The Daily Buzz: Racial Bias Probe in NY Prisons; Doctors Prescribing Many Unnecessary Drugs; Weighing Legacies of Steroid-Assisted Baseball Stars

Dec 06 2016

The Daily Buzz: Racial Bias Probe in NY Prisons; Doctors Prescribing Many Unnecessary Drugs; Weighing Legacies of Steroid-Assisted Baseball Stars

Tuesday, December 6th, 2016

Governor Cuomo Orders Investigation of Racial Bias in NY State Prisons [New York Times]
A valuable Times investigation found that black prisoners are punished and sent to solitary more often, and for longer, than whites.

US Doctors Continue Prescribing Unnecessary Drugs, Survey Says [UPI]
Antibiotics are the drugs most often used in cases where they will do no good.

Pablo Escobar’s Hired Killer “Robbed in Colombia” [BBC]
Jhon Jairo Velasquez, aka “Popeye,” who spent 22 years in prison for murder, was relieved of a pair of Cartier glasses.

Even Smoking One Cigarette a Day Can Lead to Early Death [Time]
The study, which has significant limitations, still found that heavier smoking is more dangerous than a one-a-day habit.

Is It OK to Give Your Child Alcohol at Christmas? [Daily Telegraph]
The sensible conclusion reached here doesn’t just apply to the holidays.

Baseball Hall of Fame’s View on the Steroid Era Is in Flux [New York Times]
The people who decide these things struggle to rank the legacies of drug-assisted players.