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Shuttered Washington Heights lounge Apt. 78 set to re-open (5.21.14)

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A popular Washington Heights hotspot is set to re-open Tuesday after a five-day closure by police. Apt. 78 Cafe & Lounge was abruptly shuttered last week after it was busted for serving alcohol to underage customers and pouring drinks after hours, police sources told the Daily News.

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Lawmakers hear from experts on why heroin use is growing across New York state (5.20.14)

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As the heroin epidemic is rapidly gaining traction in areas all across the state, lawmakers are looking to absorb information from experts on ways to combat the troubling issue.

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Brooklyn substitute teacher and EMT caught selling heroin (5.20.14)

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A substitute teacher and an EMT have been arrested after being caught selling drugs. Lisa Testa and Joseph Meyer were arrested on Thursday after they were caught selling heroin and other narcotics. Brooklyn police reportedly caught the two as a result of an undercover sting operation, The New York Daily News reports.

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Marijuana dispensary hoax causes stir in Bed-Stuy (5.16.14)

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We've received several tips about flyers in Bedford-Stuyvesant and Crown Heights for "The Brooklyn Medical Marijuana Dispensary." A banner hung at the intersection of Nostrand Avenue and Herkimer Street notes that a medical marijuana dispensary called "Piazza Del Popolare" is "Coming Soon" to that lot, its combination of bad clip art and the imprimatur of the official NYC government logo lending it a whiff of legitimacy.

College kids more likely to drive after toking than after drinking (5.16.14)

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College freshmen in a new study were less likely to smoke marijuana than to drink alcohol, but they were much more likely to drive after smoking pot or to ride in a car with a driver who had.

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Powdered Alcohol, The New Four Loko? (5.15.14)

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U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer has called upon the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to immediately halt a new product from gaining federal approval.

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Social Host Law cuts out loopholes, holds adults accountable for underage drinking (5.15.14)

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Recently passed by the legislature, a proposed law will hold Erie County property owners accountable for allowing minors to drink. Time Warner Cable News reporter Antoinette DelBel has more on the Social Host Law.

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Report slams US tobacco child labor (5.15.14)

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An international rights group is pushing the federal government and the tobacco industry to take further steps to protect children working on U.S. tobacco farms.

A report released Wednesday by Human Rights Watch claims that children as young as 7 are sometimes working long hours in fields harvesting nicotine- and pesticide-laced tobacco leaves under sometimes hazardous conditions. Most of what the group documented is legal, but it wants cigarette makers to push for safety on farms from which they buy tobacco.

Study finds signs of brain changes in pot smokers (4.29.14)

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NEW YORK — A small study of casual marijuana smokers has turned up evidence of changes in the brain, a possible sign of trouble ahead, researchers say.

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NY Lawmakers Fighting Resurgence of Heroin (4.29.14)

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ALBANY, N.Y. — New York lawmakers have introduced a set of bills to help fight heroin with tougher penalties for dealers, more funding for overdose-reversal drugs and increased better coverage for treatment.

 

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