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April 2, 2006 | Debra J. Miller, Debra J. Miller teaches English at a private high school in Los Angeles.
On Thursday, Oct. 8, 1964, the day the police decided my mother killed my father, I woke up late, the kind of late that snaps you out of your favorite dream, the one where you're wrapped in the arms of your favorite TV hunk--mine was Dr. Kildare--and he's just about to . . . when bang your unconscious tells you the sun is out, the lights are on all over the house and you're going to be late for school because nobody got you out of bed. We were a family of five. I was 14 and the oldest.
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March 27, 2014 | By Molly Hennessy-Fiske
ARLINGTON, Wash. - Air National Guard Senior Airman Charolette Gibson was picking through debris at the scene of the massive mudslide in nearby Oso on Thursday, working as part of a team alongside residents and relatives of the victims. "It gives them hope, it gives us hope, and it gives you some perspective on the situation," she said after leaving the mudslide scene for an afternoon news briefing. Helmet in hand, she still wore her fatigues. About 50 of her teammates have been working through the debris since soon after the Saturday mudslide, wearing waders and walking in single file through muck that she said felt like wet pavement.
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HEALTH
June 1, 2013 | By Melinda Fulmer
Hip twists are a great toning exercise to define your waist and strengthen your core. They're also a nice change of pace from those twisting crunches. They're demonstrated here by YouTube fitness sensation Cassey Ho, who uses them on her "Pop Pilates Total Body Workout" DVD and Blogilates channel. Add them to your next ab workout. What it does This exercise strengthens the oblique muscles that run along the sides and back of your abdomen, helping to create a more defined waist and supported back.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 28, 2014 | By Robert Gauthier, Hailey Branson-Potts and Rong-Gong Lin II, This post has been updated
A TV news employee trying to report from the scene of an unstable Azusa hillside Friday got stuck in waist-high mud and had to be rescued.  The man was reporting in the hillside above the home of Dennis Sanderson on Ridge View Drive when he got stuck in the mud. Sanderson aided authorities in the rescue. According to Sanderson, the news employee had intentionally waded into a pool of mud Friday afternoon to demonstrate how thick it was. A rescuer could be seen using a shovel.  [ Updated, 9:46 p.m. : Fire officials said they believe the reporter they helped rescue was Miguel Almaguer from "NBC Nightly News.
NEWS
February 27, 2012 | By Melissa Healy, Los Angeles Times/For the Booster Shots Blog
If primary care doctors build intensive counseling programs to help their obese patients exercise, lose weight and get healthy, will they work? A new study finds that for half the population, at least, they will. For men and women alike, results will be modest. And for women, they won't last. The authors of the study, published Monday in the Archives of Internal Medicine, concluded that physicians' efforts to improve their obese patients' health by promoting lifestyle change might do better to embrace "a more realistic expectation": a modest reduction of patients' waist circumference and the prevention of further weight gain.
NATIONAL
March 27, 2014 | By Molly Hennessy-Fiske
ARLINGTON, Wash. - Air National Guard Senior Airman Charolette Gibson was picking through debris at the scene of the massive mudslide in nearby Oso on Thursday, working as part of a team alongside residents and relatives of the victims. "It gives them hope, it gives us hope, and it gives you some perspective on the situation," she said after leaving the mudslide scene for an afternoon news briefing. Helmet in hand, she still wore her fatigues. About 50 of her teammates have been working through the debris since soon after the Saturday mudslide, wearing waders and walking in single file through muck that she said felt like wet pavement.
NEWS
April 24, 1989 | From Associated Press
A 10-year-old boy was buried waist-high in more than 2,000 pounds of bricks when a chimney collapsed, but police said he was not seriously injured and was in stable condition Sunday. The chimney, all that was left of a house formerly on a lot where the boy was playing, collapsed Saturday, apparently because the boy and a friend were beating on it with sticks, police said. It took rescuers about 20 minutes to free the boy, who suffered a fractured thighbone.
NEWS
February 5, 1993 | JOHN MORELL, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Wrapped Up: For a day at Disneyland, you might take along a pullover sweater that you can wear later in the day when the temperature drops. There's nothing wrong with the idea, except, what do you do with the sweater while you're not wearing it? If you don't want to leave it in the car or pop for a storage locker near the entrance, you can carry it, tie it around your waist or tie it around your shoulders. Two of these are fine, but one is a big no-no.
HEALTH
October 25, 2010 | Karen Voight, Good Form
Strengthen your lower body and core muscles as you stretch each side of your waist with this move. Try to create space between each of your ribs so even if you can't touch the floor, you'll still feel a full side-body stretch. Stand with your feet about 3 to 31/2 feet apart, with your hands resting on your hips and both legs turned out to a 45-degree angle. Bend your knees until your hips are at knee level. Line up your knees over your ankles and lift your chest, relaxing your shoulders down and away from your ears.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 18, 2011 | By Kurt Streeter, Los Angeles Times
Reporting from Fort Defiance, Ariz. ? Two miles down, four to go. Pain consumes him, but the Fat Man will not quit. His immense legs churn. His sweaty, barrel-size chest heaves, and the sound of his labored breathing fills the gathering dusk. He is jogging slowly ? very slowly ? up a hill on a two-lane road above Fort Defiance, where he lives on the Navajo reservation in northeastern Arizona. Puddles along the roadway are turning icy. Trucks speed by, a few short feet from his wide shoulders.
OPINION
July 21, 2013 | Amy Goldman Koss, Amy Goldman Koss' latest novel for teens is "The Not-So-Great Depression."
Every few years, as she is reviled by yet another crop of new parents casting about for a scapegoat for their daughters' troubling body issues, I feel called on to defend my childhood pal Barbie. "I know," they say, "let's blame the 7-inch-tall plastic girl!" As if she is any more responsible for the way she looks than humans are. Of one thing I am certain: It is the parents, not the kids, who take Barbie so harshly to task. The children know that no matter what she looks like, Barbie is a great friend, always game, and utterly trustworthy with secrets.
HEALTH
June 1, 2013 | By Melinda Fulmer
Hip twists are a great toning exercise to define your waist and strengthen your core. They're also a nice change of pace from those twisting crunches. They're demonstrated here by YouTube fitness sensation Cassey Ho, who uses them on her "Pop Pilates Total Body Workout" DVD and Blogilates channel. Add them to your next ab workout. What it does This exercise strengthens the oblique muscles that run along the sides and back of your abdomen, helping to create a more defined waist and supported back.
BUSINESS
March 16, 2013 | By Tiffany Hsu, Los Angeles Times
Fast-food chain Carl's Jr. is known for its bosomy brand ambassadors, debaucherous burgers and a clientele that leans toward young, hungry dudes. But the wizard behind the curtain isn't a frat boy with a salad allergy. It's Andy Puzder, a 62-year-old jogger and devoted grandfather of six who has never met "celebutante" Paris Hilton. Remember her? Nearly a decade ago, she shimmied into a slinky bathing suit, lathered herself up with soap suds and downed a burger atop a car in an infamous Carl's Jr. television ad. Puzder has spent the last 12 years approving similar marketing efforts as the chief executive of CKE Inc. The company is based in Carpinteria and owns Carl's Jr. and its sister chain Hardee's.
NATIONAL
November 1, 2012 | By Brian Bennett
BABYLON, N.Y. -- "There was a fish in my kitchen," said Elizabeth Scoyen, standing on the deck of her apartment in the Babylon marina, two blocks from the Atlantic Ocean. "That is when I knew this was going to be bad," she said, as she arranged water-logged chair cushions, soaked clothes and lamps in the open air. Like many residents on the south shore of Long Island, Scoyen, 57, a retired high school teacher, came outside Wednesday as the rains let up, and tried to dry out her belongings and take stock of what just happened.
IMAGE
August 24, 2012 | By Booth Moore, Los Angeles Times Fashion Critic
We all know the statistics. The average American woman is a size 14. And yet most fashion brands refuse to respond, only cutting their clothes up to a size 10 or 12. But two women from Los Angeles, Aly Jill Scott and Roberta “Ro” Cysne, are setting their sights on bringing true democracy to fashion with their new line JilRo, which offers stylish designs, such as silk ruffle-front cocktail dresses, high-waisted pencil skirts and skinny riding...
NEWS
July 19, 2012 | By Melissa Healy, Los Angeles Times, For the Booster Shots Blog
A new way to measure and categorize an individual's body shape appears to predict more accurately whether he or she is in greater danger of premature death, says a pair of scientists in a new look at alternatives to the body-mass index (or BMI). The proposed new measure is called "A Body Shape Index," or ABSI, by the father-and-son team that has  devised and tested it, Dr. Jesse Krakauer, an endocrinologist at Middletown Medical in Middletown N.Y., and his Nir Krakauer, an assistant professor of engineering at City University of New York.
IMAGE
March 23, 2011 | By Emili Vesilind, Special to the Los Angeles Times
It was a simple white slip ? an everyday undergarment for women in the 1960s. But in "Butterfield 8," one of Elizabeth Taylor's most memorable films, the violet-eyed actress ? playing the tragic, fiery Gloria Wandrous -- made the staple seem like the sexiest getup in the world. Making mundane clothes seem magnificent was one of Taylor's most potent onscreen powers. Her heyday on the big screen ? which spanned from the mid-1940s to the late 1960s -- is rife with such moments. The white Edith Head-designed debutante dress that showed off her impossibly tiny waist in "A Place in the Sun"; the rustic Western wear designed by Marjorie Best for "Giant"; and the Grecian-goddess-esque white dress designed by Helen Rose for "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof" are among Hollywood's least-complicated and most iconic looks.
HEALTH
June 11, 2007
Re: June 4's "Slim Results for 'Electric Exercise'?": In 1943, I inquired about an ad claiming the writer could take inches off your body. I made an appointment and arrived at a house. The woman was very pleasant and introduced me to a machine called a "Relaxacizor." She assured me that I would lose inches in my waist, hips, buttock and thighs. I had to sign up for a six-week session, twice a week. Since I was going to be married in three months, I signed. There were six thick pads that were put in water, squeezed, then placed in round plastic holders.
NEWS
June 5, 2012 | By Karen Kaplan, Los Angeles Times/For the Booster Shots blog
Want to gauge your risk for developing Type 2 diabetes? Don't just step on the scale - reach for a measuring tape too, a new study suggests. The circumference of your waist can tell you a lot about your chances of getting diabetes, according to a study published Tuesday in the journal PLoS Medicine . Health providers usually rely on body mass index to determine patients' diabetes risk, but adding waist circumference to the equation would...
SPORTS
May 29, 2012 | By Lance Pugmire, Los Angeles Times
Boxer Paul Williams has been seriously injured in a motorcycle accident near Atlanta, the fighter's promoter, Dan Goossen, said Monday. The 30-year-old Williams, who was scheduled to fight Mexican star and super-welterweight world champion Saul "Canelo" Alvarez, Sept. 15 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, has no feeling below his waist, said Goossen, who added that the left-handed fighter is due to undergo surgery Wednesday at an unidentified hospital. Williams resides in Aiken, S.C. Goossen said he was told by Williams' manager, Al Haymon, and trainer, George Peterson, that Williams apparently swerved to avoid contact with a vehicle Sunday and lost control of his motorcycle.
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