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Oakland Becomes Second U.S. City to Decriminalize Magic Mushrooms

Oakland Becomes Second U.S. City to Decriminalize Magic Mushrooms

For people who have not been following the fight to legalize psilocybin, it may seem like the movement to decriminalize magic mushrooms sprung up from the earth overnight. The Oakland City Council on Tuesday voted unanimously to decriminalize magic mushrooms and other psychoactive fungi and plants, ordering law enforcement to stop the prosecution of possession of natural psychedelics. The decision came less than a month after Denver voters approved decriminalization of psilocybin mushrooms, with an initiative that bars the city from using resources to pursue criminal penalties for people...

June 5, 2019
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Juul CEO Resigns, Company Announces It Will Stop All Advertising

Juul CEO Resigns, Company Announces It Will Stop All Advertising

Juul Labs CEO and cofounder Kevin Burns is stepping down from the San Francisco-based e-cigarette giant, according to a press release published on the company’s website. Juul also announced that it will stop all print, digital, and broadcast advertising in the U.S., effective immediately. The CEO’s resignation comes in the wake of at least nine deaths from vaping related illness across the U.S. in recent months, none of which have been linked directly to Juul. The company has also pledged to stop lobbying the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on e-cigarette related issues. “Working at...

September 25, 2019
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Teens in Wisconsin Are Being Diagnosed With Severe Lung Damage That May Be Linked to Vaping

Teens in Wisconsin Are Being Diagnosed With Severe Lung Damage That May Be Linked to Vaping

Health officials in Wisconsin are looking into a scary-sounding cluster of cases that could be linked to vaping. Doctors in the state have reported eight cases of teenagers with similar lung damage and symptoms to the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (WisDHS) this month, the agency said in a health advisory released Thursday. While the cause of these incidents isn’t confirmed, all of the teens had a recent history of e-cigarette use. According to the WisDHS, the teenagers largely experienced symptoms like coughing, shortness of breath, and fatigue, while some also developed nausea,...

July 26, 2019
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Chicago Police Started Secret Drone Program Using Untraceable Cash: Report

Chicago Police Started Secret Drone Program Using Untraceable Cash: Report

The Chicago Police Department started a secret drone program using untraceable money seized in drug raids and other criminal investigations, according to a bombshell new report from the Chicago Sun-Times. The drone program is reportedly used for crime scene photos and terrorism-related issues, among other investigations, according to internal Chicago Police Department emails obtained by activist group Distributed Denial of Secrets and reviewed by the Sun-Times. The emails, sent by Karen Conway, director of Chicago’s police research and development, indicate roughly $7.7 million was spent...

May 12
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The Impossible Burger Will Be Officially Available at Grocery Stores Starting Tomorrow

The Impossible Burger Will Be Officially Available at Grocery Stores Starting Tomorrow

Getting Impossible Foods’ plant-based burger alternative from the lab and onto consumers’ grills has been a long, drawn out process. But the company has announced that starting tomorrow, the new Impossible Burger will finally be available to purchase in grocery stores—assuming you live in California. Earlier this year, at CES 2019 in Las Vegas, Impossible Foods debuted version 2.0 of its Impossible Burger which we found to be almost indistinguishable from burgers made from actual beef thanks to an ingredient called soy leghemoglobin that simulates how ground beef looks, cooks, and tastes....

September 20, 2019
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Facebook Discloses Cambridge Analytica Email It Fought for Months to Keep Secret

Facebook Discloses Cambridge Analytica Email It Fought for Months to Keep Secret

More than a year ago, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg laid out on his personal page a “timeline” related to the Cambridge Analytica “situation.” But he omitted a key piece of information, which was finally made public on Friday. As reported in March, internal emails show a Facebook employee warned the company about Cambridge Analytica in September 2015, saying it was engaged in some “sketchy” data-harvesting activities. For most of the year, Facebook has fought vigorously in court to prevent that email from being disclosed to the public. For reasons not immediately clear, it’s attorneys...

August 25, 2019
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Disney's Plans to Buy Fox Just Hit a Major Snag and Its Name Is Comcast

Disney's Plans to Buy Fox Just Hit a Major Snag and Its Name Is Comcast

Marvel Studios’ parent company Disney would very much like to get its hands on all of the sweet, juicy, profitable comic book IP that Fox smartly secured back in the ‘90s, but the House of Mouse’s tentative $52.4 billion offer might no longer be enough to seal the deal. Today, Comcast made the surprising announcement that it’s considering whether to make a “superior all-cash offer” to acquire 21st Century Fox—a direct challenge to Disney’s all-stock offering: “Any offer for Fox would be all-cash and at a premium to the value of the current all-share offer from Disney. The structure and...

May 23, 2018
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Coronavirus Slashed Global Air Pollution. This Interactive Map Shows How

Coronavirus Slashed Global Air Pollution. This Interactive Map Shows How

The covid-19 pandemic has changed the world, grinding to a halt increasingly large geographic areas and portions of the economy in an effort to slow the virus’ spread. The impacts have been profound on the ground, but government-mandated lockdowns have also remade the atmosphere. Satellite data from China, the first epicenter of the outbreak, and Italy, the second hot spot, have shown big drops in pollution following lockdowns that limited the movement of people and goods and factories’ ability to produce stuff. With the pandemic now becoming increasingly prevalent in the U.S., Americans...

March 25, 2020
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Philly Park Officials Criticized for Installing Devices That Blare High-Frequency Noise at Young People

Philly Park Officials Criticized for Installing Devices That Blare High-Frequency Noise at Young People

There is growing criticism of Philadelphia officials’ decision to install sonic devices called the Mosquito that constantly emit extremely loud, high-frequency noise from 10:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m. every night designed to be audible only to persons aged 13 to 25, according to a Friday report by NPR’s Morning Edition. The working principle behind the devices, produced by Vancouver-based Moving Sound Technologies (MST), is that older people cannot hear such high frequencies due to hearing loss from ageing and noise pollution, though that is far from universal. The Mosquito emits an awful sound...

July 10, 2019
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Police Are a Leading Cause of Death for Young Men, Especially Those of Color, Study Finds

Police Are a Leading Cause of Death for Young Men, Especially Those of Color, Study Finds

For men, especially men of color, coming face to face with the police may be one of the most likely ways to die young, a new study out Monday finds. The study estimated that black men are twice as likely to be killed by police than men of other races. It also found that police use of force is one of the leading causes of death for all young men. To reach their conclusions, researchers at Rutgers University and elsewhere looked at mortality data reported by the U.S. government and Fatal Encounters, a project founded by Nevada journalist D. Brian Burghart and others. Fatal Encounters...

August 6, 2019
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