Controversy is dogging the rollout of the rigorous, new national education standards in many of the 45 states that first embraced the proposal. But in California, home to more students than any other state, that push back is largely missing.
The Center for Investigative Reporting analyzed 12 years of prescription drug data from the VA, and found that since the 9/11 terrorist attacks, the agency charged with helping veterans is instead masking their pain with potent drugs, and feeding their addictions.
Department of Veterans Affairs physicians told a House subcommittee that hospital administrators regularly pressured them to prescribe highly addictive narcotic painkillers to patients, even those they had not personally examined.
For more than a year, California Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez dated a Hollywood funeral director who faces fraud allegations in one of the biggest financial scandals to rock the U.S. funeral industry.