November 24, 2013 |
I'm a stomach doc. I've seen thousands of patients, inside and out, for 25 years. I've done research, I've taught, I've been an administrator. And as the years rolled by, I've watched the healthcare industry begin to undo healthcare itself. It's complex, cumbersome and bureaucratic, and the bigger the practice or the clinic or the hospital and research facilities - like the universities I used to work at - the worse the problem. For a physician and his patient, the exam room visit is everything.
November 22, 2013 |
DALLAS - It was, Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings said, as if the sky were weeping too. On a cold and rainy day, thousands gathered in downtown Dallas' Dealey Plaza to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. The weather reminded those who were in Dallas 50 years ago of that day, also a Friday, which had dawned overcast but cleared to gleaming sunshine in time for Kennedy's arrival. On Friday, the skies never cleared. Rawlings unveiled a monument honoring Kennedy, engraved with words taken from the speech he was to have delivered at the Trade Mart.
November 14, 2013 |
How do you measure school quality? For the last decade, the answer has been informed by a single set of data: standardized test scores. Now there is a chance to change that. Although Congress remains unwilling to overhaul No Child Left Behind, with its overemphasis on testing, Secretary of Education Arne Duncan has taken matters into his own hands, issuing waivers that have freed 42 states and eight California districts - including L.A. Unified - from the law's accountability mechanisms.
November 10, 2013 |
ARUSHA, Tanzania -- Fire was the last thing my husband, Steve, and I expected on our trip to Tanzania for a 12-day safari. Yet here we were in our Land Cruiser, bouncing along rutted dirt roads through walls of fire. Our hosts reassuringly explained that these fires were intentionally set by rangers - a necessary evil to keep the Serengeti's famous grazers nourished and content on land that had been set aside for them. And it worked. In just a few days, the green flash of new grass began to pop through the thin coat of jet-black ashes, enticing the return of wildebeests, zebras, impala and gazelles - and with them, a steady flow of tourism dollars.
November 1, 2013 |
In Elko poets gather to dodge Nevada chill To read, hold forth and blather As versifiers will. This January hoedown joins horsemen and their kin to artists who aren't highbrow. One year I will sneak in. In other words, the Western Folklife Center in Elko, Nev., is staging its 30th Cowboy Poetry Gathering Jan. 27-Feb. 1, 2014. The programming honors horsemen Bill and Tom Dorrance.
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October 27, 2013 |
Whenever she has bad news for a family at the Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center emergency room, Gabriela Perez says a little prayer to herself before stepping through the door. A devout Roman Catholic nicknamed "Mother Teresa" by her co-workers, Perez became a nurse practitioner 27 years ago to serve her community and those in need. It's more than a job, she said. Serving the needy is deeply intertwined with her faith. Perez attended the White Mass at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels on Sunday afternoon to pray for her patients and for others in the healthcare profession.