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News, Matt Smith

Stimulating Debate

Last month, Mayor Gavin Newsom, still fresh off his abandoned governor campaign, held a press conference at the upscale hot-dog restaurant Show Dogs, packed it with press and midlevel bureaucrats, showed up late, and then led an endless platitude-fest about…
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News, Matt Smith

Bad Medicine

As Americans' wages, job security, and access to health care vanish, I'd ordinarily be first in line to praise my favorite labor union, the California Nurses Association (CNA). Unlike its famously authoritarian competitor, the Service Employees International Union, the CNA…
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News, Sucka Free City Latest plastic surgery trend among Asian-American women

Latest plastic surgery trend among Asian-American women

As plastic surgery becomes something of a national pastime, Asian-Americans are proportionally represented among the ranks willing to plop down cash for a nip or tuck. Last year, the greatest number (39 percent) of Asian-American facial surgery patients opted to…
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Letters to the Editor

Unnatural Births Et tu, St. Luke?: This letter is in regard to your article "No Hail Caesarean," . I found this article refreshing and enjoyed reading it. It gave voice to the pregnant mothers who believed in their bodies,…
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No Hail Caesarean

Kilty Vahle planned to deliver her first baby as Mother Nature intended. No painkiller. No cutting. But as labor stretched on while her cervix did not, she surrendered to first painkiller, then labor-speeding hormones and an epidural, and finally a…
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Visiting Nurses Recover... Following four months of triage and therapy, Visiting Nurses & Hospice (VNH) -- an arm of California Pacific Medical Center and the largest provider of visiting nurses in the city -- seems to be recovering from federal…
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