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Michael Hiltzik
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Attended Colgate University
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Yes, and no
Never mind the lawncare industry; the people who may be most threatened by California's expanding restrictions on water use are pool builders. ;
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Many ;details ;of ; the Dennis Hastert case ;remain murky. What's alleged by a ;federal indictment and law enforcement officials is that the former House speaker ;paid $1.7 million to conceal sexual abuse against a former male student he knew during his days as an Illinois schoolteacher and coach. But the particulars of the arrangement, the nature of the abuse, and the identity of the recipient are unknown. ;
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What about the innocent people who got scammed?
John Bohannon is a journalist who made something of a name for himself with a 2013 exposé of ;the credulousness of science journals . This week he unveiled a new sting, ;in which he duped a host of media outlets ;in Europe and the U.S. with a patently bogus study purporting to find that eating chocolate made diets more effective. ;
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And a good way to make sure no one finds a solution to the water crisis
Last year, a study of water rights by scholars at UC Davis and Merced warned ;that the long-term ;decline in California's water supply portended a new era of "social conflict." ;
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Where you live makes a big difference
One of the smarter ideas in the Los Angeles City Council's move this month to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour ;by 2020 is the inflation kicker: after that date, the wage would be permanently indexed to the cost of living.
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The grift never ends
One must doff one's hat to the National Football League . Its talent for siphoning ;money from taxpayers into the pockets of its team-owning billionaires has never glistened ;as brightly. The financing plan for a new stadium ;for the NFL San Diego Chargers , unveiled Monday by a local civic group, sets a new standard for allowing the league to exploit municipal panic ;and using financial sleight-of-hand to make the process ;look painless. ;
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But CEOs think they're just dandy
One doesn't have to look very far to answer the question of why the fortunes of ordinary ;American workers continue to stagnate while corporate profits and the stock market are ;doing so well. Just check out the latest figures on corporate stock buybacks: they're booming.
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Only people bad at their jobs would do so, he claims
You ;might think ;that the chairman and CEO of a major bank that had just pleaded guilty to a federal felony charge and has paid out more than $20 billion in legal settlements in recent years would show a little humility.
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How the organ transplant system really works
Eugene Melnyk isn't well-known ;in the United States. But he's a household name in Canada, where he's been ;the owner of the Ottawa Senators of the National Hockey League since 2003. Since earlier this month, he's also been at the center ;of a remarkable and much-debated medical and ethical saga.
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Conservatives get it wrong, again
Thanks to a couple of timely surveys of medical ;consumers, the focus of the healthcare debate has shifted abruptly ;from helping the uninsured to how to help the "underinsured." These are the people who have insurance but still face co-pays and deductibles that could break them financially if they had a major medical need.
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Privacy gets whittled away again
Millions of RadioShack customers--as many as 117 million--may have taken ;the gadget chain at its word when it pledged that it would safeguard ;their personal information forever
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Because government is all about preventing citizens from being helped
One of the more bizarre spectacles ;of ;U.S. government in the modern age is the sight of ;political leaders complain that a public program is actually working.
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Pulitzer Prize-winning business columnist, author/historian of science, tech, & The New Deal.
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I write and blog about business, economics, and public policy at latimes.com/hiltzik
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  • Columbia University
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