The locally based AIDS Healthcare and Pink Cross foundations have organized a boycott of Marriott hotels over porn. The protest is not about the Mormon-founded chain's in-room, X-rated offerings. No, that's just fine. The problem, according to the groups, is the hotel company's palette of on-demand ... More >>
On Monday, local medical marijuana advocates were buzzing about President Barack Obama's new, federal rules for not busting legitimate medical pot dispensaries and an L.A. Superior Court judge's decision to invalidate the Los Angeles City Council's moratorium on pot shops in this city, which never s ... More >>
California nurses have threatened a major walk-out on Oct. 30. Judging by the headlines in the press -- "Nurses Plan Strike Over Swine Flu Conditions at Hospitals," says the L.A. Times -- you'd almost believe that 16,000 nurses' biggest concern is that they might be infected with H1N1.Score one for ... More >>
Hospitals in the San Fernando Valley are experiencing a spike in patients reporting H1N1 "swine" flu symptoms, leading one administrator to call it a "Valley-wide outbreak" of the virus. Three Providence hospitals in the valley -- Holy Cross, Tarzana and Saint Joseph -- are reporting a 10 percent i ... More >>
Intoxicating Salaries The high wages earned by administrators of the publicly funded Tarzana Treatment Center are raising eyebrows. L.A. TimesProp Company Clears the Set The second-largest film and TV prop company is folding, a victim of production slowdowns due to Industry strike fears. L.A. Daily ... More >>
Responding to media questions about the swine flu epidemic, Dr. Mark Horton, the director of the California Department of Public Health, made several statements at a just-concluded teleconference. Shortly before Horton's Q&A, CDPH deputy director Dr. Gil Chavez announced that as of this afternoo ... More >>
As of 8 a.m. this morning one U.S. death, in Texas, has been attributed to the swine flu outbreak. The fatality was a Mexican toddler whose family was visiting the state. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, 14 Californians are confirmed as being stricken by SF, while New York City lea ... More >>
From L.A. Observed's observation deck, Kevin Roderick says there's no need for Angelenos to panic about a certain pandemic that may be migrating from south of the border. He notes that doctors are monitoring two local flu clusters that don't seem to be part of anything other than the usual seasonal ... More >>
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The age, and new age, of AIDS
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Ask, But Don't Tell
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County fails to respond to AIDS leadership crisis
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