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April 7, 2013 | By Susan Silk and Barry Goldman
When Susan had breast cancer, we heard a lot of lame remarks, but our favorite came from one of Susan's colleagues. She wanted, she needed, to visit Susan after the surgery, but Susan didn't feel like having visitors, and she said so. Her colleague's response? "This isn't just about you. " "It's not?" Susan wondered. "My breast cancer is not about me? It's about you?" The same theme came up again when our friend Katie had a brain aneurysm. She was in intensive care for a long time and finally got out and into a step-down unit.
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SCIENCE
March 19, 2014 | By Melissa Healy, This post has been corrected, as indicated below.
Is there really a link between vaccine and autism, cellphones and cancer, the HIV virus and the CIA? Almost half of Americans believe the answer is yes for at least one of the many medical conspiracy theories that have circulated in recent years. And the attitudes and behavior of those conspiracists toward standard medical advice reflect that mistrust, says a study out this week. A pair of University of Chicago social scientists set out to determine the extent of "medical conspiracism" among the U.S. public and conducted a nationally representative online survey.
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ENTERTAINMENT
December 2, 2009
'Conspiracy Theory With Jesse Ventura' Where: TruTV When: 10 tonight Rating: TV-14 (may be unsuitable for children younger than 14)
WORLD
March 16, 2014 | By Barbara Demick
The possibility that Malaysia Air Flight 370 was hijacked has heartened the relatives of passengers who are holding out hope that the missing plane landed in some remote location, perhaps a tropical island. "My gut feeling is that it landed. I still feel his spirit. I don't feel he is dead," said Sarah Bajc, a 48-year-old American teacher living in Beijing whose partner, Philip Wood, a 50-year-old IBM executive, was a passenger on the flight. A former technology executive, Bajc has been one of the most proactive of the family members, setting up Facebook and Twitter accounts encouraging people to keep looking for the plane.
SCIENCE
May 3, 2011 | By Amina Khan, Los Angeles Times
If natural selection means that only the fittest individuals survive to pass their genes on to the next generation, then selfless behavior should not exist. Yet dolphins are known to support their injured brethren, and some species of monkeys will scream to warn others of danger, even though doing so makes them an easier target. Biologists have a theory to explain such altruistic behavior: Animals will help one another if they have strong genetic ties, since doing so preserves genes they have in common.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 28, 2013 | By Mark Olsen
Jeff Lipsky is a seminal figure in independent film distribution, having helped bring the work of such now-revered directors as John Cassavetes and Mike Leigh to broader audiences. Though still a distributor - putting out recent films such as "Barbara" and "Sister" - he has over the past few years ramped up his output as a filmmaker himself. Putting aside his business sense, he has set out to write and direct a series of idiosyncratic, slightly perverse and personal films. With the latest, "Molly's Theory of Relativity," Lipsky presents a story with a theatrically heightened sense of reality (it could easily be a play)
SCIENCE
August 2, 2010 | By Shari Roan, Los Angeles Times
A novel theory about the cause of multiple sclerosis — one that quickly led to millions of dollars in research pledges and an increasingly popular, though unproved, treatment — took a hit Monday from two studies calling the premise into question. The theory, proposed last year, had gained traction in a field desperate for research advances. It suggests that multiple sclerosis can be traced to obstruction in the veins carrying blood from the brain back to the heart — leading to nervous system damage and causing the hallmark symptoms of muscle weakness, decreased coordination and vision problems.
OPINION
February 27, 2004
In "Science Project of a Lifetime" (Feb. 24) I find that, after "four decades ... and $700 million," Gravity Probe B "arguably has had more delays, cost overruns and cancellations than any other NASA scientific endeavor." Also on Feb. 24 I read that, after "21 years and $6.9 billion," the "Army Cancels Comanche Helicopter." What is the matter with NASA that in twice as much time it has expended on this probe only about 10% of the cost of the Comanche? I suppose that the varying amounts may serve to illustrate a different theory of relativity.
NEWS
April 3, 2003 | Don Heckman, Special to The Times
A project as complicated as Stefon Harris' "Grand Unification Theory" is difficult to implement, even in the friendly surroundings of a recording studio. Nonetheless, the large-scale, 11-movement work for 12 musicians was superbly produced on a Blue Note album -- one of this year's first four-star collections. A live outing is a very different challenge, however.
NATIONAL
August 17, 2011 | By Maeve Reston, Los Angeles Times
Texas Gov. Rick Perry on Wednesday reaffirmed his view that global warming is an unproven scientific theory that has been advanced, at least in part, by scientists who have "manipulated data," and he argued that programs intended to limit climate change are costing the nation "billions if not trillions" of dollars that he believes could be better spent elsewhere. "We are seeing almost weekly, or even daily, scientists are coming forward and questioning the original idea that man-made global warming is what is causing the climate to change," Perry told an audience of several hundred voters, business leaders and local officials who gathered for a breakfast in Bedford.
WORLD
March 16, 2014 | By Barbara Demick
BEIJING - The search for missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 has expanded to cover an impossibly vast swath of Asia extending from Kazakhstan to Australia, with Malaysia appealing for as many airplanes and ships as the world can provide. The countries where the Boeing 777 and the 239 people aboard could have gone, based on a signal picked up by a satellite, stretch north and west from the plane's last known location and include Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Pakistan, Bangladesh, India, China, Myanmar, Laos, Vietnam and Thailand.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 12, 2014 | By Ed Stockly
Customized TV Listings are available here: www.latimes.com/tvtimes Click here to download TV listings for the week of March 9-15, 2014 in PDF format This week's TV Movies     SERIES Chicagoland Mayor Rahm Emanuel cheers on the Blackhawks on their NHL playoff run in this new episode. 7 and 10 p.m. CNN The Big Bang Theory Sheldon (Jim Parsons) is in for a surprise when he visits his mom (Laurie Metcalf) in Texas, in this new episode.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 12, 2014 | By Yvonne Villarreal
Here's an announcement written in the stars: CBS has renewed "The Big Bang Theory" for an additional three years, taking it into the 2016-2017 season. It's the second time the series has scored a three-season renewal. And one doesn't need to be a science nerd to understand how the power behind the comedy's ratings plays into its life extension. The Thursday series is TV's top-rated comedy among adults 18-49. The series, currently in its seventh season, is averaging a hefty 19.8 million viewers per week and a whopping 6.1 among the 18-49 demo.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 11, 2014 | By Samantha Schaefer
Last year, a couple walking the usual route around their California Gold Country property happened upon a can sticking out of the ground. They pulled it out and uncovered seven others, all filled with hundreds of U.S. gold coins. Experts announced the find last month after a year of work researching and authenticating the 1,427 coins, worth an estimated $10 million. But the origin of the Saddle Ridge hoard remains a tantalizing mystery, one that has coin buffs and amateur sleuths on the case.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 7, 2014 | By Randall Roberts, Los Angeles Times Pop Music Critic
These days it gets so crowded at the Low End Theory in Lincoln Heights that by 11 p.m. the door guys stop letting people in. The long-running weekly beat music club, which helped propel the careers of Flying Lotus, DJ Nobody, Nosaj Thing, Tokimonsta, Gaslamp Killer and others, draws fans from around the world who line up each Wednesday. The goal: to gain entry to the second-floor room with a capacity of a few hundred, featuring gut-vibrating bass cabinets, sweat on the walls and nonstop rhythms.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 5, 2014 | By Samantha Schaefer
The news of a Northern California couple's discovery of more than 1,400 gold coins hidden on their property has experts, history buffs and regular folks speculating on the treasure's origin. Though officials said it is unlikely the coins were stolen in a turn-of-the-century theft at the U.S. Mint in San Francisco, some wonder if the cache could be one of many believed buried by the  Knights of the Golden Circle . The secretive, subversive Confederate group is thought to have hidden millions in ill-gotten gold across a dozen states to finance a second Civil War. PHOTOS: California couple discovers cache of gold coins The coins very well could be a fortune buried by a wealthy businessman, but the time period, markers near the cache and manner in which the coins were buried fit the mold of the KGC, said Warren Getler, a former Wall Street Journal reporter who coauthored “Rebel Gold,” a book about the group.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 20, 2009 | By Susan Salter Reynolds
The Theory of Light and Matter Andrew Porter Vintage: 180 pp., $14 paper In Andrew Porter's stories, things happen. Of course, you say, things happen, but Porter builds his words around them. There is a wave-like movement in each story, a swelling toward the event and an ebbing toward the new future after the event. In "Hole," the narrator's friend, 11, falls down the hole in the driveway and dies; there's a 13-year-old boy, in "Coyotes," whose angry father makes him watch his mother in mid-infidelity through the window of her office; an exchange student in "Azul" almost dies while in the care of an irresponsible couple -- Porter is more interested in the buildup than he is in the life after; in some cases the event will lodge, like a splinter, in other's lives.
NEWS
January 17, 2001
If professor Peter Singer ("The Philosopher as Provocateur," Jan. 8) were to have a conversation with physicist Stephen Hawking regarding "euthanasia of the severely disabled," he would quickly learn just how foolish his theory is. JAY SCHWARTZ Chatsworth
BUSINESS
February 1, 2014 | By Lauren Beale
"Twilight" film series vampire Robert Pattinson found a warm body to pay $6.375 million for his Los Feliz home. Jim Parsons of "The Big Bang Theory" is the new owner. The 1922 Spanish Colonial-style house has a formal entry, a library/study, a den, three bedrooms, 3.5 bathrooms and 4,026 square feet of space in two stories. Antiqued tile and stone, hand-carved wood and stenciled ceilings maintain a vintage vibe. The 1.5-acre sloping lot, enclosed by walls, features a lagoon-style swimming pool, waterfalls and fountains.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 31, 2014 | By Ryan Faughnder
Ratings giants "The Big Bang Theory" and "American Idol" on Thursday night faced off for the first time this season, resulting in declines for both, while comedy-driven CBS laughed away with a clear win. Meanwhile, NBC scored with "Saturday Night Live" clips of sports sketches.  "The Big Bang Theory" was off for the first couple of weeks of "American Idol's" 13th season. Thursday night's "Big Bang" episode drew an average of 18.9 million viewers overall, and a rating of 5.1 in the advertiser-desired 18-49 age group, according to early numbers from Nielsen.
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