REUTERS: Gail Box vividly remembers the day in May 2011 when she first learned her 22-year-old son Austin, a University of Oklahoma linebacker, was abusing opioid painkillers: It was the day he died of an overdose.In a few months he had gone from taking pills prescribed for a back injury to illicitly obtaining more of the addictive drugs from acquaintances."We did not know he was abusing," she said. "At that time, there was a lot of over-prescribing, and I think people in his life were able to get him opioids."The question of why painkillers flooded into Oklahoma and the rest of the country will be the a central issue in a trial beginning Tuesday in Norman, Oklahoma, pitting the state against two drugmakers it accuses of fueling the epidemic: Johnson & Johnson and Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd.Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter's US$17 billion lawsuit is the first to go to trial of more than 2,000 actions by state and local governments accusing opioid manufacturers of … [Read more...] about Oklahoma takes on drugmakers J&J, Teva in landmark opioid trial
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By Vinay Menon Entertainment Columnist Mon., May 13, 2019 You know who believes the Drake Curse is real? Drake. On Sunday night, as the Toronto Raptors advanced to the conference final with that preposterous Kawhi Leonard buzzer-beater — if this game were a pitched screenplay, even Lifetime execs would laugh you out of the boardroom while dismissing the climactic scene as too unbelievable — Toronto exploded into jubilation. You could feel it in the damp air. You could hear it on the streets. This was not a basketball game. It was a shot of adrenalin into the mangled heart of a city longing for heroes. With the score knotted at 90-90 and the clock ticking down to zero, the ball left Leonard’s da Vinci fingers and arced toward the basket as the ghosts of past doom twitched from above. It ricocheted off the rim — bounce, bounce, bounce — and then incredibly, improbably, miraculously, fell through the hoop. The Raps had won. Bring on … [Read more...] about Drake rescues Raptors by staying away
By Julienne Grey The Washington Post Mon., May 6, 2019 Back when my mom would cook chicken, it was an event. For years, she’d made it her mission to cook a new chicken recipe every Friday. As the sun set, she blasted Josh Groban. And, wine in hand, she’d season the meat with the gusto of a conductor rousing an orchestra. Whatever the recipe, she shook in copious quantities of garlic powder and salt. All of it made her smile. Her food contained so much joy that it would have been fine if it had tasted lacklustre. But it never did. Because my mother was the poultry whisperer. At age 10, I wrote her an acrostic poem for Mother’s Day that said: “T is for the tasty turkeys you cook.” Eating at her table was festive and filling. As my husband likes to remember, “Any time you’d stop to talk, or put down a fork, she’d say, ‘There’s plenty of food’ — after you’d already eaten so much food.” Two of … [Read more...] about Mom comes back to me every time I make her favourite recipe
By Kevin McGran Sports Reporter Mon., May 6, 2019 Let me start today with a correction. Last week I answered a question by saying that the Patrick Marleau’s contract could not be bought out since he signed it when he was over 35. That’s not true. It can be bought out, it’s just that the cap hit will remain with the team. So, kind of, there’s no point. But maybe there is. Credit here to a faithful reader, Dave B, who patiently corrected me. I’ll let him explain. “Hi Kevin. Thanks for answering my question last week about getting another team to buyout Marleau. I have a follow-up comment about it. In your answer, you said that Marleau's contract can't be bought out because it was signed when he was over the age of 35. According to capfriendly.com, a 35+ contract can be bought out, but the team receives no cap relief from the buyout. They would only save 1/3 of the salary remaining on the contract, with the rest payable over … [Read more...] about Dubas Mailbag: Can the Leafs trade Patrick Marleau?
LINTON, England: Four-times Tour de France winner Chris Froome rode his bike into a picturesque Yorkshire village on Wednesday saying it felt like a "new beginning" as Team Sky officially became Team INEOS.The 33-year-old Briton admits there were concerns rather than panic when broadcaster Sky announced last year it was ending its 10-year financing of a team set up by Dave Brailsford and which helped him become one of the greatest riders in cycling history.Yet Britain's richest man Jim Ratcliffe rode to the rescue with INEOS, the company he founded and has turned into one of the world's largest chemical producers, taking control with a funding package worth 120 million pounds (US$157.19 million) over three years.Froome said with INEOS's investment he would be pushing harder for cycling's biggest prizes, starting with a record-equalling fifth Tour de France later this year."We will be pushing harder and trying to stay at the top," Froome, donning the team's new dark red and black kit, … [Read more...] about Froome relishing new beginnings as INEOS era starts