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Investigative journalist-turned-GIS expert Ann Moss Joyner has made some pretty persuasive maps in her time. There was the map showing how an Ohio community’s water plant just couldn’t seem to serve a historically black neighborhood just hundreds of feet away, even as the plant’s water lines snaked miles to other, white neighborhoods.

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If Wednesday is leaving you in an intellectual slump, here are some links that will help you understand and challenge the news:

Sun Scare? Harmon Leon at the Huffington Post questions the claims of dermatologists -- and lets four dermatologists examine his moles in the process.

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Medical malpractice cases can dredge up some frightening examples of human behavior.

Few examples could be uglier than the Ku Klux Klan.

Dr. Joseph Dickstein, a family doctor in Chicago, had three patients complain that they suffered complications following surgical procedures he performed. The allegations were serious enough that Dickstein lost his hospital privileges.

Perhaps he was feeling desperate then when he was sued by Karla Morgan.

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This Sunday evening, we began our week-long National Health Journalism Fellowships, which brings together 20 journalists to discuss, debate and learn about health journalism topics. At our keynote dinner, we had a chance to meet and hear from our National Health Journalism Fellows and the grantees of our Dennis A. Hunt Fund for Health Journalism who had joined us from across the country.

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Get your week rolling with these tidbits from around the web:

Live Now: Forbes' Matthew Herper is blogging the Food and Drug Administration’s Avandia review in real time.

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Former health journalism Fellows Suzanne Bohan and Sandy Kleffman, colleagues at the Bay Area News Group, teamed up to write Shortened Lives, a groundbreaking series on how where you live affects your health – and won a White House Correspondents’ Association award for their efforts.

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Mary Lee knows firsthand the fallout from living in an area without proper access to fresh, healthy food: She drives past three South Los Angeles grocery stores offering expired tortillas and wilted

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"We're homogenizing the way the world goes mad," Ethan Watters, author of "Crazy Like Us," today told USC/California Endowment National Health Journalism Fellows gathered in Los Angeles this week.

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Catch up with stories you might have missed over the weekend and share what you're reading in comments:

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Got restrictions on your medical board license? A couple of arrests in your past keeping you from landing a good-paying medical job? If you're an MD in California, you might want to consider opening a marijuana clinic.

Sunday in the Record Searchlight, I explored the growing number of these lucrative new medical business models popping up in Redding and the doctors behind the town's three cannabis clinics.

Critics say California's vague medical marijuana laws open the door to unscrupulous doctors looking to make easy cash handing out "'scrips" to whomever wants one.

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When the Illinois State Medical Society was on the verge of persuading the Illinois General Assembly to cap non-economic malpractice damages at $500,000, state Rep. Mary Flowers decided that it might be a good time to ask for a few concessions for patients.

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The Center for Health Journalism’s two-day symposium on domestic violence will provide reporters with a roadmap for covering this public health epidemic with nuance and sensitivity. The first day will take place on the USC campus on Friday, March 17. The Center has a limited number of $300 travel stipends for California journalists coming from outside Southern California and a limited number of $500 travel stipends for those coming from out of state. Journalists attending the symposium will be eligible to apply for a reporting grant of $2,000 to $10,000 from our Domestic Violence Impact Reporting Fund. Find more info here!


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