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  • Lightfoot slams Republicans running for governor over making Chicago crime a campaign issue

    01/20/2022 8:20:44 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 42 replies
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | January 19, 2022 | By Lynn Sweet
    WASHINGTON — Mayor Lori Lightfoot said GOP candidates for governor, making crime — especially in Chicago — central campaign themes should think twice about damaging the city’s reputation. “Vilifying the economic engine of your state just strikes me as a really foolhardy strategy,” she told the Chicago Sun-Times on Wednesday. Lightfoot said there are “definitely productive ways in which a governor can be helpful. But anybody who thinks that they’re going to solve crime by sitting in Springfield and lobbing bombs obviously doesn’t understand the first thing about public safety.”
  • Chicago shootings: 38 shot, 5 fatally, in weekend violence, CPD says

    01/18/2022 8:38:35 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 23 replies
    ABC News Local ^ | January 18, 2022 | By Sun-Times Media Wire
    CHICAGO -- Five people were killed, and 33 others wounded, in shootings in Chicago over the weekend through Tuesday morning. The period was significantly more deadly than last weekend, when nine people were wounded and no one was killed. It was the first weekend in months in Chicago without a homicide. Most of the violence this weekend was concentrated on the West and South sides. Almost half the shooting victims were wounded in just four police districts, which reported three shooting victims each: The 7th District in Englewood, the 9th (Deering) in Fuller Park and Gage Park, the 10th in...
  • Seized cellphones uncover breadth of brother-sister Sinaloa cartel cell in San Diego, feds say

    01/15/2022 4:42:24 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 9 replies
    San Diego Union-Tribune ^ | JAN. 15, 2022 | Kristina Davis
    Buried cash, extravagant watches are the latest seizures in an investigation that already revealed a massive cache of millions of dollars, drugs and ammoOne year ago, the suspected leader of a Sinaloa cartel cell was arrested at a private airport outside Boston, and a month later a massive cache of drugs, cash and ammunition was seized from an Otay Mesa trucking yard. The bust netted a high-profile suspect and a stash worth several million dollars. But perhaps the most valuable assets to come of the whole operation were the cellphones, nearly 40 of them. The seized phones have provided federal...
  • WHO Recommends 2 New Drugs as COVID-19 Treatments

    01/15/2022 6:25:35 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 38 replies
    Epoch Times ^ | 01/15/2022 | Mimi Nguyen Ly
    The World Health Organization (WHO) has recommended two new drugs to treat COVID-19—baricitinib and sotrovimab.Baricitinib, an oral drug, is “strongly recommended” for people with severe or critical COVID-19, to be given with cortico steroids, the WHO announced.Baricitinib is part of a class of drugs called Janus kinase (JAK) inhibitors, which suppress the overstimulation of the immune system. The drug is also used to treat rheumatoid arthritis.The WHO’s Guideline Development Group found “moderate certainty evidence that baricitinib improved survival and reduced the need for ventilation, with no observed increase in adverse effects.”Sotrovimab is “conditionally recommended” for people with mild or moderate...
  • Mexico charges 7 including top officials in ‘Fast and Furious’ guns trafficking scandal

    01/14/2022 9:13:16 AM PST · by george76 · 18 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | January 9, 2022
    The December 2010 murder of Border Patrol agent Brian Terry exposed the bungled “Fast and Furious” investigation, in which agents from the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives allowed criminals to buy guns with the intention of tracking the weapons. But the agency lost most of the guns, including two that were found at the scene of Terry’s death in southern Arizona. The U.S. government has heavily pursued prosecution of the men involved in the killing. Mexico says Mexican drug gangs and former officials also participated in or failed to stop the weapons trafficking. Mexico’s Attorney General’s Office...
  • Graffiti plagues Joshua Tree, Pinnacles and numerous California state parks

    01/14/2022 6:28:40 AM PST · by artichokegrower · 42 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | Jan. 14, 2022 | Ashley Harrell
    In late December, a group of volunteers gathered in Pine Canyon in the foothills of Mount Diablo, about 30 miles east of San Francisco, to spray the sandstone down with Elephant Snot, a biodegradable detergent that removes graffiti.
  • Medical examiner: No signs of drug use or foul play in Bob Saget's death

    01/10/2022 3:38:18 PM PST · by ChicagoConservative27 · 79 replies
    The hill ^ | 01/10/2022 | Monique Beals
    A medical examiner announced on Monday that foul play or drugs were not involved in the death of 65-year-old Bob Saget. The District Nine Medical Examiner’s Office in Orlando, Fla., said an autopsy was performed on Monday morning after Saget's death in a hotel room at the Ritz-Carlton on Sunday night, according to NBC News. The initial report found "no evidence of drug use or foul play," though the final results of the autopsy could take up to three months.
  • Why ‘sorcery’ was the fastest-growing search term on Bible Gateway in 2021

    01/08/2022 5:52:26 PM PST · by Roman_War_Criminal · 26 replies
    Religion News ^ | 12/2/21 | Emily McFarlan Miller
    The Greek word ‘pharmakeia’ has appeared in debates over COVID-19 prevention measures, particularly opposition by some charismatic and evangelical Christians to vaccines against the disease caused by the novel coronavirus. The topics people search for each year on Bible Gateway are always interesting, according to Jonathan Petersen, content manager of the website. But this year’s may be the “most intriguing,” Petersen wrote on the site. Searches for the words “sorcery” and “sorceries” saw the biggest spike, increasing 193% over the last year on Bible Gateway, which allows users to read and search the text of multiple translations of the Bible.
  • A Crisis in America

    01/08/2022 3:53:16 AM PST · by Kaslin · 3 replies ^ | January 8, 2022 | Kathryn Lopez
    "When I hear a firecracker, I panic." As the new year brought the news that a million people in the United States have died of opioid overdoses since 1999, Andrew Doran wrote a piece in The American Conservative that deserves nationwide attention. The piece is titled "American Orphans in the Wasteland." While it's not about opioids, it's about the kind of trauma that exists in our country. In the case of Kevin Howard and Taylor "Doc" Hudson, they are vets who saw too much while fighting ISIS in Syria and Iraq. Doran describes how, for men like Kevin and Doc,...
  • 2021 Fentanyl Death Numbers May Show 84% Increase Year Over Year

    01/06/2022 5:47:29 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 22 replies
    KGET ^ | Jan 6, 2022 | Robert Price
    Editor’s note: An earlier version of this story contained incorrect information about the percent change of fentanyl deaths from 2020 to 2021. The actual percent increase is 84 percent and the story has been corrected. We apologize for the error.Bakersfield Police Chief Greg Terry was in KGET’s studios Wednesday renewing the warnings we’ve been hearing about the deadly illicit opioid fentanyl. Have we been heeding those warnings? The numbers say no, not nearly enough. But then addiction is a powerful thing. It must be. How else do we explain the killer in our midst that – despite persistently dire warnings...
  • More Fentanyl Seized At U.S. Borders Than Heroin For First Time In U.S. History

    01/03/2022 12:14:29 AM PST · by ProfessorGoldiloxx · 13 replies
    Daily Wire ^ | January 2, 2022 | Ian Haworth
    "For the first time in U.S. history, more fentanyl than heroin has been intercepted by federal law enforcement at the country’s borders. According to U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) data, 11,201 pounds of fentanyl was seized in fiscal year 2021, compared to 5,400 pounds of heroin. Other drugs seized include 319,447 pounds of marijuana, 190,861 pounds of methamphetamine, 97,638 pounds of cocaine, and 10,848 pounds of ketamine. 2,158 pounds of fentanyl has been seized in fiscal year 2022 to date, compared to 277 pounds of heroin. The amount of heroin seized at the border decreased from 5,763 pounds in...
  • 3 Dead, 14 Wounded In Weekend Shootings In Chicago

    01/01/2022 10:53:05 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 15 replies
    CBS Local via MSN ^ | January 1, 2022
    CHICAGO (CBS) — At least three people are dead and 14 are injured in weekend shootings across the city. One of the victims was under the age of 18. The first homicide of the weekend happened around 8:11 p.m. Friday in Gresham. An 18-year-old man was walking in the 7900 block of South Parnell when he was shot in the neck by an unknown offender, according to police. The victim was transported to Saint Bernard Hospital where he was pronounced dead. In other shootings since 5 p.m. Friday: At 5:57 Friday, a 24-year-old male was standing in front of a...
  • 15-year-old girl among 11 wounded in Chicago shootings Thursday

    12/31/2021 8:32:16 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 17 replies
    FOX 32 Local ^ | December 31, 2021
    CHICAGO - A 15-year-old girl was among 11 wounded in citywide shootings Thursday. The girl was inside her home about 2 a.m. in the 8000 block of South Crandon Avenue when a male fired a gun in a different part of the house, Chicago police said. A bullet grazed the teen in the thigh, and she was taken to the University of Chicago Medical Center in good condition, police said. Two people were shot about the same time in separate shootings in Chicago Lawn. About 2:33 p.m., a man, 18, was in a car in the 6400 block of South...
  • Over 65 shots fired on busy Philadelphia street; 6 wounded

    12/31/2021 8:28:19 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 23 replies
    The Associated Press ^ | December 31, 2021
    PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Two gunmen fired more than 65 rounds on a Philadelphia street, sending nighttime pedestrians on a busy block teeming with markets and restaurants scrambling for cover and injuring six people, at least one of them critically, police said Friday. Police responded around 11:30 p.m. Thursday in the Germantown neighborhood and found a 21-year-old woman shot multiple times in the abdomen and chest and lying near dozens of spent casings. Officers rushed her to the hospital, where she was in critical condition Friday. Five men ages 19 to 29 were taken with gunshot wounds by private vehicles to...
  • Politicians and Cops Found Creative Ways to Dodge Responsibility in 2021

    12/29/2021 5:24:34 AM PST · by Kaslin · 9 replies ^ | December 29, 2021 | Jacob Sullum
    During Donald Trump's second impeachment trial last February, his lawyers argued that he bore no responsibility for the riot that interrupted the congressional tally of Joe Biden's electoral votes on Jan. 6 because "the breach at the Capitol was planned several days in advance." In their view, that meant the violence had nothing to do with the inflammatory speech that Trump gave that day, during which he urged his supporters to "fight like hell" and "stop the steal." That defense elided the months that Trump spent promoting the fantasy that systematic election fraud had deprived him of his rightful victory,...
  • How to Brand a Disease -- and Sell a Cure

    12/25/2021 12:59:19 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 21 replies
    CNN ^ | October 11, 2010 | Carl Elliot
    If you want to understand the way prescription drugs are marketed today, have a look at the 1928 book, "Propaganda," by Edward Bernays, the father of public relations in America. SNIP Just as Bernays sold pianos by selling the music room, pharmaceutical marketers now sell drugs by selling the diseases that they treat. The buzzword is "disease branding." To brand a disease is to shape its public perception in order to make it more palatable to potential patients. Panic disorder, reflux disease, erectile dysfunction, restless legs syndrome, bipolar disorder, overactive bladder, ADHD, premenstrual dysphoric disorder, even clinical depression: All these...
  • San Francisco DA, others denounce mayor’s plan for police

    12/20/2021 6:35:40 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 16 replies
    The Associated Press ^ | December 20, 2021 | By JANIE HAR
    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — San Francisco’s top prosecutor on Monday pushed back on the mayor’s call for increased policing to battle rampant drug dealing in one of the city’s most vulnerable neighborhoods, urging her instead to put more money into housing and treatment that get at the root causes of crime. The politically embattled District Attorney Chesa Boudin was joined by public defender Mano Raju and addiction specialists at a news conference announced after Mayor London Breed last week declared a state of emergency in the long-troubled Tenderloin. Open drug dealing and shootings in the neighborhood have made children and...
  • Fentanyl Overdoses Become Leading Cause of Death in 18- to 45-Year-Olds

    12/19/2021 8:34:32 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 37 replies
    Epoch Times ^ | 12/19/2021 | Charlotte Cuthbertson
    Fentanyl-related drug overdoses in 2020 became the top killer in adults aged 18 to 45—overtaking suicide, vehicle accidents, and gun violence, according to an analysis of Centers for Disease Control and Prevention data by nonprofit group Families Against Fentanyl.Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid that’s 50 to 100 times more potent than morphine, highly addictive, and deadly. Buyers may be unaware that the drugs they buy contain illicit fentanyl, a 2 milligram dose of which can be fatal.The substance is most often manufactured in Mexico using chemicals supplied from China and trafficked across the southern border by Mexican drug cartels. Fentanyl...
  • FDA-Approved Prescription Drugs Later Pulled from the Market by the FDA

    12/19/2021 10:13:54 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 24 replies ^ | 12/1/2021
    According to the FDA, a “drug is removed from the market when its risks outweigh its benefits. A drug is usually taken off the market because of safety issues with the drug that cannot be corrected, such as when it is discovered that the drug can cause serious side effects that were not known at the time of approval.” The FDA also takes into account the number of people taking a drug being considered for removal so as to not harm those patients. The drugs below have been removed from the market by the FDA for various reasons, but the...
  • California pot companies warn of impending industry collapse

    12/17/2021 1:28:37 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 64 replies
    ktla ^ | Dec 17, 2021
    The industry leaders asked for an immediate lifting of the cultivation tax placed on growers, a three-year holiday from the excise tax and an expansion of retail shops throughout much of the state. It’s estimated that about two-thirds of California cities remain without dispensaries, since it’s up to local governments to authorize sales and production. Companies, executives and groups signing the letter included the California Cannabis Industry Association, the California arm of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws, the Los Angeles-based United Cannabis Business Association, Flow Kana Inc., Harborside Inc., and CannaCraft. In a conference call with...