MEDICINE: Hospitals are facing critical conditions -- too many patients, too little money and staffs at risk of burning out
The emergency room may be the most democratic place in America: people are treated according to need, and no amount of money will buy better care. But the pressures from overcrowding, nonpaying patients, drug violence, AIDS and a nursing shortage are taking a heavy toll on the staff -- and the patients. -- A Hard Day's Night in L.A.
NATION: Mixed verdicts in a racial murder plunge New York City into turmoil
Five months into his first term, the...