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From a Prescription Drug Ring to Growing Political Divisions: MuckReads Weekly

Some of the best #MuckReads we read this week. Want to receive these by email?  Sign up to get this briefing delivered to your inbox every weekend.

The Great Republican Crack-Up, ProPublica

Dayton, Ohio rolled out the welcome mat for immigrants with its "Welcome Dayton" initiative, but the city is also one of the areas of Ohio where Donald Trump fared best in the primary election.  How did that happen? This in-depth look at the changing political attitudes in Dayton examines how local divisions and polarization in such places have aided in the rise of the presumptive Republican nominee.

Sandra Bland Died One Year Ago, Huffington Post

Since the death of Sandra Bland in a Texas jail last year, more than 800 people have lost their lives while in jails across the country. The Huffington Post created a database to track jail fatalities and found that many of them — at least a third — happened within the first three days of arrest or booking.

L.A. OxyContin Ring, Los Angeles Times

More than 194,000 people have died from overdoses involving opioid painkillers — including OxyContin — since 1999. This investigation asserts that Purdue Pharma, the maker of OxyContin, "collected extensive evidence suggesting illegal trafficking" of the drug for years, but did not stop supplying it to suspicious distributors or report incidents to law enforcement.

Stealing Hope, The Post and Courier

The adoption industry has become increasingly expensive, and this investigation found that scammers are thriving in it. But these thieves typically aren't stealing money, instead they are duping women into believing there are babies that they will be able to adopt when there are not. They are, effectively, stealing hope. Experts believe that there are at least a dozen of these emotional scammers across the country — and they rarely face consequences.

Surviving the Long Haul, Mary Review

The American Trucking Association, the trucking industry's trade group, suggests that the industry moves roughly 70 percent of America's freight tonnage. But much less is known about the people who drive those trucks — in particular the women. This investigation found that female drivers are often subject to sexual abuse, and there is a "broken structure of accountability" in the industry that leaves many women in danger.

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