------------------------------------------------------------------- Gunman wounds 3 in restaurant in Old Town (The Oregonian covers a shooting in Portland that later will be connected to local gangs apparently involved in the illegal-drug trade.) The Oregonian Contact: email@example.com 1320 SW Broadway Portland, OR 97201 Fax: 503-294-4193 Website: http://www.oregonlive.com/ Forum: http://forums.oregonlive.com/ Gunman wounds 3 in restaurant in Old Town * 200 flee as gunfire rips through a party; the victims, including a pregnant woman, are hospitalized Monday, January 4 1999 By Kristi Turnquist and Richard Colby of The Oregonian staff Gunfire ripped through a private party in an Old Town restaurant early Sunday, creating a chaotic scene in which at least three people were sent to hospitals and nearly 200 others fled to the exits and streamed out into the streets. Police Police Bureau spokesman Henry Groepper said officers are looking for two individuals known to some of those who gathered at the Great China Seafood Restaurant and Bar at 336 N.W. Davis St. for a rap music event. The shooting happened at about 2:30 a.m., Groepper said. One of the injured was a 19-year-old woman who was eight months pregnant. She was struck in the back by a bullet that passed through her liver, spleen, diaphragm and stomach, narrowly missing the baby. The woman was brought to Legacy Emanuel Hospital & Health Center, where a baby girl was delivered by Caesarean section. The child was doing fine, hospital spokeswoman Quita Lupfer said late Sunday. The mother was in serious condition. Another victim, Monica Owens, 22, was listed in fair condition Sunday at University Hospital with a wound in the right arm. Authorities did not release the names of the other victims, including a 23-year-old man hit in the abdomen. Surgeons repaired the male victim's damaged colon and intestines and pronounced him in fair condition Sunday. A fourth victim, a woman, originally claimed not to have been injured by gunfire but later visited a hospital for treatment of what Groepper described as "a very minor gunshot wound." Groepper said apparently a fight had broken out earlier either inside or outside the restaurant. Officers reported hearing shots fired and arrived to find cartridges inside and outside the establishment, which indicated a large number of rounds had been fired. "Chaos would be a good word to use," Groepper said of the scene police encountered, as people emptied out of the second-story building. The Portland Gang Enforcement Team is assigned to the case, but Groepper said it was too early to speculate about what sparked the shooting. "At this point we do not know exactly what the motive was," he said. "When two people get involved in a confrontation, we are unable to say at this point whether it was gang-related or not. There are any number of reasons people get into confrontations, it could be money, women, you name it." Officers have been interviewing people who attended the event, Groepper said. "When you have a group of people that know each other and something like this happens, there is a little reluctance," he said. "But we are making headway." At the restaurant Sunday, a poster for the event -- featuring such performers as J. Mack and Hakim, True Warriors and GOTM (Gangsters On The Move) -- was still on display. Restaurant owner Jack Ngo was busy in the kitchen at closing time, when the shots rang out. "Boom, boom, boom," Ngo remembered later in the day. As Sunday's lunch patrons greeted him at the restaurant's cash register, Ngo was certain of one thing. "That's it," he said. "No more parties in my restaurant. Not ever." Not unless he knows the groups, he added. Terrance Scott, who goes by the name Cool Nutz as a local promoter and hip hop entertainer, hopes the fact that the shooting occurred at a rap event won't fuel stereotypes about rap concerts and violence. "We've been doing shows like this for five years now, and out of that period, there have been shots fired at one," Scott said. "And that had nothing to do with the show; it was personal. It's not like people say, oh we're at a hip hop show so that makes me want to go beat up people. "Sometimes people come to these events that don't get along, and their problems roll over into other peoples' good times. I just hope that this doesn't have a negative effect on more urban-geared things." The event's promoter had hired a security firm to control entry to the event. "We don't know how the weapons got past them," Groepper said. Phone messages left at a number listed on a poster for the event weren't returned. The Associated Press contributed to this report.
------------------------------------------------------------------- Killer fence for Walla Walla in Locke's budget (A staff editorial in the Columbian, in Vancouver, Washington, comments on a request for $1.5 million in the budget submitted by Gov. Gary Locke to this year's Legislature as it convenes next Monday. The money would pay for a lethally electrified fence at the Washington State Penitentiary at Walla Walla. The punitive compulsion of state legislators faces greater difficulty in stretching the available cash.) The Columbian 701 W. Eighth St. Vancouver WA 98666 Tel. (360) 694-2312 Or (360) 699-6000, Ext. 1560, to leave a recorded opinion >From Portland: (503) 224-0654 Fax: (360) 699-6033 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Web site: http://www.columbian.com/ Forum: http://www.webforums.com/forums/trace/host/msa70.html In Our View: Monday, Jan. 4, 1999 Killer fence for Walla Walla in Locke's budget As legislators invent more reasons to lock up more people for longer terms in tougher conditions, the state Department of Corrections faces greater difficulty in stretching the available cash to cover the punitive compulsion. The trick in the budget Gov. Gary Locke is submitting to this year's Legislature as it convenes next Monday is a lethally electrified fence around the Intensive Management Unit at the Washington State Penitentiary at Walla Walla. While the $1.5 million tab for the fence is just a sliver of Locke's two-year, $20.6 billion spending plan, it could become an important symbol for what state government is about as the millennium turns. In a sense, the fence is no more than an effort to make state government's hottest growth sector more economical. After the fence is installed, corrections officials observe, it will save $500,000 a year that would otherwise have to be spent keeping armed guards in watch towers prepared to blast away at any hard case attempting escape. As with a lot of other notions, this one made its way north from California. Caging miscreants is much bigger business down there, and the pressure has been on longer to keep incarceration as cheap as possible. California began swapping lethal fences for guard towers five years ago. By now the switch has been made at 23 prisons, and the state claims to have saved just a little short of $40 million on the deal. The prisoners believe in the fences. Since California started upping the fence current, no prisoner has been fried because none has attempted escape. Said Allen Randall, a California engineer who designs the fences and is now advising the Washington Department of Corrections, "Every once in a while you'll get a stray cat that will jump the fence and die. The inmates see that. It's not something that the inmates want to reckon with." Which raises the question of how far such moves to efficiency and economy in incarceration might go. Why not just take over some town large enough to accommodate the worst several thousand in the state, build a high hot fence around it and leave the hard-timers to their own devices? Of course it would not be humane or rehabilitative, but no present prison claims to be either. -- D. Michael Heywood, for the editorial board
------------------------------------------------------------------- Munro: State shouldn't hire smokers (The Associated Press says Washington Secretary of State Ralph Munro wants to persuade lawmakers to let state agencies reject job applicants who use tobacco.) From: "Bob Owen@W.H.E.N." (email@example.com) To: "_Drug Policy --" (firstname.lastname@example.org) Subject: WA Sec of State says Don't hire smokers Date: Mon, 4 Jan 1999 17:41:28 -0800 Sender: email@example.com Munro: State shouldn't hire smokers By HUNTER T. GEORGE The Associated Press 01/04/99 7:43 PM Eastern OLYMPIA (AP) -- For years, Secretary of State Ralph Munro has offered financial incentives for his employees to quit smoking. Now he wants to take the next step and persuade lawmakers to let state agencies reject job applicants who use tobacco. Munro said Monday he has had preliminary talks with the state Department of Personnel and the attorney general's office about his proposal, which he acknowledged would prompt constitutional questions if it's submitted as legislation. "The thought is trying to send a message to young people that this is more than a health issue. This is more than an issue that relates to the cost of a pack of cigarettes. This also could mean you won't get a job," Munro said in an interview. "There's no question we can back it up with health statistics. The question is, can we take it to the next step?" he added. Spokesmen for the American Civil Liberties Union of Washington and the Washington Federation of State Employees said they respect Munro for his humanitarian efforts, but expressed concerns about his latest proposal. "We don't encourage smoking. We don't defend the tobacco industry," said Tim Welch, spokesman for the federation that represents 19,000 state workers. "But until tobacco use is made illegal, we have a real problem about determining a person's job status on the basis of those products." Added ACLU lobbyist Jerry Sheehan: "The government should not be discriminating against people for private legal conduct." A spokesman for The Tobacco Institute, the industry's lobbying arm in Washington, D.C., did not immediately return a call Monday. Munro said he'll also lobby lawmakers to boost restrictions on teen drivers, saying too many youth are involved in accidents right after getting their driver's licenses. "Every other kid in the neighborhood has a wreck in the first three months," Munro said. "I think young people have to realize this is a serious problem. We hand them the keys and they get through the driver's license test and off they go." Munro said he'll join lawmakers who are encouraging their colleagues to consider "graduated licensing" of teen drivers. Such proposals could include boosting the legal driving age to 17, requiring new drivers to be accompanied by their parents for six months and prohibiting young drivers from carrying young passengers, he said.
------------------------------------------------------------------- Lockyer Hopes to Enforce State Medical Pot Law (The San Francisco Chronicle says when Bill Lockyer becomes California's new attorney general later this week, overseeing 924 lawyers and a budget of nearly half a billion dollars, one of his top priorities - and biggest challenges - will be enforcing Proposition 215, the voter-approved medical marijuana initiative. Lockyer wants to negotiate with the federal government to allow professionally run medical marijuana dispenaries to open - "We need to operate clinics, not cults," he said.) Date: Mon, 04 Jan 1999 10:12:49 -0600 From: "Frank S. World" (firstname.lastname@example.org) Reply-To: email@example.com Organization: Rx Cannabis Now! http://www.geocities.com/CapitolHill/Lobby/7417/ To: DRCNet Medical Marijuana Forum (firstname.lastname@example.org) Subject: US CA SF CHRON: Lockyer Hopes to Enforce State Medical Pot Law Sender: email@example.com Source: San Francisco Chronicle Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: http://www.sfgate.com/chronicle/ Pubdate: Monday, January 4, 1999 (c)1998 San Francisco Chronicle LOCKYER HOPES TO ENFORCE STATE MEDICAL POT LAW Prop. 215 on new attorney general's agenda Harriet Chiang, Chronicle Legal Affairs Writer When Bill Lockyer takes on his new job as state attorney general this week, one of his top priorities -- and biggest challenges -- will be enforcing the voter-approved medical marijuana initiative. Lockyer's support of the marijuana initiative is part of an agenda he plans to pursue that would dramatically change one of the state's most powerful offices. His predecessor, Dan Lungren, made crime, prisons and victims' rights the centerpiece of his administration. But Lockyer said his mission includes not only combatting crime, but reviving environmental and civil rights protections, areas that he said were badly neglected by Lungren. One of his toughest tasks will be enforcing Proposition 215, the 1996 initiative that legalized the possession and use of marijuana for medical purposes. Fulfilling that goal may also require a minor political miracle, because the Clinton administration has not budged from its stand that marijuana is an outlawed substance under federal law. The initiative passed by a margin of nearly 1 million votes. But no sooner did pot clubs open for business than Lungren, joined by federal and local law enforcement agencies, moved to shut them down. Eventually, federal judges ordered the shutdown of a number of pot clubs, including those in San Francisco, Oakland and Santa Cruz. Facing formidable opposition from the federal government, Lockyer acknowledges that making marijuana available for medical purposes will involve working with the Justice Department to resolve conflicts with federal law. He also said there must be tighter regulation of the clubs. ``We need to operate clinics, not cults,'' he said. But he said Lungren, in his quest to close down the clubs, was unwilling to reach any compromise. The departing attorney general seemed driven by a ``zealous determination to not even allow this medical experiment,'' Lockyer said. Although California pot clubs have been under siege, the use of marijuana for medical purposes is gaining momentum outside the state. In the November election, voters in five states -- Alaska, Arizona, Nevada, Oregon and Washington -- passed laws authorizing the use of medical marijuana for people with cancer and AIDS. A spokesman for the Justice Department said federal officials had not been contacted by Lockyer about the medical marijuana issue, but that they are more than willing to talk to him about it. But Nicholas Gess, director of intergovernmental affairs for the U.S. attorney general's office, stressed that the Justice Department remains opposed to the medical use of marijuana. ``Our policy has not changed one iota,'' Gess said. Under federal law, he said, ``one cannot cultivate, possess or distribute marijuana in the United States.'' If he can resolve the differences with the federal government, Lockyer envisions the attorney general playing a supporting role by helping local law enforcement enforce their own policies on pot clubs. He said he voted for the initiative because of his own personal losses. His mother died of leukemia at age 50. ``My little sister died of leukemia at age 39,'' he said. After seeing them suffer through terminal illnesses, he said, ``I concluded that if we can give them morphine, why can't we give them marijuana?'' The medical marijuana issue is just one on a list of changes Lockyer plans to make when he takes over as attorney general, which is widely viewed as the second-most powerful office in the state. The attorney general oversees 924 lawyers and a budget of nearly half a billion dollars. In addition to defending death penalties, the state's chief lawyer also is a prime mover in shaping state policies on issues as varied as environmental standards and state gambling laws. The office served as a springboard for three governors: Earl Warren, Edmund G. ``Pat'' Brown and George Deukmejian. Lockyer, 57, brings to the job 26 years as a state lawmaker, experience that is expected to help him push through legislation. Representing the East Bay, Lockyer was instrumental in bringing about changes to the legal system during his 10 years as chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee. He became Senate President Pro Tem four years ago. Forced out by term limits, he defeated Republican Dave Stirling in November after a hard-fought race for attorney general. Former Attorney General John Van de Kamp said Lockyer's legislative experience ``should be a tremendous advantage to his department.'' ``As long as he deals with lawmakers as colleagues, he'll be fine,'' Van de Kamp said. Former Assemblyman Phil Isenberg, who is working on the budget for Governor-elect Gray Davis, said Lockyer has invaluable knowledge of the inner workings of government. ``There is no learning curve for Bill Lockyer,'' Isenberg said. ``He knows it now.'' As an administrator, Lockyer plans to push the state personnel division for higher salaries for his employees. The relatively low pay for state lawyers, who start out at $38,000 a year, as well as equally low salaries for investigators, has hurt morale and led to good people leaving the office. In his budget request submitted a few weeks ago, Lockyer is seeking an extra $25 million to hire more lawyers and to improve the state's crime labs. Part of the money will bolster the civil rights division, where, Lockyer noted, Lungren cut the staff from 12 attorneys down to one. ``The office was virtually eliminated,'' he said. He also faulted Lungren for not cracking down on environmental polluters. Although Van de Kamp filed roughly 200 legal actions over environmental violations that were independent of any actions by other state agencies, Lungren brought fewer than 20, Lockyer said. ``It's not so much beefing up the lawyers,'' he said. ``It's giving them the green light. Lockyer said several environmental lawyers told him that they were frequently told to drop potential suits on which they were working. (c)1998 San Francisco Chronicle Page A13
------------------------------------------------------------------- Lockyer And Prop 215 (A staff editorial in the Orange County Register endorses the medical marijuana reforms promised by Bill Lockyer, California's new attorney general.) Date: Fri, 8 Jan 1999 00:07:56 -0800 From: email@example.com (MAPNews) To: firstname.lastname@example.org Subject: MN: US CA: OPED: Lockyer And Prop 215 Sender: email@example.com Reply-To: firstname.lastname@example.org Organization: Media Awareness Project http://www.mapinc.org/lists/ Newshawk: John W. Black Pubdate: 04, Jan 1999 Source: Orange County Register (CA) Contact: email@example.com Website: http://www.ocregister.com/ Copyright: 1998 The Orange County Register LOCKYER AND PROP 215 The new year grants a chance to clear the air of the haze of confusion hanging over Proposition 215, the medical marijuana initiative voters passed in 1996. And incoming Attorney Gen. Bill Lockyer has turned on the fans, signalling that a new view of the issue is being taken by the state's top law enforcement officer. Under Mr. Lockyer's predecessor, Dan Lungren, virtually no leeway was given to local counties and cities in the implementation of the law. Mr. Lungren even called in federal drug enforcement officials to crack down on medical marijuana distributors. Although the wording of Prop. 215 is not always clear, its intent is to allow a physician to give a permission slip (not a prescription) to suffering patients, who then should be able to legally obtain the medicine. Unfortunately, Prop. 215 doesn't specify how patients can get the medicine, which is still illegal to sell or buy. This policy disconnect has led to crackdowns on cannabis buyers' clubs, including at least one in Orange County. Mr. Lockyer says he's going to implement the will of the voters. "That means cooperating with local communities if they have different approaches," he told the San Francisco Examiner last week. "So San Francisco would be different than Kern County. I think [Mr. Lungren'] was overly zealous in continuing to oppose [Prop. 215] even after the people had adopted it. I joke that there are days when I thought Dan had a copy of 'Reefer Madness' at home." That's good news for the many people suffering from glaucoma, leukemia, cancer or other ailments that seem to be aided by smoking the herb. During last year's political campaign, we twice met with Mr. Lockyer and were touched by his compassion for his mother and sister, both of whom died of leukemia. He wondered to us why suffering patients can be given morphine, but not marijuana, if that's what can ease their pain. "I'm impressed and delighted with the vision and courage that Bill Lockyer has shown on this issue," Steve Kubby told us; he's co-author of Prop. 215, publisher of Alpine World and was last year's Libertarian Party candidate for governor. "In addition, his approach of doing it on a county-by-county basis, rather than on a statewide basis, is exactly what's needed right now. Lockyer said it best: Lungren saw himself as the pinnacle of law enforcement, but Lockyer sees himself as a support for communities district attorneys and local law enforcement." Mr. Kubby also was impressed with Mr. Lockyer's "private discussions with people like the Oakland Cannabis Buyers' Club. That's the first time an elected official I've heard of has gone right to the patients and asked them for their views. So he has a track record with medical patients, and we respect him and appreciate him." Mr. Lockyer's job won't be easy. He still has to deal with federal drug enforcement authorities, who insist that marijuana has no medicinal value and should not be recommended by doctors. A crackdown could include revoking a physician's federal license to prescribe medication. But Mr. Lockyer, unlike Mr. Lungren, is a member of the same party as President Clinton, the Democrats. And as the No. 2 elected official in the nation's largest state, Mr. Lockyer's voice will be heard in Washington on this issue - especially after last November's election, when five other states voted to allow medical marijuana. Clearly, Americans want marijuana allowed as a medical treatment. In California, it's time to make Prop. 215 work.
------------------------------------------------------------------- Boz Scaggs' Son Dies Of Overdose (The San Francisco Examiner says the so-called "overdose" death of 21-year-old Oscar Scaggs, the son of the blues musician, tragically mirrored that of his lifelong friend Nicholas Traina, the son of romance novelist Danielle Steel, who also died in a heroin-related incident 15 months ago at age 19. ) Date: Tue, 5 Jan 1999 09:01:22 -0800 From: firstname.lastname@example.org (MAPNews) To: email@example.com Subject: MN: US CA: Boz Scaggs' Son Dies Of Overdose Sender: firstname.lastname@example.org Reply-To: email@example.com Organization: Media Awareness Project http://www.mapinc.org/lists/ Newshawk: firstname.lastname@example.org (Frank S. World) Source: San Francisco Examiner (CA) Contact: email@example.com Website: http://www.examiner.com/ Forum: http://examiner.com/cgi-bin/WebX Copyright: 1999 San Francisco Examiner Author: Anastasia Hendrix, Examiner Staff Pubdate: Monday, January 4, 1999 BOZ SCAGGS' SON DIES OF OVERDOSE When blues singer Boz Scaggs canceled a weekend concert citing a "family emergency," few realized how grave the circumstances really were: His 21-year-old son, Oscar Scaggs, was dead of a heroin overdose. In the early morning hours of New Year's Eve, Oscar Scaggs went alone to a Mission District address where he knew he could buy the drug, according to his parents. He never came back, and was pronounced dead at 5:06 a.m. He was, in the words of his parents, "a person of sensitivity and compassion, with an animated and quirky sense of humor and a sense of abandon that was both a blessing and a curse." His death, in some ways, tragically mirrored that of his lifelong friend Nicholas Traina - son of romance novelist Danielle Steel - who died of a heroin overdose 15 months ago at age 19. The Scaggs family said Oscar had been "deeply affected" by Traina's death. After brief experimentation with heroin, Oscar Scaggs immediately sought treatment at several facilities in the Bay Area, said Millicent Buxton, a rehabilitation counselor who worked closely with him at the Haight-Ashbury Free Clinic over the last year. "He was a very, very sweet young man . . . that had kind of an old soul about him," said Buxton. What shocked Buxton about the death is that while he had been struggling with his addiction, he had been making progress. "The (recovery) efforts being made by Oscar were very valiant, and he was very serious about it," she said. "He also had a lot of support from his family." From the moment she read about Boz Scaggs' canceled concert, she prayed that there was no connection to Oscar. She was crushed to learn the truth, and disgusted when she heard that Oscar Scaggs had been robbed even as he lay dying. "Just the picture that I have of someone going through his pockets . . . it's so horrible, undignified and tragic," Buxton said. San Francisco police said there was no information immediately available on the case Sunday. An investigator at the medical examiner's office declined to comment on the location or other details of Scaggs' death, saying the autopsy report was incomplete pending the outcome of toxicology and pathology tests. The memorial services will be private, and the family requests that remembrances be made in Oscar Scaggs' name to the Haight-Ashbury Free Clinic. His mother, Carmella Scaggs, said Sunday she hoped the publicity over her son's untimely death would bring renewed focus to drug abuse and the "easy availability of drugs in this town." "It's not just kids like Oscar and Nikki, but everybody's babies that are at risk," she said, referring to the death of Nicholas Traina. The tall, slender Scaggs had a passion for skateboarding and a flair for clothes perfectly tailored to the hip urbanity of the Diesel store off Union Square, where he worked. He lived with his mother in the Russian Hill area of The City, often working as a sound technician at Slim's - the nightclub co-owned by his father. He also frequently went on tour with his father, which allowed him to nurture his love of music. Oscar Scaggs had attended San Francisco State University briefly to take audio engineering classes after graduating from high school on Whidbey Island in Washington state. He also had attended Town School in San Francisco and the Foreman School in Connecticut. Several of his friends from school and his social set somberly stayed at his home over the holiday weekend, and family friends arrived bearing boxes of food and words of comfort, compassion and condolences. "He was a lovely young man and I think it is a dreadful accident," said family friend Ann Getty. "Too many of my friends have kids that have died from drugs . . . and I think it's ridiculous that kids can get their hands on drugs so easily." Getty said she hoped to launch a citizens' crusade, a task force, "a real posse" - whatever it took to examine the extent of the drug scene permeating youth culture in The City. "There has to be something done," she said. That sentiment was echoed by others, including Buxton, who said the plague of heroin addiction is only getting worse. A new, particularly potent strain of heroin has made its way to San Francisco in the last few months - one that is 60 percent pure - and the risk of overdose is greater than ever, she said. San Francisco already has twice the drug-related death rate of California, averaging about 160 per year. Supervisor Gavin Newsom, who knows the Scaggs family personally, said such senseless losses underscore the importance of the methadone waiver legislation he has been championing for the last two years. Last February, the Board of Supervisors passed a resolution urging the federal government to grant The City a waiver so that private physicians could prescribe methadone for patients hooked on heroin. Now, only the Health Department can administer methadone. "This is something that is with us and that is damning in its proportion," Newsom said Sunday. "We all have to come to grips with it and and we have to start talking about new solutions. "San Francisco has to wake up to the reality that this epidemic is so much bigger than any of us imagine," he said. Boz Scaggs, 54, recorded two albums with the Steve Miller Band before embarking on a solo career in 1968. He achieved success in the late 1960s and 1970s with hits like "Lowdown," "Lido Shuffle" and "We're All Alone." He and Carmella Scaggs are divorced.
------------------------------------------------------------------- Four Californians among 33 people granted presidential pardons (The Associated Press says President Clinton has issued Christmas pardons for a San Diego County man convicted in 1975 of marijuana possession, and a former California resident sentenced a decade ago in Sacramento County for conspiracy to cultivate pot. Nationwide, President Clinton also pardoned a car thief, a Korean War veteran who went AWOL and a variety of people nabbed for drug crimes.) Date: Mon, 04 Jan 1999 21:46:46 -0500 To: "DRCTalk Reformers' Forum" (firstname.lastname@example.org) From: email@example.com (Lee T. Neidow) Subject: Pardons Given For Drug Crimes Cc: firstname.lastname@example.org Reply-To: email@example.com Sender: firstname.lastname@example.org Published at http://www.bayinsider.com/news/1998/pardons.html Four Californians among 33 people granted presidential pardons By Associated Press LOS ANGELES (AP)--Four Californians convicted of crimes including income tax evasion, marijuana and counterfeit cash possession, and pot cultivation were among the 33 Americans granted a pardon by President Clinton. "I feel vindicated," Robert Radke said last week when hearing the good news. "Being 82 years old and retired, I have no intention or any need or want to make much of anything out of it. This is for me." Radke of Van Nuys was an attorney by trade when he was convicted of attempting to evade income taxes and sentenced in 1981 to 1,000 hours of community service and a $10,000 fine. Convinced he had been wronged, Radke was determined to clear his name. He put in his bid for a presidential pardon more than a decade ago. Three other Californians receiving pardons included: --Haig Ardash Arakelian, a San Diego County man convicted in 1975 of marijuana possession as a teen-ager. --Darrin Paul Sobin, who now lives in Washington, D.C., sentenced a decade ago in Sacramento County for conspiracy to cultivate pot. --Vincent Anthony Burgio, a 64-year-old retired masonry contractor from Canoga Park, convicted of possessing counterfeit cash in the early 1970s. "It was a very nice Christmas present," said Burgio, who served three years probation. "I'm happy that I received it. Now, let's go on with life." Nationwide, President Clinton also pardoned a car thief, a Korean War veteran who went AWOL and a variety of people nabbed for drug crimes. More than 200 people apply for pardons each year. Justice Department officials say only about one in 10 is successful. "It is basically an act of forgiveness," said Chris Watney, a U.S. Justice Department spokeswoman. "It does not wipe your record clean, but it does restore certain rights." Applicants must wait five years after their conviction before submitting a pardon request. They must serve their sentence, show that their crimes are behind them and prove they have become a productive member of society. Then they face long applications and FBI interviews. Radke had started in law as a prosecutor, been married for 57 years, lived in the same house for decades. He considered himself a solid citizen, not the tax cheat the IRS said he was. Though typically applicants must show remorse for their crimes, Radke felt he was bulldozed by the IRS and wanted a pardon to prove he had done no wrong. Radke says the IRS case against him boiled down to a disagreement over how much he owed. "They did their computing wrong and I protested," he said. "But you don't often win with them, especially in those days." His penance performed, he continued with his law career before retiring. Whatever the facts of the case, Radke says today, "I worked my way out of it."
------------------------------------------------------------------- Jesse Ready For The Main Event - Ex-Wrestler Ventura Takes Office Today (The Seattle Post-Intelligencer says the new governor of Minnesota, former professional wrestler Jesse "The Body" Ventura, recently told a group of farmers that he wanted to "deregulate some stuff," which he later said referred to lifting restrictions such as the prohibition on industrial hemp. A Minneapolis Star-Tribune poll in December found that more people would vote for Ventura today than did in November.) Date: Tue, 5 Jan 1999 20:21:29 -0800 From: email@example.com (MAPNews) To: firstname.lastname@example.org Subject: MN: US MN: Jesse Ready For The Main Event Ex-Wrestler Ventura Sender: email@example.com Reply-To: firstname.lastname@example.org Organization: Media Awareness Project http://www.mapinc.org/lists/ Newshawk: General Pulaski Pubdate: 4 Jan 1999 Source: Seattle Post-Intelligencer (WA) Contact: email@example.com Website: http://www.seattle-pi.com/ Copyright: 1999 Seattle Post-Intelligencer. Note: A mention of industrial hemp legalization below JESSE READY FOR THE MAIN EVENT EX-WRESTLER VENTURA TAKES OFFICE TODAY The new governor of Minnesota doesn't know exactly what he'll do in office yet, but he has made one decision: no appointments before 9 a.m. Why? "Arnold was very worried about me," the governor-elect said the other day. "Arnold told me I really have to get back to working out, so that's what I'm going to do every morning." That's Arnold Schwarzenegger, of course. He was offering advice to his friend and fellow muscleman, Jesse "The Body" Ventura, the former professional wrestler who now holds Minnesota's highest office. As Ventura becomes governor today, there's still a lot up in the air. How will Ventura, who won 37 percent of the vote under the banner of the Reform Party, work with a House of Representatives controlled by Republicans and a Senate controlled by Democrats? What will Ventura's policies be? And how will a self-styled outsider who ran under the slogan "Retaliate in '98" adjust to being part of the political establishment? One thing seems clear: Ventura will be unlike any governor Minnesota - or any state, for that matter - has ever seen. He has already been the subject of the "Doonesbury" comic strip and a guest on the Jay Leno and David Letterman talk shows. He has signed a six-figure book deal. And he is arranging for the sale of Jesse Ventura action figures and T- shirts with slogans like "In Jesse We Trust." Even his elaborate inauguration events seems unprecedented, including a gigantic party for 13,800 in a basketball arena. Tickets at $10, $15 and $20 sold out long ago. Ventura has, however, forgone his initial promise to arrive at the official inauguration by rappelling from a helicopter down through the Capitol dome. His staff concluded it's a little too dangerous. "This is strange stuff," said Steven Schier, chairman of the political science department at Carleton College in Northfield. "Usually a governor comes in and you know where he stands, who his enemies are and what he's going to do for the next four years." Ventura, Schier said, is "working hard at it and he's smart, but the problem is he's got zero background." Ventura, the strapping, chrome-domed, former bad-boy wrestler, action-film actor and talk radio host, stunned prognosticators by trouncing two respected and widely known opponents, Democratic Attorney General Hubert Humphrey III and the Republican mayor of St. Paul, Norm Coleman. Many of his supporters were young people, especially men, with nearly half claiming only a high school education. They saw something refreshing in Ventura, whose previous political experience was as a part-time suburban mayor who voted in only four of the last 14 elections. Now, Ventura has put away his leather jacket and jeans - and the camouflage outfit and Australian bush hat. "Suits used to take me 40 minutes," said Ventura, who has a gift for shifting quickly between his entertainer and politician personas. "Now I can do it in 12." He is getting used to a chauffeured sedan instead of his beloved Porsche. And he has submitted to a phalanx of bodyguards because "it wouldn't be too good if the governor knocks somebody down." Aware he has a lot to learn, he has assembled an advisory committee and staff, drawing some of the more respected, independent-minded people from all parties. He has toured the state and visited state departments. But he has just begun to assemble a Cabinet and says that will take more time. "We're like the discoverers of the New World," Ventura said in his transition office in the basement of the Capitol building, where he has hung a neon sign with the words "Jesse the Gov" and an image of Rodin's "The Thinker," a pose Ventura struck in one of his campaign commercials. "There was no one who could sit there and say, `Been there, done that.' " Since the election, Ventura, who is considered fiscally conservative and socially progressive on such issues as abortion, has given few concrete hints about his policies, saying he wants to be prudent and consider a range of ideas. When asked on the day after the election about the details of his tax-cut proposals, Ventura responded, "Oh, sheesh." In a recent speech to farmers, he said he wanted to "deregulate some stuff," which he later said referred to lifting restrictions, like prohibition on growing industrial hemp. And during the campaign, he criticized state-subsidized child care and the state's health-insurance program for children. He said families should not have children until they could afford them. Ventura now suggests a more moderate tone. His chief of staff, Steven Bosacker, said that Ventura had a habit of saying things to provoke debate, rather than establish a policy stance. "I think, unfortunately, people tend to believe that as soon as you make a comment, that's your firm position," Bosacker said. Ventura is finding that even firm campaign pledges require careful implementation. After promising to refund the state surplus in increments of $1,000 for every man, woman and child, Ventura is now evaluating different options and wants to wait until the end of the budget period in June to make sure the state has the money. While he is treading carefully, Ventura has managed to push the envelope - especially in an ethically straight-laced state. After refusing campaign contributions from political action committees, he has accepted corporate donations for transition costs. He has proposed that his wife be paid a salary. And he wants to put money from sale of T-shirts and action figures into his campaign fund, but will give it to charity if the state's campaign ethics board says no. "A whole host of things have come out that are extremely unconventional," said Steve Sviggum, the Republican state House speaker. "I guess I would just as soon that he focus on the job that he ran for." So far, though, complaints are rare. A Minneapolis Star-Tribune poll in December found that more people would vote for Ventura today than did in November.
------------------------------------------------------------------- Sykes Communications To Develop ONDCP Media Campaign (The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, in Wisconsin, briefly notes a local public relations firm has won a spot at the White House drug czar's $2 billion feeding trough.) Date: Tue, 5 Jan 1999 20:06:40 -0800 From: firstname.lastname@example.org (MAPNews) To: email@example.com Subject: MN: US WI: Sykes Communications To Develop ONDCP Media Campaign Sender: firstname.lastname@example.org Reply-To: email@example.com Organization: Media Awareness Project http://www.mapinc.org/lists/ Newshawk: General Pulaski Pubdate: 4 Jan 1999 Source: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (WI) Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: http://www.jsonline.com/ Copyright: 1999, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Section: Business in Wisconsin Note: Headline by newshawk SYKES COMMUNICATIONS TO DEVELOP ONDCP MEDIA CAMPAIGN Sykes Communications Inc. was selected to join a team of public relations and social marketing agencies that will work with Fleishman-Hillard Inc. to develop communications activities for the national youth anti-drug media campaign, run by the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy.
------------------------------------------------------------------- Mississippi Cocaine Sales Update (A resident of Gulfport, Mississippi, forwards a 15-page document - formatted as an Adobe Acrobat .pdf file here - in which he alleges that local police are running the area's open-air crack-cocaine market.) From: Obllad@aol.com Date: Mon, 4 Jan 1999 10:07:39 EST To: email@example.com Subject: [cp] Re: PDFA List-Unsubscribe: (mailto:leave-cp-27149A@telelists.com) Reply-To: "Cannabis Patriots" (firstname.lastname@example.org) You are right on track, Scott. I don't know why more people don't know what is going on in this Country. A good example of what the corrupt gov. is doing is right here in Harrison County, Miss. It goes all the way to the Whitehouse. Why someone don't expose this operation, I don't know, they are scared of Clinton, and the man who started this operation her, Mr. Geo. Bush. Maybe you can get some good out of this attached article. It says a lot, is condensed and one has to read it several times to glean all of the meaning out of it. We are in a serious situation in this country and more of us, like you, need to do something about it and the time is ripe to do it, now. Good luck, keep up the good work. Oscar Ladner email@example.com Attachment Converted: C:\INTERNET\COCAIN~1.DOC [Follow the link to a 15-page Adobe Acrobat .pdf file in which the resident of Gulfport, Mississippi, alleges that local police are running the area's open-air crack-cocaine market. Note! You must have Adobe Acrobat Reader to view this file. (40,300 bytes) Click on the Acrobat Reader link above to download the software for free. - ed.]
------------------------------------------------------------------- Mississippi Cocaine Sales Update No. II (Another .pdf file from the same Mississippi patriot lists some of the things that should be done to clean up the corruption of Gulfport law enforcement officials.) From: Obllad@aol.com Date: Mon, 4 Jan 1999 11:07:55 EST To: firstname.lastname@example.org Subject: [cp] Re: The Truth About The War On Drugs List-Unsubscribe: (mailto:leave-cp-27149A@telelists.com) Reply-To: "Cannabis Patriots" (email@example.com) Carl, an excellent article, but I have to disagree with you on one point and that is about drug dealing being a business, yes it is that all right, but it involves crimes, many crimes in order to make that business a success, like murder, stealing, lying about it, money laundering, the same as stealing, and all of the other kindred and related crimes. I have experienced what it (drug dealing by elected gov. officials and law enforcement people) is like and what it does to a community and I have written about it in a lenghty memo the our US Atty. here in Miss. This dirt goes all the way to the top. If it didn't, why couldn't Reno, or even Clinton, just make one phone call to the Atty. Gen. and just say three little words, "CLEAN IT UP" I attach both of these article and hope that you will be able to glean some knowledge from it. I am retired now, 73 years old, a former WWII combat infantry rifleman fought across Europe, fought and killed, in blood and mud, snow and ice, and almost been killed to protect our freedom, which we don't have any more of right now. I would appreaciate your comments on these two articles. It is XXX Rated, but who else could the Pres. get to sell drugs for him, not a group of Baptist Deacons, you recon? He has to use these slimebag thugs to do this dirty work, plus all of the work that it takes to subdue and harrass the public to make them accept it and apparently like what they are doing. We need some outside help here to get this un-Godly mess cleaned up. Please help us here. Educate the people. I pray every night for God to give the American People strength and courage to clean it all up, from the top to the bottom. God Bless you. Attachment Converted: C:\INTERNET\COCAIN~2.DOC [Follow the link to a second, 12-page Adobe Acrobat .pdf file in which the Gulfport, Mississippi resident recommends actions to end local police corruption related to their involvement in the crack trade. Note! You must have Adobe Acrobat Reader to view this file. (29,000 bytes) - ed.]
------------------------------------------------------------------- Natural Childbirth Is Out, Drugs In (The Omaha World-Herald, in Nebraska, describes a new meta-analysis in the latest issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association comparing epidurals - which numb women in delivery below the waist - to narcotic injections. Studies have shown that inadequate pain relief can do lasting harm by increasing the incidence of post traumatic stress disorder and postpartum depression. The use of drugs to relieve labor pain has been growing, obstetricians say. One study found that from 1981 to 1992, epidural use increased from 16 percent to 29 percent of deliveries, while narcotic use increased from 49 percent to 55 percent. The number of women forgoing painkillers dropped from 32 percent to 22 percent.) Date: Wed, 6 Jan 1999 17:03:44 -0800 From: firstname.lastname@example.org (MAPNews) To: email@example.com Subject: MN: Natural Childbirth Is Out, Drugs In Sender: firstname.lastname@example.org Reply-To: email@example.com Organization: Media Awareness Project http://www.mapinc.org/lists/ Newshawk: General Pulaski Pubdate: Mon, 04 Jan 1999 Source: Omaha World-Herald (NE) Copyright: 1999 Omaha World-Herald Company. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: http://www.omaha.com/ Forum: http://chat.omaha.com/ NATURAL CHILDBIRTH IS OUT, DRUGS IN How painful is childbirth? In surveys, women have rated it worse than a toothache, a migraine, a broken arm or even most cancer pain. No wonder "natural" childbirth without painkillers has lost favor in this country, while the controlled use of anesthetics during labor has grown. Despite this trend, controversy dogs the most effective method of pain relief, the epidural block, which numbs the woman below the waist. Epidurals have been accused of slowing labor, stopping it altogether and increasing the need for cesarean surgical delivery. A study in the latest issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association comparing epidurals to narcotic injections offers reassurance. Researchers at MCP Hahnemann University of the Health Sciences and the University of Toronto found that while epidurals slightly lengthen labor, they do not increase cesarean rates. And epidurals give women more complete pain relief, with fewer bad effects on their newborns, than narcotics such as Demerol or Fentanyl. "This information should be available to women so that they can make informed choices about labor pain relief," the authors conclude. The study is not likely to end the epidural debate, because it is a meta-analysis, combining the results of 10 clinical trials with a total of 2,369 patients. Meta-analyses have the advantage of large numbers but the disadvantage of mixing disparate study designs. "Will it settle the debate? Probably not," said Owen Montgomery, an obstetrician-gynecologist at Pennsylvania Hospital in Philadelphia. "But in our own practice, well-done epidural anesthesia does not appear to increase the cesarean-section rate. It's nice to see a meta-analysis confirm our clinical judgment." Natural childbirth, a movement that coincided with feminist calls for women to take control of their lives and bodies, was once touted as a superior method of delivery. But studies have shown that inadequate pain relief can do lasting harm by increasing the incidence of post traumatic stress disorder and postpartum depression. "A lot of sociopolitical stuff surrounds the issue of pain relief for childbirth," said Barbara Leighton, the director of obstetric anesthesia research at MCP Hahnemann and an author of the new study. "The problem is, labor really hurts a lot." The use of drugs to relieve labor pain has been growing, obstetricians say. One study found that from 1981 to 1992, epidural use increased from 16 percent to 29 percent of deliveries, while narcotic use increased from 49 percent to 55 percent. The number of women forgoing painkillers dropped from 32 percent to 22 percent. Leighton said the trend partly reflects the fact that babies are getting bigger and thus harder to push out. A nine-pound baby, a rarity in the 1950s, is now common. Another factor: Competition for obstetrical patients has led more hospitals to offer epidurals. An anesthesiologist gives a local anesthetic by way of a tiny tube, or catheter, inserted into the woman's lower spine. The drug relieves labor pain by numbing nerves leading to the lower half of the body. Leighton and her colleagues found several disadvantages to epidurals, compared with narcotics. Epidural labor lasted about an hour longer, instruments such as forceps that help with delivery by grasping the baby's head were more often used, and the mother more often had to be treated for a mild fever or slightly low blood pressure. But the difference in cesarean rate was not statistically significant - 8.2 percent for epidurals compared with 5.6 percent for narcotic injections. And women reported superior pain relief with epidurals. Their babies were born more alert, with less acid in their bloodstreams and with less need for noxalone, a drug that reverses the effects of narcotics. The findings are welcome, especially in the wake of recent reports of California hospitals denying epidurals to low-income women who couldn't pay for them, Montgomery said. "I am a firm believer in giving women the choice," he said. "I don't believe there is only one right way. The option of natural childbirth ... is important, but so is safe, effective anesthesia."
------------------------------------------------------------------- DrugSense Focus Alert No. 92 - "60 Minutes" feature on Swiss heroin successes (DrugSense asks you to write a letter to CBS praising Sunday's excellent newscast about Switzerland's heroin-maintenance program for otherwise untreatable addicts - sample letter included.) Date: Mon, 04 Jan 1999 11:14:52 -0800 To: email@example.com From: Mark Greer (MGreer@mapinc.org) Subject: DrugSense Focus Alert 60 Minutes Swiss Heroin PLEASE COPY AND DISTRIBUTE DrugSense FOCUS Alert #92 1/4/99 60 MINUTES Feature on Swiss Heroin Successes NOTE: MAKE A COMMITTMENT TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN 1999. A number of Media Awareness Project (MAP) letter writing activists are making New Year's resolutions such as committing to writing at least one letter a week responding to articles selected from the DrugSense Weekly newsletter, FOCUS Alerts, or any of our other news services. If you are willing to make any commitment even a letter a month please send us a note to that effect at MGreer@mapinc.org or post it to MAPTalk if you are subscribed. If all of our letter writing volunteers wrote just one letter a month we would generate over 30,000 letters in 1999. Since about 10% get published (see below URLs to improve your odds) that would be 3,000 published letters and likely have an advertising value over 3 MILLION DOLLARS!! You CAN make a BIG difference *** Your assignment should you choose to accept it: Sunday's 60 Minutes segment on the Swiss approach to heroin use was excellent! Please send them a letter of acknowledgement and encourage further coverage. (Sample Letter Below) Happy New Year, people! Let's make '99 a year that the prohibitionists will never forget :-) Thanks for your effort and support. WRITE A LETTER TODAY It's not what others do it's what YOU do *** PLEASE SEND US A COPY OF YOUR LETTER OR TELL US WHAT YOU DID ( Letter, Phone, fax etc.) Please post a copy your letter or report your action to the MAPTalk list if you are subscribed, or by E-mailing a copy directly to MGreer@mapinc.org Your letter will then be forwarded to the list with so others can learn from your efforts and be motivated to follow suit This is VERY IMPORTANT as it is the only way we have of gauging our impact and effectiveness. *** CONTACT INFO 60 Minutes Don Hewitt, Executive Producer CBS-TV 524 West 57th Street New York NY 10019-2985 212-975-2006 PHONE 212 975 2019 FAX E-Mail: 60M@cbsnews.com *** The CBS news program 60 Minutes had an outstanding report on the Swiss heroin maintenance program earlier this evening. You can view a preview video clip on the CBS web site at http://www.cbs.com -- click on the "news" menu button at the top of the page, then on the "programs" menu button at the top of the page, then the "60 Minutes" button at the side of the page, and you'll be at the 60 Minutes section of the site. Scroll down to the third report, and click on the preview to view the first half minute or so of the show. To send 60 Minutes positive feedback, follow the "feedback" link, or mail your comments to: 60 Minutes, 524 West 57th St., New York, New York 10019, or call (212) 975- 3247. The drug warriors will likely be doing the same, so it's important that our side makes its voices heard. To order a transcript, call (800) 777-TEXT, or to order a videotape, call (800) 848-3256. NOTE: Thanks to DRCNet for the text above *** ADDITIONAL INFO to help you in your letter writing efforts 3 Tips for Letter Writers http://www.mapinc.org/3tips.htm Letter Writers Style Guide http://www.mapinc.org/style.htm *** SAMPLE LETTER (SENT) Dear 60 Minutes: Your outstanding piece on the Swiss approach to heroin use deserves much praise and accolades. It is heartening indeed to see a show with the stature and reputation of 60 Minutes finally beginning to address and acknowledge some sensible alternatives to the ruinous wasteful and ineffective policies of incarceration, prohibition, and interdiction that the U.S. has foolishly adopted over the last few decades. Please continue to research and report on the topic of drug policies in general. To aid you in any future segments might I offer the information resources in the web sites below. DrugSense offers a wide array of accurate information on drug policy including a searchable archive of over 15,000 news articles specifically on drug policy matters. We also offer a terrific listing of drug war facts and much more. You might even consider doing a segment on the DrugSense organization. We are having a significant impact in educating the media and the public using our worldwide network of "NewsHawks," editors, and a talented and active membership that engage in letter writing and other educational activities. Thanks again for the great segment. Keep up the GREAT work! Mark Greer Executive Director DrugSense PO Box 651 Porterville, CA 93258 (800) 266 5759 MGreer@mapinc.org http://www.mapinc.org http://www.drugsense.org Just DO It!
------------------------------------------------------------------- Police Gunfire Terrifies Kids (The Vancouver Province, in British Columbia, says after two hours of surveillance, a team of six prohibition agents burst into a birthday party for 13 children yesterday in Abbotsford, shooting a dog three times in front of the kids just as they were about to dig into their cake, splattering blood on the face of a two-week-old baby. Four people were arrested but only one, an occupant of the house, was detained, at MSA Hospital, where he was spitting up blood. Witnesses said he and several others were beaten by police.) Date: Mon, 4 Jan 1999 21:51:29 -0800 From: firstname.lastname@example.org (MAPNews) To: email@example.com Subject: MN: Canada: Police Gunfire Terrifies Kids Sender: firstname.lastname@example.org Reply-To: email@example.com Organization: Media Awareness Project http://www.mapinc.org/lists/ Newshawk: firstname.lastname@example.org Source: Vancouver Province (Canada) Contact: email@example.com Website: http://www.vancouverprovince.com/ Copyright: The Province, Vancouver 1999 Pubdate: Mon, 4 Jan 1999 Author: Frank Luba, Staff Reporter, The Province POLICE GUNFIRE TERRIFIES KIDS A children's birthday party yesterday in Abbotsford turned into a police bust and parents are steaming mad about the behaviour of the emergency response team. The six-member team burst into what they termed a "known drug house" after a two-hour surveillance. One officer was attacked by Kona, a part pit-bull, and another officer shot the dog three times in front of the 13 kids at the party, who were just about to dig into their cake. Kona later died. "A two-week-old baby got blood spattered in its face," said Abbotsford resident Jason Rowsom, 28, who was at the party with his four children. "I had an automatic weapon trained on me when I had my six-month-old daughter in my arms. "What they did was just inexcusable. My kids are really traumatized." Sgt. Bill Emery, the Abbotsford investigating officer in the case, said surveillance only indicated two children were playing in the yard. But Rowsom said: "I watched them drive by and at one point I had eight of the kids out playing hockey." Said Emery: "If we had known there was a party going on, we would not have gone in. We regret it happening. This was just bad timing." Rowsom and Surrey mom Kim Raber, whose two children were also at the party, are both planning on filing complaints. Four people were arrested but only one, an occupant of the house, was detained and may face narcotics and weapons charges. The man detained was admitted to MSA Hospital and was spitting up blood, said Emery, who did not know the reason for the condition. Witnesses said the man and several others were beaten by police. Narcotics and weapons previously were seized at the same residence. Emery also said there was evidence of marijuana at the time of this bust. Victims' services workers were called to the scene. *** From: TNic251424@aol.com Date: Tue, 5 Jan 1999 23:36:39 EST To: firstname.lastname@example.org Subject: [cp] Re: The price we pay for ignorant acceptance of the List-Unsubscribe: (mailto:leave-cp-27149A@telelists.com) Reply-To: "Cannabis Patriots" (email@example.com) Hello People, I just looked up the Abbotsford Police Dept. on the net and they have a website that allows you to leave a "survey" that includes a nice good sized "comments" section. So I felt it necessary to give them a little rattle, er..rabble? The address is: http:/www.abbotsfordpolice.org/ Derek
------------------------------------------------------------------- Another failed police pot raid in Vancouver (A transcript of a newscast on the BCTV News Hour, in British Columbia, notes the Vancouver Police Emergency Response Team used a battering ram to carry out an armed assault on a "cute bungalow" 10:15 am Sunday as the occupant was in the bathroom getting ready for church. The police had obtained a warrant based on their claim that they smelled marijuana growing.) From: firstname.lastname@example.org (Cannabis Culture) To: email@example.com Subject: CC: Pot-police go home-invasion crazy! Date: Tue, 05 Jan 1999 08:15:50 -0800 Lines: 232 Sender: firstname.lastname@example.org Reply-To: email@example.com Organization: Cannabis Culture (http://www.cannabisculture.com/) Another failed police pot raid in Vancouver Transcript from BCTV News Hour Final Monday, January 4, 1999 Transcribed by Dana Larsen VOICE OVER: This cute bungalow was raided by the Vancouver Police Emergency Response Team at 10:15 am on Sunday. The resident was in the downstairs bathroom getting ready for church when the VERT smashed the door open with a battering ram. MAN IN HOUSE: I saw four men in the living room, in the dining room, heavily armed like a SWAT team. And there's also one man there, also holding a gun. And I was in a panic. All I could do was shake my hands, I put my hands up and then just as I get into the dining room they said "Don't move! We have a warrant to search this house!" and I said "For what? Can I see the warrant?" he said "In a minute." VOICE OVER: Police passing by earlier apparently smelled marijuana, and suspected a grow operation. Darcey Houdena (sp?) says he's a god-fearing taxpayer. He's been a nurse at St Paul's Hospital for 22 years, his religious pictures went flying when the ERT crashed in on him So how could police get a search warrant to break into his home when there was nothing there at all? Police say there were a number of grounds to support the warrant. POLICE SPOKESPERSON, CONSTABLE ANNE DRENNAN: First of all, there was what they felt was the smell of marijuana, a fairly strong smell of marijuana, in the area of the house itself. There were fairly large bags of fertilizer in the yard of the house... VOICE OVER: They also say there was a lot of heavy condensation on windows, common with grow operations. Darcey wonders if his spicy cooking for Philipinno relatives on New Year's Day, followed by burning some incense, led to the raid. CONSTABLE ANNE DRENNAN: I can tell you quite honestly there was no grow operation found. So in this case those factors didn't add up to the end result that we normally achieve. But we apologized profusely to this man, and we will make sure the damages are repaired. ANCHOR TED CHERNICKI: Even worse, is that this frightening experience happened to a man with a heart condition, and today Darcey Houdena had to miss work for a doctor's appointment. Yes, police are only human and they do make mistakes. Their decisions are based on the best information available to them at the time. But in police work, good information can be a matter of life and death. Now remember in 1992, police raided a house in Vancouver and found only a few ounces of marijuana, but 22 year old Daniel Possee was killed. It's that kind of mistake that has police openly critical of the law. GIL PUDER, VANCOUVER STREET POLICE: Why is it that we've created a hugely lucrative criminal black market? Why don't we start some slow progressive decriminalization, take away the money and take away the violence. We don't need any more Daniel Possee's. Contact: BCTV News firstname.lastname@example.org BCTV Online Forum: http://www.tv4bc.com/bctv/post/content/newscom/newscom.htm
------------------------------------------------------------------- Relaxation In The Air (A staff editorial in the New Zealand Herald says that when Parliament's select committee on health calls for a rethink of official attitudes to cannabis, there is a sense the ground is shifting. In August, the police told the select committee they were open to the idea of decriminalising the drug, meaning a fine for those found in possession, but no taint of a conviction. The Minister of Police holds similar views. When the Police administration, the minister and a conservative-led select committee venture down the path to more liberal cannabis laws, reform is definitely in the air. But let us tread very warily. Decriminalisation is one thing and it may be inevitable, but making the drug legal and allowing it to be grown for personal use is quite another.) Date: Tue, 12 Jan 1999 19:05:38 -0800 From: email@example.com (MAPNews) To: firstname.lastname@example.org Subject: MN: New Zealand: Editorial: Relaxation In The Air Sender: email@example.com Reply-To: firstname.lastname@example.org Organization: Media Awareness Project http://www.mapinc.org/lists/ Newshawk: email@example.com (David Hadorn) Pubdate: Mon, 4 Jan 1999 Source: New Zealand Herald (New Zealand) Copyright: New Zealand Herald Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: http://www.herald.co.nz/nzherald/index.html RELAXATION IN THE AIR When Parliament's select committee on health calls for a rethink of official attitudes to cannabis, there is a sense the ground is shifting. The campaign for legalisation, or at least decriminalisation, of the drug has been dripping on the rock of respectability for almost as long as reefers have been passed around at rock concerts and student parties. Is the country ready to regard it as just another relaxant? The law has long had little effect on the cannabis trade and its cultivation has become a major industry in some places. At this time of the year, the police spend plenty of time and money hunting out crops and growers, but not with quite the same will. In August, the police told the select committee they were open to the idea of decriminalising the drug, meaning a fine for those found in possession, but no taint of a conviction. The Minister of Police holds similar views. Now the committee has reported and it largely adopts the police stance. The committee suggests the Government should review existing policy on cannabis and reconsider its legal status. Further, it concludes from material placed before it that the mental damage of the drug has been overstated and that moderate use does not harm most people. When the Police administration, the minister and a conservative-led select committee venture down the path to more liberal cannabis laws, reform is definitely in the air. But let us tread very warily. Decriminalisation is one thing and it may be inevitable, but making the drug legal and allowing it to be grown for personal use is quite another. Our present social drugs cause enough damage; if we are going to move in the direction that one or two European states have roamed, we should do so only after careful evaluation of the dangers of the drug, not simply in surrender to its widespread use. Even if cannabis is as pervasive as it now seems, that would not be a reason to condone a health hazard. But its prevalence may be exaggerated in any case. In a survey in the Herald-DigiPoll series, 60 per cent of those questioned said they had never tried cannabis and never would. Another 24 per cent said they had tried it only a few times. Less than 3 per cent described themselves as regular users. Any survey that invites people to incriminate themselves obviously has difficulties but this one also found that only 3.3 per cent would be interested in the drug if it were legal. That figure could be expected to be much higher if fear was a significant factor in the response, although it supports the contention of the pro-cannabis people that decriminalisation or legalisation would not result in an upsurge of use. The law appears to be having little influence on behaviour either way. The select committee's suggested review is probably not going to be taken up by either of the main political parties before the next election but it could be a plank a minor party puts into a coalition agreement. The electorate should regard any such proposal with great care. The committee obviously feels more information is still needed, and that is wise. We are surely some way from confirming cannabis' semi-legitimacy when the jury has plenty to consider.
------------------------------------------------------------------- Drug Ban As Experts Probe Sudden Deaths Alert For Scottish Schizophrenics After Report Of Cardiac Arrest Link (Britain's Daily Mail says Sertindole, a controversial drug to treat schizophrenia, has been dramatically withdrawn from the market after reports of sudden death among users. The Danish manufacturer, Lundbeck Ltd, has suspended the drug following fears of heart complications. Nine British users and 36 throughout Europe have died since the drug appeared on the market in 1996. Heart problems had been developed by some patients involved in clinical trials in the United States. The withdrawal comes days after Health Secretary Frank Dobson announced plans to return mental patients to hospital if they refused to take medication, fundamentally acknowledging the failure of care in the community.) Date: Sun, 10 Jan 1999 10:24:53 -0800 From: email@example.com (MAPNews) To: firstname.lastname@example.org Subject: MN: UK: Drug Ban As Experts Probe Sudden Deaths Alert For Scottish Sender: email@example.com Reply-To: firstname.lastname@example.org Organization: Media Awareness Project http://www.mapinc.org/lists/ Newshawk: General Pulaski Pubdate: Mon, 4 Jan 1999 Source: Daily Mail (UK) Copyright: 1999 Associated Newspapers Ltd Contact: email@example.com Website: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/ DRUG BAN AS EXPERTS PROBE SUDDEN DEATHS ALERT FOR SCOTTISH SCHIZOPHRENICS AFTER REPORT OF CARDIAC ARREST LINK A CONTROVERSIAL drug to treat schizophrenia has been dramatically withdrawn from the market after reports of sudden death among users. The manufacturer of Sertindole has suspended the drug following fears of heart complications. Nine British users have died since the drug appeared on the market in 1996. A confidential memo from the Committee on Safety of Medicines circulated to British health bosses and psychiatrists instructs them to conduct an urgent review of all patients being given the drug and to block any further prescriptions. The drug was used to treat negative moods and hallucinations but 36 European patients who took Sertindole, also known as Serdolect, have died. The Danish manufacturer Lundbeck Ltd insists there is no evidence to implicate its drug in the deaths but is removing it from sale while the cases are examined. Psychiatrists and support organisations for schizophrenics have expressed concern that the drug was licensed for use in the UK. Heart problems had been developed by some patients involved in clinical trials in the United States. As a result, Sertindole was issued on the understanding that patients were given an ECG heart test before taking the drug and received regular monitoring. Government watchdog the UK Medicines Control Agency is believed to be concerned that there may have been cases of sudden cardiac death despite this precaution. The agency is reassessing the safety of Sertindole and is expected to report within three months. The temporary withdrawal of the drug means disruption in the treatment of around 90 Scottish schizophrenia patients. It comes days after Health Secretary Frank Dobson announced plans to return mental patients to hospital if they refused to take medication, fundamentally acknowledging the failure of care in the community. Dr David Cunningham Owens, spokesman for the Royal College of Psychiatrists, said he had known about problems with Sertindole for some time. 'I was very surprised that it was licensed in Britain, especially when we knew that there were several more of these new-style drugs in the pipeline which did not require regular ECG monitoring,'explained Dr Cunningham Owens of Edinburgh Royal Infirmary. Schizophrenic patients are notoriously difficult to monitor and medics prefer to prescribe medication that is easy to use. Dr Cunningham Owens added: 'The drug wasn't widely used for that reason.' Sertindole is one of a series of new-type anti-psychotic drugs developed in the early Nineties. Although more expensive than conventional medication for the treatment of schizophrenia, they are believed to deal effectively with symptoms without causing stigmatising side effects such as grimacing. Scottish pharmacies issued 1,064 prescriptions of the drug last year. There have been no reported deaths of Sertindole patients in Scotland. A Scottish Office spokesman urged patients to seek medical advice. 'Patients being treated with Serdolect or Sertin-dole should continue to take their tablets and see their doctor or nurse as soon as possible,' she said. The Committee on Safety of Medicines originally did not attempt to prevent the sale of Sertindole in Britain, despite being aware of the possible problems with its use. However chairman Professor Michael Rawlins admits members have had to reassess that position. British managing director of Lundbeck, Jarne Elleholm, said the company had moved to protect patients. He said: 'The deaths that have been reported are in no way necessarily caused by the drug. Schizophrenia patients have more than double the mortality rate of other people.' Shona Barcus, chief executive of the Scottish Association for Mental Health, said she welcomed the decision to remove Sertindole from the market. Mary Weir, of the National Schizophrenia Fellowship, said she was concerned that patients did not panic and stop taking the drug before being given a replacement. 'Terminating their treatment could prove even more risky,' she said.
------------------------------------------------------------------- Experience the Adventure of a Lifetime - Explore the Amazon and Machu Picchu with Peter Gorman (The tour guide and former High Times editor is leading "shamanic journeys" into the Peruvian jungle Feb. 6-19 and March 6-19, ayahuasca included.) Date: Mon, 04 Jan 1999 12:23:47 -1000 To: firstname.lastname@example.org From: prophets (email@example.com) Subject: Adventure of a Lifetime Sender: firstname.lastname@example.org Experience the Adventure of a Lifetime - Explore the Amazon and Machu Picchu with Peter Gorman A Powerful and Unforgettable Shamanic Journey February 6-19 & March 6-19, 1999 http://www.greatmystery.org/amazon.html Peter Gorman is a noted writer, adventurer and medicinal plant collector who is highly respected for his research into a wide variety of fields, including indigenous cultures, rainforest destruction, ethnopharmacology, and shamanism. "What to say about the trip? It was indescribable. I was awestruck for two weeks. In ten trips to the area I could not duplicate the experience orchestrated by Peter and his crew. My only advice to the would-be adventurer is...GO! As far as highlights of the trip, I wouldn't know where to begin. In fact, the whole experience was so amazing, wild and bizarre that I really don't want to share! You have to find out for yourself!" --J. F. Krabbenhoft "When I first agreed to do these trips into Peru's jungle I didn't know what to expect. My promise was simply to make things as interesting as I knew how and to introduce my guests to some of the most fascinating people I've ever known. Now, with four trips behind me, I realize that most of our guests are getting the trip of a lifetime; not the most comfortable, not the most pleasant in terms of creature comforts, but a trip which might actually shake their entire world view. The jungle and ayahuasca experiences are exceptional. I believe most of our previous guests would soundly agree with that. And Machu Picchu, of course, as well as the San Pedro ceremony, are also experiences of a lifetime. On top of which, I'm having the time of my life with these groups. Which is why I've agreed to do a few more Jaunts - February 6-19 & March 6-19, 1999." --Peter Gorman Full information on the Peter Gorman Amazon and Machu Picchu Jaunts may be found at - http://www.greatmystery.org/amazon.html or 1-888-777-5981.
------------------------------------------------------------------- Fear Makes Drug Abusers Avoid Clinics, Doctors Say (The Irish Times says an article in the Irish Medical Journal by doctors at the National Drug Treatment Centre reports that some pregnant "drug abusers" avoid ante-natal clinics because they are are afraid their babies will be taken from them. The authors, Dr John O'Connor and Dr D. Sloan, advocate methadone treatment for pregnant heroin abusers. An attempt to detoxify and become completely drug-free during pregnancy "is regarded as even more dangerous than continued drug use, being more stressful for the foetus than the mother.") Date: Mon, 4 Jan 1999 20:40:33 -0800 From: email@example.com (MAPNews) To: firstname.lastname@example.org Subject: MN: Ireland: Fear Makes Drug Abusers Avoid Clinics, Doctors Say Sender: email@example.com Reply-To: firstname.lastname@example.org Organization: Media Awareness Project http://www.mapinc.org/lists/ Newshawk: Martin Cooke (email@example.com) Source: Irish Times (Ireland) Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: http://www.irish-times.ie/ Copyright: 1999 The Irish Times Pubdate: 4 Jan 1999 Fax: ++ 353 1 671 9407 Mail: Letters to Editor, The Irish Times, 11-15 D'Olier St, Dublin 2, Ireland Author: Padraig O'Morain, Social Affairs Correspondent FEAR MAKES DRUG ABUSERS AVOID CLINICS, DOCTORS SAY Fear that their babies will be taken into care leads some pregnant drug abusers to avoid ante-natal clinics, doctors at the National Drug Treatment Centre have reported. Others are too busy raising money to finance their drug habit to attend routine ante-natal clinics, they write in an article in the Irish Medical Journal. The authors, Dr John O'Connor and Dr D. Sloan, advocate methadone treatment for pregnant heroin abusers. An attempt to detoxify and become completely drug-free during pregnancy "is regarded as even more dangerous than continued drug use, being more stressful for the foetus than the mother." Previously published estimates suggest that each year more than 150 women who are addicted to heroin - often in combination with anti-depressants and sleeping pills - give birth in Irish hospitals, almost all in Dublin. Heroin passes easily into the placenta, which supplies the foetus with nourishment. Higher than normal rates of distress, stillbirth, premature birth and congenital defects have all been reported where pregnant women are abusing heroin, the authors say. When born, the babies suffer withdrawal symptoms such as convulsions, irritability, disturbed sleep patterns and poor feeding. Older children born to drug addicts have been found to suffer developmental delay and hyperactivity, but it is still unclear how much of this is due to drug use during pregnancy and how much is due to being raised in an environment where the mother continues to use drugs, the authors write. Such an environment, they say, "is invariably a stressful one, with associated poverty, poor nutrition and concomitant use of cigarettes." On average, pregnant drug abusers take a month longer than other women to book into ante-natal clinics. This is partly because heroin abuse disrupts the menstrual cycle and the women may not realise that they are pregnant. Many of the women claim the ante-natal clinics are too difficult to get to, either because of where they are located or because they presume administrative barriers will be placed in their way. Some "have many other demands on their time and financing their drug habit may take precedence over routine ante-natal appointments, especially when perceived as not conferring them with any major benefits," the authors say. "Some women fear that their child will be taken from them into care and present even later for their ante-natal visit." Some are discovered to be addicted only when they begin to show withdrawal symptoms in the labour ward. At high risk during pregnancy are foetuses whose mothers go through cycles of withdrawal and relapse during the pregnancy, and are multiple drug users. The use of street drugs increases the exposure to hepatitis B or C and to HIV. Methadone treatment, say the authors, can reduce illicit drug use and needle sharing. "Criminal activity may also be reduced. Maternal nutrition is usually improved."
------------------------------------------------------------------- Five Die In Mafia Massacre In Sicily (According to the Scotsman, investigators said yesterday that the worst "Mafia-style" massacre in Italy in eight years was probably related to a clash for control of drug trafficking in Sicily - though that doesn't explain why two local soccer players were among the dead.) Date: Mon, 4 Jan 1999 20:40:28 -0800 From: email@example.com (MAPNews) To: firstname.lastname@example.org Subject: MN: Italy: Five Die In Mafia Massacre In Sicily Sender: email@example.com Reply-To: firstname.lastname@example.org Organization: Media Awareness Project http://www.mapinc.org/lists/ Newshawk: Martin Cooke (email@example.com) Source: Scotsman (UK) Contact: Letters_ts@scotsman.com Website: http://www.scotsman.com/ Forum: http://www.scotsman.com/ Copyright: The Scotsman Publications Ltd Pubdate: 4 Jan 1999 Author: Philip Pullella, In Rome FIVE DIE IN MAFIA MASSACRE IN SICILY INVESTIGATORS said yesterday that the worst Mafia-style massacre in Italy in eight years was probably related to a clash for control of drug trafficking in Sicily. They said they feared the shootings in Sicily on Saturday night could signal the start of a new war among crime clans in the south-east of the island after a period of relative peace. Five men in their 20s and 30s were mowed down in a burst of at least 40 bullets by two men who burst into a bar at a petrol station on Saturday night. The gunmen opened fire as the victims were drinking coffee and reading newspapers in the bar in south-eastern Sicily. They fled in a car driven by an accomplice. Police said at least three of the victims had previous criminal records. It was still not clear if the other two dead men, members of the town's football team, were members of criminal gangs or innocent witnesses killed because they had seen the gunmen. The owner of the bar hid behind the counter and was not hurt. Investigators said the massacre could have been the local Mafia's way of punishing a group of young upstarts trying to muscle in on drug trafficking. "This massacre is a sign showing the strength and ferocity of the Mafia," said Ottaviano Del Turco, the president of Italy's parliamentary anti-Mafia commission. The provincial police chief, Alfonso Vella, yesterday called on citizens to come forward and help police. "Rebel, break the wall of omerta [the Mafia code of silence], help us," he said, according to the ANSA news agency. The killing was the worst in Sicily since eight people were shot dead in the city of Gela in 1990. The victims were believed to be members of a clan of the Carbonaro and Dominante families, who are locked in a struggle with other families for control of drug rackets. "This could be seen as a lesson meted out to those who believed they could raise their heads and move about undisturbed because many Mafia bosses in this area are either in jail or on the run," said Giovanni Tinebra, an anti-Mafia magistrate from the town of Caltanissetta. Italian police have scored many successes against the crime group since 1992, when the Mafia killed the judges Giovanni Falcone and Paolo Borsellino and their bodyguards in two bomb attacks. Those outrages sparked a crackdown that led to the arrest of the Mafia's "boss of bosses", Salvatore "Toto" Riina, in 1993 after nearly a quarter of a century on the run. Since Riina's arrest, a number of top lieutenants who had been on the run with him have also been arrested. -------------------------------------------------------------------
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