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
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.
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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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.
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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A Warren Correctional Institution corrections officer from Dayton has
been charged with attempting to sneak 200 grams of marijuana into the
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
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Recent Arrests In A Mistaken Killing Point To The Perilous Presence
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
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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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.
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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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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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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