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May 28, 2007 | Janet Hook, Times Staff Writer
When Elaine Ellis began her rounds as a New York nursing assistant one morning this spring, she had an improbable companion: John Edwards, the Democratic presidential candidate, who had accepted a union invitation to spend the day with a low-wage worker. When Ohio steelworkers went on strike last fall to protest a plant closing, who joined their rally? John Edwards. Next month, low-income survivors of Hurricane Katrina will have another visit from former Sen. Edwards (D-N.C.
May 25, 2007 | Tony Perry, Times Staff Writer
A state appeals court has struck down a San Diego County program that offers free healthcare to those who make $1,078 a month or less but provides no subsidies for those who make more. The decision Wednesday by a three-judge panel of the 4th District Court of Appeal reversed a trial court's decision in favor of the county's all-or-nothing plan. Attorneys for the plaintiffs said Wednesday's decision could bring lifesaving care for thousands.
May 16, 2007 | Jennifer Delson, Times Staff Writer
At the urging of a nonprofit health organization, Santa Ana officials are considering a proposal to limit liquor licenses in poor neighborhoods. Although the number of businesses licensed to sell liquor in Santa Ana has dropped in the last decade, residents and community activists say impoverished neighborhoods are still swamped with bars and with stores selling alcohol.
May 8, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
A state judge suspended the criminal cases against 98 defendants in New Orleans over concerns they could not get adequate representation from the city's office for defending the indigent. Judge Arthur Hunter Jr. also ordered the release of 20 prisoners. The charges are not being dropped, he told dozens of defendants in his court, but until they get lawyers they won't be prosecuted.
April 27, 2007 | Susannah Rosenblatt, Times Staff Writer
Los Angeles County supervisors are urgently lobbying Congress this week to block a Bush administration proposal that some fear would strip millions of dollars from the five public hospitals that treat the county's poorest residents. County officials say the nation's second-largest public health system is in danger of losing $200 million a year in federal money under the president's cost-saving plan.
April 27, 2007 | Teresa Watanabe, Times Staff Writer
Fifteen years after the Los Angeles riots devastated parts of Koreatown, residents are still struggling with low wages, limited healthcare and substandard housing, according to a survey released Thursday. Some areas have undergone a face lift with fashionable new malls and luxury condos, and Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa's trip to South Korea last year helped secure $300 million worth of projects.
April 18, 2007 | From Reuters
At least 19 people were killed Tuesday in poor neighborhoods of Rio de Janeiro, some in a shootout between rival gangs and others during a police raid, Brazilian police said. The killings occurred a day after President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva agreed to speed the deployment of a special federal security force around the city.
April 5, 2007 | Nicholas Riccardi, Times Staff Writer
The bill's backers had high hopes. They proposed that Utah spend $1 million for a public education campaign about the risks of cervical cancer and a new vaccine that can prevent it, as well as fund vaccinations for poor, uninsured patients. But conservatives in the Legislature objected, partly because cervical cancer is spread sexually and they feared that making vaccines available would encourage children to be promiscuous. The program was withdrawn from consideration in early February.
March 30, 2007 | Emi Endo, Newsday
Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg unveiled a novel $50-million program Thursday to pay New York families cash for taking steps to lift themselves out of poverty by keeping their children in school, staying healthy and earning more. Under the privately funded two-year pilot program, called Opportunity NYC, 2,500 families will earn rewards of $50 to $300 for meeting goals such as attending a parent-teacher conference, visiting the dentist or getting job training.
March 30, 2007 | Jenny Jarvie, Times Staff Writer
When Georgia instituted a statewide public defender system in 2005, human rights groups praised it as a milestone in ensuring that poor criminal defendants received their constitutional right to a fair trial. Until then, counties determined how indigent people would be represented. In some counties, the courts operated like assembly lines, with defendants pleading guilty after talking with their appointed lawyers for a few minutes.
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