AI, prescription checks, medicine, physicians, safety
The author writes, “A startup has developed a way to use AI to detect when doctors may be prescribing the wrong drug — or overprescribing opioids. A system that could identify prescription mistakes before they happen could help save the thousands of Americans who die each year because of preventable medication errors. ... MedAware’s platform analyzes the prescription patterns of thousands of physicians to flag when a medication may be in conflict with the profile of the doctor, the patient or the medical institution.” Photo credit: Pxhere

The Capitol Siege: The Arrested and Their Stories (Bethany)

The authors write, “Nearly every day since insurrectionists stormed the U.S. Capitol, the list of those charged in the attack has grown longer. The government has now identified more than 200 people for their alleged role in the Jan. 6 rioting, which ended with five people dead, including a U.S. Capitol Police officer. As Congress considers a presidential impeachment related to the attack, those criminal cases provide clues to questions surrounding the incident: Who exactly joined the mob? What did they do? And why?”

Judge Voids South Dakota’s Marijuana Legalization Initiative (DonkeyHotey)

From Marijuana Moment: “A South Dakota state judge has ruled that last year’s voter-approved initiative to legalize marijuana for adults 21 and over is unconstitutional and cannot go forward, though advocates plan to appeal. Judge Christina Klinger of the state’s Sixth Judicial Circuit Court ruled Monday that the measure, Amendment A, includes multiple subjects rather than a single issue as required by the state constitution. She also wrote that because the measure ‘has far reaching effects on the basic nature of South Dakota’s governmental system,’ it should have been referred to voters through the constitutional convention process instead of as a simple amendment.”

NYPD Punishes Cop for Wearing ‘Politically-Oriented Patch’ While on Duty (Dan)

From the New York Post: “The NYPD is disciplining an officer who wore a ‘politically-oriented patch’ while on duty — a day after video surfaced of a sergeant sporting a ‘Trump Make Enforcement Great Again 2020’ patch at a Brooklyn protest. The female sergeant was spotted at a Black Lives Matter demonstration Friday night outside a precinct in Ft. Greene, wearing a patch which plays off former President Trump’s ‘Make America Great Again’ slogan, video posted online from the event shows.”

The Inside Story of How Alexey Navalny Uncovered Putin’s $1.3 Billion Palace (Dana)

The author writes, “Two days after Alexey Navalny, head of Russia’s Anti-Corruption Foundation (FBK) was arrested on his return to Moscow from Berlin, he released a video exposé that shocked Russians and people around the world. In the video, ‘Putin’s palace. History of the world’s largest bribe,’ Navalny alleged that an opulent property near Gelendzhik, a town in the southern Russian region of Krasnodar, was constructed for Russian President Vladimir Putin with illicit funds of $1.35 billion, provided by members of his inner circle, and that Putin is the real owner of the palace.”

Four Chinese Passengers Eat 66 Pounds of Oranges at Check-In to Avoid Excess Baggage Fees (Reader Steve)

The author writes, “Rather than paying for the excess baggage fee the four guys decided it’s better to boost their Vitamin C and they ate the entire 66 pounds of oranges right there in the departure hall. Repacking some baggage or maybe even drinking a bottle of water before checking in to comply with weight and security regulations is one thing but this brings it to a new level.”