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Dean Florez

Entries by Dean Florez

Where Is the Netflix for College Textbooks?

(6) Comments | Posted February 26, 2014 | 2:16 PM

College textbooks cost too much.

It's been a huge problem for decades. A lingering thorn to students and their parent's every semester, regrettably chronicled by the Bureau of Labor Statistics which reports that the price of textbooks has risen more than 800 percent over the past 30...

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A Day of Judgment for Big Soda

(5) Comments | Posted March 2, 2010 | 1:17 PM

Shafter, Calif.--The Coke commercial on Spanish-language TV begins inside the sun-filled bedroom of a young Latina. She is dark-haired and skinny, caught between childhood and adolescence. She throws a Christina Aguilera CD on the player and plops down on her bed. With a kind of seduction on her face,...

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Death By Vaccine Shortage -- A Nation's Shame

(1) Comments | Posted December 3, 2009 | 4:56 PM

This fall, from Bakersfield to Baltimore, tens of thousands of Americans lining up for their flu shots were turned away from clinics and schools. They waited for hours only to be told that the supply had run dry. It was anyone's guess when the next batch would arrive.


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Dreaming in the California Fields

(3) Comments | Posted September 2, 2009 | 10:08 AM

Shafter, Calif. -- The summer harvest is a strange time to be contemplating the death of the California Dream.

I leave the state capitol, its endless budget battles, and drive 300 miles south through the gut of California -- to this small farm town where I grew up and...

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