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Editorial picks featuring general news of interest to the broad community: state, politics, breaking news, crime, accidents, etc.

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Hope in a Hidden Public Health Crisis

Feb 17, 2015

First in a series of three stories about violence as a public health crisis.

LaVerne Vaughn made a decision after she served prison time in her late 30s: She’d live the rest of her life a free woman. Vaughn, now in her early 40s, with a platinum pixie cut and a steady, empathetic gaze, kept...

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Why Young People Kill

Feb 17, 2015

From Crime to Cure 

Second in a series of three stories about violence as a public health crisis.

Dwayne Taylor went to a party at the Ida B. Wells housing project one mid-May night as the Chicago weather was warming to the promise of spring. Once there, according to court documents, Taylor met up...

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Stopping Homicides, One Shooter at a Time

Feb 17, 2015

Third in a series of three stories about violence as a public health crisis. 

Joe McCoy is intimately familiar with the violence epidemic in his hometown of Richmond, Calif. McCoy is one of six outreach workers employed by the Office of Neighborhood Safety (ONS), a city agency. They patrol the streets to tackle the problem...

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Need to Know

Feb 17, 2015

By Hannah Guzik Check in every Monday for health and health care news you need to know. Will it work this time to get a warning label on sugary drinks? Mothers who smoke while pregnant are more likely to have daughters with diabetes, a study finds. The...

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Death With Dignity: Living Funerals, Death Midwives and Conscious Dying

Feb 17, 2015

By Matt Perry

Every day in America, mourners gather for solemn events to remember the lives of dear, departed loved ones at a funeral or memorial service.

But for those exploring “conscious dying,” sometimes the loved one is still alive.

The nascent trend in “living funerals” is part of a growing movement in...

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Promise of Health Care Reform Unrealized for Former Inmates

Feb 13, 2015

By Alisha Wyman One year after the rollout of key health care reforms, the promise of the ACA is unrealized for many ex-offenders, as officials work to implement sweeping changes. The post Promise of Health Care Reform Unrealized for Former Inmates app...

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People with Mental Illness More Likely to Die Younger

Feb 12, 2015

By Hannah Guzik People with mental health disorders have a death rate that is more than twice as high as those without mental illness, according to a study published this morning. Researchers found that those with mental health disorders died a median...

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Lawmaker tries again on beverage labeling

Feb 11, 2015

State Senate Majority Leader Bill Monning is launching another try to require a warning label on sugar-sweetened drinks. Monning introduced a bill similar to one that passed the state Senate last year but died in the Assembly Health Committee after fac...

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Need to Know

Feb 9, 2015

By Hannah Guzik

Check in every Monday for health and health care news you need to know.

New rules to limit narrow doctor’s networks went into effect Monday.

More kids are under-immunized than unvaccinated in California.

But two California lawmakers want to limit the “personal-belief” exemption from vaccines.

Hackers stole personal data from Anthem Blue...

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Bill Would Require Insurers to Update Provider Directories

Feb 4, 2015

By Hannah Guzik After reports of inaccurate provider directories, a California state senator and three advocacy groups are hoping to require insurers to keep their doctor lists up to date. State Sen. Ed Hernandez (D-West Covina) proposed a bill late l...

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