Your weekly snapshot of American culture – from poets to puppies – awaits.
But first, we need to pause, as our hearts are with those impacted by the Surfside collapse. Our sister publication, The Miami New Times, is tirelessly covering the tragedy, even as their newsroom grieves with their community.
Here’s this week’s selections of unique deep dives, poignant art and funky fun for as many senses as you have free at the moment.
Sophie and Laslo
Living the American Dream in My Airstream
Rock stars write songs about it. Most long-haul truckers can’t endure it for long. The road is hard. And crowded. And lonely. And veteran journalist and author Robyn Griggs Lawrence shares her adventure with you here.
See the full gallery of Wesley’s amazing work in our new Lit. Art section.
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News That Caught Our Eye
The Guilty: Lawmakers demand the DOJ throw out the Sackler family’s bankruptcy deal which protects the family responsible for hundreds of thousands of opioid overdoses – The News Station
The Perplexing: Why’s Wisconsin losing revenue to remain a marijuana pocket of prohibition? – The News Station
The Duh: Conan O’Brien celebrates retirement by hitting a joint with Seth Rogen on TV – The News Station
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FEATURED POET – SHANNA COMPTON
Shanna’s a freelance book designer out of Lambertville, NJ. Her most recent book of poems, Creature Sounds Fade, is out now.
Art by Wesley Lapointe
Our Favorite Read
Marine Saves Injured Puppy While Deployed, Brings Her Home
When U.S. Marine Tommie Johnson deployed from Atlanta, Georgia to the Eastern European country of Georgia, he had no idea he’d fall in love with an orphaned puppy – and then end up fighting to bring her home.
Health and Wellness
Rick Perry endorsed psychedelic studies for veterans. Sens. Ted Cruz and John Cornyn told The News Station they were open to it. The Texas legislature passed it. Gov. Gregg Abbott refused to sign it.It’s now law.
Your local weed may be bad, but you wouldn’t know, because…thanks Congress! The federal government currently forbids widespread studies on consumer grade marijuana – like the stuff as legal as a beer in some 19 states after Connecticut legalized this week.
Just this month the NFL announced it’s going to fund marijuana research to see if it can ween players off addictive and potentially deadly opioids. They’re not alone. Recently the MLB, NHL and NBA have revised their rules for pro athletes when it comes to cannabis. Then this week Californians were reminded marijuana is illegal in spots like Texas, as LA Lakers guard Alex Caruso was arrested for marijuana in the Lonely Star State.
Bonus: The director of the National Institutes of Health and other federal health officials are now pleading with Congress and President Biden to let them study psychedelics.
…Nice Things – Green Energy
An original comic by Dan Membiela
Part one of a five part series. More …Nice Things to come. Check out it and more original comics here.
The Cannabis Corruption Corner
Multiple Illinois officials allegedly passed marijuana legislation for their own benefit.
A federal judge sentenced two former consultants for Eaze Technologies Inc to prison for a scheme to trick banks into handling more than $100 million in payments for marijuana sales.
TILT Holdings Inc. was fined $275,000 by Massachusetts regulators to settle charges it used onerous loans and contracts to control more marijuana business licenses than allowed under state law.
Canopy Growth Corporation and others are being sued for allegedly agreeing to mass produce marijuana “solely” to inflate stock prices and enrich insiders.
Corruption runs rampant in new industries, and we’re all about exposing it. Send in links which might get included in next week’s newsletter (and other tips too! We promise to protect your identity, when desired): email@example.com
Bonus: A Redemption Story, of Sorts A former prosecutor now serving a 31 year prison sentence spoke with one of The News Station’s incarcerated contributors in this exclusive profile.
WHAT MUSIC WE’RE WATCHING
Katie Schecter’s unforced creative flare is as magnetic as her quirkily realistic lyrics, dynamic — yet comfortingly sparse and patient — instrumentation, her sisterly encouragement to be yourself. Something she doesn’t preach. It’s just what she lives with a subdued gusto all her own that makes you long to effortlessly walk in her bare feet one day. Watch here.
What You May Have Missed
With MORE Act, Why is Congress Repeating Mistakes in Oakland’s Marijuana Equity Program? House Democrats recently re-dropped the MORE Act — a federal marijuana decriminalization bill promising equality for Black and Brown communities. But a deep dive from earlier this year by The News Station reveals the measure is based on a failed program in Oakland. Read it here.
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