EL PASO - One of the four Mexican journalists who are being held
hostage formerly worked in Juarez.
Hector Gordoa, a TV cameraman for the Televisa network in Mexico, was
abducted Monday in the Laguna region, which straddles the states of
Durango and Coahuila. He used to be a news director for Televisa's
Channel 2 in Juarez.
Carlos Lauria, senior program coordinator the Committee for the
Protection of Journalists (CPJ) in New York, called on Mexican
authorities to investigate.
Lauria said the Laguna region has been troubled by violence between
Los Zetas criminal group and the Sinaloa cartel.
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When it comes to police efforts to clean up downtown, they have some
friends in unusual places.
While the debate over pre-approving next year's police budget raged
last week, it wasn't just business groups warning that police efforts
to beef up their presence downtown shouldn't be hampered by budgetary
It turns out even some of the people causing the problems on our
inner-city streets back the blues.
The spectre of budget cuts prompted one former crack dealer to
contact the Sun with a warning that taking away the increased police
presence would "give the drug dealers and criminals the green light
to go back to the way it was before."
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MEXICO CITY-Ignacio "Nacho" Coronel, a key figure in the Sinaloa
Cartel, Mexico's most powerful drug-dealing organization was gunned
down in a battle with soldiers Thursday night, the Mexican army said.
The death of Mr. Coronel is a major victory for Mexico's beleaguered
president Felipe Calderon. Since assuming power in 2006, Mr. Calderon
has sent some 45,000 Mexican soldiers to retake large areas of the
country controlled by powerful drug cartels. More than 26,000 people
have died in drug-related violence, and Mr. Calderon has suffered a
heavy political price as weary Mexicans have questioned his policies.
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Gangsters, drug dealers and money launderers appear to be playing
their part in helping shore up the financial stability of the euro
That's thanks to their demand, according to European authorities, for
high-denomination euro bank notes, in particular the EUR200 and EUR500
bills. The European Central Bank issues these notes for a hefty profit
that is welcome at a time when its response to the financial crisis
has called its financial strength into question.
The high-value bills are increasingly "making the euro the currency of
choice for underground and black economies, and for all those who
value anonymity in their financial transactions and investments,"
wrote Willem Buiter, chief economist at Citigroup, in a recent
research report. The business of issuing euro notes, produced at
almost zero cost, is "wildly profitable" for the ECB, Mr. Buiter wrote.
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Re: 'Examine idea of legalization' (Daily News, July 26)
There have already been numerous studies about the pros and cons of
legalizing pot, and they all come to the same conclusion: prohibition
is not only failing, it is, in fact, outrageously counterproductive.
We need look no further than the 2002 Senate Committee Report (which
has been summarily ignored) for proof.
Federally Licensed Medical Marijuana User
My buddy Sam sells weed for a living. Some might disparage him as a dope
dealer. He prefers to describe himself as an importer of agricultural
goods from California.
"I provide a quality product, demand is high, and I rarely have to
search for clients," he says.
This being the first weekend when some D.C. residents can legally
catch a buzz, since Congress didn't kill the city's new medical
marijuana bill, I asked Sam if he was worried about the competition
from city-sanctioned pot dispensaries.
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BOSTON - An herb and chemical blend dubbed K2 that is sold legally in
the U.S. as incense but produces a marijuana-like high when smoked is
landing a rising number of people in emergency rooms, doctors said.
The surge in calls to poison control centers across the country has
spurred 10 states to ban K2 and other similar brands of so-called
synthetic marijuana products.
It has also prompted public doctors who have treated patients who used
K2 to issue health warnings.
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Even without the glaring racial disparity, the cocaine sentencing gap
has never made sense.
It makes no sense that thousands people sentenced for possession of
the older, more familiar and more expensive powdered cocaine were
given far more lenient treatment than those sentenced to long prison
terms for crack, the cheaper crystallized form of the drug. For more
than 20 years, Americans have been witness to a particularly senseless
kind of criminal justice regressiveness: Like a bottom-loaded tax, it
takes a harder hit on those lower down the economic scale.
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G.D Maxwell indulged in some fancy phallic phraseology in his July 22
opinion ("I won't be sticking up for my member"), but failed to grasp
why the Private Member's Bill I introduced has attracted overwhelming
support from people of all political spectra. There is always a place
for humour but not at the expense of what is at stake in this debate.
Mr. Maxwell, the Bill creates new penalties for people who intend to
manufacture crystal meth or ecstasy and who gather the ingredients of
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Like many other police officers, I have witnessed the tragedy of the
HIV epidemic first hand. It is one thing to read the statistics
demonstrating the connection between illicit drug use and HIV; it is
another matter entirely to patrol the streets, day in and day out,
repeatedly arresting men and women infected with the HIV virus.
Our country has one of the finest health-care systems in the world,
but our laws surrounding drug use result in unnecessary disease and
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RE : "HIV only winner in useless drug war," July 27. Perhaps it's our
politicians -- not our drug addicts -- who should be in jail, writes
Mindelle Jacobs. Prohibition is the perfect litmus test for any
politician: if you cannot fathom the Grade-three level math required
to understand that prohibition is counterproductive, then you should
not be allowed to vote, let alone hold office. But -- worse than
stupid -- prohibitionists are like religious fanatics. They will
ignore any and all data that doesn't fit their belief, and accuse
anyone who doesn't agree with them of "wanting to legalize murder and
rape, too". Seriously. Ontario Provincial Police Chief Julian Fantino
actually said that once.
(Public opinion on this seems thoroughly behind Mindy.)