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By Mary O’Keefe | March 12, 2009
Imagine what it is like to be told you are in the end-stage of renal disease. You have lived with it for a while but now your doctors have told you the end is near. Then you hear of a new treatment, a machine that would filter your blood as a mechanical kidney. You hope that you can be one of the lucky ones — a patient of this new dialysis machine. Unfortunately, the obstacle in your way is a committee that will decide who gets treatment and who does not — an anonymous group of citizens that holds your life in their hands.
NEWS
May 22, 2008
Holiday closures include Valley Sun Monday, May 26 is Memorial Day and City Hall, the post office, banks and many area businesses will be closed in observance of the national holiday. The Valley Sun office will also be closed. For that reason, advertising and editorial copy deadlines for the May 29 issue will be advanced to noon Friday, May 23. Call (818) 790-8774 for more information.   Memorial Day seat belt enforcement All available California Highway Patrol officers will be employed from 6 p.m. Friday through midnight Monday to tighten seat belt usage throughout the state over the Memorial Day weekend.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 8, 2010
A study in the Journal of Medical Ethics found that doctors, independent of specialty, who described themselves as non-religious, were "more likely than others to report having given continuous deep sedation until death, having taken decisions they expected or partly intended to end life. …" The study concluded that "greater acknowledgement of doctors' values "should be advocated when it comes to clinical decision-making. " What do you think? Do you agree with the findings of this study?
SPORTS
By Charles Rich | February 8, 2007
They've done a good enough job of teeter tottering through the Mission League portion of their schedule since early January. For the members of the Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy soccer team, they received a double dose of bad news Monday night. First, Flintridge Sacred Heart allowed a goal with less than a minute left in injury time to finish with a 2-2 tie against visiting Harvard-Westlake in a critical league match. Worse, the deadlock officially eliminated the Tologs from the playoff chase.
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By Anita Susan Brenner | July 31, 2008
Todd Bryant arrived at Palm Crest Elementary School in the late 1980s. He came equipped with one golf club, with which he convinced his friends, boys who did not own their own set, to join him in the game of golf. The course, of course, was Verdugo Hills. A foursome of 10-year-old kids shared that one golf club, I think it was a putter, to compete and complete the nine-hole course. There’s new book about Todd Bryant. Or mostly about Todd. The book is “In a Time of War” by Bill Murphy, Jr. It will be published in September, just in time for new school year.
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By Anita S. Brenner | September 7, 2012
The Jewish High Holidays begin next week with the sound of the Shofar, or ram's horn. Rosh Hashana begins on the evening of Sept. 16. There will be dinners and celebrations. Family gatherings. The holiday concludes 10 days later on Yom Kippur, a day of repentance and fasting. Smack in the middle between Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur there is a Sabbath service. On that particular Saturday, in synagogues around the world, the parchment scrolls will be rolled open, blessings will be said and the congregation will listen to specific verses.
NEWS
December 29, 2010
Q. The Roman Catholic Diocese of Phoenix, Ariz. has stripped St. Joseph's Hospital and Medical Center, also in Phoenix, of its Catholic affiliation for performing emergency surgery on a woman that saved the woman's life but ended her pregnancy, which was in its 11th week. The Church says that the hospital violated ethical and religious directives of the national Conference of Catholic Bishops and describe the operation as "an abortion. " But the doctors involved said that if they hadn't operated, the mother would have lost her life, too. The ACLU has stepped in to demand that the federal government ensure that Catholic hospitals do not prevent women from receiving emergency medical procedures in cases such as this.
FEATURES
February 26, 2009
St. George’s Episcopal Church ‘The Wilderness Experience’ St. George’s Episcopal Church presents the “The Wilderness Experience” from 9:15 to 11:30 a.m. Feb. 28 as part of its “A Morning Apart” series. The church begins the Lenten Journey in the wilderness with Jesus. We walk with him through His temptations ... perhaps even through our own temptations. The congregation will hear the story from Luke, which tells of Jesus’ wilderness experience and his ultimate triumph over temptation.
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By Mary O’Keefe | March 12, 2009
Imagine what it is like to be told you are in the end-stage of renal disease. You have lived with it for a while but now your doctors have told you the end is near. Then you hear of a new treatment, a machine that would filter your blood as a mechanical kidney. You hope that you can be one of the lucky ones — a patient of this new dialysis machine. Unfortunately, the obstacle in your way is a committee that will decide who gets treatment and who does not — an anonymous group of citizens that holds your life in their hands.
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