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AIDS already is about to surpass the Black Death of 14th Century. World Health authorities say entire countries could virtually be wiped out. But coping with AIDS is immeasurably complicated by sexual, political and behavioral practices. AIDS has infected 60 million people and killed 23 million in just 20 years. Today, we'll hear how rapidly it's continuing to spread. What are the prospects for treatment and prevention? If developed nations get AIDS under control-what's their stake in helping the rest of the world to limit the devastation?
  • Newsmaker: A Race to the Finish Line. The LA Mayoral Elections - Los Angeles is electing a new mayor today. The job is officially non-partisan, and Republican Richard Riordan will be succeeded by one of two liberal Democrats. With few policy differences between the candidates, their campaigns have featured personal appeals to America's most diverse electorate. City Attorney James Hahn is white, but he commands a majority of the black vote. Former Assemblyman Antonio Villaraigosa would be the first Hispanic Mayor in 129 years.
  • Reporter's Notebook: AIDS Pioneer Michael Gottlieb - It was just 20 years ago today that the Centers for Disease Control published an article about several gay, white men in Los Angeles whose immune systems were failing to cope with a previously controllable form of pneumonia. It was the first report of the disease that came to be known as AIDs. The author was Dr. Michael Gottlieb, an immunologist at UCLA.

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