Tuesday, July 14, 2009
Atlantic City needle-exchange program shows mixed results
by The Star-Ledger Continuous News Desk
Monday January 19, 2009, 5:44 AM
First-year statistics show Atlantic City's needle-exchange program has been highly successful in distributing clean needles, but subpar in getting drug addicts into rehabilitation, according to a report in the Press of Atlantic City.
The report said Atlantic City gave out 60,001 needles between the start of the program and Jan. 5 and 52.9 percent of Atlantic City's needles have been returned to the city's Tennessee Avenue facility - an indication that used needles are not being passed on. Atlantic City ranked last among the four New Jersey programs in drug referrals, with just 74 as of Dec. 21.
Monday, July 13, 2009
Aw *&%&^$% 7:35 AM
BBC news reports on a study that swearing scientifically helps deal with pain by tapping into the brain's natural fight or flight response. It does say that casual swearing will lessen this effect but at least there is some provable evidence that expletives aren't entirely useless... :).
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Sunday, July 12, 2009
Be Afraid 6:41 AM
Somali-Americans Turn to Terrorism
Somalian students raised in Minneapolis are giving up dreams of becoming doctors or entrepreneurs to instead join a militant Islamist group aligned with Al Qaeda that is fighting to overthrow the shaky Somali government. The more than 20 young Americans are the focus of what may be the most significant domestic terrorism investigation since Sept. 11. One of the men, Shirwa Ahmed, blew himself up in Somalia in October, becoming the first known American suicide bomber. The men—who, growing up embraced, basketball and the prom and the Mall of America—appear to be motivated by a mix of politics, faith, and a feeling of loyalty to their homeland, and they are trying to recruit other young Americans to their cause. "This case is unlike anything we have encountered," said Ralph S. Boelter, the F.B.I. agent leading the investigation.
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