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California sends out about three billion dollars a year to the disabled and elderly so they can buy food and afford housing. But in the second part of our series, Senior Insecurity, Capital Public Radio found there's little oversight of this program.

Even though Supplemental Security Income - or SSI - is California's second most expensive health and human services program, the state doesn't track whether it's enough to live on or how people spend their money.

 

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The shimmering blue lights of the Terminal Island Bridge, rising above the Port of Los Angeles, belie the intense pollution that emanates from the nation’s largest port and compromises the health of nearby communities.  

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Most reporters never have the misfortune of being sued for libel. If they are, there are broad free speech protections in court precedent, especially in California, that make it unlikely a plaintiff will win, unless a reporter has been truly reckless.

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When the Journal of Reproductive Medicine published a study that purported to prove that intercessory prayer can heal people, there were many reasons to be doubtful, regardless of one's religious beliefs.

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Throughout California, county health departments are dealing with anxious residents. The situation varies county by county, with some local officials complaining they're not being treated fairly by the state health department. First host Scott Shafer checks in with county health directors in Imperial, Santa Clara and Los Angeles counties, and then asks Dr. Mark Horton, director of the California Department of Public Health, about the discrepancies between counties

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Evan George graduated with a history degree from Occidental College. His mentor was legendary Los Angeles Times writer Bob Sipchen, who got George interested in journalism. George spent some time at the late, lamented LA Alternative and the Los Angeles Downtown News before joining the legal news team at the Los Angeles Daily Journal two years ago.

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Serving Skid Row: Evans Clark used to count himself among the thousands of homeless people addicted to drugs and living on the streets of Skid Row in Los Angeles. Now recovered, Clark still finds himself on the streets of Skid Row every day. But now, he's there to help.

Click here to launch the audio slideshow: http://www.californiareport.org/archive/R907232000/b

Web Extra: Saved by Homeless Health Care Los Angeles

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Prostate cancer affects 80% of men around the world. It's the second most common cancer in men after long cancer also, according to The National Cancer Institute is the most common cancer among hispanic men. As part of my fellowship project, on Thursday October 22nd at 9:30 pm I will be hosting a Spanish Program on Prostate cancer that will air live on KPFK 90.7fm Los Angeles, you can also listen by visiting us athttp://www.kpfk.org/.

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Not exactly about health issues but it is about the racial disparity in another field. It was shelved for about two months by the editor before it got published. So some information seems a bit outdated. But the basic idea is still there.

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