FROM Stanton Glantz
Making public higher education free in California The UC Board of Regents voted this week to raise tuition -- the first increase in six years. A new report argues most California students could actually go to those schools almost free of charge.
The dangers of sugar A new investigation shows that the sugar industry cooked the books about the health dangers of their product back in the 1960’s. Recently discovered documents reveal that the Sugar Research Foundation paid three Harvard scientists to publish a review of sugar’s effect on fat and heart disease. The studies were handpicked by the sugar group to minimize the link between sugar and its problems with heart health -- and to shift the blame to fats. Stanton Glantz analyzed the documents and wrote about what he found in the Journal of the American Medical Association.
The Public Health Risks of Legal Pot California voters will decide in November whether to legalize marijuana. The Adult Use of Marijuana Act likely has enough valid signatures to be on the ballot, and if it passes as current polling suggests it will, California will join Colorado, Washington, Oregon, and Alaska in making the recreational use of pot legal. What can California learn from those states about what legalization might mean for public health and public safety?
New Battlegrounds in the War against Smoking Two weeks ago, a committee of the State Assembly gutted a package of anti-smoking bills passed by the State Senate. They're now dead in this year's regular session of the state legislature. But last week, the measures got new life in the special health session called by Governor Brown. Julia Horowitz reports from the Capitol in Sacramento for the Associated Press.
E-Cigarettes: Health Hazard or Safe Way to Quit Smoking Tobacco? E-cigarettes are already a $1.7 billion business that's growing fast. The Centers for Disease Control reports that some 10% of high school students have inhaled vapor produced by the electronic devices. They heat liquids that sometimes contain nicotine and sometimes don't. The FDA has not issued any regulations of e-cigarettes but the LA City Council has . Yesterday, Councilman Mitch O'Farrell called them "a very sinister product," and joined the rest of his colleagues in unanimous support of a measure by Paul Koretz, who joins 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.
Gov. Jerry Brown: California and China will fight climate change together President Donald Trump reportedly wants the U.S. to withdraw from the Paris Climate Accord, and he’s expected to announce a decision soon. California Governor Jerry Brown heads to China to strengthen climate and clean energy ties.
Terrorism in London: Lessons for the US This weekend’s terrorist attack in London left seven people dead and almost 50 injured. London police fatally shot the attackers, and ISIS claimed responsibility.
Accusations of lying fly between James Comey and White House During his testimony Thursday, former FBI Director James Comey accused President Trump and other White House officials of lying when they said the FBI was in disarray and its staff had lost confidence in him. President Trump’s lawyer said Comey was wrong -- that the president never asked for his loyalty, and never asked him to back off the investigation into former NSA director Michael Flynn.