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1 Rocker Rick Danko convicted of heroin smugglingSat, 26 Jul 1997
Source:San Jose Mercury News (CA)          Area:Japan Lines:60 Added:07/26/1997

Rocker Rick Danko convicted of heroin smuggling

CHIBA, Japan (AP) Rick Danko, bassist for the legendary rock group The Band, was found guilty today of colluding with his wife to smuggle heroin into Japan, but received a suspended sentence and won't go to jail.

Danko was sentenced to 2 1/2 years in prison by the Chiba District Court, but the sentence was suspended for five years, meaning that he won't serve time if he doesn't commit any crimes in Japan during that period.

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2 Doctor: Industry pressured smoking researchersSat, 26 Jul 1997
Source:San Jose Mercury News (CA)                 Lines:48 Added:07/26/1997

MIAMI (AP) Federal scientists were under ``intense pressure'' from the tobacco industry to soften their conclusions on the dangers of secondhand smoke, according to a doctor testifying in a lawsuit by flight attendants against tobacco companies.

Dr. David Burns, who wrote the 1975 surgeon general's report on smoking, testified Thursday during the second week of testimony in a $5 billion lawsuit by flight attendants who blame a variety of illnesses on smoky cabin air.

``We would tend to look at what the data could show, and then we'd take one step back in order to be conservative because we knew that anything we said would be intensely criticized by the tobacco companies,'' he said.

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3Allegations fly in prison drug scandalSat, 26 Jul 1997
Source:Vancouver Sun (CN BC)                 Lines:Excerpt Added:07/26/1997

By: Dianne Rinehart

Allegations of misconduct and betrayal flew from all sides Thursday in the debate over a controversial prison team that was investigating drug deals.

A prison guard who led the team, which he says found evidence corrections officers were dealing drugs to inmates, claims his union refused to protect him, his staff and their families from threats and harassment from other corrections officers.

Ron Leskun said John Shields, president of the B.C. Government and Service Employees Union, refused to investigate complaints his team was being harassed by union members, including shop stewards, after two guards were dismissed in July 1995 for dealing drugs to inmates because it's in bed with the NDP government that disbanded his unit.

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4 Netherlands adds UKP1 bn illegal earnings to official economySat, 26 Jul 1997
Source:Scotsman (UK)          Area:Netherlands Lines:52 Added:07/26/1997

The illegal earnings of drug dealers, prostitutes and gamblers has been included in the latest official figures on the Dutch economy.

According to a government report, approximately UKP1 billion is earned from drug dealing, UKP300 million from prostitution and UKP200 million from illegal gambling. The sale of stolen goods is believed to have contributed UKP56 million to the Dutch economy.

In total this represents 1 per cent of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP). The Netherlands is the first country to officially publish its illegal earnings. "We were going to keep the figures quiet but somehow they got onto the Internet, so we decided to go public," a government spokesman said.

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5Jury finds actor not guilty of slanderSat, 26 Jul 1997
Source:Houston Chronicle (TX) Author:O'neill, Ann W.        Lines:Excerpt Added:07/26/1997

Los Angeles Times

LOS ANGELES A jury unanimously found Friday that actor Carroll O'Connor did not defame his son's "cocaine connection," ending an emotionpacked civil court trial that blended fame, tragedy and freedom of speech.

After deliberating about six hours over two days, the six men and six women underscored, with their verdicts, the grieving father's right publicly to expose his dead son's drug supplier.

O'Connor sighed with relief and smiled slightly as the jury found that he had not ruined the reputation of Harry Perzigian by calling him "a partner in murder."

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6 The drug culture gets wiredSat, 26 Jul 1997
Source:Globe and Mail (Canada) Author:Gill, Alexandra Area:Canada Lines:179 Added:07/26/1997

NETCOTICS / Web pages promoting everything from marijuana to cocaine are blossoming all over the unregulated Internet.

Saturday, July 26, 1997 By Alexandra Gill The Globe and Mail

A columnist with Cannabis Canada magazine who goes by the pen name of Webguy recently shared a chuckle with his readers. On May 15, the Saskatoon police had raided a local music store, confiscating printed editions of the periodical. Technically, Cannabis Canada, like other literature promoting the use of marijuana, is illegal in Canada under section 462.2 of the Criminal Code. But the code is rarely invoked. Webguy called the incident 'meddlesome' and told his readers that he was "grinning sardonically and beaming with pride" because that very same magazine was about to be posted word for word in electronic form on the Hemp B.C. Web site on the Internet, making it available to readers who make more than onemillion hits on the site each month. "Someone tried to stop this from being read," he wrote. "And now it can be read worldNetwide."

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