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Los Angeles Times

The secret life of a USC med school dean

In USC’s lecture halls, labs and executive offices, Dr. Carmen A. Puliafito was a towering figure. The dean of the Keck School of Medicine was a renowned eye surgeon whose skill in the operating room was matched by a gift for attracting money and talent to the university. There was another side to the Harvard-educated… Continue reading The secret life of a USC med school dean

Seattle Times

UW women’s rowing-team numbers inflated, avoiding Title IX scrutiny

The University of Washington listed Cassie McMaster as a member of its 2013 women’s rowing team. But McMaster says that not only has she never practiced with the team, she never even stepped into a boat. Although McMaster didn’t contribute to the crew team on the water, the UW did benefit by counting McMaster on… Continue reading UW women’s rowing-team numbers inflated, avoiding Title IX scrutiny

Seattle Times

Quake insurance companies hold all the power

State Farm collected $350 million in premiums from Washingtonians over a decade by betting against earthquakes in the state. It concluded that wasn’t enough. In 2014, the company filed documents with Washington state’s insurance regulator seeking approval to raise earthquake rates around the state, including by 39 percent for commercial property in King County and… Continue reading Quake insurance companies hold all the power