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.
Securing Public Spaces, Super Wealthy Asians Vehicles are increasingly being used as weapons, as seen in the London Bridge attack over the weekend and in New York’s Times Square last month. The Compton-based company Calpipe is designing security bollards to help make public spaces safer. And novelist Kevin Kwan satirizes the “crazy rich” Asian jet set and their luxurious tastes in his latest book, “Rich People Problems.”
Shaking up the USDA, 'The Beef Cookbook' and 'Tartine All Day' Peggy Lowe explains why Trump’s pick for USDA Secretary is rattling rural America. Dario Cecchini talks future plans for Chianti ramen, and Richard Turner shares cuts from “PRIME: The Beef Cookbook.” Writer Matthew Sedacca looks at the controversy behind liquid smoke. Jonathan Gold tries Chengdu-style dishes, and Elisabeth Prueitt of Tartine fills us in on the latest. Plus, chef Michael Beckman shares a recipe for cactus confit.
Hua Hsu: A Floating Chinaman Author Hua Hsu stops by to discuss his book A Floating Chinaman, recounting the life of 1930's actor/writer H.T. Tsiang and his struggles entering the American literary world.
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.