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1Mexico: One Of Kidnapped Mexican Journalists Had Worked In JuarezWed, 28 Jul 2010
Source:El Paso Times (TX) Author:Valdez, Diana Washington Area:Mexico Lines:Excerpt Added:07/30/2010

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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2 CN AB: Column: Wisdom From The StreetWed, 28 Jul 2010
Source:Calgary Sun, The (CN AB) Author:Clancy, Roy Area:Alberta Lines:103 Added:07/30/2010

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 constraints.

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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3 Mexico: Wanted Mexican Trafficker Is KilledFri, 30 Jul 2010
Source:Wall Street Journal (US) Author:Casey, Nicholas Area:Mexico Lines:88 Added:07/30/2010

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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4 US: Column: How Gangsters Are Saving Euro ZoneFri, 30 Jul 2010
Source:Wall Street Journal (US) Author:Fidler, Stephen Area:United States Lines:101 Added:07/30/2010

Gangsters, drug dealers and money launderers appear to be playing their part in helping shore up the financial stability of the euro zone.

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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5 CN BC: PUB LTE: Government Ignores Proof About Legal PotThu, 29 Jul 2010
Source:Nanaimo Daily News (CN BC) Author:Barth, Russell Area:British Columbia Lines:28 Added:07/30/2010

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.

Russell Barth

Federally Licensed Medical Marijuana User

Nepean, Ont.


6 US DC: Column: Washington The Weed Capital Would Be A BummerFri, 30 Jul 2010
Source:Washington Examiner (DC) Author:Jaffe, Harry Area:District of Columbia Lines:74 Added:07/30/2010

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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7 CN ON: Synthetic Marijuana Causing OutcryThu, 29 Jul 2010
Source:Toronto Sun (CN ON) Author:Keiper, Lauren Area:Ontario Lines:82 Added:07/30/2010

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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8 US GA: Editorial: Revision Of Bad Drug Law Long OverdueFri, 30 Jul 2010
Source:Ledger-Enquirer (Columbus,GA) Author:Nix, Dusty Area:Georgia Lines:73 Added:07/30/2010

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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9 CN BC: LTE: Not Even OnceThu, 29 Jul 2010
Source:Pique Newsmagazine (CN BC) Author:Weston, John Area:British Columbia Lines:52 Added:07/30/2010

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 those substances.

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10 CN ON: OPED: On The Street, You Can See The Harm Caused By Drug LawsThu, 29 Jul 2010
Source:Ottawa Citizen (CN ON) Author:Bratzer, David Area:Ontario Lines:111 Added:07/30/2010

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 death.

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11 CN AB: PUB LTE: Prohibition Is CounterproductiveWed, 28 Jul 2010
Source:Edmonton Sun (CN AB) Author:Barth, Russell Area:Alberta Lines:30 Added:07/30/2010

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.

Russell Barth, Ottawa

(Public opinion on this seems thoroughly behind Mindy.)


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