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| Saturday, Sept. 9, 2017, 9:00 p.m.
Cars are flooded near the Addicks Reservoir as floodwaters from Harvey rise in Houston. Tens of thousands of personal vehicles were inundated by floodwaters or smashed by wind-tossed objects, creating a huge demand for rentals that has put the cars in painfully short supply in the Houston area and across eastern Texas.  (AP Photo | David J. Phillip, File)
Cars are flooded near the Addicks Reservoir as floodwaters from Harvey rise in Houston. Tens of thousands of personal vehicles were inundated by floodwaters or smashed by wind-tossed objects, creating a huge demand for rentals that has put the cars in painfully short supply in the Houston area and across eastern Texas. (AP Photo | David J. Phillip, File)

Montgomery County's Lower Merion, “one of the wealthiest and top-rated” Pennsylvania school districts, has the state's highest average teacher salary — $99,253, per Philly.com . But with little progress on a new contract, the teachers union “has hired a public relations firm to drum up community support” for raises. So now, hiring a PR firm joins striking among tactics that teachers unions maintain are “for the kids.” … Along with many Houston-area residents, Enterprise, Avis and other leading rental-car agencies lost vehicles to Hurricane Harvey. That leaves such companies struggling to meet demand there. A suburban Houston woman told USA Today it took her longer to find a rental car than it did to find a contractor for her flood-damaged home. For disaster victims, car keys literally can be keys to rebuilding their lives. … After President Trump reversed himself on eliminating the Office of National Drug Control Policy, his reported pick to head it, U.S. Rep. Tom Marino, R-Williamsport, declined in May, citing a “critical” family illness. Apparently, that's no longer a factor: The White House announced him as its “drug czar” pick Sept. 1. Out of step with both science and society, Mr. Marino opposes not just medical and recreational marijuana legalization, but non-intoxicating industrial hemp, too. Add “judge-shopping” accusations from his district attorney days and ties to a convicted felon from his U.S. attorney days, and it's hard to imagine a worse drug-czar choice — unless Mr. Trump is producing a “Reefer Madness” reboot.

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