More Suicides in Army Than Combat-Related Deaths

 

sad t-rex by Flickr user iJammin, licensed by Creative Commons

He’s sad and needs help.

The Department of the Army just released statistics for 2012 showing that there have been more deaths due to suicide over combat-related deaths.  This year alone there has been 212 deaths because of combat, a number too high, but 303 deaths have been from suicide.  The Department of the Army included the 303 suicides are from soldiers in active duty, Reserve, and the National Guard.

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Camden Man Slits Throats on PCP

Bloody Water 4, by Flickr user Link.Q, licensed by Creative Commons

Phencyclidine also known as PCP is a hallucinogenic drug that when smoked can cause violent outbursts and thrashing.  Oswaldo Rivera, from Camden, New Jersey has learned this the hard way after smoking the drug “wet”; “Wet” is the street term used to describe the combination of PCP and marijuana.  Rivera is being charged with murder and attempted murder after he broke in to an apartment and slit the throats of two young children.  The 6 year old boy passed away and his 12 year old sister was sent to the hospital in critical condition.  Cops linked the murder to Rivera after they had found footprints on the scene that had matched his bloody shoes.  The hallucinogenic drug does not normally produce such violent effects, users are usually incoherent and spaced-out.

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The Fire Rises: Hells Angels Lawsuit Heats Up

Hells Angels, the infamous motorcycle group from southern California, are filing suit in federal court against the United States. The dispute stands over the US’s ban of foreign members of the gang entering the country. Members of the Hells Angels have been convicted of multiple crimes, including drug trafficking, extortion, and other felonies in North America, South America, Europe.  The U.S. has classified the Hells Angels as a “known criminal organization,” but due to the suit the government is in the process of fielding the request for an injunction in which they cannot associate the Hell’s Angels with violence and crime.

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Big Pharma Company Settles with Idaho for $1.7 Million

Pills, by Flickr user "higlu", licensed via Creative Commons.Watson, which is among the top five generic drug companies in the world recently agreed to pay $1.7 million to the state of Idaho to settle allegations of consumer fraud. The consumer, in this case, being the government. Lawrence Wasden, the Idaho Attorney General, filed lawsuits in 2007 against various pharmaceutical companies, Watson included. These lawsuits were meant to recover taxpayer money, claiming the pharmaceutical companies earned extra money unlawfully by reporting an inflated price for their generic drugs.

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