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1 US: Report: Ex-D.C. Assistant Police Chief in Mix to Head DEASun, 08 Mar 2009
Source:Washington Examiner (DC) Author:Mccabe, Scott Area:United States Lines:32 Added:03/08/2009

A Georgia television station has reported that former D.C. Assistant Police Chief and current Atlanta Police Chief Richard Pennington is being considered by President Barack Obama to head the federal Drug Enforcement Administration.

Pennington has been Atlanta police chief since 2002. The department on Friday did not respond to a request for comment.

He served as New Orleans police superintendent for eight years, resigning from the job in May 2002 after an unsuccessful run for mayor against Ray Nagin. He previously served on the Washington, D.C., police force for 26 years. He had a public reputation as a commander who could bridge the gap between the police department and a diversity of neighborhoods.

Pennington earned a bachelor's degree in criminal justice from American University and a master's degree in counseling from the University of the District of Columbia.

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2 US MO: Edu: SSDP Speaker Touts Cannabis BenefitsFri, 06 Mar 2009
Source:Chart, The (Missouri Southern State U, MO Edu) Author:Carter, Nathan Area:Missouri Lines:85 Added:03/08/2009

Cliff Village Mayor Describes Being Hit By Train, Treatment

On May 5, 2000, Students for Sensible Drug Policy's guest speaker, Joe Blundell, was hit by a train, causing severe bodily harm.

"Right where you're waiting for the trains to come, it says, 'mind the gap.' I didn't mind the gap very well," Blundell said laughing. "When I woke up, I had lost half my blood and one of the wheels completely nixed my fingers right off."

The doctor looked at him when he woke up and said, "Son. I have no idea why you're alive."

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3 US NH: House Vote Kills Bill Loosening Pot RulesFri, 06 Mar 2009
Source:Telegraph, The (Nashua, NH)          Area:New Hampshire Lines:19 Added:03/08/2009

A bill to decriminalize possession of less than 1 ounce of marijuana (HB 555) died in the House of Representatives on Wednesday night. The House vote was 207-108 to kill the measure.

The legislation is one of four bills on marijuana and drug use, two to stiffen legal restrictions and two to loosen them. The vote Wednesday was the first to get final action while the other three remain in committee.

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4 US TX: Officials Brace For Spillover Violence From MexicoSat, 07 Mar 2009
Source:Ft. Worth Star-Telegram (TX) Author:Montgomery, Dave Area:Texas Lines:221 Added:03/08/2009

AUSTIN -- The state and federal governments have prepared contingency plans to deal with "spillover violence" from across the border as Mexican troops clash with ruthless drug cartels terrorizing the United States's southern neighbor.

"Anything you can think of that's happened in Mexico, we have to think could happen here," said Steve McCraw, Gov. Rick Perry's director of homeland security. "We know what they're capable of."

A crackdown by Mexican President Felipe Calderon has turned the City of Juarez, just across the border from El Paso, into a war zone as federal troops battle feuding cartels.

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5 US OH: Corrections Officer Charged With Sneaking Dope Into PrisonThu, 05 Mar 2009
Source:Western Star, The (Lebanon, OH) Author:Nagel, Kyle Area:Ohio Lines:42 Added:03/08/2009

A Warren Correctional Institution corrections officer from Dayton has been charged with attempting to sneak 200 grams of marijuana into the prison.

Stephen L. Howard, 49, appeared in Lebanon Municipal Court this week to face charges of attempting to convey drugs onto the grounds of a detention facility, a third-degree felony, and possession of criminal tools, a fifth-degree felony. Howard used hollowed-out markers and a Subway sandwich in an attempt to transport the marijuana from an outside dealer to an inmate, said Ohio State Highway Patrol Lt. Doug McKinney.

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6US TX: Mexican Cartels Infiltrate HoustonSat, 07 Mar 2009
Source:Houston Chronicle (TX) Author:Schiller, Dane Area:Texas Lines:Excerpt Added:03/08/2009

Recent Arrests In A Mistaken Killing Point To The Perilous Presence Of Gangs

The order was clear: Kill the guy in the Astros jersey.

But in a case of mistaken identity, Jose Perez ended up dead. The intended target -- the Houston-based head of a Mexican drug cartel cell pumping millions of dollars of cocaine into the city -- walked away.

Perez, 27, was just a working guy, out getting dinner late on a Friday with his wife and young children at Chilos, a seafood restaurant on the Gulf Freeway.

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7 US PA: Editorial: Mexico's drug violence: Us In The Cross HairsTue, 03 Mar 2009
Source:Tribune Review (Pittsburgh, PA)          Area:Pennsylvania Lines:42 Added:03/08/2009

Americans are under attack not in some foreign province but in their very homes and neighborhoods. Brutal drug cartel violence that wracks Mexico is increasingly seeping over the border into U.S. jurisdictions.

In Phoenix, armed extortionists are kidnapping Americans from their homes and cars. In Southern California, citizens have been abducted by armed gangs linked to the Tijuana drug rackets. And in Texas, Gov. Rick Perry is requesting an additional $135 million for border security to stem transnational gangs that threaten communities across the Mexican border.

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8 US AZ: Column: Legal Drugs: The Only Route To Ending Mexican ViolenceSun, 08 Mar 2009
Source:East Valley Tribune (AZ) Author:Greenhut, Steven Area:Arizona Lines:139 Added:03/08/2009

When it comes to foreign affairs, Americans are used to debating progress or setbacks in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, or on the Israeli invasion last month of the Gaza Strip.

We're used to thinking about death and destruction thousands of miles from home and, as a result, tend to debate these matters based more on glancing impressions, quick reads of newspapers and Web sites and sound bites rather than personal knowledge or the knowledge of those who live in the countries at issue.

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9 US NC: Drug Arrests Shock Linden's ResdientsSun, 08 Mar 2009
Source:Fayetteville Observer (NC) Author:Brooks, Drew Area:North Carolina Lines:123 Added:03/08/2009

LINDEN - Gossip has a way of channeling through the Heads of State Hair Salon on Main Street.

This month, the hot topic is drugs. On Feb. 26, agents from the Cumberland County Bureau of Narcotics arrested 10 people on the outskirts of this small town on the county's northeastern edge. The arrests came six months into an investigation of drug-related crime in the area. Agents seized marijuana, cocaine, prescription drugs, money and weapons during a search of six homes.

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