Odds and ends:U.S. News reports that U.S. officials seized almost 20,000 pounds of opium from the offices of Sher Muhammad Akhundzada, the governor of Afghanistan's Helmand province. "The seizure is by far the largest since the Drug Enforcement Administration returned to Afghanistan in 2002, says a senior U.S. official, and raises troubling questions about the ability of the Afghan government to crack down." … "[A]re we fighting the wrong drug war?" asksNewsweek, which devotes its cover to the scourge of meth and notes that many local officials question why the Bush administration still puts so much emphasis on marijuana. …Time's cover focuses on what it's like to be 13 years old. It reports that 60 percent of 13-year-olds don't believe in premarital sex, while 46 percent believe the United States will be a worse place to live when they reach their parents' age.—B.B.
TODAY IN SLATE
The Ebola Story
How our minds build narratives out of disaster.
The Budget Disaster That Completely Sabotaged the WHO’s Response to Ebola
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The Shooting Tragedies That Forged Canada’s Gun Politics
A Highly Unscientific Ranking of Crazy-Old German Beers
Welcome to 13th Grade!
Some high schools are offering a fifth year. That’s a great idea.
The Actual World
“Mount Thoreau” and the naming of things in the wilderness.