Sunday, June 9, 2024

Internal Combustion

It was a lie. The movies. A lie. The car did not blow up. It did not explode five feet into the air. After the can of gasoline, after the lit book of matches, it went whoomp, a dull thump, and the Grand Am was on fire. Orange blue flames burning above the broken rear window, buzzing on the roofline. Churning swirls of oily soot. Black flowers unfolded upon a pale afternoon sky. The little girl sitting on the fire hydrant across the street was running now, running away down the street. I realized I had to leave, too. Time to go. The sirens already were in the distance. Go. It belched. Another thump. The windshield, I think, plopped out. Time to go. Stop watching it burn. Go! I got into my Chevy. It was running. I don’t remember doing that, leaving it running. Like a dream, really, like they say, a dream. No panic or fear. Just a clicking along. Just a ticking away. I drove around some blocks, around and around. Up and down. And then, finally, back to the Grand Am, where firemen were dousing it with water, not foam. Another movie lie. Water, nothing else. I cruised by. Almost, “Hi guys, how’s it goin’?” But no, just drive and gawk a little. Then home. Home to hide. Home to oblivion.


It was Saturday.

Mike tells me, “Long Legs, I got something for you, some information, something you wanna know.”

Saturday, the busiest day of the week. Saturday, when it is on all day long. The customers, the phones, the noise, the heat. The cars going up and down on the lifts like giant carousel rides. Saturday, when I am always sick.

Mike says, “Listen, I know who broke in, I know who hit the shop. Just some young punks sitting around smoking dope.”

My head hurt.

Mike says, “Idiots with nothing better to do than drive a goddamn car into the fire door.”

Christ, they drove into the wall. A few cinder blocks gave way and they crawled into the shop.

Mike says, “Not too bright, huh?”

The alarm system never went off, the motion detectors detected nothing, the police did not give a damn. They do not care about some two-bit break-in; they do not give a damn.

Mike says, “Playboy told me these dumb shits sit around drinking and brag. They’re too stupid to keep their mouths shut.”

Not a thing really worth anything stolen. A small TV, a few junk tools, some chemicals. Not a thing. That was not the point. That was not it.

Mike says, “Their car is parked next door.”

Jesus. It was on the street next to the shop. An old Pontiac. Rusted, cancerous. Sitting right there.

Mike says, “They were trying to get into a gang. Trying to prove themselves. Kings, I think, or Lovers. Who knows?”

I stared at the car. The phones ringing, the impact guns going off, the clerk yelling for me, I stared at it, sweating.



“. . . because it’s Saturday night. That’s some damn excuse: ‘It’s Saturday night.’”

She was talking. I snapped to. The music was very loud. Who was it? It was Saturday night. Or Sunday morning. Our living room. Hendrix.

“You don’t care for me, I don’t care about that.”

She was yelling now.

“. . . sick and tired of it! Do you hear me? Sick and tired of it! And sick of all your goddamned talk about the shop! Why don’t you marry the shop?”

“I have only one and burning desire.”

Why didn’t I? The rhythms of the shop I understood. The dark grace of machinery, the sheen of stainless steel, air compressors rattling, hiss of torches, even the smell of grease, all of it was natural to me, compatible. In my element. God in His heaven, I in mine.

But this, this . . .

“Let me stand next to your fire.”

I lit another one.



On the porch. From up here you could see the planes circling O’Hare at night. Round and round. Take-offs and landings. Now it was bright, sunny. Church bells. It was too hot. The clink of cubes. Like breaking glass. “Random gunfire,” the police said. Strafing. “Disputed turf.” AAA Board-up Service was first in the phone book, first on the scene. “They’re not aiming at you. Your shop just happens to be in the way.” Cop humor. Attitudes and threats. Over and over, attitudes and threats. Then one day, tag, you’re it. Bang. You’re in the way. A broken window. Or a hole in the chest. Used to sit at the corner of Bunky’s bar, watching traffic go by. Watching the circus parade on Fullerton Avenue. Then Mike, he says, “Stray bullet through that doorway hits you first.” Christ. Eduardo shows up on crutches. Leg in a cast. “They caught me in the lot after dark.” Baseball bats. Cartilage beaten and snapped, sinew torn, bone chips like broken glass. Never walk the same. Over and over. Watch ‘em rise and fall. One week Ferman’s the man, his ride getting everything, the works, no questions asked, just fix it, do it, my man, just do it. Next week Angel has Ferman’s wheels and wants it done his way. A look into his eyes tells you not to ask. Just do it, man. Count the money later. They always spared the shop, though. Till now. Didn’t crap their bed. We worked the cops’ cars and theirs. Kept the precinct happy, the Kings happy, the Lovers happy, kept everyone happy while we split the difference.

Till now.

Hot. Way too hot.

I needed some fuel.



Monday morning she did not look at me. I avoided the mirror, too. Very warm very early. Conducive to paranoia. Shaky. I remembered the old Pontiac, the smell of the burning interior. Did I tell her? She would know in any case. Secrets were impossible. All that remained between us was getting even, keeping score. And I had lost track.

Driving, I thought about the precinct’s watch commander. Irish name. We exchanged favors once. Flannigan? He released our truck and we did a free exhaust system on his Impala. A bargain. Our driver had been picked up on warrants. The $4,000 parts order never would have survived the impound lot. Brannigan? Maybe, if I was in trouble, maybe he could help.

The car’s hulk stood next to the shop. Blackened. All the glass gone. Tires melted, fused with the asphalt. I was trembling. Nauseous again. I felt obligated to walk by and look. How would an innocent man react? Who was watching?

It was gutted. Damp. Stunk. I walked into the shop.

The clerk asked, “You see it?”


“Fuck this neighborhood.”

He did not suspect.

Mike saw me. He followed me into the back room.

“Can you believe it?” he said. “Their car is fried. It’s beautiful! Beautiful!”

“Fuck this neighborhood,” I said, looking at the floor.

“They deserve it, Long Legs, they deserve it! I’m glad it happened. This kind of shit will keep them thinking straight. It’s good for them. And good for us.”

I looked up. His eyebrows were arched, he was smiling. He beamed at me. He suspected.

“It’s not good for anybody,” I said.

But he did not know.



The wreck was on the street for days. No hurry. The city was glutted with junkers. Calls to the precinct were referred to the alderman. Calls to the alderman were referred to the sanitation department. Calls to sanitation were not answered.

Not even vandals disturbed the Grand Am. It was a leper.

Mike made broad hints. I said nothing.

One morning as I arrived, I saw another burned out car. Across the street from the Grand Am lay a scorched Cutlass. Deeply dented, partially on the sidewalk, almost folded. Hit hard before burning. It was charred and hollow, a dark pool beneath it. A grotesque brother.

It was Playboy’s.

Mike came out of the shop as I got out of my car. He motioned toward the Oldsmobile. “Check it out, check it out.”

“What the hell?” I muttered.

Mike said, “Angel was here. Said the Lovers did that. They figured Playboy did the Poncho. Payback is a mother.”

“What? What are you talking about?” I felt lightheaded, floating away.

“The Grand Am belonged to Lovers. Angel says Playboy is a King. He’s the one who torched it, so they totaled his car. Totaled it.”

I looked from car to car.

“Uh,” Mike said, “there’s a cop up front for you.”

Floating away.

I walked to the front of the shop very slowly.

Watch Commander Tom Flaherty sat in the lobby. He nodded as I walked in. Then he got up and walked out to the sidewalk. I followed him. How would this happen?

In front of the shop, Watch Commander Tom Flaherty brought up the recent fire bombings. Said they did not bode well for the neighborhood. An escalation in the turf war. Things were hot and getting hotter. He was concerned for the shop’s safety and thought he would drop by. A friendly warning. We should keep our eyes open. The bangers were crazy and dangerous. We should be careful.

And did we have time to check the Impala for a leak?

“Of course,” I said, “of course.” I’d be sure to get it up in the air. Just like in the movies.

Copyright © 1999 by OrbsCor4bs

Friday, June 7, 2024

Daily Dose of Internet: Worst Way to Reveal A Secret

Colorful metallic butterflies take over streets of downtown Racine

From JSOnline:

Jane Park Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Don’t be surprised if you encounter a garden of colorful, metallic butterflies on the streets of downtown Racine. With an official unveiling on June 7, this public flight of butterflies marks Downtown Racine Corporation’s 23rd annual public art project.  

The butterflies are clustered around the intersection of 6th and Main St. 

The artwork is meant to spark local joy and connect the community with local artists, according to Kelly Kruse, executive director of the DRC.  

Downtown Racine Corporation collaborated on the butterfly wings with Green Hills Metal Werks, which created the wing designs, and Kyle Worzala of Gateway Technical College and students from his welding class, who produced the bases of the butterflies.  

According to Worzala, this project presented students with the opportunity to utilize their skills outside of the classroom and give back to the community. He hopes this exhibition will also encourage prospective students to enroll in Gateway’s welding program.

The butterfly artists range from full-time artists to students to mechanics. The displays are sponsored by local businesses and organizations, such as the Racine Art Museum, Red Onion Cafe and the Johnson Financial Group

Visitors can participate in an interactive scavenger hunt which asks questions about each of the 26 artworks. If participants correctly answer at least 15 questions, they will receive a $5 downtown gift card redeemable at over 100 local stores, including Lakeview Pharmacy, Divino Gelato Café and Dimple’s Fine Imports. 

Forms can be picked up at each butterfly display location, the DRC office on 425 Main St, as well as online at the Racine Downtown website. Scavenger hunt participants can then submit their forms at the DRC office. 

Some art pieces will be available for auction on the DRC website from Sept. 3 through 10. Kruse hopes that these butterflies can find new lives as cherished garden art pieces after the display. 


Saturday, May 18, 2024

Feds: Armed robberies were staged so "victims" could apply for immigration visas

Federal Marijuana Reform: Milwaukee applauds Biden’s historic announcement

Workers remove dozens of apparent marijuana plants from Wisconsin Capitol tulip garden

From The Journal

Someone's plans to harvest dozens of apparent marijuana plants grown on the Wisconsin state Capitol grounds have gone up in smoke.

The plants sprouted in a tulip garden outside the Capitol, WMTV-TV reported Thursday.

Workers have removed what appeared to be marijuana plants growing in a tulip garden on the grounds of the state Capitol.

Tatyana Warrick, a spokeswoman for the state Department of Administration, told The Associated Press in an email Friday that workers had removed the plants, but that her agency couldn't determine if they were marijuana or hemp. Both are forms of cannabis, but only marijuana has the compound that gets people high.

UW-Madison botanist Shelby Ellison, who examined the plants for WMTV before they were removed, told the station that they were cannabis plants. But she told The Associated Press on Friday that she couldn't say for certain whether they were marijuana or hemp.

She said there were dozens of the plants in the garden, suggesting someone planted them intentionally.

Marijuana remains illegal in all forms in Wisconsin. Assembly Republicans introduced a bill last session that would have legalized marijuana for medical purposes, but they couldn't muster support among their state Senate counterparts and the measure never got a hearing.


Friday, May 17, 2024

Daily Dose Of Internet: Never Going on Escalators Again

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The laughing hyena strikes again.

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Wednesday, May 8, 2024

Microsoft Racine County data center expansion, new AI training focus of Biden visit to state

From JSOnline:

Karl Ebert
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Microsoft plans a  major expansion of artificial intelligence education and job training programs in southeast Wisconsin, along with a huge increase in its plans for a data center complex now under construction in Mount Pleasant.

Microsoft Corp. President Brad Smith will be joined by President Joe Biden in Racine County on Wednesday to highlight Microsoft's moves, which build upon the company's previous investments in the state.

Smith will announce a significant acceleration of the Mount Pleasant data center project, including a large increase of its value compared to the $1.4 billion it pledged when it bought more than 1,000 acres in the village's Wisconsin Innovation Park late last year.

The project is expected to bring 2,000 union construction jobs to the area by the end of this year.

Worker and business artificial intelligence training promised

He also will announce details of a multimillion-dollar investor in worker and business training partnerships that involve upskilling for non-traditional workers, a data center technician training program, and programs to provide business leaders and their technical and engineering teams with training to help them understand and effectively adopt AI and other emerging technology. Smith said the company hopes to provide training to 100,000 workers.

The jobs and training programs are tied to the construction of Microsoft's massive data center, the company's TitletownTech partnership with the Green Bay Packers, the company's involvement with the University of Wisconsin's Connected Systems Institute and technical education programs that Microsoft has supported in northeastern Wisconsin and Milwaukee.

"This builds on everything we've been doing for the last more than five years in Green Bay," Smith said in an interview on Tuesday.

"It builds on what we've been doing with the Connected Systems Institute at UW-Milwaukee. It builds on what I regard as a partnership that is unique ‒ the partnership between Microsoft and the Green Bay Packers. You know, it's just to me a fascinating example of how you can be more ambitious in the future if you've built a strong foundation."

Efforts focus on "the AI economy"

The jobs and training programs aim to bolster Wisconsin business and workers' participation in "the AI economy," with a multi-pronged approach that will open opportunities for students, workers in need of new skills, business leaders and others. The package of programs will be unique to Wisconsin with a focus on strengthening and building the state's manufacturing base.

"Wisconsin was settled and and founded in many ways, based on advances in manufacturing, and this is about making Wisconsin a global leader in manufacturing for the next three decades," Smith said.

Construction of the first Microsoft data center progresses Wednesday in Mount Pleasant. Microsoft has pledged a minimum value of $1.4 billion on the first phase of its development in the village's Wisconsin Innovation Park.

More:We Energies plans $335 million investment to power to Microsoft's Mount Pleasant data centers

Biden to contrast Microsoft growth with criticism on U.S. economy

Biden will speak in Racine County near the business park where Microsoft now owns nearly 2 square miles of developable land, most of which had been controlled by Foxconn International Holdings and held in reserve for what was to be a massive large-screen LCD manufacturing complex that was to create 13,000 jobs.

Biden is expected to tout the fast growth of Microsoft's plans for the Mount Pleasant data center and its commitment to business and workforce development as a prime example of the success of his economic growth and future-facing job creation policies.

The focus on Microsoft could allow Biden to draw a distinction between the speed with which the Microsoft development is coming together compared with the unfulfilled promise of its neighbor, Foxconn, which former President Donald Trump dubbed "the eighth wonder of the world" at a 2017 groundbreaking.

Trump so far made two campaign stops in Wisconsin this year. At both, he claimed Biden's policies caused inflation and have in general been bad for the country.

The message Biden is expected to deliver would parallel those made during previous stops in Wisconsin by the president and other administration officials other to highlight progress in the administration's "Investing in America" initiative, a package of bills passed in late 2021 and early 2022 that aims to encourage investments in domestic manufacturing and infrastructure, accelerate the nation's transition to clean energy, and create new, well-paying jobs.

Those messages aim to build support for Biden at a time when a recent Marquette University Law School poll found Wisconsin voters consider likely GOP nominee Trump better than Biden on the economy by a 52-34 margin.

More:Microsoft president: Wisconsin a 'really important state' for the tech giant. Here's why

More than building a data center, Microsoft aims to transform a state economy

Microsoft's first data center building is under construction and expected to open in 2026, and plans outlining three others have been submitted to the village. In all, the company owns nearly 2 square miles of industrial land, positioning it for decades of new construction.

The company's move beyond the brick and mortar project in Mount Pleasant stems from the company's recognition that its position as a technology innovator needs to be tied to a public benefit, Smith said.

"You can't have a great company without contributing to a great community. You need the community to support the company, the company needs to support the community," he said.

UWM, Gateway to help businesses adapt to changing tech environment

A centerpiece of the plan is a partnership with UW-Milwaukee and Gateway Technical College to launch an AI Co-Innovation Lab, an immersive training program in which companies' tech teams work with Microsoft AI and Internet of Things specialists to solve problems, develop technology strategies or simply better understand the opportunities new technology offers for manufacturing operations.

The lab would be Microsoft's third in the U.S. and the first east of the Rocky Mountains. As the first innovation lab that is a partnership with a university and focused on manufacturing, it is expected to become a magnet for companies across the country, Microsoft said.

The lab would be housed at UWM's Connected Systems Institute, a research and education center focused on advanced industrial processes. Microsoft in January gave the CSI $1.2 million to expand its programs. It also donated $1.5 million in 2019.

Staff would include two full-time and three part-time employees hired by Microsoft as well as two people from Titletown Tech, the initiative started in partnership with the Green Bay Packers in 2019 to provide venture capital and business development resources to technology entrepreneurs. 

Participation in the program, which aims to work with about 50 businesses, would be free. In addition to business training, the program would provide internship and fellowship opportunities for students and a pipeline to Titletown Tech for startup companies that enroll in the program.

The training and education initiatives also include:

  • Partnering with gener8or, a Madison-based startup business and skills accelerator program, to provide AI-related training for southeast Wisconsin leaders at primarily small and mid-sized businesses. The goal is to provide training for 1,000 companies over the next five years.
  • Expanding a partnership with United Way, schools and other organizations to bring people into quick-hitting, boot camp-style skills training programs for roles in well-paying tech fields. United Way is a key partner because of its ability to reach people who face barriers to well-paying jobs, the company said. The goal is to create 100,000 opportunities by 2030 for people to learn new skills and to use new applications, including Microsoft Copilot, a suite of Microsoft AI services.
  • Opening a previously announced data center academy at Gateway Technical College that will train up to 200 students a year as data center technicians. Graduates could be hired to work at Mount Pleasant or at other regional data centers.
  • Partnering with Racine Unified School District to expand its Girls in STEM program to two additional middle schools, allowing it to reach more than 500 middle-school aged girls over next five years.
  • Working with Racine County to support its Summer Youth Employment Program, matching at least 125 working-age high school students a year with local employers for on the job training.
"The big thing is reaching 100,000 people with skilling, reaching businesses so that they can really innovate in manufacturing," Smith said. "That's why we're building the infrastructure in the first place. So let's make sure the infrastructure serves the people and businesses of Wisconsin and that it isn't just a place that uses the land to serve the rest of the country."

Another boatload of promises, just like Fox-conjob.

Monday, May 6, 2024

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Racine students can buy prom tickets with cash, but some say options still too limited

From JSOnline:

As more school districts move to online-only ticketing for events, some students say that excludes low-income and non-English speaking families.

Gina Lee Castro
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Just in time for this year's prom, students in Racine Unified School District can purchase their tickets in cash.

The agreement to accept cash payment for the county's main prom event comes 11 months after some students began advocating for the school district to expand options for cash ticketing. Those students said online-only ticket sales for school events caused barriers for low-income and non-English speaking families.

Racine's main prom event is organized by the Racine Founder's Rotary Club, not the school district. The service organization hosts a county-wide prom for high school students called "Post Prom." Not all high schools in the county have a traditional prom, so "Post Prom" is the only version of prom some students have access to.

Racine Unified School District spokesperson Stacy Tapp said the district asked Racine Rotary to accept cash payment for prom, and the organizers agreed.

"I think we're the only district in the county that requested to do cash sales," Tapp said in an email.

However, some students said they are unsatisfied that some RUSD schools are only offering cash sales on certain days.

A crowd of more than 40 students gathered on the lawn outside of the RUSD offices on May 1. Students and two teachers took turns speaking in a megaphone to demand the district reinstate cash payment for all events and for all days prom tickets are sold.

"It is a win, but why only two days? Why can't it be more?" said Jessica Malacara, a teacher and parent at Horlick High School.

Many of the students were from Horlick and are members of Youth Empowered in the Struggle, the youth chapter of immigrant rights organization Voces de la Frontera. They began protesting after the school district transferred ticketing for all after-school events to the online system Ticket Spicket in 2022.

The district stopped offering cash sales at events due to safety concerns and lack of staffing, said Tapp, the school district spokesperson.

But students with Youth Empowered in the Struggle said the limits on cash payment exclude households that don't have access to bank accounts or can't navigate the Ticket Spicket website in English.

The students' request to reinstate an on-site cash payment system for all after school events was turned down by Horlick and RUSD leadership, although district officials said staff will find ways to accommodate students who can only pay in cash.

Eliana Gibson, 17, said it's disappointing that cash sales for Post Prom tickets are restricted to just two days out of the two weeks that Horlick High School is selling tickets. She said students have to purchase tickets during lunch, and the line is so long that students might not have enough time to get their ticket and eat.

"People have to make sure that they get their money, and if it's only two days, it's like putting a barrier on them," Gibson said. "I don't think that's OK at all."

Tapp said the decision about how and when to sell prom tickets is made on a school-by-school basis. She encouraged students to approach their principals directly with complaints.

"The YES students are well-spoken and have demonstrated their ability to speak up for themselves and their peers," she said in an email. "If they have concerns, I would encourage them to approach their school leaders who are always willing to listen and work together when possible."

In previous years, Racine Rotary accepted cash payment, said spokesperson Alicia Schmitz. Racine Rotary has since transitioned to using the digital ticketing system Eventbrite because schools prefer it, she said.

"We're doing everything we can to work with the schools, and we will not turn the students away regardless of how the payment has to come in," Schmitz said.

Gina Castro is a Public Investigator reporter for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. She can be reached at


Sunday, May 5, 2024

What would marijuana reclassification mean in Wisconsin?

From JSOnline:

The Biden administration is expected to reclassify the federal government's position on marijuana, shifting it from a Schedule I drug to a Schedule III drug.

Jessie Opoien
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

MADISON – The Biden administration is expected to reclassify the federal government's position on marijuana, shifting it from a Schedule I drug to a Schedule III drug, The Associated Press first reported.

The change would mean the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration would treat marijuana as a drug that can be lawfully prescribed as medication, rather than one believed to be highly dangerous, addictive and without medical use.

The move wouldn't fully legalize the drug, but would follow recommendations by the Department of Health and Human Services and Department of Justice to place marijuana alongside drugs like testosterone, ketamine, Tylenol with codeine and anabolic steroids — substances deemed to have "moderate to low potential for physical and psychological dependence."

Schedule III drugs can be legally prescribed by licensed health care providers and dispensed by licensed pharmacies.

Marijuana has been a Schedule I drug since the Controlled Substances Act was signed in 1970.

What would reclassification mean for Wisconsin?

Probably not much, at least at first. Marijuana is illegal in Wisconsin, and the DEA reclassification would not fully address the inconsistencies between federal restrictions and state laws.

But it could open the door to additional research, which would further inform policymakers as they consider changes going forward.

The Wisconsin Medical Society supports reclassification, "with the goal of facilitating the conduct of clinical research and development of cannabinoid-based medicines, and alternate delivery methods." The organization has previously opposed "medical" marijuana proposals because of the lack of scientific research available on the drug, particularly which elements of the plant have therapeutic potential and which could cause harm.

Is marijuana legal in Wisconsin now?


Marijuana use of any kind is illegal in Wisconsin. Penalties for possession vary. A first offense in a misdemeanor that carries a maximum penalty of six months in prison and a $1,000 fine. Additional offenses are charged as felonies.

Transporting marijuana from one state back to Wisconsin is a federal crime because cannabis is still illegal under federal law.

Have elected officials considered legalization?


Democratic proposals to legalize marijuana have generally been met with GOP resistance. In recent years, some Republican lawmakers have shown interest in legalizing cannabis for medicinal use, but have struggled to reach consensus.

Most recently, Assembly Speaker Robin Vos and other Assembly Republicans put forward a medical marijuana bill that would have created state-run dispensaries and would not allow users to smoke cannabis.

Senate Republicans opposed the bill's proposal to create government-run dispensaries, and Senate President Chris Kapenga questioned the wisdom of legalizing marijuana for any reason.

How popular is the idea of legalizing cannabis use?

Wisconsin is one of 12 states where recreational or medical marijuana is not available.

Using marijuana for medical purposes with a doctor's approval is a popular idea among Wisconsin voters — 86% supported it in a January 2024 Marquette University Law School poll. In the same poll, full legalization was supported by 63% of Wisconsin voters.

What about all the cannabis products already for sale in Wisconsin?

recent investigation by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, The Examination and found that chemical cousins to marijuana — with names like delta-8, HHC and THCH — are prevalent in Wisconsin at gas stations, strip mall dispensaries and even tourist shops.

The investigation found that these largely unregulated products are causing a sharp rise in reports of children and adults getting sick, alarming doctors and public health researchers.

The emergence of delta-8 and similar products can be traced to the 2018 Farm Bill, when Congress legalized the sale of hemp and products extracted from it. Hemp is a variety of the cannabis plant that has low levels of delta-9 THC, the psychoactive compound that gets people high. 

USA TODAY contributed.