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Ben Poston

Ben Poston is the assistant data editor at the Los Angeles Times. A native of Springfield, Ohio, he worked on “Behind the Badge,” a series that detailed the flawed hiring practices by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. He also worked on an investigation that found the Los Angeles Police Department routinely misclassified violent crime data. A three-time Livingston Award finalist, Poston has won several national awards, including a George Polk Award, a Gerald Loeb Award, a National Headliner Award and Sigma Delta Chi’s award for First Amendment reporting. Prior to working at The Times, he was the data editor at the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
Atmospheric river dumps rain across Northern California, flooding the Merced and Truckee rivers

A powerful storm dumped rain over Northern California from the coast to the Nevada border, leading to flooding in the Yosemite Valley and the Lake Tahoe area Saturday.

Capping years of criticism, Purdue Pharma will stop promoting its opioid drugs to doctors

The maker of OxyContin told its employees that it was cutting its sales force in half, leaving about 200 representatives in the U.S., who no longer will visit doctors’ offices to discuss the company’s opioid products.

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