David Lazarus

David Lazarus is an award-winning business columnist for the Los Angeles Times, focusing on consumer affairs. He also appears daily on KTLA-TV Channel 5 and is a part-time radio host. His work appears in newspapers across the country and has resulted in a variety of laws protecting consumers.
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California Inc.: Hollywood hopes bad puppets bring box-office mojo

“The Happytime Murders,” opening Friday, stars Melissa McCarthy and a bunch of puppets. The surprisingly naughty movie sports an R rating and a willingness to go where "Roger Rabbit" didn't dare.

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CVS 'video visits' represent a genuine improvement to the healthcare system

But this is yet another example of Americans having to rely on the private sector to offer reforms that public officials are unable or unwilling to introduce.