Oscar Robertson to Receive NBA's Lifetime Achievement Award
6/20/2018 8:11:36 PM

NEW YORK (AP)—Hall of Famer Oscar Robertson will be honored with the NBA's Lifetime Achievement Award at the NBA Awards on June 25. Robertson, the career leader with 181 triple-doubles and the first player to average one for a season, was the NBA's Rookie of the Year in 1961, MVP in 1964 and won a championship with Milwaukee in 1971. The guard was a nine-time selection to the All-NBA first team and was voted one of the league's 50 greatest players. He also was co-captain of the 1960 U.S. team that won an Olympic gold medal and led Crispus Attucks High School to...

New San Francisco Mayor Went from the Projects to City Hall
6/20/2018 9:39:13 AM

By Janie Har   SAN FRANCISCO (AP)—San Francisco's incoming mayor knows the yawning gap between rich and poor firsthand, having been raised by her grandmother in the city's drug- and violence-riddled projects. It is now the job of London Breed—the first Black woman elected mayor of the city—to unite a wealthy but conflicted San Francisco, where the high-tech economy has sent the median price of a home soaring to $1.3 million and where homeless tents and human waste fester on sidewalks. People who know her say the 43-year-old Breed has the grit, drive...

Sickle Cell Disease Hits Young Californians Hard
6/18/2018 11:08:21 PM

LOS ANGELES—As if being a teenager or young adult weren't complicated enough. As young people living with sickle cell disease (SCD) age, their health care needs change. Sickle cell disease (SCD) is an inherited blood disorder that can cause pain, anemia, infection, and other serious health problems. The teenage years are often the time when the health care for teens with SCD transfers from a pediatrician to a doctor who treats adults. This is complicated by a national shortage of knowledgeable doctors who care for adults with SCD. At the same time, teenagers with SCD may...

Getting Married? Get Covered!
6/18/2018 11:06:50 PM

Before you walk down that aisle and “style and profile” on your wedding day, you have a million things to think about. Make sure your health insurance coverage is one of them. We are in the middle of wedding season, which happens to coincide with Covered California’s special-enrollment period, and getting married is one of the ways Californians can qualify to sign up for health insurance instead of having to wait until open enrollment in the fall. As long as you apply for coverage within 60 days of your wedding, you are eligible to sign up. “We would like...

A Cancer Screening Flop: Few Smokers Seek Free Lung Scans
6/18/2018 11:01:46 PM

By Marilynn Marchione   Lung cancer screening has proved to be stunningly unpopular. Five years after government and private insurers started paying for it, less than 2 percent of eligible current and former smokers have sought the free scans, researchers report. The study didn't explore why, but experts say possible explanations include worries about false alarms and follow-up tests, a doctor visit to get the scans covered, fear and denial of the consequences of smoking and little knowledge that screening exists. “People are not aware that this is a test that can...

California Moves to Expand Access to Opioid Antidote
6/18/2018 11:00:49 PM

SACRAMENTO (AP)—California is moving to expand access to an antidote for opioid overdoses by allowing organizations that may not have a medical director to distribute and administer the drug, state health officials said Friday. Under a new order from the state health department, groups with syringe exchange programs and other organizations will now be able to access naloxone, which works almost immediately to reverse an opioid overdose, the California Department of Health said. More than half of U.S. states have similar policies, California Department of Health Director Karen...

California Moves to Clear Coffee of Cancer-Risk Stigma
6/18/2018 10:53:20 PM

By Brian Melley   LOS ANGELES (AP)—California officials, having concluded coffee drinking is not a risky pastime, are proposing a regulation that will essentially tell consumers of America's favorite beverage they can drink up without fear. The unprecedented action last week by the Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment to propose a regulation to clear coffee of the stigma that it could pose a toxic risk followed a review of more than 1,000 studies published this week by the World Health Organization that found inadequate evidence that coffee causes...

Smithsonian Exhibit Highlights Mega-Star Oprah Winfrey
6/13/2018 1:13:24 PM

By Beatrice Jin and Tramon Lucas   WASHINGTON—One of the most recognizable openings in television history blares on a video screen: “I'm Oprah Winfrey, and welcome to The Oprah Winfrey Show!” The crowd goes wild. At the center of it all, a dancing young Oprah. This moment, televised more than 30 years ago, is now part of a yearlong exhibition that opened last weekend at the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture. “Watching Oprah: The Oprah Winfrey Show and American Culture” chronicles the social events in the...

Creator of 'Pose' Says FX Show Celebrates 'Incredible Souls'
6/13/2018 1:11:47 PM

By Mark Kennedy   NEW YORK—In the premiere episode of the new FX series “Pose,” a young Black man hoping to be a star modern dancer is escorted into his first drag ball. Wild-eyed, he eagerly soaks it in. It quite literally makes him speechless. In front of him are members of his fellow LGBTQ community dressed in high-fashion finery, strutting down a runway with fierce glamour and arch confidence as their friends cheer. It is 1987 in a gritty part of New York hit hard by crack and AIDS, and yet this is an act of defiance. “We are not going to be...

Movie of Miranda's 'In the Heights' Set for Summer 2020
6/13/2018 1:09:58 PM

NEW YORK—Lin-Manuel Miranda's Tony-winning musical “In the Heights” will hit theaters in 2020 as a summer-event movie. Warner Bros. won the rights to the 2008 Tony-winner after a bidding war earlier this spring. The project had been in development at The Weinstein Company, which auctioned off many of its assets in the wake of the Harvey Weinstein scandal. Warner Bros. announced Thursday that “In the Heights” will be released June 26, 2020. Miranda is producing the film, which is to be directed by Jon M. Chu. The upcoming romantic comedy “Crazy...