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No Laughing Matter

08/12/2014

Nanette Elster, JD, MPH

Like many people around the world, I was shocked to hear about the death of Robin Williams. An Academy-award winner, brilliant comedian, and the host of Comic Relief, he was beloved by millions. I can’t help however think about how tragic it is that it took his terrible suicide to cause our country to recognize the pervasiveness and damage of depression. Recently, the media has saturated us with stories about the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. We can all engage in discussions about Ebola ranging from ethics to economics.…

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08/21/2014
California bill would let birth certificates reflect same-sex parents

Birth certificates in California would be changed to more accurately reflect families in which parents are of the same gender under a bill passed by the legislature on Wednesday.

08/20/2014
‘Mission Blue’ film charts scientist’s quest to save oceans

From the Galapagos Islands to Australia’s Coral Sea and a marine park off the coast of Mexico, the documentary “Mission Blue” navigates the journey of renowned oceanographer Sylvia Earle as she travels the globe to save the planet’s threatened seas.

08/20/2014
California lawmakers pass bill banning inmate sterilizations

California lawmakers sent a bill to ban sterilization surgeries on inmates in California prisons to Governor Jerry Brown on Tuesday, after media reports and a later audit showed officials failed to follow the state’s rules for obtaining consent for the procedure known as tubal ligation from incarcerated women.

08/19/2014
NSA’s ‘MonsterMind’ Could Automate Cyberwar

The plan to build a cybersecurity machine that would monitor all private communications coming into the U.S. for attacks and retaliate without human involvement was the last straw that led Snowden to become a whistleblower, he told Wired in an interview.