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June 18, 2012 | By Noam N. Levey, Los Angeles Times
WASHINGTON - Trauma surgeons at MedStar Washington Hospital Center didn't know the name of the young man wheeled into the trauma center, unconscious and bleeding from his face and head after being hit by a car. Nor did they know he lacked insurance. But as they worked to save his life, doctors and nurses at the capital's largest hospital ran a dizzying battery of lab tests and high-tech scans. Surgeons operated repeatedly, at one point removing a portion of his skull to relieve pressure on the brain.
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April 10, 2014 | By Gary Goldstein
An alternately delicate and brutal retelling of the memoir by former World War II British Army officer Eric Lomax, "The Railway Man" is an impressively crafted, skillfully acted, highly absorbing journey into a dark corner of world history. Colin Firth plays Lomax in 1980, more than 35 years after being tortured at a Japanese labor camp in Thailand. He learns that Takashi Nagase, the Japanese interpreter at the helm of that cruel, unforgettable punishment, is still alive. Lomax will eventually cross continents to confront his erstwhile captor and hopefully quell the post-traumatic stress disorder that has plagued the self-dubbed "railway enthusiast" for decades.
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OPINION
September 20, 2008
Re "Soccer-match diplomacy," Opinion, Sept. 16 Denying the Armenian genocide for expediency helps neither Armenians nor Turks reconcile this trauma. The right thing to do is to quit denying the Armenian genocide by delaying its recognition and move forward with truth and mutual understanding. The future, mortgaged or otherwise, is brighter when you don't have to lie about your past. Shant Agajanian Joshua Tree
NEWS
March 26, 2014 | By Charlotte Allen, guest blogger
Mireille Miller-Young, a feminist studies professor at UC Santa Barbara, has been charged with battery, vandalism and theft after she allegedly stole and destroyed the sign of an antiabortion protester on campus and then pushed and scratched the 16-year-old when she tried to grab her sign back. It looks like an open-and-shut case. Miller-Young told a police officer who interviewed her after the incident that she had seized and torn up the sign, and there's a video posted on YouTube that appears to record the March 4 altercation (warning: copious use of the "F-word")
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October 16, 2013 | By Matt Stevens and Jason Wells
An Olympic gold medalist training for the America's Cup who perished in San Francisco Bay when his boat capsized died of "blunt trauma with drowning," according to a medical examiner's report. British Olympic gold medalist Andrew "Bart" Simpson was part of an 11-man crew aboard Artemis Racing's AC72 vessel, training for the upcoming America's Cup, when the boat flipped northwest of Treasure Island on May 9. PHOTOS: High-tech sailing at America's Cup The accident occurred when the 72-foot boat unexpectedly nose-dived as it was changing direction and later broke into many pieces, America's Cup officials said.
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May 2, 2010 | By Alexandra Zavis
Doctors and nurses get a chance to reconnect with some of the thousands treated in the hospital's trauma unit each year. Christina Velasquez had just settled down to a plate of snacks in a conference room festooned with balloons when a doctor in a white coat planted a kiss on the 11-year-old's head. "This is a very special person," said Dr. Demetrios Demetriades, director of trauma at Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center. "She was in the intensive care unit for many weeks.
OPINION
September 24, 2004
Re "King/Drew's Trauma Unit Gets a Reprieve," Sept. 22: The hard work and good deeds of the trauma center staff at King/Drew Medical Center are applauded and appreciated. They have been unjustly tarnished in this quagmire of politics. Robert A. Beltran MD Los Alamitos
NEWS
March 11, 2011 | Melissa Healy, Los Angeles Times
After the surging ocean waters spawned by Japan's magnitude 8.9 earthquake receded from that country's northeast coast, the drowned were only the first victims to be counted. Over the next several days, physicians and public health officials in Japan can expect to contend with a second wave of tsunami victims with aspiration-related illness and trauma and crush wounds, as well as with  the threat of disease spread by contaminated  water. Over the long run, the horrors and bolt-from-the-blue devastation of a tsunami leave indelible psychological scars on the surviving population.
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August 28, 2013 | By Joseph Serna
The Orange County Sheriff's Department is investigating the mysterious deaths of two women in Stanton whose bodies showed no visible signs of trauma. Sheriff's deputies found the bodies Tuesday afternoon when they entered the women's first-floor apartment in the 7600 block of Katella Avenue after the employer of one of the women called authorities because she hadn't been in to work. There were no visible signs of trauma, and the deaths could be natural, said Lt. Jeff Hallock.
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April 26, 1989
Los Angeles County supervisors called Tuesday for a meeting of health experts to study ways to stop the erosion in the county's emergency health service system. Citing the continuing closure of hospital trauma care units and the down-licensing of emergency rooms to stand-by status, Supervisor Pete Schabarum asked county health officials to arrange the meeting of specialists to prepare recommendations to stem the trend.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 20, 2014 | By Robert Abele
The risible slab of screwball-inspired nonsense called "Barefoot" has the distinction of featuring what has to be the only female character no actress of any pedigree could ever make believable. We're introduced to blond, beautiful Daisy (Evan Rachel Wood, valiant in thankless defeat) as a blank-faced psych ward newbie whose mother kept her in forced isolation her whole life. But when freed by a bad boy scion (Scott Speedman) who needs a wholesome fake girlfriend for his brother's wedding to help loosen the purse strings of his disapproving dad (Treat Williams)
ENTERTAINMENT
February 20, 2014 | By Robert Abele
What would "The Pretty One" be without Zoe Kazan's pixieish melancholy and offbeat comic timing? Not much. In writer-director Jenée LaMarque's twee indie, Kazan does double duty, playing mousy rural Laurel, who lives with her parents, as well as sister Audrey, the popular one with the big city job and boyfriend (Ron Livingston). After a car accident kills Audrey and briefly gives Laurel amnesia, the wallflower takes advantage of the identity confusion and claims to be Audrey, adopting her sister's life as a kind of instant - albeit psychologically fraught - personality injection.
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January 29, 2014 | By Hailey Branson-Potts
A teenage passenger who was killed in the July crash landing of an Asiana Airlines jetliner was already dead when she was struck by two rescue vehicles, a report released by San Francisco airport and fire officials claims. Ye Meng Yuan - a 16-year-old Chinese high school student - was not wearing her seat belt, and her death was caused by the trauma of being ejected from the plane, according to the report submitted to the National Transportation Safety Board and made public this week.
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January 28, 2014 | By Joseph Serna
The Los Angeles police commission approved 8,000 first-aid trauma kits for officers that could be used to treat their own or others' gunshot wounds in active-shooter situations. “Somewhere, someday a police officer is going to be saved” by one of these kits, said Cmdr. Rick Webb. “This is a big deal.” The trauma kits are modeled after military-style kits used in combat and are smaller than bulky ones officers currently keep in their cars, Webb said. The City Council will have to sign off on the kits before they can be distributed to police.
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January 23, 2014 | By Adolfo Flores
An autopsy found that the woman who was beaten outside a downtown Santa Ana lounge early Saturday died of complications from blunt-force trauma to the head, the Santa Ana Police Department said. Kim Pham, 23, of Huntington Beach was hit and kicked in a fight outside The Crosby. One person has been charged in her death and four others are being sought. Pham, a recent Chapman University graduate who aspired to become a writer and talk-show host, was declared brain-dead shortly after she was admitted to the hospital and was pronounced dead Tuesday after being taken off life support.
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January 6, 2014 | By Christine Mai-Duc
The popular priest who was found dead in his Eureka parish last week died of blunt force injuries to a "substantial part of his body," the county coroner has determined. The Rev. Eric Freed was found dead inside the St. Bernard Church rectory on New Year's Day after he failed to show up for a Mass, shocking the small Northern California community where he taught college courses on religion and often advocated on behalf of the homeless. Gary Lee Bullock, 43, was slated to be arraigned Monday in connection with the death, just hours after a memorial service for Freed, according to Eureka Police Chief Andrew Mills.
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August 30, 1998 | MARGARET RAMIREZ
Medical examiners found no sign of trauma on the body of a 37-year-old man who stopped breathing in the back seat of a sheriff's patrol car and later died, officials said Saturday. Thomas Bryant of Lancaster was arrested Thursday afternoon in the 43000 block of 36th Street West on suspicion of being under the influence of drugs, said Sgt. George Ducoulombier of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department.
OPINION
November 2, 2002
One of the most important measures on the ballot, L.A. County Measure B, is getting very little attention. Yet it is one that may seriously affect our families, our neighbors and ourselves. The number of trauma centers in L.A.. County has shrunk from 22 to 13 since 1985. In the event of trauma injury or heart attack, minutes, even seconds, make the difference between life and death. Should more trauma centers be forced to close, every person in L.A. County will be at greater risk when suffering a critical injury.
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December 10, 2013 | By Paloma Esquivel
Kelly Thomas arrived at the hospital comatose, with multi-organ failure, multiple fractures to his face and ribs and signs of having suffered respiratory and cardiac arrest, the trauma surgeon who treated him testified Tuesday. Dr. Michael Lekawa, chief of trauma surgery at UC Irvine Medical Center in Orange, was on duty the night of July 5, 2011, when Thomas arrived at the hospital after a confrontation with Fullerton police. He died five days later. Two former officers, Manuel Ramos and Jay Cicinelli, are on trial for allegedly killing the mentally ill homeless man. Ramos is charged with second-degree murder and involuntary manslaughter, Cicinelli with involuntary manslaughter and excessive force.
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November 9, 2013 | By Scott Gold
AVILA BEACH, Calif. - Pretty regularly, the clouds cartwheel in from the sea and sock everybody in around here, except tiny Avila Beach. It'll be dreary up in Morro Bay and dreadful down in Pismo, but here, the hills cut through the fog and leave a little circle of sunshine. It's a microclimate, technically. But locals like to think of it as a halo. Things often seem to just happen here, whether it's a feeding frenzy of humpback whales in the bay or a nude volleyball game over at Pirate's Cove.
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