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USC received more than a year of questions about former medical school dean's conduct before scandal broke 23.7.2017 LA Times: Commentary

Four days after The Times published a story about drug use by the then-dean of USC’s medical school, the university announced it was moving to fire Dr. Carmen A. Puliafito and said it was “outraged and disgusted” by his conduct.

USC Provost Michael Quick said the university decided to act because...

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A veteran pot farmer mourns the passing of a more paranoid, more profitable way of life 22.7.2017 LA Times: Commentary

Tim Blake has been pursued by police, arrested, jailed, ripped off in the fields by thuggish neighbors and hogtied by Hell’s Angels.

Naturally, he is one of Mendocino County’s most upstanding citizens.

Blake is a longtime cannabis grower and entrepreneur. His Healing Harvest farm produces top-quality...

Wi-Fi at LAX has improved but is still slower than many other airports 22.7.2017 LA Times: Business

If you have been stuck waiting for a flight at Los Angeles International Airport lately, you may have noticed that the speed of the free Wi-Fi in the facility has improved in the last year.

Still, LAX’s free Wi-Fi speed ranks 11th among North America’s busiest airports, Seattle-based technology...

L.A. voters want to legalize marijuana, so why won't city leaders do it? 22.7.2017 LA Times: Commentary

Los Angeles voters want to legalize marijuana, and they don’t seem particularly concerned that it remains illegal under federal law. In November nearly two out of three voters in the city of L.A. supported Proposition 64, a statewide initiative to let adults grow, buy and use recreational marijuana....

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As heroin deaths mount, Philly gets new leader in the fight 21.7.2017 News
Mayor Kenney announced Friday that after a five-month long national search for a new commissioner, David T. Jones will be the department's new leader. Jones replaces Arthur C. Evans Jr., who left in January to become the CEO of the American Psychological Association.
There’s Something Strange About Missouri’s New Opioid Law 20.7.2017 Mother Jones
Calling opioid addiction a “modern plague,” Missouri Governor Eric Greitens signed an executive order on Monday establishing a statewide prescription drug monitoring program, ending Missouri’s holdout as the only state without such a program.  “The welcome mat is still out for drug dealers to shop for prescriptions in our state,” said Sen. Claire McCaskill . […]
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10-year-old died with heroin and fentanyl in his system, Florida state attorney says 19.7.2017 Washington Post
Miami-Dade State Attorney Katherine Fernández Rundle said the circumstances surrounding Alton Banks’s death are still unknown, but investigators do not suspect he was exposed at home.
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Are discarded hypodermic needles a public health threat? 18.7.2017 News
Conrail cleanup is posed to begin, but discarded needles remain a source of concern here and elsewhere.
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'It's raining needles': Drug crisis creates pollution threat 17.7.2017 Minnesota Public Radio: Science
People, often children, risk getting stuck by discarded needles, raising the prospect they could contract blood-borne diseases such as hepatitis or HIV or be exposed to remnants of heroin or other drugs.
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An overdose, a young companion, drug-fueled parties: The secret life of USC med school dean 17.7.2017 LA Times: Commentary
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An overdose, a young companion, drug-fueled parties: The secret life of then-USC med school dean 17.7.2017 LA Times: Commentary
Photos and video show then-head of Keck School of Medicine partying with criminals and drug-users.
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'It's raining needles': Drug crisis creates pollution threat 17.7.2017 AP National
LOWELL, Mass. (AP) -- They hide in weeds along hiking trails and in playground grass. They wash into rivers and float downstream to land on beaches. They pepper baseball dugouts, sidewalks and streets. Syringes left by drug users amid the heroin crisis are turning up everywhere....
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District to distribute more naloxone to combat opioid overdoses 15.7.2017 Washington Post
District to distribute more naloxone to combat opioid overdoses
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Jon Huntsman Sr., four-time cancer survivor, says he’d ‘love to’ try medical marijuana 13.7.2017 Salt Lake Tribune
Four-time cancer survivor and philanthropist Jon Huntsman Sr. said Wednesday he would try medical marijuana if given the chance. In a televised interview with Fox 13 in Salt Lake City, Huntsman Sr. said he was “a very strong advocate for medical marijuana. I think some folks have it terribly confused with smoking marijuana.” Huntsman Sr. also has suffered for a decade from polymyalgia rheumatica, which causes severe pain in the shoulder and hip-joints — one of the reasons he supports medical ma... <iframe src="" height="1" width="1" > </frame>
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Panel calls on FDA to review safety of opioid painkillers 13.7.2017 AP National
An expert panel of scientists says the U.S. Food and Drug Administration should review the safety and effectiveness of all opioids, and consider the real-world impacts the powerful painkillers have, not only on patients, but also on families, crime and the demand for heroin....
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Judge signs off on agreement to speed treatment for Utah inmates deemed mentally incompetent to stand trial 13.7.2017 Salt Lake Tribune
A federal court judge has accepted a settlement agreement that would reduce significantly the time that mentally ill inmates in Utah wait without treatment. In June, the Disability Law Center entered into a settlement agreement with the Utah Department of Human Services to resolve a class-action lawsuit filed in September 2015 alleging that mentally ill inmates were waiting months in jail without treatment and therefore were denied speedy trials. On Tuesday, U.S. District Judge Robert Shelby sig... <iframe src="" height="1" width="1" > </frame>
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Divided Senate Republicans will take another crack at an Obamacare repeal bill today 13.7.2017 LA Times: Commentary

Senate Republicans are set to unveil revised legislation Thursday to roll back the Affordable Care Act, even as political support has deteriorated so dramatically that it is now unclear whether GOP leaders even have enough votes to formally open the debate next week.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch...

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The Daily 202: Trump dysfunction follows family from the campaign to the White House 12.7.2017 Washington Post
The Daily 202: Trump dysfunction follows family from the campaign to the White House
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4 Reasons Why The US Needs To Decriminalize Drugs – And Why We're Closer Than You Think 11.7.2017 Politics on
Drug possession arrests fuel mass incarceration and mass criminalization.
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Hughes says you can’t ‘hug-a-thug’ out of crime near Salt Lake City shelter. But the House Speaker isn’t sure what to do just yet. 10.7.2017 Salt Lake Tribune
While talking with Salt Lake City’s mayor on Thursday, House Speaker Greg Hughes didn’t mention deploying troops, nor did he use the word “czar” to describe a hypothetical state official who would take over efforts to combat homelessness. “My conversation with him was not like what was in the press,” said Jackie Biskupski on Friday. “He just wants to make sure we’re successful.” But Hughes’ recent depiction of the area surrounding the 1,100-bed shelter at 210 S. Rio Grande St. — as a spiraling h...
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