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CVS Snubs Tobacco Products (2.6.14)

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CVS, the nation's second-largest pharmacy chain, said Wednesday it would stop selling all cigarettes and tobacco products nationwide by October, saying they have no place in a drugstore company that is trying to become more of a health-care provider.

NEWS STORY: ABC News 7

 

 

Faith leaders wrestle over growing support for marijuana (2.5.14)

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According to a 2013 survey from the Public Religion Research Institute, 58 percent of white mainline Protestants and 54 percent of black Protestants favor legalizing the use of marijuana. On the other side, nearly seven-in-10 (69 percent) white evangelical Protestants oppose it.

NEWS STORY: Washington Post

 

 

12 Arrested in Crown Heights Crack Ring Bust, DA Says (2.1.14)

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CROWN HEIGHTS — A dozen crack cocaine dealers who peddled their wares within a block of a school were arrested this week in Crown Heights following a yearlong sting operation, officials announced Thursday.

Live Music Bar to Open Below Columbia Street Childcare Center (2.1.14)

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COLUMBIA STREET WATERFRONT DISTRICT — A Columbia Street childcare center’s new neighbor will be singing more than just nursery rhymes.

Governor seeks to ban EBT cards at strip clubs, liquor stores & casinos (1.29.14)

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Governor Andrew Cuomo’s latest budget proposal would prevent New Yorkers from withdrawing public-assistance funds at liquor stores, casinos and strip clubs.

Multiple states have passed similar measures in recent years, after congressional Republicans passed a bill banning E.B.T. debit card withdrawals at liquor stores and strip clubs in early 2012.

NEWS STORY: WBFO 88.7

 

 

Should NFL consider allowing medical marijuana? (1.29.14)

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There are only two states in the country where recreational marijuana use is legal (Washington and Colorado) and the NFL teams from those two states are playing in Super Bowl XLVIII. So it probably shouldn't come as any surprise that NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell was asked about his thoughts on medical use. Read more on what he has to say.

NEWS STORY: Battle Creek Enquirer (USA Today Sports)

 

 

Kids snorting Smarties candy (1.21.14)

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There's a dangerous new trend that involves the popular candy Smarties. Instead of eating them, kids are snorting them. They're crushing the candy and inhaling it, in videos seen all over YouTube. The motivation behind the crushing and snorting of Smarties isn't known.

 NEWS STORY: New York Daily News

 

Hospitals warm to Cuomo’s marijuana plan (1.21.14)

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Ten hospitals identified by the state, five are based in New York City or Long Island, including the Montefiore Health Network, which operates 20 primary care sites in the Bronx and Westchester County along with its main hospital in Manhattan. Along with the medical centers in White Plains and Rochester, others that have expressed interest are Roswell Park Cancer Institute in Buffalo and hospitals in Albany and Clinton County.

Technology Ensures School Bus Drivers Are Sober Behind the Wheel (1.21.14)

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A recent presentation at the Rochester Area Transportation Supervisor's Association in New York State on Drug and Alcohol awareness met U.S. federal requirements as stated in law §382.603.

Proposed Tobacco Settlement Excludes Black Media (1.16.14)

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The U.S. Justice Department and the Tobacco-Free Kids Action Fund have reached an agreement with the four major tobacco companies that requires them to spend more than $30 million advertising with the three major television networks and run full-page ads in 35 White and Hispanic newspapers as well as purchasing space on their respective websites but not make a single purchase from a Black print or broadcast media company.

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