- Making News: Palestinian Parliament Approves New Prime Minister
In an historic meeting today, the Palestinian Parliament confirmed its first Prime Minister. The approval of Mahmoud Abbas, also known as Abu Mazen, prepares the way for the introduction of a US-backed Middle East peace plan. John Ward Anderson of the Washington Post assesses the significance of today-s confirmation to Palestinians, Yasser Arafat, Israel and the US.
- Reporter's Notebook: SARS Recalls 1924 Plague Epidemic of Fear and Mistrust
In 1924, Los Angeles was the battleground for the last major outbreak of Plague in the US. The crisis was quickly contained, with fewer than 40 deaths, but there were other casualties, including the honesty of city officials and local media, and the leveling of entire low-income neighborhoods. William Deverell, associate professor of history at Caltech, explains how LA overcame the outbreak but failed to contain fear and mistrust in the process.
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