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Hallways busy with COVID-19 patients have become temporary patient holding areas in overcrowded hospitals. Francine Orr / Los Angeles Times via Getty Images

COVID-19 crisis in Los Angeles: Why activating ‘crisis standards of care’ is crucial for overwhelmed hospitals

States and hospitals are starting to declare 'crisis standards of care' as the pandemic floods their ERs. The orders have consequences – both good and bad, as a medical ethicist explains.
People in Los Angeles picked up boxes containing nutritious food in April 2020 as food insecurity surged. AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill

Americans aren’t getting enough to eat during the coronavirus pandemic – here’s what’s happening in Los Angeles County

Not having enough to eat is a major public health concern, not only because it causes hunger and distress, but also because it’s linked to poor nutrition and unstable diet patterns.
California’s Proposition 22 would reverse a new law that made Uber and Lyft drivers employees. Frederic J. Brown/AFP via Getty Images

Gig worker employment fights like those in California pit flexibility against a livable wage – but ‘platform cooperatives’ could ensure workers get both

Workers say they love the freedom of platforms like Uber and TaskRabbit but find it hard to earn a livable wage. Cooperatives that give worker-owners a voice in how they are run offer a solution.
It’s a … fire! Illustration by Anurag Papolu/The Conversation; photo by milorad kravic/iStock via Getty Images

Why gender reveals have spiraled out of control

Increasingly outlandish gender reveal parties align perfectly with the values of an economy that's always scrolling for the next best thing.
Wildfire smoke creates an orange glow over San Francisco, Sept. 9, 2020. Burak Arik/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images

Coping with Western wildfires: 5 essential reads

How climate change and other human actions have combined to create conditions for explosive wildfires in California, Oregon and Washington state.
The 2018 Camp Fire north of Sacramento burned everything in its path: cars, power lines, and buildings – and contaminated local drinking water. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

Wildfires can poison drinking water – here’s how communities can be better prepared

Buildings aren't the only things at risk in wildfires. Recent disasters in California have left local water system contaminated with toxic chemicals afterward, slowing return and recovery.
Protesters rally to have Colorado’s then-incoming governor put an up-to-nine-month moratorium on oil and gas development. Helen H. Richardson/The Denver Post via Getty Images

Money talks: Big business, political strategy and corporate involvement in US state politics

Millions of dollars are spent every election by corporations that want to influence state regulations and policies, and that's likely to continue in the upcoming election.

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