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killer pharmacy: inside a medical mass murder case

It was just another colorless trade show, one of thousands held each year in hotels across the United States. But it was there, at an Embassy Suites in Franklin, Tennessee, that the simple handoff of a business card proved to be the first link in a two-year chain of events that led to the horrific, tortuous deaths of the first victims in a mass killing that trailed from New England to Tennessee, from Michigan to North Carolina. Health workers packed the hotel for the annual meeting of the Freestanding Ambulatory Surgery Center Association, hoping to network, listen to medical presentations and meet industry salespeople plying their wares. Among the hundreds wandering about on the second day of the conference—September 24, 2010—was John Notarianni, regional sales manager for the New England Compounding…

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new york city would really rather not talk about its slavery-loving past

It was the summer of 1863, and Abraham Lincoln needed troops. That March, Congress had passed the Enrollment Act, requiring all males between the ages of 20 and 45 to register for a military draft. Since that May, Ulysses S. Grant laid costly siege to the city of Vicksburg, Mississippi, a strategic Confederate fort on the Mississippi River; by June, there would be 80,000 Union soldiers surrounding that city. In late April, “Fighting Joe” Hooker crossed the Rappahannock River, trying to catch Robert E. Lee in a pincer movement. The maneuver failed and the Union lost 17,000 men at the ensuing Battle of Chancellorsville, perhaps Lee’s finest victory. Just two months later, Lee suffered his worst defeat, at Gettysburg. Though victorious there, the Union lost 23,000 men. The draft began in…

5
what sanctions? the russian economy is growing again

Six months ago, the price of oil—the lifeblood of the Russian economy—began to crater, and U.S.-led sanctions, implemented in the wake of Russia’s annexation of Crimea in Ukraine, were biting. Russia’s currency, the ruble, buckled, and capital flight began to accelerate as rich but nervous Russians moved more and more money out of the country. It seemed plausible then to wonder: Could Vladimir Putin be losing his grip? Might economic pressure be enough to rein him in, or even lead to his downfall? Today, the answer is becoming clear—and it’s not the one the West was hoping for. Not only is Putin still standing, but the Russian economy, against most expectations, is recovering. Its stock market is one of the best performing globally this year; the ruble, after losing nearly half…

5
the complex politics behind the chaos in yemen

The casual reader of a recent New York Times op-ed by Yemen’s exiled president, Abdu Rabbu Mansour Hadi, might come away with the impression that all Yemen’s problems are the fault of Iran and its “puppets,” the Houthi rebels who in January drove Hadi out of Sanaa. That’s a gross oversimplification; Yemen has been smoldering for decades. Most of the problems are homegrown, and it’s hard to argue that Iran has had more influence than other foreign powers. The poorest country in the Middle East and a corrupt autocracy for three decades, Yemen started unraveling in 2011, when then-President Ali Abdullah Saleh reluctantly ceded power, under pressure from Gulf states and Western powers, during the Arab Spring. He was succeeded by his vice president, Hadi, who had popular support and a mandate…

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california’s farms would only need to cut water by 6.6 percent to match urban restrictions

Faced with the worst drought in its history, California has told towns, businesses and private citizens to replace their lawns with plants that aren’t so thirsty and make other changes to reduce water usage by 25 percent. That could save around 500 billion gallons of water a year, which is impressive. But critics say it’s not enough. Why, when the state’s stored reservoir water supply is at risk of drying up within a year, is Governor Jerry Brown focusing only on ornamental landscaping? Agriculture uses nearly four times as much water as urban consumers. Towns and cities in California use around 9.1 million acre-feet of water per year (nearly 3 trillion gallons), while agriculture uses 34.6 million acre-feet per year. In the Central Valley, desperate farmers are pumping greater and greater…

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the race against time to convict surviving nazis

Martin Uebele has dealt with some horrific cases in his role as chief prosecutor in the east German city of Görlitz – but none as shocking as his current investigation of a local man accused of murdering thousands of innocent civilians more than 70 years ago. Uebele soon hopes to put the 90-year-old man on trial for his role in the shooting of 18,000 Jewish inmates on 3 November 1943 at the Majdanek concentration camp in Poland. At the time, the man – whose identity cannot be revealed until he is convicted – was 19 years old and working as an SS guard. He didn’t shoot but he did nothing to stop the massacre either. A court-appointed physician is currently evaluating the man’s health, with a decision expected shortly as to whether…