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A Public Health Crisis in Puerto Rico Unfolds as a New Hurricane Season Nears

From hospitals and medical facilities to treatment and Medicaid, Puerto Rico’s public health system was failing well before Hurricane Maria ravaged the island. An inquest by The Puerto Rico Center for Investigative Journalism uncovered systemic infrastructure problems dating back at least a decade before the storm. The Takeaway looks at the island's lack of a comprehensive emergency response for medical facilities. Plus, we report on a new L.A.P.D. investigation into more than 50 claims of misconduct against a former U.S.C. gynecologist; the passage of nationwide "Right to Try" legislation and a consideration of who will benefit; and a tour of former drug kingpin Pablo Escobar's hometown operations in light of how his victims are being remembered.

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