FROM Amy Costello
Billionaire philanthropists in the business of curing diseases Billionaire Mark Zuckerberg thinks we can cure, prevent or manage all diseases by the end of the century. And he and his wife Dr. Priscilla Chan announced Wednesday that they’ll give $3 billion over the next decade toward the effort. Another billionaire, Bill Gates, was there for that announcement. The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has given more than $10 billion to fight AIDS, malaria, and tuberculosis. Earlier this year, fellow Facebook co-founder Sean Parker announced he’d give $250 million to find a cure for cancer. So what happens when billionaires’ private foundations get into the “business” of eradicating disease?
Morgan Parker: There Are More Beautiful Things than Beyoncé Morgan Parker says that the poems in her book There Are Things More Beautiful than Beyoncé take a stand against the clichés of the dominant culture.
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?
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