FROM Jay Gordon
LA schools return with strictest vaccination laws in the nation School started in Los Angeles Unified schools Tuesday, with strict new vaccination requirements for students in place. Public and private school students in all of California must now be vaccinated against up to 10 diseases, including measles, mumps, whooping cough, and chickenpox. That’s because of the new state law that took effect this summer, which is one of the strictest in the nation. Gone are the days of personal belief exemptions, allowing kids to go unvaccinated because of religion or other non-health related reasons. Now a medical waiver is the only excuse.
Measles Starts a Comeback…at Disneyland Measles is highly contagious, and it can lead to pneumonia, lifelong brain damage, deafness and even death. Fifty years ago, there were three to four million cases of measles every year in the United States, and four or five hundred deaths. Fifteen years ago, MMR — the Measles, Mumps and Rubella vaccine -- was thought to have eradicated measles in the US. But last year, there were 644 cases. And today, at least 70 people have measles in California and five other states, an outbreak that started at the "Happiest Place on Earth." Was it spread by visitors from other countries? Are too many Americans saying "no" to the MMR vaccine?
Previewing James Comey's blockbuster testimony Former FBI director James Comey testifies Thursday in front of the Senate Intelligence Committee, but his opening statement has been released. In it, he says he felt pressured by Donald Trump to declare loyalty to him and publicly clear him of any wrongdoing in the Russia investigation.
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.