The Daily Populous

Tuesday August 18th, 2020 morning edition

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FILE PHOTO: Bottles of prescription painkiller OxyContin pills, made by Purdue Pharma LP sit on a counter at a local pharmacy in Provo, Utah, U.S., April 25, 2017.

The filings cited more than 200,000 deaths in the U.S. tied directly to prescription opioids between 1999 and 2016.

In large states such as California and New York, claims alone totaled more than $192 billion and $165 billion, respectively.

Purdue filed for bankruptcy in 2019 under pressure from more than 2,600 lawsuits brought by cities, counties, states, Native American tribes, hospitals and others.

Purdue and the Sacklers have pointed to fentanyl and heroin as more significant culprits in the opioid crisis.

States in their filings, though, pointed to National Institute on Drug Abuse research estimating that about 80% of heroin abusers previously took prescription opioids.

States and other litigants are in talks to determine how to allocate proceeds from Purdue’s bankruptcy estate as part of the company’s attempted reorganization. »

How John Cho Defeated the Asian-American Actor Stereotypes

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And when they do, they often are at best sexless nerds, and at worst offensive stereotypes.

Strangely, John Cho is an Asian-American man in Hollywood that has been able to avoid these stereotypes.

It is why the internet loves John Cho enough to Photoshop his face into movie posters as a reaction to Hollywood’s whitewashing problem. »

Trump Says He’ll Seek a Third Term Because ‘They Spied On Me’

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With the political world focused on the Democratic convention Monday night, President Trump looked to steal some of the limelight by saying that he will seek a third term if he wins reelection.

“And then after that, we’ll go for another four years because they spied on my campaign.

During a stop in Michigan, Trump told the assembled crowd a bullshit story he often repeats. »

The curious case of copyright and character

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Currently, 10 out of the 60 Sherlock Holmes stories of Arthur Conan Doyle are protected by US copyrights.

Benjamin W Allison, the estate’s IP lawyer, says that copyright is one of the reasons we have the creative culture we enjoy.

“Any copyright protection comes at the price of prohibiting derivative creations for a time – that’s what copyright is. »

'What we saw was terrifying': Former senior Trump official Miles Taylor endorses Joe Biden in damning video

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A former senior Trump administration official has endorsed Joe Biden in a damning video produced by a Republican group against the president.

"What we saw week in and week out, and for me, after two and a half years in that administration, was terrifying," Miles Taylor said in a video from Republican Voters Against Trump.

Mr Taylor is among several high-profile former administration officials who have publicly denounced the president, including former national security chief John Bolton. »