Gonzo for Sheriff: MAH tells story of Hunter S. Thompson’s bid for office

Through art and the man’s own writings, “Freak Power” chronicles famous bad-boy journalist Hunter S. Thompson’s 1970 run for sheriff in Aspen, Colorado. Wallace Baine has the fun story.

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Get your head straight on Measure D: Walk the coastal corridor

The trestle near Hidden Beach in Aptos, one of 37 trestles along the coastal rail corridor.
Credit: Via Aptost.Cutest

Measure D is giving us all a headache. Part of the problem is perspective, 1st District Santa Cruz County Supervisor Manu Koenig writes. Our views are shaped by where we live. Koenig says we need to respect each others’ differences and be open to changing our minds. Take a stroll with Manu.

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Another bummer coronavirus summer for California? Cases keep rising along with concerns

Buddhist monks Quang Hieu, far left, of the Bat Nha Temple in Santa Ana
Buddhist monks stand before the start of a candlelight vigil held Tuesday at the Viet Heritage House and Garden in Santa Ana to mark 1 million coronavirus-related deaths in the U.S. and recent shootings in Laguna Woods and Buffalo, N.Y. (Gary Coronado / Los Angeles Times)

Coronavirus cases are increasing, in many areas at an accelerating pace. Authorities have not yet expressed alarm about the state of California’s hospitals or imposed far-reaching new rules to blunt the virus’ spread. The LA Times explores this here.

‘They’re not trying to die’: How drug checking aims to protect users in a messy market

Close-up of hands holding a piece of foil with substances on it
Zach Markovich holds out a piece of foil containing residue of illegal drugs to be tested. (Nelvin C. Cepeda / San Diego Union-Tribune)

Overdoses claimed some 107,000 lives last year in the U.S. Public health advocates, researchers and activists want to help people find out what is in their drugs. The LA Times dives deep on the issue here.

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