FROM Harriet Ryan
With second med school dean out, what's up with USC? USC announced Thursday that Dr. Rohit Varma is no longer dean of its Keck School of Medicine. He was accused of sexually harassing a young female med school fellow. Varma succeeded Dr. Carmen Puliafito, who resigned last year. The LA Times reported that Puliafito used illegal drugs and partied with criminals and prostitutes -- one of whom overdosed in his hotel room.
Squeezed in US, OxyContin manufacturer aims to make up profits overseas OxyContin was once a billion dollar seller for the pharmaceutical industry in the US. The drug helped kick off an opioid epidemic so widespread that President Obama called it a National Crisis. Top health officials have urged doctors to stop prescribing the drug, and the warnings have worked. OxyContin is now a dying brand in America, so one pharmaceutical company is taking the painkiller overseas.
How do Trump supporters feel about the Paris Accord? Globally and around the U.S., there are strong opinions whether or not the Paris Climate Accord is a good idea. The American exit is either a horrifying abdication of American leadership or a forceful and long overdue statement about U.S. sovereignty.
George Saunders: Lincoln in the Bardo (Part I) Lincoln in the Bardo dramatizes a grieving President Lincoln as he visits the grave of his beloved son Willie, who died at age eleven. In the novel, the buried dead believe they're not dead -- "they're sick and refer to their coffins as "sick boxes."
Shaking up the USDA, 'The Beef Cookbook' and 'Tartine All Day' Peggy Lowe explains why Trump’s pick for USDA Secretary is rattling rural America. Dario Cecchini talks future plans for Chianti ramen, and Richard Turner shares cuts from “PRIME: The Beef Cookbook.” Writer Matthew Sedacca looks at the controversy behind liquid smoke. Jonathan Gold tries Chengdu-style dishes, and Elisabeth Prueitt of Tartine fills us in on the latest. Plus, chef Michael Beckman shares a recipe for cactus confit.