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December 11, 2013 | By Joseph Serna, Ruben Vives and Richard Winton
Two weeks ago, Lance Holger Anderson gave his Christmas tree to a neighbor, telling her "we're not having Christmas this year. " The neighbor thought nothing of it until Wednesday, when deputies swarmed the apartment complex. Authorities allege that Anderson killed his ailing wife at their Canyon Country apartment, then took a cab to a North Hills nursing facility, where he fatally shot his near-comatose sister. Anderson then dropped the gun and patiently waited for officers to arrive, police said.
December 5, 2013 | By Steve Coogan / “Philomena”
In 2009, I was sitting in my flat in New York on stand-by, playing Part No. 4 in yet another studio film. In the U.K. my career was healthy, but I was typecast and a little frustrated. An agent I'd just fired decided to dent my confidence by telling me that another hotshot agent had said of me, "I wish I'd gotten hold of Steve Coogan when he was 35. " I was nearly 44. I decided to experiment: I would ignore all the professional advice I was getting, like, "Steve, you need to be in a frat-boy comedy," and I would find a project and pursue it just because I wanted to. No advice, no market research, no focus groups - just something that spoke to me. I came across an article in the Guardian online titled "The Catholic Church Sold My Child.
November 24, 2013 | By Michael P. Jones
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 20, 2013 | By Samantha Schaefer and Michael Miller
MTV has agreed to make changes to its controversial new reality series “Scrubbing In” after several nonprofit nursing organizations protested how the show depicts the profession. The remaining episodes will be edited to include more scenes that highlight nursing skills and the show was also been moved from 10 p.m. to midnight, where viewership will be decreased, Variety reported. MTV will also consult with the nonprofit The Truth About Nurses regarding any future nurse-related programming and promote a Web feature called “Day in the Life of a Nurse.” The show, which debuted Oct. 24, follows nine nurses from different parts of the country as they immerse themselves in Orange County life.
November 19, 2013 | By Adolfo Flores
A Mission Viejo-based nursing-home operator has agreed to pay $48 million to settle allegations that he submitted inflated bills to Medicare for therapy sessions that were unnecessary or never took place, prosecutors said. The federal settlement agreement with Ensign Group Inc., which operates nursing homes across the West Coast, was unsealed late Monday by a federal judge in Los Angeles. The case stems from two whistle-blower lawsuits filed by a pair of former Ensign employees, the U.S. attorney's office said.
November 17, 2013 | By Larry Gordon
The University of California reached a tentative contract agreement with unionized nurses at its medical and student-health facilities, averting a one-day walkout that had been scheduled for Wednesday. The four-year agreement still needs to be voted on by the 11,700 UC nurses who belong to the California Nurses Assn., or CNA. Contract highlights released by UC call for annual 4% pay increases through 2017. The nurses have agreed not to join in a one-day strike on Wednesday in sympathy with a walkout still scheduled by the AFSCME local 3299, which represents 22,000 patient-care workers, custodians and food workers at UC's five medical centers and 10 campuses.
November 5, 2013 | Steve Lopez
I keep waiting for the news that prosecutors in Pennsylvania have come to their senses and dropped criminal charges against Barbara Mancini. But so far, that hasn't happened, which means the Philadelphia resident, an emergency room nurse, may soon be on trial, accused of assisting in the February suicide of her gravely ill 93-year-old father. "I can tell you that at times, the stress is unbearable," said Joe Mancini, whose wife is under a judge's gag order and cannot discuss the case against her. Joe, a paramedic for the Philadelphia Fire Department, is working 60-hour weeks because his wife has been placed by her hospital on unpaid leave until the case is resolved.
October 24, 2013 | By Michael Miller
When "Scrubbing In,"  MTV's  new reality series about nurses, airs its first episode Thursday night, it will have a formidable act to follow in terms of media outrage and water-cooler gossip. In short, it will have to top its own trailer. All the general public has seen of the 10-episode series, which follows nine nurses   from different parts of the country as they immerse themselves in Orange County life, is a short montage and a  few clips  on, the Daily Pilot reported . But those snippets have already ignited a war of words online, with some nurses lobbying to have the show taken off the air while the defenders of the show praise it as a noble effort to spotlight a heroic profession.
October 22, 2013 | By The Times editorial board
The California Master Plan for Higher Education decreed that it was the job of the state's community colleges to train students for technical careers and for the sort of semi-professional occupations that generally require a two-year associate's degree. Those who wanted a bachelor's degree - and the sort of jobs that go with one - could move on to either California State University or the University of California. But the master plan was written during the postwar baby boom, and like many of us who were born back then, it's beginning to develop wrinkles.
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