FROM David Sack
Personal Overdose Device The FDA just announced the approval of a new device that can be used on someone overdosing on drugs. The agency says a person dies every 36 minutes from a drug overdose in the U.S. and that this new product, called Evzio, can help cut those numbers. But others are concerned that it’s the wrong way to combat the country’s growing opioid problem.
Doctors and Celebrity Patients Dr. Conrad Murray has been convicted of involuntary manslaughter in the death of Michael Jackson. Murray was paid $150,000 a month by the superstar, and claimed that Jackson so urgently wanted an injection of what he called "milk" that he did it himself. The jury found it was Murray who performed the injection and then left the room while Jackson expired. "Milk" was Propofol, a powerful anesthetic to be used only in surgery. Murray will be sentenced later this month by Judge Michael Pastor, who jailed the doctor without bail on the grounds that "the public should be protected." We get two views on the temptations and pitfalls of treating celebrity patients.
Trump says goodbye Paris Accord: What does it mean for U.S. and the planet? President Donald Trump announced Thursday that the U.S. will withdraw from the Paris Climate Accord, the landmark international agreement to limit greenhouse gas emissions. Trump was to renegotiate a new deal, but will that happen?
Farewell LA freeways, Peter Shire is back Angelenos don't want more freeways but we seem not to want mass transit either. Metro has killed the 710 freeway extension, and bus and train ridership is down across the region. What's the future of getting around in LA? And, Peter Shire is having a comeback. What attracts a new generation to his playful ceramics and furniture?
Revisiting showrunner Steven Bochco on his memoir Steven Bochco, the writer-producer behind record-breaking Emmy winners Hill Street Blues, LA Law and NYPD Blue, fought battles with everyone from out-of-control actors to network censors in his long career. He isn’t afraid to tell those tales in his memoir, Truth Is a Total Defense. This week we revisit the conversation where he shared some of his favorite stories with us.
Why is Trump so behind on filling staff jobs, establishing concrete policies? Yesterday Donald Trump signed a “decision memo” to revamp the air traffic control system. But there was little legislative detail in the plan. There’s not much to other splashy announcements from the White House, including tax cuts and the arms deal with Saudi Arabia. And hundreds of positions are unfilled in federal agencies.