Daily Bread for 4.2.19

Good morning.

Tuesday in Whitewater will see occasional showers with a high of forty-nine.  Sunrise is 6:33 AM and sunset 7:22 PM, for 12h 48m 43s of daytime.  The moon is a waning crescent with 7.8% of its visible disk illuminated.

Today is the eight hundred seventy-fourth day.


On this day in 1917, Pres. Wilson asks Congress for a declaration of war against Germany.

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Danny Hakim, Roni Caryn Rabin, and William K. Rashbaum report Lawsuits Lay Bare Sackler Family’s Role in Opioid Crisis:

The Sacklers had a new plan.

It was 2014, and the company the family had controlled for two generations, Purdue Pharma, had been hit with years of investigations and lawsuits over its marketing of the highly addictive opioid painkiller OxyContin, at one point pleading guilty to a federal felony and paying more than $600 million in criminal and civil penalties.

But as the country’s addiction crisis worsened, the Sacklers spied another business opportunity. They could increase their profits by selling treatments for the very problem their company had helped to create: addiction to opioids.

Details of the effort, named Project Tango, have come to light in lawsuits filed by the attorneys general of Massachusetts and New York. Together, the cases lay out the extensive involvement of a family that has largely escaped personal legal consequences for Purdue Pharma’s role in an epidemic that has led to hundreds of thousands of overdose deaths in the past two decades.

The filings cite numerous records, emails and other documents showing that members of the family continued to push aggressively to expand the market for OxyContin and other opioids for years after the company admitted in a 2007 plea deal that it had misrepresented the drug’s addictive qualities and potential for abuse.

Sheri Fink reports Migrant Girl’s Autopsy Shows She Would Have Been Visibly Sick for Hours, Doctors Say:

A 7-year-old Guatemalan girl who died in United States custody last December was suffering from a bacterial infection that was so advanced she probably would have been visibly sick for many hours, said several physicians who reviewed a newly released autopsy report of her death.

By the time the girl, Jakelin Caal Maquin, arrived at a children’s hospital in El Paso with seizures and difficulty breathing, she already had severe blood abnormalities, according to a part of the report that summarized her condition in the emergency room of the Children’s Hospital at the Hospitals of Providence Memorial Campus.

The new findings were released on Friday by the El Paso County Office of the Medical Examiner. Customs and Border Protection officials and lawyers for the girl’s family have sparred over whether the severity of her infection — with a common streptococcus bacteria — should have been recognized and whether she should have been taken for medical care more quickly.

“Something like that takes hours to progress,” said Dr. Lee Sanders, the chief of general pediatrics at Stanford University.

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