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ENTERTAINMENT
March 29, 2013 | By Rebecca Keegan
British actor Richard Griffiths, best known for playing muggle Uncle Vernon Dursley in the "Harry Potter" movies, has died. Griffiths died Thursday at University Hospital in Coventry, England, from complications following heart surgery, his agent, Simon Beresford, told the Associated Press. He was 65. Large in body and presence, Griffiths appeared in character roles in dozens of films and TV shows, but made his biggest mark as the boy wizard's grumpy uncle. PHOTOS: Richard Griffiths 1947-2013 "Harry Potter" star Daniel Radcliffe said Griffiths' true demeanor was far kinder.
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SPORTS
June 27, 1988 | MARYANN HUDSON, Times Staff Writer
The mother of a highly ranked U.S. gymnast said her daughter is in a coma not because of a spinal injury suffered at a meet in Japan, but because of irresponsibility on the part of a Tokyo hospital, which she said caused an accidental asphyxiation. Otilia Gomez said her daughter, Julissa, the country's 13th-ranked gymnast, went into a coma 15 days after first entering Tokyo University Hospital to be treated for a broken neck.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 21, 1987 | Associated Press
Rep. John D. Dingell (D-Mich.) was released Thursday from Georgetown University Hospital, where he received an artificial hip last week.
SPORTS
September 11, 1987
Former Clemson football Coach Frank Howard, 78, underwent back surgery, and officials at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta said there were no complications.
NEWS
December 20, 1988 | United Press International
Max Robinson, the nation's first black network television news anchor, died today at age 49 of complications from AIDS, a Howard University Hospital spokeswoman said. It had been three years since Robinson worked regularly in television. He earned his spot in broadcasting history in 1978 when he began co-anchoring the ABC Evening News from Chicago with Peter Jennings in New York and Frank Reynolds in Washington.
NEWS
March 8, 1985 | From a Times Staff Writer
Robert W. Woodruff, a reclusive Georgian who rescued the Coca-Cola Co. from threatened bankruptcy in the 1920s and built it into one of the world's great business empires, died Thursday. He was 95. Woodruff, who had been in failing health since suffering two strokes in 1972, died after a 10-day stay at Emory University Hospital. He was credited with being the person most responsible for Coca-Cola becoming perhaps the world's best known American product.
SPORTS
August 6, 1986 | CHRIS SPOLAR and SALLY JENKINS, The Washington Post
Brian Lee Tribble, home again after a one-night stint in the county jail, sat on the front porch with his family one day last week, playing with a streaky-black pit bull, a breed of dog often raised to fight and to maim other dogs.
NEWS
April 14, 1995 | MIKE CLARY, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Diabetic and disabled, 51-year-old Willie King seems an unlikely figurehead for a national uprising over patients' rights. Two months ago, the retired heavy-equipment operator checked into University Community Hospital here to have his diseased right leg amputated. A doctor cut off his left leg instead. "When I came to and discovered I lost my good one, it was a shock, a real shock," King said in a press conference three weeks after the Feb. 20 operation.
HEALTH
October 10, 2011 | By Jessica Pauline Ogilvie, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Last month, the United Kingdom lifted its long-standing ban on accepting blood donations from gay men. Instead, health officials there implemented a new policy that allows men to become blood donors as long as they haven't had sex with another man in the previous year. With this decision, the U.K. joined France, Italy, Japan and eight other developed countries in allowing gay and bisexual men to contribute to the nation's blood supply. Many of those countries require sexually active gay men to wait a year before giving blood, while others have deferral periods of six months or five years.
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