Did Free Pens Cause the Opioid Crisis?

Chiara Zarmati Early in Dopesick, a book examining how Purdue Pharma helped addict an alarming number of Americans to opioids, Beth Macy writes about the army of drug reps who pushed the painkiller OxyContin. In its approach to sales, Macy shows, Purdue was scientific. Using information purchased from a data-mining firm, the company determined which […]

Marcus Rashford pens emotional Southgate tribute as England stars react to World Cup exit

England’s fairytale came to an end in the semi-finals as Croatia recorded a 2-1 victory in extra-time. Kieran Trippier’s early free-kick put the Three Lions in the driving seat in Moscow, but Ivan Perisic levelled midway through the second half and Mario Mandzukic’s extra-time strike sent Croatia through to Sunday’s final against France. But England’s […]

Marine Le Pen’s ISIS tweets: French politician faces 3yr jail term as formal probe launched

Marine Le Pen could face up to three years in prison after a French judge opened a criminal probe into her posting of graphic images to her Twitter feed in 2015. The tweets showed victims of Islamic State executions. Three images, one showing the decapitated body of US journalist James Foley, were posted to the […]

Philippe Coutinho: Barcelona star pens emotional message to Liverpool fans

Coutinho joined Liverpool five years ago from Inter Milan for just £8million and it was at Anfield where he established himself as one of the world’s best attacking midfielders. He is now the second most expensive footballer of all time after making his “dream” move to the Nou Camp. Liverpool supporters have been licking their […]

Honey traps and hackers: MP pens fantasy letter of Russia to Boris Johnson ahead of Moscow trip

Honey traps, hacks and sleep deprivation tactics could be used against Boris Johnson in Russia, a paranoid MP has warned… by writing a public letter in a national newspaper. The British foreign secretary is set to meet his counterpart, Sergey Lavrov, on Friday as Downing Street sends a top minister to Moscow for the first […]

Martin Scorsese Pens Essay Calling Rotten Tomatoes ‘Hostile to Serious Filmmakers’

The animosity between the film industry and internet “aggregators” has been simmering since the summer, but it’s just kicked up a notch with the introduction of legendary director Martin Scorsese into the fray. Scorsese penned an excoriating essay against Rotten Tomatoes, Cinemascore, and other digital aggregation sites, calling them “hostile to serious filmmakers,” and a bane on […]

Today in Elon Musk: ex-Weezer bassist pens melancholy ode to his peer

Love him or not, there’s no arguing that Elon Musk possesses a near-mythic ability to generate effusive headlines, giddy anticipation and, perhaps, overblown stock valuations. After all, this is the man who wants to colonize Mars and whisk long-distance travelers through depressurized tubes at near-supersonic speeds — but also a man running a much-hyped electric […]

Benchmark pens open letter to win over Uber employees

Upping the stakes in an already epic round of backbiting on Uber’s board, Benchmark today sent an open letter to Uber employees explaining why it decided to sue founder Travis Kalanick. The influential VC firm then posted the open letter on Google Docs and posted a link on Twitter. An open letter to Uber employees […]

Man Utd 1 – Real Madrid 1 (United win 2-1 on pens): Martial magic lights up dull clash

Supporters had high expectations they would witness a classic at the Levi’s Stadium. But the first half was woeful and produced nothing of note whatsoever until Martial sprinkled some stardust on proceedings. On the stroke of half time he took the ball and weaved through a combination of Daniel Carvajal and Luka Modric near the […]

England U21 2 Germany U21 2 (3-4 on pens): Nathan Redmond's miss ends Young Lions' journey

A year ago to the day, English football was it’s lowest ebb when the Three Lions were humiliated by Iceland.   But this summer has been a different story, and for a while it looked like we would have a fourth youth team in a major final.   Aidy Boothroyd’s boys had fought back from […]