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Water Cooler: An introduction to bike commuting

UPDATED: Sun., April 4, 2021

Bike commuting has become more popular over recent years and its converts love to boast about the benefits. It builds exercise into your day, it’s environmentally friendly, it’s a great way to unwind, and it can cut down transportation costs.
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Water Cooler: How humans develop empathy

American cultural anthropologist Margaret Mead was once asked by a student what she considered to be the earliest sign of civilization. Mead famously replied, “A healed femur,” due to the implication that it required a person to care for another person while their bone healed over several weeks.
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The ‘scourge’ of fentanyl is rising in Washington, and experts say the pandemic is likely to blame

UPDATED: Sun., March 28, 2021

Social isolation and disrupted supply lines of other pharmaceuticals led to an increase in the use of fentanyl, according to anecdotal and statistical accounts in Washington, a deadly synthetic opioid that was already ticking up in use before the pandemic. A recent study by the firm Millennium Health found that positive tests for fentanyl in the urine of people seeking treatment for pain, substance abuse disorders and other health needs rose more sharply in Washington than any other state in 2020, and the Spokane Regional Health District's Opioid Treatment Program saw local positive tests for the drug double in 2020.