Two years ago, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette gave me the reporting opportunity of a lifetime—go to the Dominican Republic and Cuba to write about the dynamics of the baseball culture on each island. In Cuba, I would also report on the everyday life of the average Cuban family, taking readers behind the facade of the tourist-packed boulevards of Havana.
Warned time and again that pain pills can addict and kill, hundreds of doctors throughout seven narcotic-plagued states wantonly prescribed painkillers, setting the stage for the worst drug epidemic in U.S. history as brand-name opioids joined with cheap heroin. Read the findings of the Post-Gazette's six-month investigation at http://newsinteractive.post-gazette.com/overdosed/.
OAKLAND, Calif. -- The college sports booster has had to evolve. Rich men who loved their alma maters so much they would slip some of their disposable income to players in shoe boxes became shady characters covering up sometimes criminal behaviors by funneling payments to athletes in an effort to hide the money trail.