Fueled by drug crisis 

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Fueled by drug crisis 
December 21st, 2017
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Hello from Muck Rack, where you can get a snapshot of what journalists around the world are reading, thinking and commenting on right now.

Today's featured blog post is especially good and definitely very helpful. 4 ways to find trending topics on Twitter will help you with the increasingly important part of any PR pro’s job: staying abreast of industry trends and breaking news that impact your company or client. So give it a read and heed its advice. 

'Serious situation' in Melbourne

The breaking news in Australia is that a number of pedestrians have been hit by a car near Flinders Street Station in Melbourne's CBD."

It started out as a serious situation unfolding at Flinders and Elizabeth Streets, according to Melissa Cunningham at The Age. “It just mowed everybody down,” is a quote Kerrie O'Brien tweeted from the story. Henrietta Cook added, “It’s a sick, sad world. Awful scenes in Melbourne a few days before Xmas.”

At BuzzFeed, Gina Rushton also filed Several People Are Injured After A Car Ploughed Through A Pedestrian Crossing In Melbourne. Josh Taylor added, “We have @ginarush updating this post with the latest we have on the Melbourne Flinders St incident.”

BBC reported that Australian police did arrest a driver in Melbourne.

The news in America 

U.S. life expectancy declines for a second straight year and it’s fueled by the drug crisis, according to Leonard Bernstein and Christopher Ingraham at the Washington Post.

A headline from Josh Saul in Newsweek reads: An Inmate Had Skin Cancer and Needed Radiation. This Prison Gave Him Tylenol. And the piece is worth a read.

This piece from The Onion has been making its way around the Muck Rack circles today: Paul Ryan Slits Auto Mechanic’s Throat To Kick Off GOP Purge Of Working Class. It was written by Ryan Shattuck and shared by almost everyone.

“There’s a new leader in the sweepstakes for the zaniest name change in the crypto craze.” And it’s that Long Island Iced Tea Soared 500% After Changing Its Name to Long Blockchain, writes Arie Shapira for Bloomberg. Dashiell Bennett wondered if this counts as “Pivoting to blockchain?” While Emma Ockerman tweeted: “All one can really say is ‘LMAO.’”

The news abroad

Survivors tell the AP that the Myanmar army massacred dozens of Rohingya, according to Todd Pitman. The AP themselves tweeted of, “Firing squads, decapitations, blood-soaked ground.”

Question of the day

Yesterday, we asked: King Michael I was given a state funeral in Bucharest on Saturday, where tens of thousands of Romanians joined European royals to pay their respects to the last king of Romania. It was also the first family appearance by his daughter Irina since she lost her royal title in 2013 for what?

Answer: That would be due to her involvement with illegal cockfighting at Irrigon, Oregon in 2013.

No one got the question right but we do want to thank Alan Blaustein‏ for being the only one to give yesterday’s question a try.

Your question of the day for today is…In a recent 73 questions interview, Tracee Ellis Ross admitted that for gym class, she did what activity while studying in Switzerland?

As always, click here to tweet your answer to @MuckRack. We’ll announce the winners tomorrow!

Featured Journalist: K. A. Shaji


Today’s featured journalist, K. A. Shaji, is a special correspondent for The Hindu in Palakkad, where he writes on the environment, dalits, tribals, art, culture and socio-political issues. He started his journalism career with The New Indian Express, working as its correspondent in Kalpetta, Kannur, Kozhikode and Bangalore. Shaji was the Chief of Bureau of The Times of India Daily in Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu. He’s also worked as Tamil Nadu correspondent of Open, a features and current affairs magazine from New Delhi, and a senior correspondent with Tehelka weekly magazine. Read more about him and check out his portfolio here.

Don’t forget - if you change your job in journalism or move to a different news organization, be sure to email us (hello [at] muckrack [dot] com) so we can reflect your new title. News job changes only, please! Thanks!
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