FROM Peter Fimrite
The Joys and the Risks of Yosemite National Park The climb up the granite slab called Half Dome is the quintessential hike in Yosemite Valley . After walking more than eight miles, climbers ascend the last four-hundred feet on a kind of ladder made of cables and wooden steps. It’s hardly a challenge for experienced mountaineers, but the dangers are illustrated by what happened last Saturday. A 37 year-old Japanese visitor named Hirofumi Nohara stepped into a crack in the rock, twisted his ankle and plunged to his death.
Who's to blame for the opioid crisis? Some of the lawyers who took on Big Tobacco are now going after Big Pharma. It’s all about the deadly epidemic of opioid use. Are the drug companies to blame? What about the users? Later, on today’s Talking Point: making sense of Britain’s upset election.
Terrorism and tweets, hate speech and murder Just days before an election, Britain is coping with a rash of deadly terrorism, and Prime Minister Theresa May is on the defensive. And again today, President Trump has tweeted criticism of the Mayor of London. Later, a double murder in Portland, Oregon has revealed the ugly past of a supposedly “progressive” city. One immediate question: is “hate speech” protected by the First Amendment?
Is the threat from Russia missing from the Russia meddling probe? There's much being made about the Trump administration's possible ties with Russia. But the bottom line is Russia's effort to influence American democracy. Do the President and his aides care enough to take action before voters go back to the polls?