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  • Bill to legalize medical marijuana introduced in the House [Don Young (R-AK), Steve Cohen (D-TN)]

    03/24/2015 2:33:19 PM PDT · by Ken H · 26 replies
    CBS News ^ | March 24, 2015 | JAKE MILLER
    A bipartisan effort to legalize medical marijuana at the federal level is now underway in both Houses of Congress, and its sponsors acknowledge they face an uphill climb to passage - but they believe the public is on their side. "Polls show that at least 86 percent of Americans say medical marijuana should be available," said Rep. Steve Cohen, D-Tennessee, in an interview with CBS News. "Legislators rarely lead, they generally follow. I guess it's called cultural lag...Eventually, people in Congress start catching up." Cohen and Rep. Don Young, R-Alaska, unveiled a bill on Tuesday that would reclassify marijuana as...
  • Off-duty cops in deadly wrong-way NYC crash ‘were leaving strip club’

    03/20/2015 12:59:55 PM PDT · by Ken H · 33 replies
    NY Post ^ | March 20, 2015 | Larry Celona, Kirstan Conley, Jennifer Bain and Daniel Prendergast
    <p>Three off-duty New Jersey cops and a pal heading home from a Staten Island strip club got into a wrong-way, head-on crash with a tractor-trailer early Friday — killing one of the officers and the civilian friend, authorities and sources said.</p>
  • Well-being and New Home Sales Tie Together (States ranked by happiness - Alaska #1)

    03/19/2015 6:27:03 PM PDT · by Ken H · 3 replies
    Builders Online ^ | March 02, 2015 | Katie Gloede
    States where residents have a high well-being are more likely to have higher new home sales. Together, the top 10 states for well-being make up more than a quarter of 2014’s new home sales, based on a recently released Gallup-Healthways study and Metrostudy data.
  • Heller Cosponsors Bipartisan Medical Marijuana Legislation [Senator Dean Heller, R-NV]

    03/11/2015 7:38:57 PM PDT · by Ken H · 15 replies
    Senator Heller Press Release ^ | March 11, 2015 | US Senator Dean Heller
    (Washington, DC) - Today, U.S. Senator Dean Heller (R-NV) announced he is cosponsoring the Compassionate Access, Research Expansion and Respect States (CARERS) Act, S.683, to ensure that states, like Nevada, have the right to determine their own medical marijuana laws. The bipartisan legislation is also supported by Senators Rand Paul (R-KY), Cory Booker (D-NJ), and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY). Heller stated: “The time has come for the federal government to stop impeding the doctor-patient relationship in states that have decided their own medical marijuana policies. This bipartisan legislation puts Americans who are suffering first by allowing Nevada’s medical marijuana patients, providers,...
  • [US Senators] Paul, Booker, Gillibrand to introduce medical marijuana bill

    03/09/2015 3:18:58 PM PDT · by Ken H · 11 replies
    Politico ^ | March 09, 2015 | BURGESS EVERETT
    Sens. Rand Paul, Cory Booker and Kirsten Gillibrand will introduce on Tuesday a Senate bill that would legalize medical marijuana under federal law, another possible step towards relaxation of once strict policies toward the drug. The Kentucky Republican and his New Jersey and New York Democratic colleagues will propose legislation that allows states that have passed medical marijuana laws to enact those programs without operating illegally under federal law. That bill would also allow veterans in states with medical marijuana programs to receive care from the government, according to guidance issued by their offices
  • Majority favors marijuana legalization for 1st time, according to nation’s most authoritative survey

    03/07/2015 1:12:44 PM PST · by Ken H · 113 replies
    Washington Post ^ | March 04, 2015 | Christopher Ingraham
    For the first time, the General Social Survey -- a large, national survey conducted every two years and widely considered to represent the gold standard for public opinion research -- shows a majority of Americans favoring the legalization of marijuana. In interviews conducted between March and October of last year -- when the legal marijuana markets in Colorado and Washington were ramping up -- researchers asked 1,687 respondents the following question: "Do you think the use of marijuana should be made legal or not?" Fifty-two percent said pot should be legalized, 42 percent opposed it, and another 7 percent were...
  • John Batchelor Show: Hillary Clinton Email Scandal Discussed

    03/05/2015 6:16:59 PM PST · by Ken H · 22 replies
    John Batchelor Show ^ | March 05, 2015 | John Batchelor
    Sounds pretty interesting so far. Guests seem to think it's a big deal. John asks whether this a diversion for a bigger story. He must read FR, lol!Will post direct link to the podcast when available, usually within an hour or so after the broadcast.
  • Sheriffs Try to Overturn Legalization of Pot in Colorado

    03/05/2015 6:14:02 AM PST · by Ken H · 337 replies
    Time ^ | March 05, 2015 | Tessa Berenson
    The lawsuit brought against the state claims sheriffs are faced with a "crisis of conscience" A group of sheriffs will file a lawsuit Thursday against Colorado for its legal marijuana law. The lawsuit says legalizing pot on a state level while it’s still illegal on a federal one creates a “crisis of conscience,” USA Today reports. Colorado is “asking every peace officer to violate their oath,” Larimer County, Colo., Sheriff Justin Smith, the lead plaintiff in the suit, said. “What we’re being forced to do … makes me ineligible for office. Which constitution are we supposed to uphold?”
  • Sheriff's office: Man [fatally] shot in face by Volusia deputy was unarmed (Florida)

    03/05/2015 5:01:21 AM PST · by Ken H · 7 replies
    MyNews13 ^ | Mar 04, 2015 | Saul Saenz, Volusia County Reporter
    A Volusia County deputy is under investigation after shooting an unarmed man in the face and killing him while trying to serve a narcotics search warrant at a home in Deltona. Derek Cruice, 26, was inside a home on Maybrook Drive, when a narcotics task force showed up with a warrant around 6:30 a.m. Wednesday. The sheriff's office said Todd Raible, a SWAT team member who was working as a narcotics investigator, fired his weapon at Cruice after his actions caused the deputy to perceive a threat. -snip- The sheriff's office said investigators recovered approximately 217 grams of marijuana during...
  • South Florida Man Charged With Growing Marijuana, Found Not Guilty (Jury Nullification)

    03/03/2015 10:55:54 PM PST · by Ken H · 44 replies
    NBC Miami ^ | March 03, 2015 | Keith Jones
    A South Florida man charged with growing marijuana he claims he needs for a medical condition was found not guilty Monday. Jesse Teplicki, 50, had been charged with manufacturing cannabis and was facing up to five years behind bars. "This case is about medical marijuana and for the hundreds of thousands of patients who can use this medicine as an alternative," Teplicki said. It took jurors just 30 minutes to return the verdict.
  • DEA warns of stoned rabbits if Utah passes medical marijuana

    03/02/2015 1:19:28 PM PST · by Ken H · 53 replies
    Washington Post ^ | March 02, 2015 | Christopher Ingraham
    Utah is considering a bill that would allow patients with certain debilitating conditions to be treated with edible forms of marijuana. If the bill passes, the state's wildlife may "cultivate a taste" for the plant, lose their fear of humans, and basically be high all the time. That's according to testimony presented to a Utah Senate panel (time stamp 58:00) last week by an agent of the Drug Enforcement Administration. "I deal in facts. I deal in science," said special agent Matt Fairbanks, who's been working in the state for a decade. He is member of the "marijuana eradication" team...
  • Most young Republicans support legalizing pot (63%)

    03/02/2015 11:52:11 AM PST · by Ken H · 162 replies
    The Hill ^ | March 03, 2015 | Tim Devaney
    A majority of young Republican voters support legalizing marijuana, even as older GOP members still believe it would be a danger to society, according to a new study. The Pew Research Center found in a recent study that nearly two-thirds of Republican millennials, 63 percent, believe pot should be legalized. Millennials include those born since 1981.
  • CPAC 2015: Cruz Marijuana Policy Shifts (should be state's decision)

    02/28/2015 6:16:37 AM PST · by Ken H · 73 replies
    IBTimes ^ | Feb 26, 2015 | Max Willens
    A would-be Republican presidential nominee has changed his mind on marijuana. Sen. Ted Cruz said he supports Colorado’s state rights to keep marijuana legalized without federal interference during an interview with Fox News host Sean Hannity at Thursday’s Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC). “I actually think this is a great embodiment of what Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis called ‘the laboratories of democracy,’” Cruz said. “If the citizens of Colorado decide they want to go down that road, that’s their prerogative. I personally don’t agree with it, but that’s their right.” Cruz’s comments at CPAC bring him in line with...
  • Thomas County Narcotics Commander Arrested (Georgia)

    02/26/2015 3:36:45 AM PST · by Ken H · 2 replies
    WCTV ^ | Feb 23, 2015 | Alicia Turner
    THOMASVILLE, Ga. -- The Thomasville narcotics division director found himself on the other side of the law following a DUI arrest Sunday night. Commander Kevin Lee is a 20 year law enforcement veteran. He was arrested on charges of driving under the influence and failure to maintain lanes. The Thomas County Sheriffs Office says Lee has been placed on suspension without pay while they determine what action will be taken.
  • Poll: Colorado residents still back legal marijuana (58%-38%)

    02/25/2015 10:15:40 AM PST · by Ken H · 36 replies
    Politico ^ | Feb 24, 2015 | ADAM B. LERNER
    More than two years after Coloradans voted to allow recreational marijuana use, the state’s residents continue to stand firmly behind keeping the drug legal, a new poll found. The survey, commissioned by Quinnipiac University, found that 58 percent of Colorado voters support keeping pot legal, while only 38 percent are against it. The result featured significant gender and age disparities. Voters ages 18 to 34 favored it overwhelmingly, 82-16 percent, while 50 percent of those ages 55 and older were against it, with only 46 percent in support. Likewise, men supported the measure by a margin of 63-33, while women...
  • Marijuana Becomes Legal in D.C. Thursday at Midnight -- Unless Congress Steps In

    02/24/2015 10:02:25 PM PST · by Ken H · 53 replies
    NBC Washington DC ^ | Feb 24, 2015 | Carissa DiMargo and Tom Sherwood
    A law to legalize marijuana in the District will go into effect at 12:01 a.m. Thursday, unless Congress steps in at the last minute. As a result, D.C. police officers will begin carrying business card-sized summaries of the new rules, which were publicly explained Tuesday and will be part of a public education campaign. The law -- which was approved by voters last fall -- will permit possession of small amounts of marijuana by those ages 21 or older, with consumption allowed only in private homes and space.
  • Tribe threatens to grow pot if casino isn't allowed near Pensacola (FL)

    02/23/2015 12:24:37 AM PST · by Ken H · 14 replies
    Orlando Sentinel ^ | Feb 20, 2015
    PENSACOLA — A small, Alabama-based Indian tribe that wants to expand its casinos into the Sunshine State might adopt a hardball negotiating stance: Let us offer gambling in a few Florida locations, or we could consider growing and selling marijuana on our property. The prospect of selling pot is just one "what if" scenario that tribal leaders say is possible. But what the Poarch Creek Band of Indians want now is for Gov. Rick Scott and the Republican-controlled Legislature to take them seriously and approve a compact with the tribe that would allow a casino.
  • Scam of the day – February 3, 2015 – Affordable Care Act phishing scam

    02/13/2015 3:29:31 AM PST · by Ken H · 5 replies
    scamicide.com ^ | February 03, 2015 | Steven Weisman, Esq.
    Recently the United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team which is a part of the Department of Homeland Security issued a warning about a phishing scam related to the Affordable Care Act, commonly referred to as Obamacare. Since its inception, there has been much confusion about many aspects of the Affordable Care Act and scammers are taking advantage of this confusion by sending emails to their intended victims that purport to come from a federal agency involved with the Affordable Care Act in which the person receiving the email is asked for personal information or directed to a website by way...
  • Indiana: Traffic Cops May Not Open Pill Bottles

    02/12/2015 7:51:02 PM PST · by Ken H · 21 replies
    theNewspaper ^ | 02/10/2015 | n/a
    Indiana Court of Appeals rules that traffic cops may not look through the pill bottles of motorists without legitimate suspicion. Police have no business looking through the pill bottles belonging to a motorist stopped for a routine traffic violation. That was the conclusion of a three- judge panel of the Indiana Court of Appeals, which last month reversed Antonio Garcia's conviction on drug charges because an Indianapolis Metropolitan Police officer violated the state constitution. At around 9pm on August 6, 2012, Officer Philip Robinett saw a white Chevrolet Trailblazer that did not have its headlights on. The SUV pulled over...
  • New York City sets record with no murders in 10 days in a row

    02/12/2015 2:36:52 PM PST · by Ken H · 42 replies
    ca.news.yahoo (Reuters) ^ | February 12, 2015 | Barbara Goldberg
    NEW YORK (Reuters) - New York City, once notorious for high crime, broke a record on Thursday with no murders reported for 10 straight days, police said. The historic calm achieved at 12:01 a.m. Thursday comes on the heels of a notable year - murders in New York City in 2014 fell to an all-time low of 328, the fewest since the New York Police Department started keeping reliable records in 1963. "Everybody is behaving," said Sergeant Daniel Doody of the New York City Police Department.
  • Feds: No link between pot and car crashes

    02/09/2015 3:35:55 PM PST · by Ken H · 59 replies
    The Hill ^ | Feb 07, 2015 | Jesse Byrnes
    Marijuana use has not been found to increase the risk of car crashes, according to a new federal report. Studying car accidents in Virginia Beach, Va., during a 20-month period ending in 2012, researchers randomly sampled 3,000 accident-involved drivers and found no evidence suggesting those with marijuana in their system were more prone to accidents, according to a National Highway Traffic Safety Administration report released Friday. When researchers controlled for factors such as age and gender, they found no evidence marijuana use increases accident risks. This was despite the fact that, in the study, drivers who tested positive for marijuana...
  • Richmond Police Officer Who Brought Home 4 Pounds of Marijuana Won't Be Charged (California)

    12/19/2014 2:57:58 PM PST · by Ken H · 55 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | December 18, 2014 | n/a
    A Richmond police officer who took 4 pounds of marijuana home instead of filing it in the department's evidence locker will not be charged with a crime, according to the Contra Costa County District Attorney's office. Prosecutors said members of the Richmond Police Department learned in September that Officer Joe Avila had a large amount of marijuana at his house. At the request of the Police Department, the district attorney's office began investigating and searched Avila's home, where they found 4 pounds of marijuana. Prosecutors said Avila had responded to a call at a delivery service company in November 2013...
  • Kansas Court Declares Plastic Bags Suspicious

    12/17/2014 5:23:46 PM PST · by Ken H · 39 replies
    theNewspaper ^ | 12/17/2014 | n/a
    Kansas Court of Appeals upholds the search of a vehicle based solely on the presence of a ripped plastic baggie. The second highest court in Kansas declared last week that anyone driving with a torn plastic baggie is most likely involved in the drug trade and can be searched without a warrant. The state Court of Appeals came to this conclusion in upholding the conviction of Cameron Howard, who was found not with drugs but a lawfully purchased firearm. On September 15, 2011, Prairie Village Police Officer Chad Loughman pulled Howard over. In the car's cupholder, Officer Loughman spotted a...
  • Teen marijuana use declined this year, despite increased legalization

    12/17/2014 3:10:40 PM PST · by Ken H · 42 replies
    Red Alert Politics ^ | December 16, 2014 | Maria Santos
    A favorite argument of the anti-marijuana crowd is that legalization would send the wrong signal to the youth and make them think drugs are good for them. Except that, with increasing legalization across the country, that hasn’t happened yet. In fact, teen drug use decreased in 2014, according to a study by the University of Michigan and the National Institutes on Drug Abuse. The same year Colorado and Washington’s legalization was in full swing, while two states and the District of Columbia all passed some form of legalization. -snip- Also notable: according to the study, marijuana has gotten slightly more...
  • Bill Cosby accuser Tamara Green sues comedian for calling her a liar over drug, sex assault claims

    12/10/2014 7:11:32 PM PST · by Ken H · 69 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | December 10, 2014 | NANCY DILLON , SASHA GOLDSTEIN
    A woman who has for years accused Bill Cosby of drugging and sexually assaulting her filed a defamation lawsuit Wednesday claiming the fallen funnyman sullied her “good name and reputation” when he branded her a liar. Tamara Green, 66, filed her claim in federal court in Massachusetts, alleging the comedian, through lawyers and publicists, negligently disregarded the truth and willfully induced “an evil opinion of her.” Green, a retired lawyer, said the "pattern" of public shaming started when she first stepped forward in 2005 with claims Cosby drugged and groped her in the 1970s after hiring her to help him...
  • Pima County may vote to refuse to hire smokers

    12/07/2014 8:57:08 PM PST · by Ken H · 25 replies
    Arizona Daily Star ^ | December 05, 2014 | Mariana Dale
    The Pima County Board of Supervisors will vote this month on whether to refuse to hire smokers and put a major pinch on the pocketbooks of those who already work there. The two-part policy would take effect in July 2015. It prevents the county from hiring smokers and slaps a 30 percent health insurance surcharge on employees who do smoke or use other tobacco products. -snip- “It’s not an attempt to punish anybody,” said Human Resources Director Allyn Bulzomi. “It’s an attempt to encourage people to be healthy.”
  • Hef on Cosby: 'The mere thought of these allegations is truly saddening'

    12/06/2014 3:34:58 PM PST · by Ken H · 170 replies
    Fox News ^ | December 06, 2014 | n/a
    Los Angeles police opened an investigation into a woman's claims that Bill Cosby molested her when she was 15 years old at the Playboy mansion, a department spokeswoman said. In response to the accusation, Hugh Hefner released the following statement about the comedian. “Bill Cosby has been a good friend for many years and the mere thought of these allegations is truly saddening. I would never tolerate this kind of behavior, regardless of who was involved.” The investigation was opened Friday after Judy Huth, who is suing Cosby for sexual battery, met with detectives for 90 minutes, Officer Jane Kim...
  • Male model claims he helped friend escape Bill Cosby’s apartment ("appeared to be drugged")

    12/04/2014 11:58:07 AM PST · by Ken H · 115 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | December 03, 2014 | Meg Wagner
    A male model saved his female friend from a disastrous 1984 night with Bill Cosby when, he claimed, he found her incoherent and "messed up" inside the star's Manhattan brownstone. Tony Hogue said he helped a booker at his modeling agency escape from the comedian's apartment after she appeared to be drugged that September. Both were visiting from Denver for Fashion Week. The unidentified woman later became one of 12 Jane Does in a 2005 sexual assault case against Cosby.
  • Another Oklahoma Cop Charged With Serial Sexual Assault

    09/23/2014 11:54:45 PM PDT · by Ken H · 12 replies
    Reason Magazine ^ | September 17, 2014 | Elizabeth Nolan Brown
    Oklahoma law enforcement seems to have something of a sexual assault problem. On Tuesday, Tulsa County Deputy Gerald Nuckolls, 26, was arrested amid accusations that he sexually assaulted two women while on duty. Though Nuckolls hasn't been formally charged yet, authorities say he admitted to coercing some six other women into sexual acts. On Monday, the Oklahoma Highway Patrol arrested state trooper Eric Roberts, 42, on complaints that he kidnapped and sexually assaulted three women while on duty. The department began investigating Roberts in July after a woman reported being pulled over by Roberts and then raped. And in August,...
  • Police chief: Legalize marijuana, use tax revenue to fund drug treatment [Madison WI]

    09/16/2014 3:01:44 PM PDT · by Ken H · 57 replies
    Wisconsin State journal ^ | September 14, 2014 | Nico Savidge
    Madison Police Chief Mike Koval endorsed the legalization of marijuana last week, saying the drug should be regulated and taxed, with revenues used to fund treatment programs for harder drugs. The comments came during an interview with the State Journal Wednesday about data showing African-Americans in Madison were arrested or cited for marijuana offenses at about 12 times the rate of whites in the city. Koval called efforts to enforce laws against marijuana an “abject failure,” and said the same about the broader war on drugs. “We’ve done such an abysmal job using marijuana as a centerpiece of drug enforcement,...
  • JAPAN TSUNAMI 3/11: You see from START to END ('spooky being' at 11m 10s)

    09/04/2014 6:10:33 AM PDT · by Ken H · 9 replies
    You Tube ^ | Aug 13, 2013 | Zak Zaurus
    Some of the most incredible footage of the tsunami that hit Japan in March 2011. Check out the ghostly image at 11m 10s. It's in the lower left quadrant of the screen. One of the witnesses says, 'Did you see that spooky being'? At least that was the translation.
  • States with Legal Marijuana See 25 Percent Fewer Prescription Painkiller Deaths [Medical Marijuana]

    08/26/2014 11:04:45 PM PDT · by Ken H · 56 replies
    Healthline News ^ | August 26, 2014 | Nina Lincoff
    One unexpected benefit of medical marijuana legislation appears to be a decrease in painkiller overdoses, perhaps because some chronic pain patients are turning to cannabis instead of powerful opioid drugs. In states with laws legalizing medical marijuana, new research shows there are nearly 25 percent fewer deaths from painkiller overdoses. Opioid painkiller overdoses are a growing problem nationwide. More than 16,500 Americans died of opioid drug overdoses in 2010, and the numbers continue to rise. Although a casual relationship hasn’t been proven, there appears to be a significant association between marijuana legislation and a fall in overdose deaths. Researchers from...
  • Kentucky: Lawsuit Restored Against Cop Caught Lying About Traffic Stop

    08/26/2014 3:21:59 PM PDT · by Ken H · 29 replies
    theNewspaper ^ | 8/26/2014 | n/a
    Video catches Kentucky State Trooper harassing motorist. US Court of Appeals rules cop can be sued for false arrest. Videotape proved essential for Freddie Gregory, a motorist falsely accused of traffic violations by a high-ranking Kentucky State Police trooper. The US Court of Appeals on Friday allowed Gregory to pursue false arrest charges against Lieutenant Phillip Burnett. Since February 2009, Lieutenant Burnett had stopped Gregory on three occasions under what the motorist considered to be bogus circumstances. The 53-year-old decided to install a video camera to document the harassment. The device was ready on April 4, 2009, when Gregory decided...
  • Caught On Tape: Violent, Unprovoked Attack Inside Frankford Business (Philly)

    08/20/2014 5:59:31 PM PDT · by Ken H · 17 replies
    CBS Local Philadelphia ^ | Aug 20, 2014 | n/a
    PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — After being refused a light for his cigarette, a suspect snapped and attacked the man who refused him and the entire incident was caught on tape. The frightening incident happened at about 11:30 p.m. on August 12th inside the Lucky Garden Chinese restaurant in the 4600 block of Frankford Avenue.
  • Colorado Teens Smoking Less Pot Since Legalization

    08/08/2014 5:54:05 PM PDT · by Ken H · 41 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | August 08, 2014 | Greg Campbell
    Teen marijuana use has fallen in Colorado since the state legalized the drug in 2012, according to a new report, bucking a nationwide trend of overall increases in teen use. “Thirty-day marijuana use fell from 22 percent in 2011 to 20 percent in 2013, and lifetime use declined from 39 percent to 37 percent during the same two years,” according to an emailed press release from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. Colorado legalized marijuana for adults in 2012 and statewide retail sales of the drug — which is still illegal under federal law — began in January....
  • US Supreme Court To Rule On Cops Who Get Law Wrong (traffic stops)

    08/04/2014 11:32:56 AM PDT · by Ken H · 93 replies
    the Newspaper ^ | 08/04/2014 | n/a
    Oral arguments set for US Supreme Court to decide whether a traffic stop is invalid when the police officer is wrong about the law. Is a police officer's traffic stop valid if he is wrong about the law? The US Supreme Court announced it would take up that question when it returns in October to hear the case of Nicholas Brady Heien. On April 29, 2009, Surry County Sheriff's Sergeant Matt Darisse was on Interstate 77 when he saw a Ford Escort hit the brakes, and the right-side light did not illuminate. Sergeant Darisse decided to pull over the Ford,...
  • 6 Philadelphia Narcotics Officers Stole Half a Million Dollars From Suspects: Feds

    07/31/2014 8:37:10 PM PDT · by Ken H · 25 replies
    NBC Philadelphia ^ | July 31, 2014 | Vince Lattanzio and Dan Stamm
    Federal agents arrested six Philadelphia Police narcotics officers as part of an ongoing corruption probe and accused the group of swiping more than half a million dollars' worth of money, drugs and other items over a period of years. “Unfortunately, a very small percentage of police officers continue to toss their oath aside and act like the very criminals they have sworn to bring to justice,” said U.S Attorney Zane David Memeger. The U.S. Attorney's Office unsealed the 26-count indictment Wednesday of the two-year joint investigation between the police department, FBI and U.S. Attorney's office. The officers, who have served...
  • Six-year-old girl watches in horror as police 'shoot dead her dog Apollo in her front yard

    07/28/2014 11:08:42 AM PDT · by Ken H · 128 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | July 28, 2014 | Lydia Warren
    A six-year-old girl watched in horror as police gunned down her one-year-old dog as it stood in their front yard, her family has said. The girl's mother, Nicole Echlin, said their shepherd-mix Apollo, whom they have had since he was a puppy, got out of their yard in Hometown near Chicago, Illinois on Friday afternoon. After they chased him around the neighborhood, he returned to the yard and was standing on the lawn when police arrived and pulled out their guns, Echlin told the Chicago Tribune. 'He started showing his teeth - that's when the officer shot him,' Echlin, 27,...
  • Repeal Prohibition, Again (New York Times: Let States Decide on Marijuana)

    07/27/2014 5:18:10 PM PDT · by Ken H · 31 replies
    New York Times ^ | 07/26/2014 | NYT Editorial Board
    -snip- There are no perfect answers to people’s legitimate concerns about marijuana use. But neither are there such answers about tobacco or alcohol, and we believe that on every level — health effects, the impact on society and law-and-order issues — the balance falls squarely on the side of national legalization. That will put decisions on whether to allow recreational or medicinal production and use where it belongs — at the state level. We considered whether it would be best for Washington to hold back while the states continued experimenting with legalizing medicinal uses of marijuana, reducing penalties, or even...
  • Texas Motorist Wins $77,500 After Traffic Cops Steal Cash

    07/23/2014 9:10:13 AM PDT · by Ken H · 79 replies
    the Newspaper ^ | 07/23/2014 | n/a
    Estelline, Texas settles with innocent, elderly motorist who had her cash seized during a traffic stop. Police in Estelline, Texas are sorry they ever pulled over Laura Dutton. The 64- year-old woman was stopped on November 28, 2012 as she was returning from a trip to Amarillo on US Highway 287. Police Officer Jayson Fry, the city's lone officer, was manning a speed trap a few feet away from the sign marking the speed limit drop when she passed through Estelline. Officer Fry says she was doing 61 MPH in a 50 MPH zone. He pulled her over, issued a...
  • Indiana: Motorist Sues After Officer Takes Forced Urine Sample

    05/27/2014 10:54:59 AM PDT · by Ken H · 58 replies
    thenewspaper.com ^ | 05/27/2014 | n/a
    Cops use catheter in invasive procedure against Indiana motorist whose blood alcohol level was below the legal limit. A motorist whose blood alcohol level was below the legal limit earlier this month filed a $11 million federal lawsuit against Schererville, Indiana for allowing its police force to use a catheter to forcibly obtain a urine sample from him two years ago. On May 20, 2012, William D. Clark and Alyssa Madson were driving through Schererville on US 30. At around 11pm, Officer Matthew Djukic hit the lights on his squad car and pulled Clark for allegedly speeding. Smelling alcohol, Officer...
  • Medical marijuana high in the polls for Florida voters (88% support)

    05/07/2014 3:35:04 PM PDT · by Ken H · 26 replies
    Biz Journals ^ | May 06, 2014 | Jim Saunders
    A poll released Monday shows that 88 percent of Florida voters support allowing adults to legally use marijuana for medical purposes, bolstering the arguments of advocates who have placed a constitutional amendment on the November ballot seeking legalization. The poll, conducted by Quinnipiac University, indicates widespread support across political and demographic lines — Republicans and Democrats, men and women, young and old — for legal medical marijuana if it is prescribed by physicians. The constitutional amendment needs approval from 60 percent of voters to pass.
  • Legalizing Medical Marijuana Doesn't Raise Teen Pot Use, Study Says

    04/25/2014 11:39:44 AM PDT · by Ken H · 27 replies
    U.S News and World Report ^ | April 25, 2014 | Robert Preidt
    FRIDAY, April 25, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- American teens' use of marijuana doesn't increase when states approve the drug for medical use, a new study finds. "Any time a state considers legalizing medical marijuana, there are concerns from the public about an increase in drug use among teens," principal investigator Dr. Esther Choo, an attending physician in the department of emergency medicine at Rhode Island Hospital, said in a hospital news release. Choo's team examined 20 years of data from states that do and don't permit medical marijuana use. They found that legalizing medical marijuana did not lead to increased...
  • Happy Sixth Birthday, Trig Paxson Van Palin!

    04/18/2014 3:57:38 AM PDT · by Ken H · 20 replies
    FR ^ | April 18, 2014 | Vanity
  • Sheriff's Deputy Accidentally Shoots Himself (Trying to shoot dog)

    04/17/2014 2:52:23 PM PDT · by Ken H · 56 replies
    KCAL ^ | April 16, 2014 | Tony Shin
    A Riverside County [California] Sheriff's deputy endured some scary moments after coming face to face with a pit bull before accidentally shooting himself. Investigators say he opened fire in self-defense, but NBC4 heard a different story from the dog's owner.
  • UVa student sues state, ABC agents for $40 million

    03/26/2014 10:44:06 PM PDT · by Ken H · 42 replies
    Richmond Times-Dispatch ^ | March 26, 2014 | Frank Green
    A University of Virginia student charged last year with assaulting Virginia Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control agents attempting to stop her for underage possession beer that turned out to be sparkling water has filed a $40 million lawsuit against the state and seven agents. Among other things, Elizabeth K. Daly’s 47-page suit, filed Tuesday in Richmond Circuit Court, alleges malicious prosecution, failure to train ABC agents appropriately, and six counts of assault and battery.
  • Sanctity of Life (S. 583, the Life at Conception Act - Paul goes nuclear on abortion

    03/14/2014 4:35:02 AM PDT · by Ken H · 3 replies
    Office of Sen. Rand Paul ^ | March 14, 2014 | Senator Rand Paul
    I am 100% pro-life. I believe life begins at conception and that abortion takes the life of an innocent human being. It is the duty of our government to protect this life as a right guaranteed under the Constitution. For this reason, I introduced S. 583, the Life at Conception Act on March 14, 2013. This bill would extend the Constitutional protection of life to the unborn from the time of conception. It is unconscionable that government would facilitate the taking of innocent life. I have stated many times that I will always support legislation that would end abortion or...
  • Parents Hail Small Victory for Justina Pelletier as Tufts Doctors Take Charge

    03/06/2014 12:11:48 AM PST · by Ken H · 10 replies
    ABC News ^ | March 04, 2014 | Susan Donaldson James
    Justina Pelletier, the sick teenager who for the last year has been the center of a custody tug of war between her parents and the state of Massachusetts, will get treatment with her original doctors at Tufts Medical Center, a family court judge has ruled. Her parents, Linda and Lou Pelletier of West Hartford, Conn., have argued that their 15-year-old daughter suffers from the physical effects of mitochondrial disease and has not been medically treated since Boston Children's Hospital diagnosed her with somatoform disorder in February 2013. The hospital had accused the parents of medical child abuse and Justina has...
  • Alaska primed to become third state to legalize retail marijuana

    02/08/2014 3:31:13 AM PST · by Ken H · 23 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | February 06, 2014 | Valerie Richardson
    Alaska is poised to become the third state to legalize retail marijuana after pro-pot advocates this week cleared the signature hurdle to place an initiative on the August ballot. The Committee to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol in Alaska hit 31,593 valid signatures Tuesday, well above the 30,169 signatures required to place the measure before voters. The initiative is expected to appear on the Aug. 19 primary ballot once a final count is certified by the state. -snip- A newly released survey shows the idea already has significant public support. A Public Policy Polling survey posted Wednesday found 55 percent of...
  • Arundel police officer kills family's dog during search (Maryland)

    02/04/2014 5:16:16 AM PST · by Ken H · 92 replies
    Baltimore Sun ^ | February 02, 2014 | Colin Campbell and Tim Swift
    Chief promises full investigation after Chesapeake Bay Retriever is shot twice in front yard An Anne Arundel County police officer shot and killed a family's dog Saturday while investigating a burglary, officials said. Police said the officer — a one-year veteran of the force who was not identified — was canvassing a neighborhood looking for witnesses around 4 p.m. Saturday.When the officer went to a home in 900 block of Lombardee Circle in Glen Burnie the dog — a male Chesapeake Bay Retriever named Vern — "confronted" the officer in the front yard, police said. The officer then fired his...