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Gary Webb, a Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative reporter who wrote a series of stories linking the CIA to crack cocaine trafficking in Los Angeles, is dead at age 49. We hear an 1998 interview with Gary Webb on Democracy Now! and we speak with his colleague, veteran investigative journalist Robert Parry. [includes rush transcript]
Gary Webb, a Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative reporter who wrote a series of stories linking the CIA to crack cocaine trafficking in Los Angeles, is dead at age 49.
http://globalpoliticalawakening.blogspot.com/2012/12/investigative-reporter-gary-webb-who.htmlGary Webb, a Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative reporter who wrote a series of... more
Drug infested apartment complex is shut down in the middle of the night.
CLEVELAND— After deliberating for a total of about seven hours, a jury recommended the death penalty for convicted serial killer Anthony Sowell.
The verdict, read in open court on Wednesday afternoon, was to recommend separate death sentences for each of Sowell's deceased victims.
The jury, which consists of seven women and five men, deliberated for three hours on Tuesday and four more on Wednesday. It resumed deliberations at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday and worked through lunch with no break.
"It screamed death penalty. I know that the jury worked hard and it was a difficult decision, but at the end of the day, they followed the law," said Assistant County Prosecutor Pinkey Carr. "They may not have liked the position that they were put in, but they worked hard and this is what justice is all about."
Jurors had two options for its recommendation: the death penalty or life in prison without the possibility of parole. Judge Dick Ambrose will impose the final sentence. He does not have to follow the jury's recommendation, though it's quite likely that he would.
"We accept the decision of the jury and that's the end of our... Friday will be the end of our involvement with the case," said defense attorney Rufus Sims.
Sims would not elaborate what he discussed with Sowell following the death penalty recommendation.
Ambrose did not immediately sentence Sowell after the jury's recommendation was delivered. The official sentencing will occur in court on Friday. Proceedings are scheduled to begin at 9 a.m.
Sowell, 51, was convicted of aggravated murder in the deaths of 11 women found in and around his Imperial Avenue home in June of 2009. He was also convicted on numerous other charges, including the attempted murder, assault, kidnapping and rape of three women who survived his attacks.
Sowell was acquitted of only one aggravated robbery charge.
Defense attorneys had argued that Sowell's mental state and abusive upbringing are reasons he should be spared from the death penalty and given life in prison.
Prosecutors attempted to prove that he is not mentally ill and that he should be executed.
Fox 8's Kevin Freeman reports that more than 20 witnesses testified in the penalty phase of the trial. A vast majority of them were defense witnesses.
Residents who live near Sowell's home on Imperial Avenue had been anxiously awaiting the recommendation.
According to Fox 8 News' Suzanne Stratford, neighbors' reaction was swift and unanimous, especially from one neighbor who is also one of the victims' mother.
Yvonne McNeil-Williams, Tishana Culvers' mother, told Stratford that despite her Christian beliefs, she is pleased with the jurors recommendation of death.
"I would tell Judge Ambrose I'm happy with the [recommendation] and yes I recommend the death penalty, because he lived in prison and he knows how to maintain," said McNeil-Williams. "Yes I want the death penalty and I hope it's not 28 years from now. I hope I'm still living so I can see him executed."
According to Stratford, many residents in the neighborhood now would like to see one lasting memory of Sowell's crimes erased.
"I'm glad he got the death penalty, now I hope they tear that house down," said area resident Dexter Hale.CLEVELAND— After deliberating for a total of about seven hours, a jury... more
December 11, 2007 from WFUV - Gil Scott-Heron is not dead, though he's been absent from the public consciousness for some time. He's written and performed recently, but he's also done a couple of stints behind bars on drug convictions. He is, as you will hear, unrepentant and somewhat addled, but still outspoken and relevant.
Scott-Heron was somewhat of an icon in my hometown; I grew up in Michigan and was chilled by his song "We Almost Lost Detroit." In this new studio session, he sings movingly about the mining industry. His health may be shaky, but his convictions remain rock-solid.
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Since writing poetry as a teenager and making his first foray into songs on 1970's Small Talk at 125th & Lenox, Gil Scott-Heron's fusion of message and music has influenced countless activists and artists. His aggressive, political street poetry — especially the funk-based anthem "The Revolution Will Not Be Televised" — inspired the earliest rappers.www.youtube.com/watch?v=BS3QOtbW4m0 December 11, 2007 from WFUV - Gil Scott-Heron... more
Alcohol is more harmful than drugs such as heroin, ecstasy or crack cocaine, a new British study has claimed. http://www.indiareport.com/India-usa-uk-news/latest-news/928119/Health/10/11/10Alcohol is more harmful than drugs such as heroin, ecstasy or crack cocaine, a new... more
Police admired Barry Cooper when he lied to put drug dealers in prison. Then he flipped the game on them.
May 18, 2010 |
Barry Cooper should know better than anyone that you don’t mess with the police. He was once a cop, and a dirty one at that. But for the past three years, this former narcotics officer has been irritating the hell out of law enforcement, and he’s been steadily raising the stakes, damn the consequences.
It began in 2007, when Cooper gained some notoriety for releasing a self-produced DVD series called Never Get Busted Again. In it, Cooper shows pot smokers ways to outsmart the cops and their drug dogs. He says that if you have marijuana in the car, it’s a good idea to also bring along a cat, since that will distract even a drug dog. Got cops knocking on your door? Cooper says it’s best to lock it shut, and then tell them through a closed window that you won’t let them in without a warrant. The Never Get Busted DVDs have a low-budget charm, especially when Cooper uses footage taken from his own patrol-car camera to illustrate a point. Back then, in the mid ’90s, Cooper had short cropped hair. Cop mustache. He liked to lean into suspects and intimidate them until they did what he wanted. On his DVDs, Cooper will freeze the patrol-car video to point out the ways he got people to confess they were carrying drugs or money. (“Don’t ever touch your face when you are talking to a cop. It’s a sign that you’re lying.”)
Cooper dropped out of college at age 20 to join the police force in the small East Texas town of Gladewater, where he trained his own drug dog and started making big busts on the highway. Cooper was talented enough at seizing drugs that he was eventually hired by the Permian Basin Drug Task Force, a West Texas unit that became notorious for using unscrupulous tactics and was eventually shut down by the FBI in 1998. To Cooper, being on the task force was a great assignment; he learned all the ways to bend the law to rack up arrests and chase down suspects. Cooper was young, and he says the thing he loved most about being a cop was the adrenaline rush. One of his favorite things was to pull people over on the highway and then, just for kicks, incite a chase.
“They taught us at the academy that once we found drugs on someone, we should handcuff them immediately,” he says. “Instead, I would look at the suspect and say, ‘That’s some crack cocaine I found in your pocket. That’s a felony, you’re going to prison for life.’ And I would just turn around and walk to my patrol car to fill out my paperwork, giving the suspect time to run, and they often did. And then the foot chase would be on and the fight would ensue. And that would get my adrenaline fix.”Police admired Barry Cooper when he lied to put drug dealers in prison. Then he... more
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In a case one local defense attorney has said showed "shades of Tulia," a Bay City man was sentenced to 60 years in prison for possessing 1.3 grams of crack.
Melvin Johnson III, 35, was convicted of possession with intent to deliver in January at the Matagorda County Courthouse.
His sentencing was held amid very tight security -- Johnson was shackled and extra deputies were brought in to conduct Johnson to and from the courtroom. According to the Bay City Tribune, observers feared violence because Johnson had refused to place his thumbprint on his judgment of guilt the court had entered an hour before.
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Here are some awfully dangerous drugs which include sleeping pills, sedatives, tranquilizers, and antidepressants that will cause many side effects particularly due to their adverse effect in suppressing central nervous and respiratory system, and they may also slow down bodily function and cause hallucinations. In short, these drugs are extremely dangerous as they may produce unwanted and unpredicted side effects.Here are some awfully dangerous drugs which include sleeping pills, sedatives,... more