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18 Apr
Snapchat has become an on-demand delivery app for teens to score illegal drugs. Some kids are dying after taking one pill. 👇…
Devin Norring, a 19-year-old from Minnesota, died last year after taking a pill filled with fentanyl — a highly addictive opioid — that he arranged to buy via Snapchat.

Devin's mom, Bridgette Norring, believes there are "thousands of families like ours."… A quote from Lisa Smittcamp, the district attorney in Fresno
Instagram accounts touting the availability of pills including Xanax often list a Snapchat handle for arranging deals.

Snapchat's mapping location feature is an ideal tool for buyers and sellers to find each other, experts and law enforcement say.… A screenshot of the article linked in the first tweet. It re
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17 Apr
There have been 147 mass shootings in the US since New Years Day, according to data published by the Gun Violence Archive (@GunDeaths).

2020 saw 86 such incidents between January 1 and April 16.…
Atlanta, Boulder, Orange, Indianapolis.

Recently, news coverage of one deadly shooting has often been interrupted by breaking news of another.…
Research shows the timing of these back-to-back shootings likely isn’t a coincidence.

The more people see violence, the more it becomes normalized.…
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16 Apr
Teachers who have borne the brunt of the pandemic describe the toll distance learning has taken on them.

Five teachers share their experiences with Insider, some of whom have left or are considering leaving the profession.👇… Title graphic that reads, &...
These teachers told Insider that the past year has robbed them of their favorite part of the job — interaction and connection with students — while requiring more administrative work and flexibility in the constantly changing pandemic era.…
Dana Lizewski considered leaving her job a few years before 2020, but this past year cemented her decision.

After five years in a classroom, Lizewski decided to leave her job as a preschool teacher this month in order to prioritize her mental health.… Quote graphic that reads, &...
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15 Apr
The pandemic hasn’t ended, but California residents are busy reserving #Disneyland tickets ahead of the theme park’s reopening on April 30.

Do you plan to visit @DisneyParks this summer?

Answer our polls below. 👇 Image
✨Would you visit a Disney park this summer?
✨Are you worried about whether it will be safe?
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7 Apr
Seattle is reckoning with the news that at least 6 Seattle Police Department officers were in Washington D.C. on the day of the Capitol siege — the largest group of officers from a police department in the nation.

Advocates say the problem runs deeper.👇… A headline graphic, which reads, "'We're not keeping it
On January 11, 2021, SPD Chief Adrian Diaz said the Seattle Office of Police Accountability would investigate to determine whether SPD policies were violated and “if any potential illegal activities need to be referred for criminal investigation.”… A graphic with a quote from Seattle Police Department Chief
Despite its liberal reputation, Seattle’s politics are more complicated. The tension between the police department, city leadership, and progressive activists in the city often garners national attention.… A graphic with a quote OPA Director Andrew Myerberg gave to
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7 Apr
In an interview with the Albany Times Union, a former staffer gave details of her alleged groping by Gov. Andrew Cuomo.👇…
According to her account, which took place in the governor's mansion, Cuomo slammed the door before groping her.…
The accuser, who is around half of Cuomo's age, was summoned to his residence in late November by Stephanie Benton, one of the governor's executive assistants, according to the Times Union.…
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6 Apr
Insider is working on a story about teachers who bore the brunt of the pandemic. Are you a teacher who feels burnt out from the pandemic? Have you left the profession or considering leaving due to COVID-19 burnout?

We want to hear from you.👇… A question graphic that reads: We want to hear from you. Tea
A study from research firm Horace Mann, which surveyed over a thousand educators across the country, found that most teachers are working longer hours and facing increased financial strain.…
The Pew Charitable Trusts analyzed data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics and found most states saw a decline in education jobs.…
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6 Apr
Arkansas has passed the first anti-trans law in the US, despite the governor's veto on Monday.

The Arkansas House and Senate voted Tuesday to override Governor Hutchinson, who denounced the state's anti-trans bill as "extreme."
Here’s a breakdown: 👇…
The House voted 72-25 on Tuesday to advance the "Save Adolescents From Experimentation (SAFE)" Act, HB 1570, over the governor's objections.

Minutes later, the Senate voted 25-8 in favor of the bill, making it law.…
The legislation bans doctors from prescribing puberty blockers, hormone replacement therapy, or gender-affirming surgeries to trans people under the age of 18.…
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4 Apr
The legalization of recreational marijuana in New York has blazed a new landscape for consumers. But the timeline isn't exactly blunt.

Here's a timeline of when you can smoke marijuana, grow it, and sell it legally under New York's new weed law.… A photo of a marijuana leaf. Text on the photo says "A
Right now: Marijuana’s legal.

🌿 New Yorkers can smoke weed outside in the same places where cigarette smoking is allowed.
🌿 They will be also allowed to possess up to 3 ounces of cannabis.…
Soon: A new regulatory body will be chosen to oversee cannabis in New York.

🌿 It's not yet clear who will serve in these roles, but members are expected to be chosen soon as lawmakers have indicated that they hope for a fast turnaround.… A provision of the New York State Cannabis/Marijuana Regulat
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3 Apr
In this “Harry Potter”-themed sex game, the “snitch” was a certain conservative woman, a GOP source said. Anyone who had sex with her won, “regardless of points.”

@RepMattGaetz is accused of playing the game while in Florida’s House of Representatives.…
A female GOP insider who worked with Gaetz in the 2010s told us that the sex game also involved challenges such as sleeping with married legislators. Spending the night at a college sorority house.…
New details of Gaetz's past are spilling out now that he's under a sex-trafficking investigation. At least one former Gaetz staffer said she saw her work in a new light after news of the investigation broke.… A quote from Karli Andrews, a 2016 Gaetz campaign staffer. T
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31 Mar
Though the Ever Given made it out of the #SuezCanal, we could soon see the effects of the logjam. Toilet paper and coffee could be in short supply in a few weeks as shipping resumes.…
About 12% of global trade moves through the Suez Canal, and the Ever Given, one of the largest vessels, blocked hundreds of cargo ships from passing through for six days.…
With an impending toilet paper shortage, now may be as good a time as ever to invest in a bidet. While the rest of the world is familiar with bidets, the US still hasn't caught on.
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27 Mar
President Biden called a new voting law enacted in Georgia a "blatant attack on the Constitution." The nearly 100-page GOP-backed law makes major changes to voting and elections in Georgia.

Here’s how these changes contract voting across the state.… A photo of a Georgia church serving as a polling station. Te
One of the most controversial provisions under SB 202 prohibits volunteers from giving out food, water, and chairs to people waiting to vote. Long lines were prevalent in early voting for the 2020 presidential election and 2020 primary.…
The law restructures the State Elections Board to have more control over local election offices and states Georgia voters must provide ID in order to apply for an absentee ballot. It also shortens the window for voters to request absentee ballots.… 200,000 Georgia voters lack an ID, according to the Atlanta
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27 Mar
Landlords have filed 272,612 evictions in 27 cities since last March.

Corporate landlords in cities like Milwaukee helped drive an evictions crisis during the pandemic. 👇…
One week in June, as nationwide coronavirus deaths climbed steadily above 100,000, companies tied to millionaire Youssef "Joe" Berrada filed 225 evictions in Milwaukee.

That made him responsible for over half of the city's evictions.… A constable posting an eviction order at a home in Phoenix,
Executive Director of the Legal Aid Society of Milwaukee Colleen Foley met with Berrada. She told Berrada, who is Moroccan, that his evictions were disproportionately affecting people of color.

Berrada later agreed to an eviction "hiatus". The city's eviction rate dropped 36%. Colleen Foley, executive director of Legal Aid Milwaukee, atA screenshot from the article. It reads: "Berrada decli
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25 Mar
President Biden has a new goal: 200 million vaccines in his first 100 days. Even though states are widening shot eligibility, it may take awhile before young adults are eligible.

Here’s how you can help the US vaccine rollout and get the shot early.…
Thousands of younger and healthier people have received their COVID-19 vaccine through volunteering at a vaccination site. It’s legal, and health officials see it as a way to entice volunteers to help run vaccine sites.…
It’s important to note that shots remain scarce for communities that have been impacted by the pandemic the most. In many places, volunteers aren’t guaranteed vaccines but can receive leftover dose when not enough people show up that day.…
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24 Mar
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When the White House went to lower the flag to honor the 10 people shot and killed in a Colorado supermarket on March 22, staffers realized that their work was already done: the flags were still lowered from a shooting just a week ago.…
⚪️The number of mass shootings in the US this year has already reached 103 as of March 22, according to the Gun Violence Archive.
⚪️ As of March 23, 81 days have passed in 2021.
⚪️ On average, there have been 1.3 mass shootings every day this year.…
❓What is defined as a “mass shooting”❓

The Gun Violence Archive defines a mass shooting as a single incident around the same general time and location where four or more people are killed.…
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24 Mar
An estimated 13,500 migrant children were in government custody as of Thursday, March 18, 2021.

Photos shared by @RepCuellar show crowded conditions at the Texas Border Patrol facility. 👇…
At one facility in Donna, TX, adults and children sit in what appears to be makeshift rooms separating out groups of people.

Journalists have so far been prohibited from viewing and entering the facilities.… This photo shows a CBP facility in Donna, TX. Plastic walls
Dozens of masked children can be seen lying down on gray mats. Despite the threat of coronavirus, some are crowded into corners while others appear to sit on the floor. Key policy changes have led to thousands of migrants to come to the US-Mexico border. This photo shows a CBP facility in Donna, TX housing migrant
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23 Mar
Officials identified the 10 victims of the shooting at a Boulder, Colorado, supermarket on Monday. The victims range from 20 to 65 years old and include a Boulder police officer. Details are still emerging about the victims, but here's what we know so far.… Headline reads: These are the victims of the Colorado grocer
Eric Talley, 51, was among the first police officers to respond to the shooting, Boulder's police chief Maris Herold said on Monday. His father told local outlets that he had been with the department since 2010, and was a married father of seven.… Quote reads: "He cared about this community. He cared a
The family of Rikki Olds, 25, announced her death on social media before public identification by police. Her aunt called her a "beautiful young angel." Her uncle tweeted that officials identified Olds with the family early Tuesday morning.… Quote reads: "Well I am so saddened to report that we f
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22 Mar
Transgender rights are under siege in over half of the US. 28 states have proposed one or more anti-trans bills that include prohibiting doctors from giving trans youth life-saving care.

Insider gathered every anti-trans bill introduced this year.👇…
Medical best practice guidelines from @theendosociety, @childmindinst, and @APA recommend that states provide gender-affirming care for trans children.

But several states want to criminalize these vital health services.…
Alabama is voting on two bills that make it a felony for doctors to treat trans youth with gender-affirming care like puberty blockers and hormone replacement therapy (HRT).…
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21 Mar
Border agents encountered about 100,000 people trying to enter the US in February. The number of unaccompanied migrant children detained at the Southern border has more than tripled recently.

These are solutions experts say can address the border surge.…
Biden has told people from Central America not to come to the US after reports of a massive surge in migrants at the US-Mexico border. "Yes, I can say quite clearly: Don't come over,” he told ABC News this week.…
Lee Gelernt, deputy director of the @ACLU Immigrants' Rights Project, told Insider the border is seeing an increased number of migrants, in part, because of a backlog of people who haven’t been allowed into the country due to the pandemic.… A photo of the border wall....
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18 Mar
Anti-Asian violence skyrocketed during the pandemic. In his first address to the nation, President Biden said it was “wrong and un-American.”

But anti-Asian racism has long been a part of US history. It's just been historically invisible.…
“Go back to China.” “Do you speak English?”

A lifetime of subtle racism, crude stereotypes and degrading comments were brushed off both within the Asian American and Pacific Islander community outside of it.…
The model minority myth, experts say, harmfully overlooked racism while giving a perception that the AAPI community was not as disadvantaged as our minority populations.… Image
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13 Mar
He's been fired, censured, investigated, rebuked by a judge, and questioned by police. @piersmorgan has a reputation as "Teflon Piers" for surviving scandals.

Take a look inside his career leading up to his departure from ITV's "Good Morning Britain."… A photo of Piers Morgan with the headline: "Inside the
Morgan refused to believe Meghan Markle, who said she felt suicidal over race-baiting reporting by British tabloids. Despite heavy criticism, his decision to "fall on my sword for an honestly-held opinion" found favor with many supporters.…
Morgan, 55, has been married twice and has four children. He began his career on the Wimbledon News in 1985 and was "insanely competitive" when playing tennis, according to his former colleague Rob McGibbon. A graphic showing a quote from Morgan's former colleague Rob
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