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  •, from the Fellowship of Catholic University Students, lets eager Vatican watchers sign up for a text or e-mail alert that will go out as soon as a decisive ballot is cast. Their slogan? "When the smoke goes up, you'll know what's going down."
  • What comes after the death of the 710 freeway project, smoke is bad for your health but here are the longterm effects, a preview of the L.A. autoshow.
  • Nicotine patches and gum and addiction counseling could become routine expenses for medical providers, if Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger signs a bill into law. Here's more about how it’ll work.
  • The much-hyped Fyre Festival seemed to good to be true —and, as a new Netflix documentary shows, that was sadly the case; YouTube's struggles to police user-generated content; the influential artist and critic Manny Farber.
  • Governor Schwarzenegger has until midnight tonight to sign a bill that would ban smoking at state beaches and parks. KPCC’s Julie Small reports on the first of its kind ban.
  • Banning Smoking on Some L.A. Beaches; Teamsters Strike Involvement; Orange County News; The Middle Mind: Why Americans Don't Think for Themselves; The New Play: It's Edie in Here
  • Smokers in New York City have already been chased out of bars, offices and restaurants. Now, the city wants to ban smoking in outdoor public spaces like parks and beaches. The ban would affect some of the most crowded pedestrian spaces in the world, like Times Square.
  • NPR's Debbie Elliott reports on the ruling against a former T-W-A flight attendant who says the tobacco companies were to blame for the smoke in the airplane cabin which aggravated her lung disease. This is the third second-hand smoke case to go to trial, and the third time a jury rejected the claim.
  • UCLA, the public health department and the local apartment association join forces to educate tenants about secondhand smoke and persuade landlords to go smoke-free.
  • The drop continues a decades-long decline that, despite having slowed in recent years, has brought the smoking rate below 20 percent for the first time since the government started keeping track in the 1960s.
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