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Good morning, everyone, and how are you today? We are doing just fine, thank you, as the short people have departed for their respective destinations — one is off to the local schoolhouse, while the other is enmeshed in gainful employment — and the official mascot has settled into his usual snoozing position. This leaves us to the tasks at hand — brewing cups of stimulation, foraging for items of interest, and trying to manage our time. This is not as easy as it may sound. In any event, here are some tidbits to help you on the start of your own day. Hope all goes well and keep in touch. …

The father of a university football player who died of a drug overdose provided emotional testimony about the personal cost of the opioid epidemic during the second day of trial in a lawsuit by the state of Oklahoma accusing Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) of fueling the crisis, Reuters writes. Holding back tears, Craig Box testified he never suspected his son was abusing prescription painkillers until after he was discovered unconscious at a friend’s house in 2011 and was taken to a hospital. His son had once been prescribed opioids for a herniated disc and must have turned to the streets to get more.

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