness, and after several serious surgeries, he is lucky to still have his foot. Rankin was scouting locations for his new show, “Naked and Afraid,” which drew an impressive 4.1 million total viewers to its premiere in June. His injury mirrored those possible in the extreme survival series, which casts two survival experts (one man, one woman)
August 14, 2013 | By Randall Roberts, Los Angeles Times Pop Music Critic
Detroit rapper Eminem released the first glimpse of his forthcoming, as-yet-untitled new album via a “Call of Duty: Ghost” trailer on Wednesday, and it shows a man focused on a return to greatness as voluminous, venom-filled and explosive as the visuals that the song soundtracks. Called “Survival,” the track shows the man born Marshall Mathers at an aggressive peak, delivering cuss-filled lines about his return: “I'm … back again with another anthem/Why stop when it doesn't have to end?
November 27, 2011 | By Caroline Moorehead
On Jan. 24, 1943, 230 French women who had been arrested for resistance activities were put on a train at Compiegne, outside Paris, and sent to Auschwitz. The youngest had just celebrated her 17th birthday; the oldest was 67. They were teachers and seamstresses, students and farmers' wives; there was a doctor, a dentist and several editors and chemists. They were to be a lesson to other would-be troublemakers. The women were not Jewish, so they were not sent immediately to be gassed.
June 1, 1998
Eli Kahn, 6. Heather Brogdon, 12. Keith Patrick, 20. Three youngsters. Three backgrounds. One disease: cancer. The other common denominators--bravery, loving families, Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore--helped them and their families get through the battle. Harry Connolly documented Eli's and Heather's and Keith's lives for three years.
January 17, 2011
No one really knows what dreams are for. But evolutionary psychologists theorize that humans started dreaming to promote survival by "rehearsing" adaptive responses to challenges. "In prehistory it was, 'How do I get away from saber-toothed tigers?'" says Sandy Ginsberg, an Encino psychotherapist who leads a weekly dream group and says she's had, and heard, her own share of recession dreams of late. "We're still dreaming about how to survive. " About two-thirds of people surveyed say they've solved a practical problem in dreams, adds Deirdre Barrett, a clinical psychologist who teaches at Harvard Medical School ?
April 22, 2014 | By Kate Mather and Joseph Serna
Aviation experts and authorities say they are baffled at how a teen stowaway survived a 5-1/2-hour flight from California to Hawaii in a jetliner wheel well and appeared to emerge unscathed. Stowing away in a plane wheel well does not usually end well, experts say. Those who do so may fall to their deaths, be crushed by the landing gear or succumb to cold and lack of oxygen. Federal Aviation Administration records show that of the 105 people known to have stowed away on flights around the world over the last 67 years, only 25 lived through the ordeal, a survival rate of 23.8%.
April 21, 2014 | By Joseph Serna, Kate Mather and James Rainey
The dark of night still draped Mineta San Jose International Airport when a 15-year-old boy from nearby Santa Clara wandered onto a secure airport ramp and toward a Hawaiian Airlines Boeing 767. Then he disappeared. The slight teenager, first seen on a security camera video, would not appear again until later Sunday morning, when airline workers spotted him 2,350 miles to the west, walking on the tarmac at Kahului Airport on the island of Maui. In the interim, authorities say, the boy survived a perilous, 5 1/2 -hour odyssey - enduring frigid temperatures, oxygen deprivation and a compartment unfit for human habitation - as he traveled over the Pacific Ocean in the jet's wheel well.
April 21, 2014 | By Kurt Streeter
Authorities said it was a "miracle" that a 16-year-old boy from Santa Clara survived a flight from California to Hawaii in the wheel well of a Hawaiian Airlines jet. Security video from San Jose's Mineta International Airport verified that the teen hopped a fence and made his way to Hawaiian Airlines Flight 45, then managed to climb up the wheel well of the plane and stow away without being detected. He emerged unharmed despite freezing temperatures and a lack of oxygen on a flight that reached an altitude of 38,000 feet, an FBI official said.
April 11, 2014 | By Stacey Leasca
Coachella 2014 is finally here. Time to check out our official survival guide  and read about the 10 must-see up-and-coming acts at the festival.  Whether you're at Coachella or just wishing you were, follow along as our reporters share photos, videos, news, tweets and more from inside the festival and exclusive parties all weekend long. For those at the event, here's our mobile guide . INTERACTIVE: Tell us your Coachella Weekend 2 schedule Twitter: @SLeasca PHOTOS AND MORE PHOTOS: Concerts by the Times PHOTOS: Unexpected musical collaborations PHOTOS: Musician feuds: The dirt & details
April 9, 2014 | By Maria L. La Ganga
SEATTLE - A broken leg. A shattered ankle. A broken arm. A fractured eye socket. And a memory of terror that will be with her forever, its soundtrack an "unexplainable" noise "that will never get out of my head. " That is what Amanda Skorjanc, 25, remembers after the March 22 Oso landslide that destroyed her home, almost wiped her little town off the map and nearly killed her infant son, Duke Suddarth, who was 22 weeks old when the disaster struck. At least 36 people were killed and 10 others remain missing.
April 8, 2014 | Claire Noland
Mary Anderson, a redheaded actress who auditioned for the part of Scarlett O'Hara in the 1939 epic "Gone With the Wind" but wound up playing a supporting role as Maybelle Merriwether, died Sunday. She was 96. A longtime resident of Brentwood, Anderson died under hospice care in Burbank. She had been in declining health and had suffered a series of small strokes, said her longtime friend Betty Landess. Anderson was one of the last surviving cast members of the film adaptation of Margaret Mitchell's Civil War novel.
March 20, 2014 | By Monte Morin
Why do our eyes open wide when we feel fear or narrow to slits when we express disgust? According to new research, it has to do with survival. In a paper published Thursday in the journal Psychological Science, researchers concluded that expressions of fear and disgust altered the way human eyes gather and focus light. They argued that these changes were the result of evolutionary development and were intended to help humans survive, or at least detect, very different threats.
April 2, 2014 | By Ed Stockly
Customized TV Listings are available here: Click here to download TV listings for the week of March 30 - April 5, 2014 in PDF format This week's TV Movies   SERIES The Big Bang Theory Raj (Kunal Nayyar) dates two women at once while Sheldon (Jim Parsons) is torn between two gaming systems. Wil Wheaton guest stars in this new episode. 8 p.m. CBS Community The study group gets animated in the vein of "G.I. Joe" in this new episode.
April 2, 2014 | By Laura J. Nelson
Knocking down one of the last hurdles for Los Angeles' long-awaited Westside subway extension, a judge ruled late Wednesday that transit officials followed environmental laws when choosing a route that will require tunneling under Beverly Hills High School. The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority's five-year, $13.8-million environmental review process was thorough and fair, Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge John A. Torribio wrote in a 15-page decision. The Beverly Hills School District and the city of Beverly Hills, which sued Metro two years ago claiming in part that risks of tunneling under the school were not adequately considered, can appeal the decision.
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