Finally, the investigation was over. The riddle solved. On August 18, 2008—after almost seven years, nearly 10,000 interviews, and millions of dollars spent developing a whole new form of microbial forensics—some of the FBI’s top brass filed into a dimly lit, flag-lined room in the bureau’s Washington, DC, headquarters. They were there to lay out the evidence proving who was responsible for the anthrax attacks that had terrified the nation in the fall of 2001. It had been the most expensive, and arguably the toughest, case in FBI history, the assembled reporters were told. But the facts showed that Army biodefense researcher Bruce Ivins was the person responsible for killing five people and sickening 17 others in those frightening weeks after 9/11. It was Ivins, they were now certain, who had mailed the anthrax-filled letters that exposed as many as 30,000 people to the lethal spores. The FBI unraveled the mystery, officials said, thanks in part to the … [Read more...] about Anthrax Redux: Did the Feds Nab the Wrong Guy?
William J. Kole, Associated Press Updated 4:27 am PDT, Tuesday, July 16, 2019 FILE - In this July 22, 1969 file photograph, U.S Sen. Edward Kennedy, D-Mass., arrives back home in Hyannis, Mass., after attending the funeral of Mary Jo Kopechne in Pennsylvania. Kopechne drowned when a car driven by Kennedy went off a bridge on Chappaquiddick Island, at the eastern end of Martha's Vineyard. It's been 50 years since the fateful automobile accident that killed a woman and thwarted Kennedy's presidential aspirations. less FILE - In this July 22, 1969 file photograph, U.S Sen. Edward Kennedy, D-Mass., arrives back home in Hyannis, Mass., after attending the funeral of Mary Jo Kopechne in Pennsylvania. Kopechne drowned when a car ... more Photo: Frank C. Curtin, AP Photo: Frank C. Curtin, AP Image 1 … [Read more...] about ‘Justice wasn’t served’: 50 years since Chappaquiddick
It’s a winter afternoon in Vancouver, and Mark Tyndall is taking me on a tour of all the places people can go if they want to use drugs and be pretty sure they won't die. Blue tarps and shabby tents with people sleeping in them line our route in the Downtown Eastside, where the wail of an ambulance siren is always around the corner. We see handwritten signs taped up in the back alleys, warning “Danger: Green Heroin. Use ¼ usual dose.” This is Canada’s skid row, a place where almost everyone can tell you about the friends and neighbors they’ve lost to an overdose. This city has seen a sixfold increase in overdose deaths over the last decade, with more than 1,000 of those people dying since 2016 alone. According to the British Columbia Centre for Disease Control, more than 300 of those deaths happened in the last two years here in the Downtown Eastside, a roughly seven-block strip that contains one of North America’s densest populations of … [Read more...] about One Doctor’s Answer to Drug Deaths: Opioid Vending Machines
By Jenny Deam Published 9:07 am CDT, Wednesday, April 10, 2019 Walgreens Walgreens Photo: Google Maps Photo: Google Maps Image 1 of / 1 Caption Close Image 1 of 1 Walgreens Walgreens Photo: Google Maps Walgreens to partner with physician group to open five clinics next to stores 1 / 1 Back to Gallery Walgreens and VillageMD, a large national network of primary care physicians, will launch a collaboration to open large, state-of-the art clinics next to the drug stores at five Houston locations, the companies announced Wednesday. The first of the 2,500-square-foot clinics is expected top open by years' end, although the location was not immediately available, a Walgreens company … [Read more...] about Walgreens to partner with physician group to open five clinics next to stores
When Norbert Wiener, the father of cybernetics, wrote his book The Human Use of Human Beings in 1950, vacuum tubes were still the primary electronic building blocks, and there were only a few actual computers in operation. But he imagined the future we now contend with in impressive detail and with few clear mistakes. More than any other early philosopher of artificial intelligence, he recognized that AI would not just imitate—and replace—human beings in many intelligent activities but change human beings in the process. “We are but whirlpools in a river of ever-flowing water,” he wrote. “We are not stuff that abides, but patterns that perpetuate themselves.” When attractive opportunities abound, for instance, we are apt to be willing to pay a little and accept some small, even trivial, cost-of-doing-business for access to new powers. And pretty soon we become so dependent on our new tools that we lose the ability to thrive without them. Options … [Read more...] about Will AI Achieve Consciousness? Wrong Question