Teenagers teach each other truth about AIDS

NEW YORK — Two people between the ages of 13 and 24 are infected with HIV every hour in the United States. It’s no wonder then that Willie Hernandez of MTV’s “Real World Philadelphia” says, “I’m smart enough to be scared of this disease.”

Catch Kinsey

Movie Review I loved the movie “Kinsey” almost as much as I hate the period of American life, the 1950s, in which the critical part of the movie is set. “Kinsey” is exquisitely well made, and the acting at all levels is excellent.

A recap of this years progressive cinema

Movie Reviews Catch festival gems on DVD It was last year’s Toronto International Film Festival that screened such important documentaries as “Fog of War” and “The Corporation,” which played such a vital role in today’s cultural activism. The tragedy is that many of these great films from last year still have not picked up a North American distributor and will not have a theatrical release. Some cable networks (Sundance, IFC) and video rental houses (Facets, Netflix, Home Video) have made a few of the titles available.

A history lesson for Karl Rove

Karl Rove, Bush’s chief propagandist, likes to think of himself as a new Mark Hanna. Who was Mark Hanna, and is Rove right?

21st century book-burning

Opinions One of the marks of authoritarian regimes is their effort to stop the spread of knowledge and free speech. In May 1933, Nazi sympathizers in Berlin burned 20,000 “degenerate” books, many of them written by Jews and anti-fascists such as Albert Einstein, Bertolt Brecht and Franz Kafka.

Texas: unhealthy changes for children

Opinion Viridiana Herrera is a freshman at the University of Texas and the first person in her family to attend college. For the last three years, she led her high school’s efforts to sign up hundreds of Houston children for the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) through annual enrollment drives at neighborhood Fiesta Supermarkets and other events.

Social Security under Bush attack: Your parents will be living with you!

As long ago as the early 1930s, through the Townsend movement and other efforts, our parents and grandparents (and a few of us) fought for a pension plan for people 65 and older. The U.S. was one of the last developed nations to adopt a national pension plan when the Social Security Act was finally passed in 1935. Social Security has become one of the most successful, and certainly the most widely supported, social service programs in this country.

Cuba: 20 years of family doctors

When revolutionaries change the changes that came with revolution, that’s a “revolution within a revolution.” That’s how a director of the World Health Organization described Cuba’s turn 20 years ago to “comprehensive general medicine.”

Strike ballots go to United flight attendants

Strike authorization ballots were mailed Dec. 2 to 21,000 flight attendants at United Airlines, setting the stage for a potential nationwide “CHAOS” strike should United or any other contracted carrier abrogate its collective bargaining agreement with the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA, the 46,000-member-union announced.

Caregivers demand voice in patient care

Some 7,000 nurses, food service staff, housekeepers, clerks, lab technicians and other health care workers at 13 northern California Sutter hospitals returned to their jobs Dec. 6 after the company had locked them out for four days.

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