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Compensation for bone marrow is now legal…will it cause more harm than good for patients?

Compensation for bone marrow is now legal…will it cause more harm than good for patients?

Needles used in bone marrow biopsies. Last week the 9th circuit court of appeals in San Francisco heard arguments about whether or not it should remain illegal for bone marrow donors to receive financial compensation. Arguing against compensation was the United States Justice Department. The DOJ lawyers insisted that bone marrow is covered under the […]

The 2012 Masters: modern businesswoman meets old boys’ club, literally

The 2012 Masters: modern businesswoman meets old boys’ club, literally

Gordon Sherry of Scotland plays his second shoot on the 2nd fairway during the second round of the 1996 Masters at the Augusta national Golf Club, Georgia. Credit: David Cannon/Getty Images The Augusta National Golf Club in Atlanta is still, contentiously, a male bastion. And IBM is one of the companies lined up to sponsor […]

How does LAUSD’s homework policy affect your family?

How does LAUSD’s homework policy affect your family?

A fourth-grade student works on homework in the elementary school at the John F. Kennedy Schule dual-language public school on September 18, 2008 in Berlin, Germany. Credit: Sean Gallup/Getty Images Like death and taxes, homework has long been a standard feature of life, for public education students, anyway. Homework’s unlikely to go away any time […]

Two-tiered class fee structure outrages students at Santa Monica College

Two-tiered class fee structure outrages students at Santa Monica College

Funding is not just an issue for the UC system here in California – community colleges have also had deep cuts, forcing some administrations to consider radical new proposals. Facing a reduction of $11 million, Santa Monica College decided its best option was to start a non-profit foundation that could offer more of the in-demand […]

Obama swats at GOP budget

Obama swats at GOP budget

US President Barack Obama speaks during the American Society of Newspaper Editors (ASNE) Convention on April 3, 2012 in Washington, DC. Credit: JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images Delivering a speech in front of the Associated Press today, President Barack Obama took a very harsh stance against the budget plan being supported by House Republicans. While Obama has […]

Mass shooting at Oakland university raises the question: Can adults be bullied?

Mass shooting at Oakland university raises the question: Can adults be bullied?

Police secure the scene at Oikos University after a shooting that killed multiple people on April 2, 2012 in Oakland, California. Credit: Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images One L. Goh, the 43-year-old suspect in yesterday’s mass shooting at Oikos University in Oakland, California told investigators that he had targeted administrators and students who had teased him while […]

Opposition appeals for no Walmart in Chinatown

Opposition appeals for no Walmart in Chinatown

Pedestrians walk through an old section of Chinatown in Los Angeles, California. Credit: David McNew/Getty Images The Los Angeles City Council on March 23 voted to adopt a proposal from Councilman Ed Reyes to temporarily ban the construction of large retail chains in Chinatown. But the vote couldn’t stop plans for a Walmart grocery store […]

Left on the left coast: new study warns UC students get unbalanced liberal education

Left on the left coast: new study warns UC students get unbalanced liberal education

University of California, Berkeley students set up tents after a general assembly voted to again occupy campus as part of an “open university” strike in solidarity with the Occupy Wall Street movement on November 15, 2011 in Berkeley, California. Credit: Max Whittaker/Getty Images Does the University of California lean to the left? It does, according […]

The Science of Children’s Religious Belief

The Science of Children’s Religious Belief

Though some people are born with natural talents, artistic, athletic, even mathematical, it seems that all people are born with a propensity to become religious. In his new book “Born Believers” author and researcher Justin Barrett argues that the way our brains naturally develop, make us prone to believe in a complex system of beliefs […]

Report reveals frequent emergency services users cost cities millions

Report reveals frequent emergency services users cost cities millions

A patient talks with nurse in the Emergency Room at Central Montgomery Medical Center December 10, 2004 in Lansdale, Pennsylvania. Credit: William Thomas Cain/Getty Images This week a joint venture between the San Diego Union-Tribune and USC’s Center for Health Reporting gives us a new use of the term “frequent flyers” – this time as […]