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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.
March 18, 1994 |
Known locally as a dancer in Bella Lewitzky's company (1973-76) and a teacher of dance at UCLA (1978-81), Chris Burnside returned to the Southland on Wednesday as an autobiographical performance artist. However, throughout 105 minutes of personal testimony about what he called "one gay man's journey through the Vietnam-era military," Burnside relied extensively on movement design as an extra layer of commentary.
August 22, 2006 |
Separate teams of gene hunters have homed in on key regions in the human genome to explain the higher-than-usual incidence of prostate cancer in black men and the elevated risk of premature birth among black women. The discoveries, being reported today in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, add context to two medical mysteries that have long proved difficult to explain.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 30, 2001 |
Rep. Norman Sisisky, a conservative Virginia Democrat who was a strong advocate for defense spending during nine terms in Congress, died Thursday. He was 73. Sisisky, a senior member of the House Armed Services Committee, died at his home in Petersburg two days after he was released from a hospital following lung cancer surgery, his office announced.
October 25, 2006 |
Here's another thing to blame on Americans' expanding waistlines: We're using more gasoline. That's the conclusion of a study from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, which says that 938 million more gallons of gasoline go into vehicles annually because drivers and passengers are considerably heavier today than in 1960.
May 5, 2012 |
With a day of large rallies and the unveiling of his stump speech, President Obama on Saturday will acknowledge what has been obvious for months: He is in official campaign mode. In appearances at college campuses in Columbus, Ohio, and Richmond, Va., Obama will outline his case for reelection and explain the new “Forward” campaign theme his team announced in recent days. People close to the plans say Obama isn't going for the vibe of his 2008 campaign, which he kicked off on a frigid day at the old state capitol in Springfield, Ill., more than five years ago. That event focused on the historic nature of Obama's candidacy and on soaring ambitions for the country.
May 5, 2012 |
WASHINGTON -- With a day of large rallies and the unveiling of his stump speech, President Obama on Saturday will acknowledge what has been obvious for months: He is in official campaign mode. In appearances at college campuses in Columbus, Ohio, and Richmond, Va., Obama will outline his case for reelection and explain the new "Forward" campaign theme his team announced in recent days. People close to his plans say Obama isn't going for the vibe of his 2008 campaign, which he kicked off on a frigid day at the old state capitol in Springfield, Ill., more than five years ago. That event focused on the historic nature of Obama's candidacy and on soaring ambitions for the country.
March 12, 2014 |
Before the Mount St. Mary's University men's basketball team faced Brigham Young University earlier this season, Jamion Christian didn't have any problem picking his role on the scout team offense. The coach wanted to be BYU scoring machine Tyler Haws. “So I could get a lot of shots up,” the 31-year-old Christian said in a telephone interview. Playing on the scout team is one of the advantages of being the fifth-youngest Division I-A coach. The hands-on approach in Christian's second season leading the Emmitsburg, Md., school resulted in an NCAA tournament berth Tuesday night after winning the Northeast Conference tournament.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 14, 2010 |
Chemist John B. Fenn, who shared the 2002 Nobel Prize in chemistry for work that made possible the rapid analysis of the structure of proteins and other biomolecules through mass spectrometry, died Friday in Richmond, Va. He was 93 and died of complications from a fall suffered Oct. 12. "The possibility of analyzing proteins in detail has led to increased understanding of the processes of life," the Swedish Royal Academy of Sciences said in its...
April 10, 2005 |
Xeni JARDIN arrives fashionably late, her platinum curls bobbing above the crowd as she sheds a floor-length faux fur to reveal a white silk, backless gown that so effectively evokes Marilyn Monroe, it nearly stops cocktail chatter cold. And that's saying something, because there are some big brains in this room who aren't easily distracted, among them a lead scientist of the recent Mars missions and the inventor of the Palm Pilot. Jardin herself is no slouch.