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April 4, 2014 | Michael Hiltzik
The underhanded way that women's reproductive rights were abridged in Orange County last year after the merger of Hoag Hospital in Newport Beach with the Catholic hospital chain  St. Joseph Health System raised important issues for the community. California Atty. Gen. Kamala Harris, who had originally blessed the merger, has addressed those issues, and it looks like she's taken some positive steps to protect women's reproductive services. An agreement between her office and Hoag unveiled Friday fixes some, though not all, the flaws in the merger deal.
April 3, 2014 | By Robin Abcarian
Has feminism made women miserable? Oh God, are we really having this discussion? Yes, we are. That, in fact, was the gist of an all-female panel discussion at the conservative Heritage Foundation which chose to "celebrate" Women's History Month last week by inviting a trio of professional women to trash the very movement to which they most assuredly owe their status in the workplace. Not to mention the respect they are accorded by formerly male-dominated political bastions like the, um, Heritage Foundation.
March 31, 2014 | By Charlotte Allen, guest blogger
Oh no, not Rosie the Riveter again! House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) has cleared for a floor vote a bill that would set up a commission that would be the first step in building a National Women's History Museum near the National Mall. The one good thing to be said about this project, which has been knocking around lobbying circles since the 1990s , is that its $400 million estimated price tag would be covered by private donations - we hope. The problem isn't just that the National Mall, a welcome swath of open green grass in the heart of official Washington, is already cluttered with at least a dozen different museums plus an ever-increasing number of monuments and memorials.
March 31, 2014 | By Ani Ucar and Jack Leonard
A nursing assistant who worked at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center is under investigation for allegedly sexually assaulting two patients while they were heavily medicated and too weak to resist, according to court records and interviews. The women came forward separately last year and gave Los Angeles police similar accounts about how a male employee assaulted them while they were being treated at the hospital. Detectives served a search warrant at Cedars-Sinai earlier this year to obtain disciplinary records for Guillermo Fernando Diaz, a nursing assistant who had been assigned to a heart patient area.
March 28, 2014 | By Carla Hall
It wasn't a surprise, but it's still a disappointment that the U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals, which sits in New Orleans, upheld the onerous new Texas abortion law and overruled the smart opinion of U.S. District Judge Lee Yeakel, who had seen fit to overturn aspects of it. The law requires doctors who perform abortions to have admitting privileges at a hospital within 30 miles of where they work. But some doctors who don't have privileges would have to go through a lengthy process to get them, and don't need them to perform abortions.
March 28, 2014 | By Brittany Levine
A men's group is objecting to Glendale offering free self-defense classes to women only, saying the city is violating federal and state civil rights laws that protect against sexual discrimination. The National Coalition for Men outlined its opposition in a letter sent this month to city officials, the Glendale News-Press reported. For years, Glendale's Commission on the Status of Women has held self-defense classes in April on city property for women and girls in honor of Sexual Assault Awareness Month.
March 28, 2014 | By Jay Jones
Works by Mary Cassatt, Georgia O'Keeffe and Gretchen Woodman Rogers are among those at a new Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art exhibition that tells the story of the struggles women artists faced in gaining recognition. “Painting Women: Works From the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston” is a collection on loan from the Boston museum . The 34 paintings in the Las Vegas exhibition, spanning 1860 to 1950, explain how women artists had to become activists to gain opportunities in a male-dominated culture.
March 28, 2014 | By Lily Dayton
Starting in her 30s, Barbara Schulties began suffering from debilitating headaches, which she describes as "someone taking a hot poker to my eye. " Besides excruciating head pain, the Santa Cruz resident lists a host of accompanying symptoms: nausea, vomiting, dizziness, difficulty focusing and hypersensitivity to light, noise and even wind on her face. "I can't spell," she says, describing a typical headache. "It's very hard for me to visualize words. " Like 12% of people in the U.S., and 1 out of 3 women over a lifetime, Schulties suffers from migraine disorder, an inherited condition that affects the regulation of nerve signals in the brain.
March 27, 2014 | By Emily Alpert Reyes
For every dollar earned by men working in Los Angeles city government, female workers earn 83 cents, according to an infographic "snapshot" released Thursday by City Controller Ron Galperin. The numbers, highlighted in honor of Women's History Month, underscore that local government isn't immune to the gender gap in wages that pervades other fields. Across the United States, that pay gap has narrowed but not closed, according to a Pew Research Center analysis released late last year.
March 26, 2014 | by Scott Collins
Fox's newest dating show is out to deceive contestants royally. In "I Wanna Marry 'Harry,' " 12 single American women travel to Britain to meet a young man they are led to believe is -- yes, you guessed it -- Prince Harry, the rakish 29-year-old grandson of Queen Elizabeth II and fourth in line to the British throne. Harry he is not, of course, but, rather, one Matthew Hicks, a lookalike who is not in line for anything except the starring role in a dating show that proves just how hard it is to embarrass TV programmers.
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