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.
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.
George Saunders: Lincoln in the Bardo (Part I) Lincoln in the Bardo dramatizes a grieving President Lincoln as he visits the grave of his beloved son Willie, who died at age eleven. In the novel, the buried dead believe they're not dead -- "they're sick and refer to their coffins as "sick boxes."
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.