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Our last Week In Review panel of 2015 goes behind the headlines. We'll be talking about President Obama's year-end press conference, the new HBO documentary about the heroin crisis in Cape Cod, the hung jury in Baltimore Police Officer William Porter's trial, and falling revenues at Plainridge Park Casino.
Jabari Asim, Executive Editor of The Crisis, the NAACP’s flagship journal of politics, ideas and culture. He's also the author of “Only the Strong” and associate professor of writing, literature and publishing at Emerson College. He tweets @jabariasim.
- "Cape Cod can be idyllic and beautiful. But, like much of Massachusetts, it’s facing a heroin epidemic. Now, the film “Heroin: Cape Cod, USA” is taking a close look at the problem, following eight addicts as they search for their next high."
- "The mistrial has raised questions about how Ms. Mosby, the state’s attorney here, will pursue the remaining five cases, and renewed doubts over whether she can deliver on the promise she made that first day of May. On Thursday, defense lawyers and prosecutors in the Porter case met privately with Judge Barry G. Williams of the Baltimore City Circuit Court to discuss a path forward; no new trial date was set. But in legal circles here and around the country, experts were parsing what the mistrial means and debating whether the cases had been strong enough to bring in the first place."
- "Budget analysts in Massachusetts at first projected Plainridge to generate $262 million annually in gambling revenue but slashed that estimate to $207 million in October and to $160 million last month, based on lower-than-expected sales during Plainridge’s first few months of operation. That will mean that instead of the $128 million in tax revenue officials projected before Plainridge opened, the state would receive $78 million. At the same time, Rhode Island budget analysts, who had initially lowered their expectations because of the competition from Plainridge, last month added $35 million in overall projected slot machine revenue at Twin River."
This segment aired on December 18, 2015.
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