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April 15, 2012 |
When Garth Webb was sent to Napa State Hospital, his parents were relieved. The bellboy and amateur composer from Sebastopol had been in the throes of bipolar disorder when he was charged with threatening the lives of co-workers. His family encouraged him to plead not guilty by reason of insanity, thinking that in a mental hospital he would get the treatment he needed. Instead, Webb and his parents say, he was repeatedly brutalized. His main tormentor, a patient in the room next door, assaulted him several times, wrapping him in a headlock and sexually abusing him. Soon after, the same man strangled a psychiatric worker on the hospital grounds.
October 31, 1995 |
The search for schizophrenia genes has received a boost from new studies that suggest researchers are looking in the right place. Several teams of researchers have found evidence supporting the idea that a gene making people susceptible to schizophrenia lies somewhere in a particular region of Chromosome 6. The initial suggestion made news in May, when scientists published an analysis of genetic material from 186 Irish families.
September 27, 2005 |
Despite reports from authorities that the R&B singer D'Angelo had been badly injured in a car crash, a lawyer for the neo-soul star said Monday that his client was home and healthy. D'Angelo, 31, was in a 2003 Hummer on Sept. 19 when it veered off a highway in his native state of Virginia and crashed into a fence. Another occupant, Lynne Sellers, was injured too. Police could not say who was driving. State Police Sgt. Kevin Barrick said Monday that the Grammy winner was ejected from the vehicle.
March 17, 1989
Auburn basketball coach Sonny Smith reportedly is close to accepting the head coaching job at Virginia Commonwealth University with a multiyear contract worth about $300,000 per year. Smith, 52, who has been Auburn's coach for 11 years, said he will visit the VCU campus in Richmond today but denied a report that he already had agreed in principle to accept the job.
January 4, 2011 |
Still haven't figured out how to get in shape for 2011? It's not too late. Experts around the country are here to help. A live Web chat Wednesday (noon EST, 11 a.m. CST and 9 a.m. PST) will feature these panelists: Dr. Danine Fruge of the Pritikin Longevity Center & Spa; Dr. Susan Mitchell, a nutrition expert and dietitian; and Pete McCall, an exercise physiologist from the American Council on Exercise. Each will field questions about weight loss, lifestyle changes and general fitness.
November 20, 2006 |
There is no evidence that antibiotics help the vast majority of patients with acute bronchitis, and doctors should stop routinely prescribing them, researchers report. Acute bronchitis, an inflammation of the main airways to the lungs marked by an irritating cough, is one of the most common conditions treated by primary-care doctors, occurring in about 5% of adults each year. But an exhaustive review of existing research studies and clinical trials, published in the Nov.
May 21, 1992 |
For the second time in a week, a National Endowment for the Arts peer review panel has announced that it will suspend operations in protest of last week's decision by NEA acting chairman Anne-Imelda Radice to overturn two grant recommendations approved by another panel and the National Council on the Arts.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 1, 1993 |
Judith Jacovitz is not alone in dreading a one-way trip to a nursing home. Experts say it is common and likely to grow as the population ages. A study at the University of Washington found that among people studied over 70 who committed suicide and left indications of their reasons, the fear of being put into a nursing home was the one most often cited. "There are a lot of people out there who are frightened," Dr. J. Pierre Loebel, who directed the 1989 study, said.
March 13, 2011 |
USC has advanced to the NCAA tournament and the Trojans (19-14) will face Virginia Commonwealth University (23-11) on Wednesday in a first-round game in Dayton, Ohio. If the Trojans beat the Rams, they will face sixth-seeded Georgetown (21-10) in Chicago in a second-round game on Friday. USC has never faced Virginia Commonwealth or Georgetown. Two victories and USC would play the winner of third-seeded Purdue and 14th-seeded St. Peters. The Trojans' tournament resume was boosted by five wins against teams ranked in the top 50 of the Ratings Percentage Index and a schedule that ranked 39th nationally in terms of strength.
May 14, 1992 |
Pop quiz: What's the difference between the cancellation of a controversial exhibition for fear of offending conservative members of Congress on the eve of federal budget hearings for the National Endowment for the Arts, as famously happened at Washington's Corcoran Gallery of Art in 1989, and Tuesday's cancellation of two exhibition grants by the NEA's acting chairman, for fear of offending conservative voters on the eve of President Bush's reelection campaign? Time's up, pencils down.