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Many California families consider assisted-living facilities to be positive options for their elderly loved ones who need supported residential services. Frighteningly, evidence of poor care and inadequate governmental oversight has flooded the media in a series of journalistic investigations and legislative hearings.

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Smartphone navigation apps are handy. They're also a distracted driving hazard. Should the government restrict their use to reduce deadly vehicle accidents?

Nearly everyone has a cellphone these days. They're so prevalent that even the chief justice of the U.S. Supreme Court has observed that "the proverbial visitor from Mars might conclude they were an important feature of human anatomy."

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When one goes in for surgery, that person puts his or her well-being in the hands of the doctors and staff and the medical center. The trustworthiness of these people is rarely questioned, and it is often assumed that they will provide the best treatment in every aspect of care.

This, however, is not always the case. California residents may recall hearing about a Rocklin plastic surgeon and his wife who are accused of performing inadequate surgeries, illegally prescribing narcotics and improperly using narcotics themselves. An investigation headed by the California Medical Board is showing that there are dozens of victims who allege that the plastic surgeon damaged their bodies during surgery.

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Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) are some of the most difficult injuries to diagnose and treat. Symptoms may remain hidden for quite some time, and this can make it extremely challenging for physicians to determine both the scope of the injury and the treatment plan that will allow the individual to recover as completely as possible.

Because of the many challenges associated with TBIs, these injuries will often require a lot of trial and error in order to learn which methods are the most effective. This will often result in individuals spending a lot of time in medical facilities being subjected to various tests and procedures, and this can result in expenses quickly adding up.

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Ellen Pao is an engineer, lawyer and business professional with degrees from Princeton and Harvard. In 2005, she went to work for venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers in San Francisco. KPCB is a major investor in budding enterprises, providing seed money to new companies and entrepreneurs, and with a track record of working with such successes as Google Inc. and Facebook.

In 2012, Pao filed a lawsuit against her employer KPCB in California state court alleging three violations of state law:

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