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1 Ireland: Bug That Killed Heroin Addicts Identified ByFri, 16 Jun 2000
Source:Irish Examiner (Ireland) Author:Keane, Conor Area:Ireland Lines:71 Added:06/18/2000

A SOIL BASED bacteria that thrives in dead flesh has been identified as the heroin contaminant which caused the deaths of 37 addicts in Ireland, Scotland, England and Wales.

Clostridium novyi Type A is the name of the bacteria which health experts believe caused the deaths of the 36 injecting heroin users.

Experts at the Public Health Laboratory Service in Cardiff, Wales, and at the Centre for Disease Control in Atlanta, Georgia, are now satisfied that the bacteria clostridium novyi Type A is the source of the illness which baffled health chiefs since it first emerged in Glasgow on April 19.

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2 Ireland: City Drug Squad To Be Boosted After Pounds 3.3M HaulSat, 17 Jun 2000
Source:Irish Examiner (Ireland) Author:McLaughlin, Brian Area:Ireland Lines:33 Added:06/18/2000

EXTRA drug officers will be drafted into Limerick City after pounds 3.3m worth of drugs were confiscated there last year.

Limerick City Supt. Noel O'Sullivan told a conference in the city yesterday that 80% of the drugs seized was cannabis, 15% ecstasy, 2% cocaine and a very small portion of heroin. The Minister of State at the Department of Tourism, Sport & Recreation, Eoin Ryan, said he was aware that young people were experimenting with drugs such as cannabis and ecstasy in almost every town and city in Ireland.

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3 US IL: Teen's Death Is Tied To Ecstasy LookalikeSun, 18 Jun 2000
Source:Chicago Tribune (IL) Author:Ragan, Tom Area:Illinois Lines:40 Added:06/18/2000

Toxicology reports released Friday show that a 17-year-old McHenry youth died after taking an Ecstasy lookalike pill containing PMA, a stimulant that can be fatal when taken in excess, police said.

Steven Lorenz had paramethoxyamphetamine, or PMA, in his system when he died in the early morning hours of May 7, said McHenry Police Chief Michael D. Kostecki.

"We're continuing the investigation until we've exhausted all leads," Kostecki said. "We're trying to find the ultimate source of the drug and trying to trace everything back to who is manufacturing these pills."

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4 New Zealand: Editorial: Smoke And MirrorsSat, 17 Jun 2000
Source:Press, The (New Zealand)          Area:New Zealand Lines:103 Added:06/18/2000

There is a growing clamour for change to the cannabis laws in this country. Today, The Press launches a major series on the cannabis debate, to place in context the calls for reform, to highlight the nature of the problem, the state of research, the policing and educational issues, and the political arguments.

In 1998 a health select committee chaired by National MP Brian Neeson unanimously pitched for a review of the current law. That review, while almost certain to go ahead, is now on hold, blocked temporarily by the Greens, who want the issues examined by the electoral and justice committee rather than the health committee.

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5 US: Money Bill For Kosovo, Colombia Has New LifeSun, 18 Jun 2000
Source:Arizona Daily Star (AZ) Author:Fram, Alan Area:United States Lines:81 Added:06/18/2000

WASHINGTON - Under Pentagon pressure, congressional leaders want to revive a stalled multibillion-dollar spending package for Colombia, U.S. peacekeepers in Kosovo and domestic disasters. They hope to pass it this month.

The House approved a $13 billion measure two months ago. It has languished in the Senate because of Majority Leader Trent Lott, R-Miss., who said the bill was expensive and too time-consuming. The needs could be still be met, he argued, if Congress instead included the money in regular spending bills and passed them quickly.

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6 US CA: Analysis: The Murder of Peter McWilliamsFri, 16 Jun 2000
Source:http://www.marijuananews.com Author:Cowan, Richard Area:California Lines:282 Added:06/18/2000

An Indictment, Not an Obituary

Peter McWiliams, 50, best selling author, poet, photographer, publisher, libertarian crusader, medical marijuana activist, AIDS patient and cancer survivor, was found dead on the floor of his bathroom, apparently having choked to death after vomiting, for want of medical marijuana.

There will be an autopsy, but whatever the immediate cause of death may have been, he was murdered by the United States Government as surely as if they shot him. Indeed, it would have been much more humane if they had just put a bullet in his head. No one should have to go through what he suffered at the hands of his country.

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7 Colombia: Why Doesn't The War End?Sun, 18 Jun 2000
Source:2000 Jane's Intelligence Review (UK) Author:Klepak, Hal Area:Colombia Lines:425 Added:06/18/2000

Successive governments in Colombia have sought alternately to militarily defeat the guerrillas, bring them to the negotiating table and detach them from the narcos. Amnesties have been offered, peace proposals made and new ideas put forward. None of these strategies have worked. Hal Klepak explains why peace remains elusive.

Hope is gradually fading for Colombia's peace plan, put forward nearly two years ago on the accession of President Andres Pastrana. It was the fifth such initiative in 20 years and was invested with great hope by the Colombian people, tired after 50 years of civil war and insurgency. Why is this plan failing, as its predecessors did? Why have the Colombian guerrilla movements of the Cold War years not disappeared? Why is peace so elusive?

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