Visit The Boston Globe Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Comment on this Scroll to top of page By The series was reported Andrew Ryan, Beth Healy, Bob Hohler, Sacha Pfeiffer and editor Patricia Wen. Today’s story was written by Ryan October 14, 2018 GAINESVILLE, Fla. — A baby-faced Aaron Hernandez wore an L.L. Bean backpack when he arrived here in January 2007 as a frenzy engulfed the University of Florida. The basketball team hadwon a national championship, and on Hernandez’s first day of classes, the football team won one of its own.A torrent of students flooded University Avenue, climbing light poles and scaling restaurant roofs as they chanted: “It’s great. To be. A Flori-da Ga-tor.”Athletes walked like legends among the 52,000 students on this stately red-brick campus dotted with palm trees, live oaks, and tufts of Spanish moss. The bleachers and luxury skyboxes of the football stadium known as The Swamp stretch so high they … [Read more...] about Lessons of Gator Nation
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Since Colorado legalized marijuana, the state has become a popular destination for so-called weed tourists. Johnny Welsh, a writer and bartender in Frisco, Colorado, a Rocky Mountain town near Vail, remembers when he would have the entire fall off work. "The restaurants closed, and you could travel the world," he told MoneyWatch, somewhat wistfully. But while the tourists might be there to consume recreational pot, the same isn't true for the workers. Despite generally loosening standards, Coloradans aren't showing up in droves for work while high, according to drug-test data. Nationwide, the rate of workers testing positive for drugs has increased over the past decade, according to Quest Diagnostics, a major drug-testing laboratory. It has also risen in states that have made the drug legal. But the rate of increase has been about the same across the two categories, said Barry Sample, Quest's senior director for science and technology. When Colorado and Washington state legalized … [Read more...] about Working while high? Not really a thing, it turns out, in weed-legal states
Looking for news you can trust?Subscribe to our free newsletters. At first glance, Abdulrahman el-Bahnasawy, a Muslim kid from the suburbs of Toronto, seemed an unlikely jihadi. A soft-spoken 18-year-old with delicate features and thick curly hair, he had rejected Islam at 15, announcing to his parents, conservative Egyptian immigrants, that he was now an agnostic. This, he would write later, was just one of the many troubles he caused his family: After he discovered weed at 14, his terrified parents moved with him and his older sister to Kuwait. There, lonely and bullied in school, he began to take every drug he could get his hands on. He attempted suicide several times. Foreshadowing the bipolar disorder and schizophrenia he would later be diagnosed with, he would sit on the toilet in his parents’ house for hours, huffing butane and hallucinating, conversing with “Hamtaramo,” an imaginary pilot who spoke to him through the radio. “He was,” Bahnasawy … [Read more...] about ISIS Isn’t Dead Yet. A Hapless Plot to Bomb Times Square Reveals the Next Phase of the Islamic State.
0 View Gallery View Comments In the second announcement in two days, officials again made a case for how legalized marijuana has negatively impacted El Paso County.Positioned in front of a pile of burlap sacks containing seized pot plants and sophisticated growing equipment, Sheriff Bill Elder, Colorado Springs Police Chief Pete Carey, 4th Judicial District Attorney Dan May and Drug Enforcement Administration Southeast Division Supervisor Tim Scott agreed that marijuana "is one of the biggest public safety challenges our region is facing today." Elder made similar claims a day earlier when announcing sheriff's deputies have served more warrants so far this year - 64 - on illegal pot grows than all other crimes combined. Fifteen of those warrants were served in May, he said, and 11 in the last week."This is unprecedented," Elder said. "Marijuana has sidelined a lot of our (other) work."It's not the legal marijuana industry the officials are referring to but rather the black … [Read more...] about Officials slam impact of legalized pot on Colorado Springs area
In the midst of a national crisis, mothers addicted to drugs struggle to get off them — for their babies’ sake, and their own. By JENNIFER EGANMAY 9, 2018 Continue reading the main story Share This Page Continue reading the main story It was not until her third month of feeling unwell, in the fall of 2016, that Alicia thought to take an at-home pregnancy test. Until then, she assumed her fatigue and nausea were withdrawal symptoms from the Percocets she’d been dependent upon since the year before. “When some days you don’t get enough, you could definitely throw up or wake up feeling sick,” she told me. “It was easily confused with morning sickness.”Alicia, who asked that I use her nickname to protect her privacy, was 26 at the time, living with her boyfriend in a tiny apartment just outside Providence, R.I. From the start of their relationship, she had been inspired by his seriousness; he had a job in I.T. that paid $20 an hour. … [Read more...] about Children of the Opioid Epidemic