Sat, 18 Feb 2017 00:00 UTC
Panelists at a drug summit convened Saturday by the Montana Legislature said resources are being strained because of a widening prevalence of the drug.
While authorities attempt to stanch the flow of meth into the state from Mexican cartels, courts are burdened by a growing caseload of drug cases. Family services are also strained by drug-related cases that are tearing apart families. And drug clinics are struggling to serve an increasing population of meth users seeking to treat their addictions.
As meth use in Montana continues to rise, authorities are also bracing for a possible influx of heroin in an expansive rural state whose borders aren't easy to patrol.
"I've never seen it this bad before," said Bryan Lockerby with the Montana Department of Criminal Investigations. "The problem we're all trying to solve is like boiling the ocean, and we have people drowning in meth."
Comment: See also: The speed of hypocrisy: How America got hooked on legal meth
Mon, 13 Feb 2017 17:09 UTC
US Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-New York) and 31 other senators issued a stinging rebuke and call for answers on February 8 after the details of the price increase emerged.
The device, known as Evzio, was listed at $690 in 2014. It now reportedly costs $4,500. The drug company has previously said that it is increasing prices on products to meet the rising costs of manufacturing.
While it is true that naloxone has increased in price - now somewhere around $150 per 10cc vial - the senators pointed out that this does not come anywhere close to the near 700 percent increase on Evzio instituted by the company.
The Free Thought Project
Sun, 19 Feb 2017 17:09 UTC
Senior Deputy District Attorney Stephen Zawisky said he'll probably seek jail time when Judge Scott A. Evans sentences Ryan Luckenbaugh, the 37-year-old Mechanicsburg man in April.
"Dude you just kicked a man in the face!" says Pennsylvania State Trooper Michael Trotta to his partner Trooper Luckenbaugh. The man, who'd been assaulted by Luckenbaugh was Christopher Siennick, a local activist who had just practiced his freedom of speech by giving the pair of troopers the middle finger as he skateboarded past them.
The ensuing encounter, as we previously reported, led to Siennick being forcefully arrested, pepper sprayed, tased, man-handled, and later charged — for skating down the wrong side of the street. But while he was seated on the sidewalk, awaiting his patty-wagon ride to the pokey, he began to give the troopers a little piece of his mind. "I'm an American...f'ing fascist pigs. This is just like f'ing the empire. You're just a f'ing storm trooper. You dumb shit. Why don't you wake up and (inaudible)," and then Siennick can be heard spitting.
Russia Beyond the Headlines
Sun, 19 Feb 2017 16:54 UTC
The world famous Russian military Alexandrov Ensemble performed in Moscow's Central Soviet Army Theater on Feb. 17. It was the first performance since 64 members died in the Tu-154 plane crash in December 2016. The newly re-formed choir and dance ensemble performed after fewer than three weeks of rehearsals together.
San Francisco passes law forcing all pet shops to only sell rescue dogs and cats, efforts to eradicate "inhumane" puppy breeding operations
Sun, 19 Feb 2017 16:21 UTC
The amendment will not affect licenced breeders however it will aim to tackle the prevalence of large-scale "puppy mills", while helping to facilitate the adoption of thousands of animals already occupying the city's shelters.
San Francisco will not be the first US city to implement such a measure, which will also ban the sale of animals under eight weeks old. Los Angeles, San Diego, Chicago, Philadelphia, Boston and Austin all enforce similar legislation.
"Most animal lovers are horrified at the thought of keeping their beloved family pet in a dirty wire cage for a second — let alone a week, month or even years. Yet, that is the fate of many animals at large-scale commercial breeding operations across the nation, including the mothers of many puppies and kittens sold in pet shops," the San Francisco Board of Supervisors wrote in an op-ed piece.
Thu, 16 Feb 2017 16:16 UTC
Kennedy, chairman of the World Mercury Project, a nonprofit group whose partners include groups that espouse a vaccine-autism link, told reporters attending a Washington, DC, press briefing that he is still in discussion with the administration regarding the assembling of a vaccine commission.
Kennedy said he was first approached by the Trump transition team in early December and met with President-elect Donald Trump in New York City in mid-January. He told the press he was being considered as chair of the potential commission, but that at that time, the administration said it was merely exploring the idea.
Anti-Trump absurdity: Liberal New York mom's nix annual ice-skating party because Trump renovated the rink
Sat, 18 Feb 2017 22:00 UTC
Dalton's PA president, LaMae DeJongh, declined to comment — but sources said the low attendance was due to rampant anti-Trump sentiment at the elite prep school, which boasts alumni such as CNN's Anderson Cooper.Before Trump took over the project in the 1980s, the Wollman Rink in Central Park was a symbol of government incompetence. The rink's repairs and renovations went $12 million over budget, contractors botched the amount of concrete needed, and for six years the incomplete rink served as a lightning rod for the press to remind the Ed Koch administration how untamed things were in the city, according to Bloomberg. When Trump finally took it over, he finished two months ahead of scheduled and $775,000 under budget:
"I think it is completely insane," said one Dalton parent who disagrees with the protest. "Like him or not, it feels like a strange place for New Yorkers to protest. And sad that kids now have no skating party."
Thu, 16 Feb 2017 14:11 UTC
Steven W. Landers, et al v. Monsanto Company was filed on Jan. 26 in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri, Southeastern Division. Kansas City law firm Randles & Splittgerber filed on behalf of Steven and Deloris "Dee" Landers and similarly harmed farmers in 10 states—Alabama, Arkansas, Illinois, Kentucky, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, Tennessee and Texas.
The farmers seek damages for claims including negligence, strict liability, failure to warn, conspiracy, disgorgement of profits and punitive damages.
Comment: More on Monsanto's Dicamba 'devastation':
- Amid post-election fallout, EPA quietly approves Monsanto's volatile, drift-prone herbicide dicamba
- Pesticide drift: USDA says "Yes" to Dicamba -tolerant crops
- Monsanto to spend $1B to produce Dicamba, yet another toxic herbicide
- Monsanto's newest poison is drifting to neighboring fields killing more than 42K acres of crops
- USDA bows to Monsanto: GMO corn now deregulated allowing farmers to plant without permits
- Even more toxic chemicals set to enter the food supply
Sun, 19 Feb 2017 15:51 UTC
The patrol robot, on duty at Zhengzhou East Railway Station since February 17, can scan passengers' faces and respond to questions.
Painted in black and white, the robotic patrolman moves around on wheels. Using a number of sensors it monitors air quality, temperature, guards the station during the night and can even set off the fire emergency alarm.
According to mayor Ahmed Abdulle Afrax, the car exploded near a busy intersection in the Wadajir district where many people were gathered at about 1.30 pm local time.
"Someone had parked the car here and left before it was detonated," local butcher Mohamed Haji told AP.