FROM Harriet Ryan
Former aerospace exec named USC's interim president C. L. Max Nikias is out as USC’s president. The university has been embroiled in scandal after scandal, the latest over gynecologist George Tyndall, who was accused of sexually abusing students for decades. In May, hundreds of USC staffers called for Nikias to step down. When there was no follow-up, they sent out another petition last week. Now Wanda Austin is stepping in as interim president. She’s a USC trustee, and former aerospace executive.
USC gynecologist treated students despite years of misconduct allegations USC allowed a gynecologist to continue treating students even after coworkers and patients complained about his inappropriate behavior for decades. An investigation by Los Angeles Times revealed that USC did not take action until two years ago when the school allowed Dr. George Tyndall to resign with a financial payout. He practiced there for nearly 30 years.
Former USC medical school dean calls 911 about a ‘baby not breathing’ The LA County Sheriff’s Department wants to talk with former USC medical school dean, Carmen Puliafito, about the death of a 3-week-old boy in October. Puliafito made the 911 call . He wasn’t the father of the child, but he was apparently having an affair with the mother, a young woman who was a drug addict and part of a group Puliafito did drugs with.
With second med school dean out, what's up with USC? USC announced Thursday that Dr. Rohit Varma is no longer dean of its Keck School of Medicine. He was accused of sexually harassing a young female med school fellow. Varma succeeded Dr. Carmen Puliafito, who resigned last year. The LA Times reported that Puliafito used illegal drugs and partied with criminals and prostitutes -- one of whom overdosed in his hotel room.
Squeezed in US, OxyContin manufacturer aims to make up profits overseas OxyContin was once a billion dollar seller for the pharmaceutical industry in the US. The drug helped kick off an opioid epidemic so widespread that President Obama called it a National Crisis. Top health officials have urged doctors to stop prescribing the drug, and the warnings have worked. OxyContin is now a dying brand in America, so one pharmaceutical company is taking the painkiller overseas.
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."
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?
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.
Industry insights and lessons learned from memorable guests We have interesting guests on The Business, and sometimes our conversations are too long to fit into one show. This week we give you stories that were too good to leave on the cutting room floor, including some sharp insights on making it in the industry from David Mandel, David Simon, Shawn Levy and Matt Reeves.