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The News Station’s Lit. Letter #2

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.

Enjoy,
Sophie and Laslo

Must Read

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.

Important Reads

Why “defund the police” when you can defund the ‘war on drugs’? – Matt Laslo, The News Station

Getting back to live performances – in the fresh air – Kerry ReidChicago Reader

A TNS contributor with a psychiatric disability shares how we can break down the stigma around mental health – Leif Gregersen, The News Station

FEATURED ARTIST – WESLEY LAPOINTE
   Wesley Lapointe’s a photographer based in Oregon. His lens perfectly captures subjects only because they captured his wise heart and knowing eye first.

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 overdosesThe 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

Please send interesting local tidbits with obvious national implications to info@thenewsstation.com

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

What I Really Wanted was a Forest
What I really wanted was a forest
(is it a forest though?)
not knocked down
not sawed through
not planed & turned & arranged
Read the full poem on our site.

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): info@thenewsstationadmintion.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

MORE Act, Why is Congress repeating its mistakes?

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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Sophie was born and raised in Portland, Oregon. She attended college in the South and worked for NPR in Georgia as a Couric Radio Fellow before moving back to Oregon and working for Willamette Week. She currently freelances and fills her free time with frequent existential crises.

Matt Laslo is Managing Editor of The News Station. To learn more about the veteran political reporter and professor -- or to read more of his work -- his bio page is here.

Sophie was born and raised in Portland, Oregon. She attended college in the South and worked for NPR in Georgia as a Couric Radio Fellow before moving back to Oregon and working for Willamette Week. She currently freelances and fills her free time with frequent existential crises.

Matt Laslo is Managing Editor of The News Station. To learn more about the veteran political reporter and professor -- or to read more of his work -- his bio page is here.

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