The Daily Populous

Thursday February 8th, 2018 morning edition

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The wounded Army infantry captain would have a surgery every few months, broken up by unsuccessful physical therapy.

The opioid crisis, which killed more than 42,000 Americans in 2016, continues to devastate the country.

Doctors prescribe opioids for chronic pain, an ailment that is especially prevalent among military veterans.

A 2011 Veterans Affairs study found that veterans were twice as likely to die from an opioid overdose compared to the rest of the population.

The devastating toll opioids have taken on veterans has the VA scrambling to find alternative solutions.

The VA enacted the Opioid Safety Initiative in 2013 and cut the number of veterans on opioids by almost a third.

But activists like Nick Etten, a former Navy SEAL and the founder and director of the Veterans Cannabis Project, believe medical marijuana can help. »

Americans who understand how evolution works are more likely to accept it

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Now, new research underscores its potential impact, finding that people with a good understanding of evolution are more likely to accept it.

This was true even for people who identify as conservative or religious, identities tied to rejection of evolution.

So there's definitely room for improvement there.Our results show that there is a relationship between knowledge and acceptance of evolutionary theory. »

Israeli police recommend indicting Netanyahu for corruption: report

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Israeli police chiefs will recommend to the country's attorney general that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu be indicted on corruption charges, according to reports in local media.

Any recommendation for an indictment would be sent to Israeli Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit, who will decide whether to indict the prime minister.

In a Facebook video Netanyahu acknowledged that the police would likely move to recommend his indictment, but dismissed the allegations against him and predicted Mandelblit would not move to press charges. »

The Koreans who cheer for Canada (and China and Russia and Japan)

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We’re trying to focus on other countries,” said Ki Yang Cho, head of communications for the Korean Supporters, speaking through a translator.

Who were those people waving Canadian flags and cheering with a patriotic fervour that suggested they carried passports bearing the national maple leaf?

Some were members of the Korean Supporters, a group of Korean volunteers who plan to devote their Olympics to an unusual mission: Cheering for countries other than their own. »