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Here’s what we’re reading today.
1. Opioid addiction is crippling our health care system
“As painkiller prescriptions and overdose deaths have risen in recent years, so too has spending on drug-addiction treatments – and provincial health-care systems are picking up the tab.” The Globe and Mail investigates the rising financial toll of our nation’s opioid abuse.
2. The unbearable genius of Mark Zuckerberg
“In just 12 years, the Facebook founder built an empire of 1.71 billion followers. His next goal: to friend the rest of humanity.” Popular Mechanics profiles the reserved Facebook billionaire.
3. This is how south Florida ends
“All of the ecological problems triggered by development and artificial drainage pale in comparison to the existential threat now posed by too much carbon in the atmosphere: sea level rise.” Gizmodo looks at how man-made climate change is affecting America’s wang.
4. Meme overload
“Cincinnati Zoo, where Harambe lived until he was killed earlier this year, has been forced to kill its social media accounts.
“The account has brought an end to weeks of relentless jokes and memes by fully deleting its account. The zoo had asked people to stop making memes of the dead gorilla – a plea that in fact seemed to spur many people into making new ones.” Read the story over at the Independent.
5. Donald Trump jacked up his campaign’s Trump Tower rent once somebody else was paying it
“Trump nearly quintupled the monthly rent his presidential campaign pays for its headquarters at Trump Tower to $169,758 in July, when he was raising funds from donors, compared with March, when he was self-funding his campaign, according to a Huffington Post review of Federal Election Commission filings. The rent jumped even though he was paying fewer staff in July than he did in March. “