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September 6, 2009 | David Kelly
Shortly after moving into a group home here six months ago, Trevor Castro said, he began to feel less like a paying tenant and more like a prisoner. The bleak compound was surrounded by a cinder-block wall topped with coils of jagged razor wire. He lived in a converted chicken coop with no plumbing and a bucket for a toilet. He said he was kicked, had a glass broken on his face by a staff member and had cans of cigarette butts dumped on him. On Friday, police came looking for 23-year-old Castro for an outstanding DUI warrant and saw a bucket of urine outside his door.
June 23, 2009 | Thomas H. Maugh II
Researchers have identified a chemical in urine that is closely associated with appendicitis in children and are working to develop a simple test that could be used to diagnose the condition -- a test that would both increase the likelihood of performing surgery before the appendix bursts and prevent unnecessary surgery.
June 3, 2009 | Mike Penner
With the Chicago Cubs struggling to keep their heads above .500, the team has made a move to try to improve the atmosphere in the dugout. Yes, the Cubs have decided to retire their dugout Gatorade dispenser, the bright orange target for so many frustrated players. Both Ryan Dempster and Carlos Zambrano have pummeled the cooler during fits of rage. So now it is being removed from harm's way. "It was tough while it lasted," Reed Johnson told the Chicago Tribune.
April 13, 2008 | Ashley Powers, Times Staff Writer
The sense of decorum at this town's 95-year-old watering hole is summed up by two signs that greet its patrons: "Open Everyday Till The Drinking Stops." "Poker Players and Loose Women Are Permitted In This Establishment." If you're still unclear about the Pioneer Saloon's disposition, well, ask the regulars about Gary. The longtime regular died unexpectedly while drinking in the bar a few years ago; they say the bartender downed Gary's unfinished beer, smashed the glass and proclaimed: "To you!"
December 15, 2007 | Bill Shaikin, Times Staff Writer
NEW YORK -- With human growth hormone emerging as the drug of choice for baseball players, Rep. Henry A. Waxman (D-Beverly Hills) said Friday he would consider federal funding to support the search for an effective HGH test. That prospect cheered Dr. Don Catlin, the former UCLA scientist charged by baseball with developing a urine test for HGH. "I'd certainly put my hat in the ring for a grant," said Catlin, who now runs the Anti-Doping Research Institute in Los Angeles.
August 31, 2007 | JOEL STEIN
The vast majority of my dreams are completely impossible: owning Mars, traveling to the future, writing a book. So when -- thanks to the magical economics of failed television pilot writing -- I got to buy a house, and that house needed a new bathroom, I was about to realize one of my lifelong dreams: owning a home urinal.
June 4, 2007 | Steve Springer, Times Staff Writer
Although he was denied a urine sample for drug testing by former football player Johnnie Morton following Morton's mixed martial arts debut Saturday night at the Coliseum, Armando Garcia, executive director of the California State Athletic Commission, plans to run tests on Morton using a sample supplied on Friday. That sample was for steroid testing. "We will be using that [sample] now to also test for drugs of abuse," said Garcia. Results are expected in about a week.
April 12, 2007 | Michael A. Hiltzik, Times Staff Writer
An arbitration panel has ruled against Tour de France champion Floyd Landis on two procedural issues, complicating his defense against charges that he illicitly doped with testosterone during the 2006 race. By a 2-1 vote, with the arbitrator appointed by Landis, attorney Christopher Campbell, in the minority, the panel gave U.S. anti-doping officials permission to retest samples of Landis' urine that have already been ruled clean.
March 19, 2007 | Elena Conis, Special to The Times
Honey, barley, beer, dates, toads, rabbit ears, rats and mice: No, it's not a list of ingredients for a witches brew but a short-list of the many items that have been employed through the ages to help women answer a burning question: Am I pregnant? The ancients devised endless creative ways to diagnose pregnancy. More than a thousand years ago in Greece, honey water and vaginal suppositories made of onions were used.
May 16, 2006 | Evelyn Iritani, Times Staff Writer
Ditmar Gorges thought selling his water-free urinals in China would be a no-brainer, given that country's water and sewage problems. But he soon discovered it wasn't easy hawking his product to customers who recalled the "water-free" toilets of their youth: a smelly hole in the ground. It took months of lobbying before Los Angeles-based Falcon Waterfree Technologies installed its first urinal in the Ministry of Science and Technology's new headquarters in Beijing, a conservation showplace.
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