Genealogy Websites Were Key to Big Break in Golden State Killer Case – The New York Times

Investigators used DNA from crime scenes and plugged that genetic profile into a private online genealogy database. They found distant relatives of Mr. DeAngelo’s and traced their DNA to him.

Source: Genealogy Websites Were Key to Big Break in Golden State Killer Case – The New York Times

Drug overdoses tied to 24-fold rise in organ transplants | WTVR.com

A study published in the journal Annals of Internal Medicine on Monday now reveals just how much of an increase there has been in the number of overdose-death donors, from being only 1.1% of all donors in 2000 to 13.4% in 2017.

Source: Drug overdoses tied to 24-fold rise in organ transplants | WTVR.com

Boy suspended from school after inhaling helium from balloon to get ‘squeaky voice’

LEXINGTON, Ky. – A Kentucky mother says she’s upset because her 13-year-old son was suspended from middle school for three days because he inhaled helium from two Valentine’s Day balloons he bought at school.

Source: Boy suspended from school after inhaling helium from balloon to get ‘squeaky voice’

West Virginia calls in National Guard to tackle opioid crisis | Fox News

Forget about Militarized police, in WV we use the military to police, and man our jails. West Virginia declares state of emergency over jail staffing

“We are solving a problem in our country,” said Maj. Gen. James Hoyer, a West Virginia National Guard commander. “And, at the same time, making sure we have the highest level of readiness to respond to something else that may be out there, somewhere else in the world.”

Source: West Virginia calls in National Guard to tackle opioid crisis | Fox News

In Baltimore, Brazen Officers Took Every Chance to Rob and Cheat – The New York Times

The case fits a pattern of corruption scandals involving anti-crime units that rack up arrests and praise, but do not have enough supervision, said Peter Moskos, a professor at John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York and a former Baltimore police officer who went to the police academy with one of the accused officers. But this one is far worse, he said: “It’s shocking what they’ve done and how long they’ve been doing it.”

Source: In Baltimore, Brazen Officers Took Every Chance to Rob and Cheat – The New York Times

Drug companies submerged WV in opioids: One town of 3,000 got 21 million pills | Ars Technica

Drug companies collectively poured 20.8 million hydrocodone and oxycodone pills into the small city of Williamson, West Virginia, between 2006 and 2016, according to a set of letters the committee released Tuesday. Williamson’s population was just 3,191 in 2010, according to US Census data.
“These numbers are outrageous, and we will get to the bottom of how this destruction was able to be unleashed across West Virginia,” committee Chairman Greg Walden (R-Ore.) and ranking member Frank Pallone Jr. (D-N.J.) said in a joint statement to the Charleston Gazette-Mail.
The nation is currently grappling with an epidemic of opioid addiction and overdose deaths. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimate that, on average, 115 Americans die each day from opioid overdoses. West Virginia currently has the highest rate of drug overdose deaths in the country.

Source: Drug companies submerged WV in opioids: One town of 3,000 got 21 million pills | Ars Technica