Patt Morrison for June 5, 2006

Last Chance for King/Drew

King Drew Medical center has one last chance to show federal regulators that the hospital has remedied the severe lapses in care that repeatedly led to patient deaths. Within 90 days the feds will conduct a thorough inspection of the facility. If it fails, King-Drew could stand to loose all of its federal funding and the county would have little choice but to shrink the hospital. Antionette Smith Epps, the hospital's administrator, joins Patt to discuss the changes the hospital has made and what it is doing to prepare for the inspection.
Tomorrow you can literally vote for lower taxes. A candidate running for Los Angeles Country assessor changed his middle name to this catchy campaign phrase, so it will appear on voter's ballots. Underneath candidate names are occupations, but what goes into verifying employment? One candidate running for the Board of Equalization got a job on the board, held it for a few months, quit, and now the very office she is running for is listed as her occupation. So how important are names and occupations on the ballot? Apparently for judges these title are very important as they are know to voters by little else. Bob Stern, president of the Center for Governmental Studies, Joe Cerrell, consultant for judicial campaigns, and Judge Dan Thomas Oki discusses the political consequences of names and occupations.

What's in a Date?

Noticed the billboards around town with 6-6-06 on them? And what's the deal with the year 2012 - that's when, on December 21st, the Mayan calendar stops and the world is supposedly going to end. Remember all the Y2K hysteria? How do societies decide on these ominous numbers, and do they really mean something? Stephen O'Leary, Associate Professor at the Annenberg School for Communication at University of Southern California answers the question: what's in a date?
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