On December 31 2020, the newsrack service will be shut down permanently.

It has been a nice long run from the Sarai days in 2004 to being hosted on its own domain around 2006. Beside maintenance, there has been no real active development on the code or the features since early 2008. Since 2015, even all that maintenance was pretty bare bones. A lot of news sources no longer provide reliable RSS feeds and since mid 2018, there were growing issues with the service and I only kept it alive to assist a handful of users.

So, it is time to shut this down. The internet world in 2020 is vastly differently from 2003 when I first conceptualized this service. Thanks for using this all these years.

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Editorial: Oregon voted to end the war on drugs. California should watch and learn 25.11.2020 LA Times: Opinion

Oregon is the first state to eliminate simple drug possession as a crime and to adopt the policy that drug treatment should be voluntary.

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'Taking Sledgehammer' To Failed Us Drug War, Oregon Votes To Decriminalize Narcotics as Five States Legalize Marijuana 10.11.2020 Organic Consumers Association News Headlines

Critics of the nation's failed so-called "War on Drugs" celebrated a number of victories Tuesday night as Oregon became the first state in the U.S. to decriminalize personal drug possession and voters in five states backed the legalization of marijuana.

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Operation Warp Speed — A Technocratic Chess Piece? 3.11.2020 Organic Consumers Association News Headlines

In this interview, investigative journalist Whitney Webb, who does both independent work and collaborations with The Last American Vagabond, discusses the little-known details of Operation Warp Speed, a joint operation between U.S. Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Department of Defense to produce a fast-tracked COVID-19 vaccine and other therapeutics.

Will Oregon Be the First State to Legalize Access to Magic Mushrooms? 2.11.2020 Mother Jones
Oregon’s push to legalize psychedelic-assisted therapy began, as bold ideas often do, in the woods. It was 2015, and Portland-based therapists Tom and Sheri Eckert had taken a trip to Mount Rainier, about 50 miles southeast of Seattle, to ponder the idea of creating a program for adults to legally access the power of magic […]
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Ann Arbor decriminalizes magic mushrooms, psychedelic plants 28.9.2020 Chicago Tribune: Popular
The city of Ann Arbor has decriminalized psychedelic plants and fungi, including magic mushrooms, and police officers will no longer make them an enforcement focus.
Colombia lawmakers seek to take control of cocaine market. It's a long shot 21.9.2020 L.A. Times - World News

Colombian lawmakers introduce a plan calling for the government to take control of the cocaine market, buying harvests and regulating sales.

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The Spin: Signs that sin taxes may be pandemic-proof | Ex-state Sen. Link pleads guilty - now who will be his replacement? | Lightfoot vs. police union boss over contract 17.9.2020 Chicago Tribune: Popular
Welcome to The Spin, the Chicago Tribune's politics newsletter.
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What Makes a Child-Friendly City? Redesigning Safer and Healthier Urban Spaces for Young People 10.9.2020 THE CITY FIX
Children are often under-prioritized or even disregarded in urban planning and design. It’s estimated that up to 500 children die daily in road crashes around the world; thousands more incur injuries and psychological trauma from collisions with vehicles that can ...
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Competing drug companies plan joint statement on vaccine safety, pledging not to prematurely release treatments 6.9.2020 Chicago Tribune: Business
The statement, which has not yet been finalized, is meant to reassure the public that the companies will not seek a premature approval of vaccines.
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Letters to the Editor: Warp-speed vaccine manufacturing sickened 40,000 kids with polio in the 1950s 1.9.2020 LA Times: Health

A reader who became sick with polio after being vaccinated in 1955 warns of the perils of rushing a COVID-19 vaccine.

Column: The false, lethal promise of 'warp speed' science 25.8.2020 LA Times: Business

Talk of 'warp speed' and 'moonshot' science misleads the public into expecting miracles

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An effective COVID-19 vaccine is the great hope. How do we get there? 20.8.2020 Chicago Tribune: Popular
Effective COVID-19 vaccine is the great hope. How do we get there?
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Marijuana is no longer a ‘dirty little secret.’ Weed sales are soaring in Illinois, and the pandemic is helping. 7.8.2020 Chicago Tribune: Business
Marijuana has emerged as the coping mechanism of choice for many during the coronavirus global health crisis and economic downturn.
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Opioid overdoses skyrocket in the face of COVID-19 pandemic; stronger drugs, scarce treatment blamed 20.7.2020 Chicago Tribune: Popular
As opioid-related deaths have sharply increased so far this year, Chicago drug users are navigating increasingly unsafe drugs on the market and a changed landscape due to the societal impacts of COVID-19.
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Colorado to staff state lab around the clock to speed up COVID-19 test results 15.7.2020 Denver Post: Local
Turnaround times for out-of-state private labs have risen, and the state has very little control over that, Polis said at a news conference. But, he said, it can and will improve its own processes.
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San Francisco cracks down on archdiocese for violating coronavirus rules 3.7.2020 LA Times: Health

Church officials have agreed to stop celebrating public Mass indoors and to restrict outdoor services after the city attorney sent a cease-and-desist letter.

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Letters to the Editor: Public health saves lives; locking up drug users destroys them 16.6.2020 LA Times: Opinion

He saw Black lives destroyed by heavy-handed law enforcement during the crack epidemic and now advocates for harm reduction.

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Editorial: New reports confirm what should be obvious: Smart gun laws save lives 16.6.2020 LA Times: Opinion

A fresh round of studies affirms that smart laws restricting easy access to firearms results in fewer people getting shot to death.

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Editorial: The 1980s crack epidemic was a fork in the road. America chose racism and prisons over public health 10.6.2020 LA Times: Health

America responded to the 1980s crack epidemic with police and prisons instead of public health. Now look where we are.

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EPA’s own words reveal what its new chemicals program has become – a captive of industry 29.5.2020 Nanotechnology Notes
Richard Denison, Ph.D., is a Lead Senior Scientist. Readers of this blog know that EDF is no fan of how the Trump EPA has implemented – in our view, twisted – the 2016 reforms made to the review process for new chemicals under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA).  Decision after decision over the last 3.5 […]
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