Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki resigned today. We talk to a former Marine who has been calling-out the department’s failures for years. We get the latest on the news that former Microsoft exec Steve Ballmer has purchased the L.A. Clippers. We also talk with a doctor who was surprised to stumble upon prescription drugs for sale on Amazon.com. And we discuss this weekend’s big hollywood releases in our Friday film roundup.
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Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki resigned today. The announcement came after weeks of stories about misconduct at the VA’s medical centers. But will getting rid of Shinseki fix the problems? And in the meantime, what are veterans in need of care experiencing?
The Clippers saga has taken another sudden turn. Late last night, Shelley Sterling sent out a press release saying that the Sterling family trust has agreed to sell the team for two billion dollars to former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer. But Donald Sterling’s attorney says no deal is complete with his client’s signature.
Antibiotics, muscle relaxers and steroids usually require a doctor’s prescription. But now it looks like you can get them with an Amazon Prime account. Our guest recently discovered a trove of prescription drugs on Amazon -- all available without a prescription.
For L.A.’s public school students, the school year ends next week. So, we thought it would be a good time to check in with a story that got the school year off to a rocky start: the introduction of iPads into the classroom. At the end of last year, school officials rolled out a billion dollar program that was supposed to put an iPad in the hands of every student. But many problems soon emerged. We get an update on the latest.
Last night’s Scripps Spelling Bee was a real barn burner. It was the first time in over 50 years that the competition ended in a tie. We find out what happened.
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