Team of sleuths stalks cancer in L.A. County

by Soumya Karlamangla Contact Reporter, LA Times
November 11, 2015

Cancer Sleuth

Dennis Deapen directs the Los Angeles County Cancer Surveillance Program. (Katie Falkenberg / Los Angeles Times)

Three men hunch over a table, scrutinizing a document. Maps paper the walls around them.

The moment, captured in a black-and-white photograph, marks the beginning of a quest to catch a villain.

For more than four decades, this team has been stalking the killer’s every move, trying to identify patterns of attack. They collect and store evidence, filling drawers and file cabinets.

In the late 1960s, university scientists began the Los Angeles County Cancer Surveillance Program, one of the oldest such registries in the world.

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Southwest Airlines sued over death of financial trader

LA TIMES, Hugo Martin
Contact Reporter

The widow of a financial trader is suing Southwest Airlines, claiming the crew on her huband’s flight last year didn’t offer adequate medical attention when he collapsed in a lavatory.

Kelly Ilczyszyn filed a wrongful death suit in Alameda County Superior Court, saying the Dallas-based airline treated her dying husband, Richard Ilczyszyn, as if he were causing a disturbance when he was found moaning and crying in the bathroom of a Sept. 19 flight last year.

In a statement, Southwest Airlines said it responded “appropriately and professionally” to the “unfortunate medical event.” The airline said the crew on the plane “attempted to reach the customer in an effort to provide assistance.”

Richard Ilczyszyn, 46, a financial trader and contributor to CNBC’s “Futures Now” show, died 17 hours after being taken off of the flight from Oakland International Airport to John Wayne Airport in Orange County. He died of a pulmonary embolism.

The suit asks for financial damages suffered by Kelly and her three children but does not list a specific dollar amount.

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Coach Jerry Kill

University of Minnesota head football coach Jerry Kill resigned his position on Oct. 28, 2015, due to health reasons. Kill is stepping away from college football with a career record of 156-102 and a 29-29 mark at Minnesota.

Kill was named Minnesota’s head coach on Dec. 7, 2010, and took the Gophers to heights not seen in recent years. Last season, Kill led Minnesota to a January 1 bowl game for the first time since 1962 and coached the Gophers to wins against Michigan and Iowa, which had previously not happened in the same season since 1967. Under Kill’s direction, Minnesota also erased a 14-point halftime deficit at Nebraska to beat the ranked Huskers on the road for the first time since 1960. Minnesota won eight games in both 2013 and 2014, which marked only the fifth time since 1906 that Minnesota won eight games in consecutive seasons.

The Gophers were 3-9 in Kill’s first season in 2011, but reached a bowl game and finished 6-7 in 2012. As custom with Kill and his staff, the third year at a school usually turns into a memorable season and 2013 was no different at Minnesota as the Gophers finished the season with an 8-5 overall record and a 4-4 mark in conference play. Kill was a combined 9-26 in his first year at Minnesota and at his previous two schools Northern Illinois (NIU) and Southern Illinois (SIU). In his third year, the schools produced a combined record of 28-9.

The success from 2013 carried over into 2014, as Kill’s Gophers finished 8-5 overall, but were 5-3 in the Big Ten. Kill guided Minnesota to its first back-to-back eight-win seasons since 2002 (eight wins) and 2003 (10 wins). Since 1906, Minnesota has won eight games in consecutive seasons only five times. The 2013 and 2014 seasons were Minnesota’s first consecutive four-win conference seasons since 1999 (5-3) and 2000 (4-4).

In 2014, Kill coached the Gophers to resounding wins against rivals Michigan (30-14) and Iowa (51-14) to claim the Little Brown Jug and Floyd of Rosedale. Last season marked the first time that Minnesota had beaten Michigan and Iowa in the same season since 1967. Under Kill’s direction, Minnesota also erased a 14-point halftime deficit at Nebraska to beat the ranked Huskers on the road for the first time since 1960.

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