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Labor leader and Los Angeles power-broker Miguel Contreras was found dead under mysterious circumstances in Los Angeles, the week before the 2005 mayoral election. No autopsy was performed, and doctors were pressured to sign a death certificate. The article outlines political power bases in Los Angeles, and speculates how various issues would have had different results if Contreras had lived.
Consumer Reports tells how "... the intake of over-the-counter supplements has reached critical mass... Also growing: the number of doctors and pharmacists adding prestige to these products. Studies suggest that some supplements may work as advertised. And there's little evidence that most people who take them are putting themselves in peril. But with prices that rise to more than 30 cents a pill, consumers can spend lots of money on products with little or no proven efficacy."