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News, The Snitch The Atlantic's Silicon Valley Suicides Cover Story and the Risk of Copycat Suicides

The Atlantic's Silicon Valley Suicides Cover Story and the Risk of Copycat Suicides

The Atlantic’s December issue leads with “The Silicon Valley Suicides” by Hanna Rosin, a somber look at the suicide pandemic seizing Palo Alto’s high schools. In the 2014-2015 school year, three current and one graduated student took their own…
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News, The Snitch Tainted Batch of Street Xanax Leads to Hospitalizations and Possible Death

Tainted Batch of Street Xanax Leads to Hospitalizations and Possible Death

A toxic batch of counterfeit Xanax has hit San Francisco streets. As the Examiner reports, between Oct. 15 and 17, three people ranging in age from 20 to 40 were hospitalized after ingesting pills marked as Xanax. A fourth…
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News, The Snitch California Moves One Step Closer to Legalizing Assisted Suicide

California Moves One Step Closer to Legalizing Assisted Suicide

SF Weekly recently reported on SB 128, a controversial bill that would allow doctors in California to prescribe life-ending drugs to terminally ill patients. Today, after a nearly two hour debate, the state Assembly passed the bill with a 42-33…
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News, The Snitch San Quentin in "Crisis Mode" After Inmate Tests Positive for Legionnaires' Disease

San Quentin in "Crisis Mode" After Inmate Tests Positive for Legionnaires' Disease

According to the Chronicle, the inmate underwent tests at a local hospital yesterday, and after he tested positive, the…
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News, The Snitch Fake Doctor Treated Cancer Patient With Homemade Elixirs and Dirt

Fake Doctor Treated Cancer Patient With Homemade Elixirs and Dirt

An El Cerrito man posing as a doctor is under investigation after reportedly treating a cancer patient with a mix of expired medicine and a baggie of dirt. According to the Chronicle, 69-year-old Vincent Gammill, whose office is in Richmond,…
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News, The Snitch Kink.com 'Absolutely Opposed' to Strict Safety Regulations Proposed for CA Porn Performers (Updated)

Kink.com 'Absolutely Opposed' to Strict Safety Regulations Proposed for CA Porn Performers (Updated)

California's Division of Occupational Safety and Health has proposed strict new health and safety standards for porn production after five years of study and debate, the Los Angeles Daily News reports. The draft regulations, embedded below, are intended to protect…
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News, The Snitch Union Accuses Kaiser of Firing Whistleblowing Psychologist

Union Accuses Kaiser of Firing Whistleblowing Psychologist

For years, Kaiser Permanente, the largest HMO in the Bay Area, has been criticized by the National Union of Healthcare Workers, which represents mental health care professionals in Kaiser facilities around California, for providing insufficient mental health services for…
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News, The Snitch Just in Time for the Weekend, Here's Some Promising Health News

Just in Time for the Weekend, Here's Some Promising Health News

And now, some good news on the health front: State health department officials say the measles outbreak  has been contained — at least for now. You may recall that late last year, a low-boiling panic swept  across the…
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News, The Snitch The Bay Area Is Full of Skinny People

The Bay Area Is Full of Skinny People

Maybe it's all those hills we climb or just the popularity of the treadmill desk. More likely, it's that you can't afford rent and groceries anymore. Whatever the case may be,  a new study has found that the San Francisco Bay…
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News, The Snitch BART Riders Possibly Exposed to Measles After Infected Passenger Rides Train

BART Riders Possibly Exposed to Measles After Infected Passenger Rides Train

Health officials are warning that BART riders may have been exposed to the measles after an infected commuter rode the train from Layfayette to San Francisco last week.  Contra Costa public health officials confirmed this week the county’s first measles…
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News, The Snitch Health Officials to Kids: Quit e-Cigarettes Now

Health Officials to Kids: Quit e-Cigarettes Now

Never before has giving up tobacco been a more appealing New Year's resolution than present day when there's a seemingly guiltless alternative: e-Cigarettes.  But alas, the health industry, always one step ahead, is here to ruin your fresh start…
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News, The Snitch Big Tobacco Makes a Comeback in California: Even Democrats Are Taking Money From Tobacco Companies

Big Tobacco Makes a Comeback in California: Even Democrats Are Taking Money From Tobacco Companies

The tobacco industry is tightening its grip on California politics in attempt to block anti-tobacco legislation — and its working, according to a new study from UCSF. Big tobacco has donated some $64 million to various political campaigns over the…
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News, The Snitch More California Residents Die From Smoking Than AIDS, Study Says

More California Residents Die From Smoking Than AIDS, Study Says

You might be surprised by this fact, considering the only place left to legally smoke in San Francisco is in the way of oncoming traffic. Still, some 12 percent of the state lights up on a daily basis, making it…
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News, The Snitch Enterovirus D-68 Case Confirmed in San Francisco

Enterovirus D-68 Case Confirmed in San Francisco

Health officials today confirmed that a child in San Francisco contracted Enterovirus D-68, the respiratory virus that's sickening children across the country.  Rachael Kagan, spokeswoman for the San Francisco Department of Public Health, says the child was admitted to an out-of-county…
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News, The Snitch Man and Dog Walk From Canada to Mexico, Stop in San Francisco

Man and Dog Walk From Canada to Mexico, Stop in San Francisco

Here you go: a warm image of man and his best friend to cleanse your news palate.  Luke Robinson and his Great Pyrenees, Indiana, are taking the longest dog walk ever — from Canada to the Mexico border, and…
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News, The Snitch Report: California Has 1.9 Million Very Happy Medical Marijuana Users

Report: California Has 1.9 Million Very Happy Medical Marijuana Users

Pretty much anyone can access medical marijuana in California, provided they have $40 and 10 minutes to sit with a doctor. And pretty much everyone with a card is getting legitimate medical benefits from cannabis, a new study says. About…
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News, The Snitch Letting Gay Men Donate Blood Would Increase Blood Supply by as Much as 4 Percent

Letting Gay Men Donate Blood Would Increase Blood Supply by as Much as 4 Percent

A new report released today suggests that if men who have sex with men were allowed to donate blood, the annual blood supply in the U.S. would increase by 615,300 extra pints of blood every year. The FDA currently enforces a…
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News, The Snitch Truvada For All: S.F.'s Gay Supervisors Lead the Fight in Different Ways

Truvada For All: S.F.'s Gay Supervisors Lead the Fight in Different Ways

It’s been a busy week for Supervisor David Campos. While yesterday’s meeting with Facebook executives to rethink their creepily totalitarian “real name” policy was unsuccessful, he led a rally at City Hall at 9 a.m. this morning calling for San…
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News, The Snitch Kaiser Drops Appeal of $4 Million Health Fine (Update)

Kaiser Drops Appeal of $4 Million Health Fine (Update)

Update, 3:46 p.m.: Kaiser Permanente has issued a statement detailing its comprehensive improvements, which include more convenient appointment times and personalized treatment plans that allow patients to choose their own therapists. Original Story: Kaiser Permanente has dropped its appeal of…
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News, The Snitch Burners Warned of West Nile Virus

Burners Warned of West Nile Virus

The annual Burning Man festival got off to a rocky start this year, what with a desert rain storm that marooned would-be celebrants in Reno, and a 29 year-old woman killed after she fell underneath a bus at the…
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