Maria has been working as a prostitute in the south Dublin red-light area
for 18 years. She spoke to Catherine Cleary
"Every woman out there is in danger because of these junkies working the
streets. A girl got her face kicked in recently in Fitzwilliam Square. A lot
of women are frightened.
"We've said there will be murder yet between the junkies. They sit around on
the canal intimidating other women. You've got a young woman feeding an
addiction - her addiction and her boyfriend's and sometimes his friend. The
guards just search them and let them off.
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Julian Phillip Heicklen, a retired Penn State professor, was arrested at
12:30 p.m. Monday on the front steps of the Centre County Courthouse in
Bellefonte, where he was gathered with a small group people smoking
Heicklen was arraigned Monday before District Justice Daniel Hoffman and
sent to Centre County Prison in lieu of $10,000 bail, according to court
He was charged with possessing a small amount of marijuana. Heicklen's
preliminary hearing is scheduled for 9 a.m. July 1.
Checked-by: "Rolf Ernst"
In 1993, when Vice President Al Gore undertook his "reinventing
government" assignment, I was delighted when he seemed to indicate
that the Drug Enforcement Administration would (be) abolished and its
functions absorbed by another agency. During 20 years of service and
travel in South America,I had had many opportunities to observe the
inability of the DEA to do a job described by the Economist as
"Mission Impossible," because it was based on an unworkable policy of
Once again,we are asking the international community to join hands in
pounding sand in a rat hole.
Dear Heart: Help! I am between a rock and a very hard place and I
really don't know what to do! It's my fiancE9 vs. me vs. drugs vs. his
You see, he used to abuse coke and due to that abuse, he lost/sold
everything (including his family and job) to support his habit. We met
after several clean years.
It was love. This was the man who took care of me, put me first, loved
me and made me laugh. Yes! Yes! I do want to marry this man.
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NEW YORK -- The potent painkiller Duract was recalled by the manufacturer
yesterday after four people who had been taking it died, and eight others
required liver transplants.
All but one of the patients had been using Duract for longer than the
government-recommended maximum of 10 days, Wyeth-Ayerst said. The person
who used it for a shorter time already had significant liver disease.
The company concluded that keeping the product on the market with a
stronger warning against using it for more than 10 days would not be
feasible or effective.
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In April, lab reports indicated that the pills that Richard Gluth Jr. had
sold to the police informant were actually Robitussin DM cough medicine,
FINCASTLE -- The former Lord Botetourt High School football players charged
with dealing what they believed to be a drug called Ecstasy were brought
down by one of their own.
Three members of the group pleaded guilty to reduced charges Thursday.
The "Ecstasy" they were dealing turned out to be cough medicine, a fact
apparently unknown to them.
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WASHINGTON -- President Clinton, his efforts to get comprehensive
anti-smoking legislation stymied, Monday ordered an annual survey of
teenagers to find out what brands of cigarettes they smoke.
``Parents, quite simply, have a right to know,'' said Clinton.
He said the federal survey not only would reveal which brands teenagers
buy, but also which companies are most responsible for the teen smoking
Clinton said public health officials would use the information to try to
reduce teen smoking.
The R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. released a statement suggesting the survey
would serve no purpose. Company officials said the federal Centers for
Disease Control and Prevention had provided such information in surveys in
1989 and 1993, and said most studies conclude that the primary factors in
youth smoking are peer pressure, family influence and access.
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DARE seems such a nifty program. It brings cops into classrooms to rap with
kids about the ills of drugs. It's popular among schools around the state
and the nation.
There's just one problem: It doesn't work. And that's too bad.
A Shorewood School Board committee is urging that district to scrap DARE
(Drug Abuse Resistance Education) and to put in its stead a more promising
anti-drug program -- a reasonable decision. After all, study after study
shows that DARE fails to curtail drug use.
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The measure, approved 402-9, is part of a package of anti-drug bills the
Republican leadership has made a top priority over the past month.
Sponsored by Rep. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, the bill encourages states to
provide financial benefits to small businesses that meet minimum standards
for drug-free workplaces.
Checked-by: (Joel W. Johnson)
OAKLAND - In Oakland, medicinal marijuana users would be able to keep a 1
1/2-pound supply of cannabis on hand - well above a 1-ounce threshold set
by state Attorney General Dan Lungren - in a policy being considered by the
If the council approves it in two weeks, the policy would be the most
detailed - and permissive in terms of sheer quantity - in the state when it
comes to implementing ProposiTion 215, the medicinal marijuana initiative
approved by voters In 1996.
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Federal prosecutors in Pennsylvania yesterday accused two Amish men of
buying cocaine from a gang called the Pagan Motorcycle Club and
distributing the drug to other young members of the religious group at
parties known as "hoedowns."
"We've seen plenty of underage drinking cases but a drug case is unheard
of" among the Amish, said John Pyfer, who is representing Abner Stoltzfus,
24. The other defendant is Abner King Stoltzfus, 23, who is no relation.
The case in Lancaster County underscores the vulnerability of the Amish,
who have seen suburban development and tourism encroach on their once
secluded lives. The suburbanites and the gawkers have made it difficult for
the Amish to close their eyes to what they consider the corrupting
influences of modernity. Members of the sect do not have electricity or
plumbing in their homes, and still make their way around the county in
horse-drawn buggies. The two men accused belong to the most conservative
Amish sect, the Old Order Amish.
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WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The Food and Drug Administration once again is pulling a
prescription drug off pharmacy shelves.
Duract, a painkiller from Wyeth-Ayerst Laboratories of St. Davids, Pa., has
caused a dozen cases of serious liver failure since last July. Four patients
died and eight required liver transplants. All the cases involved patients
who took the drug for longer than the recommended 10 days.
The FDA and the company are advising patients who have been taking Duract
for longer than 10 days to stop immediately, and all patients who are using
the medication should consult their doctors.
It's the third time in nine months that the FDA has removed a drug over
safety. The high blood pressure medication Posicor and the diet drug Redux
and its cousin, fenfluoramine, also were removed.
Checked-by: Melodi Cornett
'A con, a liar and a thief' seeks retrial
Career criminal Michael Fulcher has often avoided convictions because he
worked as an informant for everyone from the CIA and DEA to the local police.
Getting into trouble has always come easy to Michael Fulcher. But his real
talent is for getting out of it.
Fulcher, 40, has been charged with more than 50 felonies over the years,
court records show, and he walked away from most of them without a
conviction. The few that did stick, however, came with a stiff penalty.
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