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Drug Cartel Dumps 72 Bodies Near US Border!

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The Mexican Marines uncovered 72 bodies dumped in a Mexican Ranch near the US border. It is so far the biggest single discovery of its kind in the continuing war of Mexico against drugs. The bodies were found at the Tamaulipas state, about 90 miles from the Texas border.

drug cartelAuthorities recognized 58 bodies of men and 14 bodies of women at the site. After a series or firefights between the marines and gang members, casualties were declared in both camps with three from the drug group and one from the marines. There were several gang members arrested while some still managed to escape.

The discovery of the bodies was first made known by a man who approached officers guarding a nearby checkpoint. He was able to escape and was wounded but still managed to give authorities information leading to the area which the troops were able to locate thru air surveillance. While they were flying near the area, shots were fired on them from the ground by the drug cartel members. In the aftermath of the fight, marines seized bullets, assault rifles, combat uniforms, and vehicles with forged license plates.

Alejandro Poire, a senior national security officer, told media that most of the victims were immigrants from countries like Ecuador, Honduras, Brazil, and El Salvador who were kidnapped as they made their way to the Texan border. The wounded man who gave authorities the information was, in fact, an Ecuadorean now confined at a hospital in Mexico.

Mexican cartels have moved into human smuggling in the last few years. They kidnap immigrants from the border and extort money and services from them. Some are forced to carry narcotics with them across the border while some are made into hitmen which serves their group.

Health & Wellness

Get Your Dose of Anti-Oxidants from Black Rice!

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There is another source of anti-oxidants that you may want to put on the dinner table – something that, in ancient times, only royalty was allowed to eat, at least according to a Chinese legend shared in a feature on CNN.com.

Black rice, for the ancient Chinese, was regarded as tasty and nutritious – but its rarity elevated it to food fit only for emperors. Fast forward to today, and black rice has retained the same qualities as in ancient times; the difference is that now, there are researchers who are working towards turning black rice into a dish that is more accessible to everyone – not just royalty.

black rice puddingBlack rice, like its cousin brown rice, contains bran rich in anti-oxidants, found in the outer layer that ends up getting removed in the milling process that is employed to produce the more common white rice. However, black rice-bran contains a plus factor: anthocyanins.

Anthocyanins are purplish-red pigments that are also found in grapes and blueberries. Anthocyanins have been related to such health benefits as decreased risk of hear disease and cancer, as well as improvements in memory.

As in brown rice, however, not everyone will be a fan of black rice. American Dietetic Association spokesperson Marissa Moore, R.D., shared that some people found it difficult to incorporate brown rice into their diets due to the fact that it tasted different and was chewier. In comparison, black rice is even chewier and more intense than brown rice.

Black rice is available in the United States in such supermarkets as Whole Foods.

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Anna Nicole’s Doctor Prescribed Dangerous Drug Doses, Says Pharmacist

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A pharmacist who refused to fill prescriptions made by Anna Nicole Smith’s doctors took the stand last Tuesday. Ira Freeman, a pharmacist who served the prescriptions of the troubled celebrity for five years, said that he finally refused a faxed request from Dr. Sanjeep Kapoor on September 16, 2006. The document contained a request from Dr. Khristine Eroshevich, Smith’s psychiatrist at that time, for six kinds of painkillers, muscle relaxants, and opiates all in large amounts.

anna nicole smithFreeman said he refused to issue the prescribed drugs that included Methadone, Ativan, Dilaudid, and Soma with each to be supplied in bottles for several hundred pills or in liquid forms with accompanying syringes. For Freeman, he was concerned that the prescriptions were excessive and if dosages were given to the patient in those large amounts, there will be fatal consequences.

He later called up Dr. Kapoor and said: “I wouldn’t fill this request and you won’t find a pharmacy in California that will fill it.” He added that all those dosing was a pharmaceutical suicide to which the doctor only replied “OK.”

He then talked to Dr. Eroshevich about his concerns, with the doctor telling him she was going to the Bahamas and that she needed the Dilaudid packed and iced so that she can bring it with her.  As he was desperate to be heard by anyone connected to Anna, he called up Howard K. Stern who frequently picked up Smith’s prescriptions and asked him to intervene with Dr. Eroshevich’ instructions.

In opening statements though, the defense stated that Dr. Eroshevich never planned to use all the drugs at one time on Anna. She was taking it with her to the Bahamas after Smith’s son died. She would have given them in small dosages to Ana to alleviate her pain and anxiety brought about by the recent tragedy that happened in her life.

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Tanning Salon Operates as Drug Haven for Teenagers

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Police have successfully busted eight people in a tanning salon at Chickamauga for selling prescription drugs to teenagers. The owners of Jamaica Me Tan salon and six others were charged with running a prescription drug business that targets the teenage population.

prescription drugsThree months ago, reports have reached authorities that a lot of teenagers were loitering in the parking lot of the tanning salon and so they started their investigation. Police believed that drug operation in the salon has been happening in the last four months. Some of the neighboring business owners have already suspected something odd was going on in the tanning salon, but they never thought of a drug operation. One particular businessman in the community observed that ever since the salon operated, it was never open on a regular basis and that its electricity was often turned off.

During the operation, salon owners Charles and Tina Hill were caught and evidence that they were selling prescription meds were seized. The main drugs found were Xanax, Hydrocodine, and Oxycontin. The couple had help distributing these drugs to young kids mostly teens. Michael Hooper, Sean Glover, John Bradshaw and Zachary Edwards were all charged with helping with the operation. They were selling and distributing the drugs in Chickamauga’s baseball fields which were all across the Holland-Watson Veterans Memorial Park.

To cover up their illegal services, a warning sign was posted on the window of the locked and dark salon which says, “Teenagers, if you are not tanning you can-not hang out! You know this already! Bye!! Respect & leave.”

Although the couple owner had no previous records for drug selling, the woman was involved and was charged with writing bad checks in Catoosa County in 1999.

Pregnancy & Fertility

Alanis Morissette: Pregnant, Glowing and Laying Off Pot

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Many stars turn to Twitter to make happy announcements and react to issues, and on Wednesday singer Alanis Morissette tweeted her pregnancy to the world: “Yes, happy news—I’m pregnant.” She also listed it down as the last item in a feature called “25 Things You Don’t Know About Me” in Us Magazine, according to a feature on the Daily Mail.

Alanis MorisetteThe Canadian singer behind the phenomenal album Jagged Little Pill married rapper “Souleye” Tredway in May, after dating for eight months. She was previously engaged to actor Ryan Reynolds, but the couple split in 2007.

Alanis is five months into her pregnancy, and she talked a little bit more about it in an appearance on the late show Chelsea Lately on Wednesday night. She shared that the news came as a shock, saying she did not exactly go to the doctor because she thought she was pregnant; she mentioned in passing that she was late, and after her doctor checked she was told “well, this looks like the scan of a pregnant lady.”

She and her doctor then had a quick joke about how the probability of her not being pregnant is about the same probability as her doctor getting a sex change.

Since she was on Chelsea Lately to promote a guest starring role that she has on the show Weeds, the conversation eventually turned to marijuana. When host Chelsea Handler asked her for her opinion on marijuana and the legalization of marijuana, Alanis Morissette admitted: “I enjoy it sometimes, but not while I’m pregnant, obviously!”

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26 Years in Prison for DUI Driver!

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Last November, two men were killed in Santa Cruz due to a head-on collision in a highway, all because of the driver of the van was drunk while driving. It’s a tragic loss that families of the deceased have not gotten over with and probably will never do so.

DUISherri Lee Chinn will face 26 years in prison as she pleaded guilty to two counts of voluntary manslaughter and one count of driving under the influence fatality. The court has set September 15 as the date she will face the consequence of her actions.

The incident took place on November 1 when Chinn was driving a van south of the Highway 1 in north Santa Cruz. She suddenly veered into traffic and hit Jose Barrientos who was driving his Harley. Barrientos’ wife was driving a black BMW behind him, saw what happened to her husband, and then managed to maneuver the car and avoid getting hurt too. Their infant daughter was in the car with her and did not get hurt. Jose wasn’t lucky enough as he died instantly on the scene.

There were also two men with Chinn in the van — Christopher Bliss, who was the registered owner of the van, and Melvin Osborn. Bliss was taken to the hospital but died a few days later. Osborn was left with a fractured left rib, injured left clavicle, and other injuries but fortunately survived. When Sherri took the breath alcohol test, a whopping 0.27 registered on the meter.

Prior to the accident, she already had convictions for driving under the influence in 2001 and 2004 and her license was suspended when it all happened. According to police, Chinn admitted that she was a binge drinker and that she enrolled in a program to get treated.

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George Michael Arrested in London for Pot!

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From across the Atlantic, singer George Michael was arrested on pot possession and driving under the influence in London, according to a feature on RadarOnline.com. He was later released on bail.

George MichaelThis is the latest in a list of run-ins with the law for George Michael. Last month, he was charged with driving under the influence after crashing his car into a building in Hampstead, North London. In 2008, he was caught in a public toilet with crack cocaine and marijuana, and was arrested. The year before that, he was banned from the road for two years in UK on charges of “unfit driving through tiredness and prescription medication.”

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Former Bachelor Winner Maribel Delgado Faces DUI Charge!

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Forty-two year-old Maribel Delgado, winner of the sixth season of the reality TV show The Bachelor, was arrested and charged with DUI in Florida. Her mug shot is now added to a growing gallery of celebrity mug shots.

Maribel DelgadoAuthorities said that Delgado was arrested at 12:45 a.m. Eastern Thursday in Tampa, Florida. She was charged with a misdemeanor driving under the influence; she refused to submit to a blood alcohol test, and was released on $500 bail. This is not the first time that Delgado was arrested, however. She was also arrested in Seminole, Florida, in 2007, on battery charges; she was said to have punched ‘Bachelor’ Brian Velvick in the face.

Delgado was a former cheerleader for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. She was a contestant on The Bachelor in 2003 and 2004, getting a proposal from ‘Bachelor’ Brian Velvick in her second appearance on the show.

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Fantasia Barrino Rushed to Hospital due to Drug Overdose!

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Former American Idol champion Fantasia Barrino was rushed to a hospital in Charlotte, North Carolina, on Wednesday due to a drug overdose, according to a feature on ABC News. Fantasia’s hospitalization was revealed by her manager, Brian Dickens.

Fantasia BarrinoDickens said in a statement: “Fantasia is stable now. She will be released from the hospital soon. Fantasia will be fine. This is not the hardest thing Fantasia has endured.”

The singer’s overdose was the result of the ingestion of too much aspirin and sleeping medication, complicated by the fact that she was exhausted and dehydrated.

The press release also mentioned the controversy that Fantasia found herself in recently; she has been named as the “other woman” in a divorce case filed by Paula Cook against her husband, Antwaun Cook. Before her overdose, Fantasia reportedly read a court complaint that mentioned her involvement with Mr. Cook. There are various reports that indicate that Fantasia’s overdose was an attempted suicide, although Mr. Dickens’ official statement does not specifically say that was the case.

Radaronline.com reportedly found out that the police report on the incident classified it as an “801-suicide,” according to a feature on the Associated Content.

Dickens confirmed in the statement that Fantasia was involved with Cook, but stressed that the singer was under the impression that he and his wife were no longer together. The statement indicated that Fantasia and Cook “dated on and off for about eleven months.”

The statement, released on August 10, read: “Fantasia is heartbroken and is sorry for any pain she may have caused. Yesterday, she was totally overwhelmed by the lawsuit and the media attention.”

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Eric Roberts Walks the Red Carpet Sober for the First Time!

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Actor Eric Roberts, elder brother of Julia Roberts and dad of teen actress Emma Roberts, marked a milestone on Tuesday: according to a feature on the San Francisco Chronicle, Roberts shared that it was the first time that he was able to walk sober on the red carpet. Tuesday was the Los Angeles premiere of his new action movie, The Expendables.

Eric RobertsEric Roberts is one of the celebrities seeking help for addiction – and sharing the journey to sobriety – on television, through the VH1 reality show Celebrity Rehab. In the latest season, Roberts joins Jeremy London, Leif Garrett, Janice Dickinson, and Rachel Uchitel. Shooting for the show began last month.

Roberts turned to Dr. Drew Pinsky to seek help for addiction to marijuana, and he said that the rehab program is “doing well,” as evidenced by his walking the red carpet – un-stoned. Roberts told E! Online: “I have never walked down a red carpet without being stoned in my life until tonight,” as shared in the article.

Previously, Roberts did not fully reveal the details of his addiction, with his publicist Chuck Jones saying only that “It’s not for anything serious. He’s not hooked on prescription meds or hard drugs or anything like that.”

In 1987, Eric Roberts was said to have been arrested for possession of cocaine and marijuana. His struggle with cocaine continued well into the 1990s, according to the feature.

His wife Eliza told E! Online that Eric used marijuana to treat anxiety: “He uses marijuana as a medication. He has a prescription… However, a dependency is a dependency and he doesn’t want to be dependent on it anymore.”

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