Highland Hospital in Oakland has what's supposed to be an emergency room, and that's where the documentary The Waiting Room is set.
But as it turns out, at a big public hospital in Oakland, an ER only does so much actual trauma care; it only handles so many things you would usually think of as emergencies. The rest of the time, it functions as a primary care health provider that's not at all designed to be one — largely for people who have no insurance.
By an 8-0 vote, the Supreme Court today threw out fines the Federal Communications Commission filed against Fox and ABC.
The court did not address whether the FCC rules violated anyone's First Amendment right to free speech. Instead, the justices ruled that the FCC "failed to give Fox or ABC fair notice prior to the broadcasts in question that fleeting expletives and momentary nudity could be found actionably indecent."
Originally published on Fri June 22, 2012 10:30 am
During a TED talk in 2009, anthropologist Nina Jablonski told her audience, "You have the evolution of the history of our species, part of it, written in your skin. Understand it, appreciate it, celebrate it. You are the products of evolution."
Chinese soldiers guard the perimeter of the Jiuquan space base, in north China's Gansu province on June 15, the eve of the launch of the Shenzhou-9 spacecraft. China has said it is committed to putting an astronaut on the moon by 2020.
An artist's rendering shows one of NASA's twin Voyager spacecrafts, which launched in 1977.
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This image of the Earth and moon (upper left) in a single frame, the first of its kind ever taken by a spacecraft, was recorded by Voyager 1 on Sept. 18, 1977.
This image of the Earth and moon in a single frame, the first of its kind ever taken by a spacecraft, was recorded by Voyager 1 on Sept. 18, 1977.
A concept drawing shows NASA's two Voyager spacecraft exploring a turbulent region of space known as the heliosheath. The heliopause marks the boundary between our solar system and interstellar space.
NASA's website says both Voyager probes carried "a phonograph record — a 12-inch gold-plated copper disk containing <a href="http://voyager.jpl.nasa.gov/spacecraft/sounds.html">sounds and images</a> selected to portray the diversity of life and culture on Earth."
Supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood hold portraits of their candidate, Mohamed Morsi, as the they protest in Cairo's Tahrir square on June 21. Egypt was on edge after the Brotherhood declared an open-ended protest and warned of 'confrontation' unless their candidate is named president.
Sharif Abdel Kouddous is an independent journalist based in Cairo. He is a Democracy Now! correspondent and a fellow at The Nation Institute.
Last week's presidential elections in Egypt were supposed to mark the final step in what has been an arduous transition from military rule to an elected civilian government. Instead, sixteen months after President Hosni Mubarak was ousted in a popular uprising calling for freedom and social justice, the Supreme Council of Armed Forces has assumed near-full control of all of the key branches of state.