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3:52pm

Wed April 25, 2012
Around the Nation

After Riots, Scandal Sparked Reform In LAPD

Originally published on Wed April 25, 2012 6:28 pm

Los Angeles police form a line to keep a crowd from entering a building on April 30, 1992. Twenty years after the L.A. riots, most civil rights and community groups give the LAPD high marks for progress.
Nick Ut AP

It's been 20 years since Los Angeles erupted in riots following the acquittal of four white police officers in the beating of black motorist Rodney King. There have been many changes in the city since those days of fire, looting and public discord, but perhaps the biggest changes can be seen in L.A.'s police department.

On a drive around the heart of South Central L.A., there are still plenty of weed-filled lots where businesses that burned down in the riots used to stand. There's also still a lot of crime.

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3:02pm

Wed April 25, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

Teenagers' Latest Bad Idea: Drinking Hand Sanitizer

Originally published on Fri April 27, 2012 7:50 am

Keep the sanitizer on your hands and out of your mouth.
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Teenagers can be pretty creative in their pursuit of a cheap buzz. Last month we reported on the "cinnamon challenge," which involves snarfing down a spoonful of the powdered spice.

Now we've got teens quaffing hand sanitizer, and ending up sick in the ER.

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11:02am

Wed April 25, 2012
The Salt

Mad Cow Disease: What You Need To Know Now

Originally published on Thu April 26, 2012 8:29 am

Cattle feeding practices have been changed in an effort to halt the spread of mad cow disease.
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Mad cow disease has been detected in a cow in California, the first time since 2006 that the deadly disease has surfaced in the U.S.

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6:14am

Wed April 25, 2012
Around the Nation

Settlement Clears Path For Cross On Sunrise Rock

Back in 1934, veterans of World War I put up a memorial in the Mojave Desert, setting a cross on what's known as Sunrise Rock. Private citizens have always maintained the cross even though it was on federal land. But the memorial has sparked debate for years. According to the Los Angeles Times, the Park Service will give the property to Henry and Wanda Sandoz in exchange for land they own elsewhere.

1:40pm

Tue April 24, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

Los Angeles Bets On Crusading Doctor To Turn Around Public Health System

Originally published on Tue April 24, 2012 7:24 pm

Dr. Mitch Katz rides his bike to work, defying the commuting norm in Los Angeles.
Michael Wilson L.A.County Health Services Dept.

It would be easy to confuse Dr. Mitch Katz with any other doctor at the Roybal Comprehensive Health Center in East Los Angeles. His desk in a closet-sized, windowless office is littered with patient records, X-rays and cans of Diet Coke.

His everyman demeanor belies his stature. As director of the county's Department of Health Services, Katz, 52, oversees Los Angeles' public hospitals and clinics, the health care of last resort for millions of low-income Angelenos. He oversees 22,000 employees and a $3.7 billion-dollar budget.

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