McClatchy-Tribune News Service
News Budget for papers of Sunday, April 27, 2014
Updated at 6 p.m. EDT (2200 UTC).
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^Families head to Colorado so sick kids can get medical marijuana<
COLO-POT-FAMILIES:KC _ Otis Reed will soon move to Colorado so he can get marijuana every day.
No hurry. One night last week, he happily chomped on string cheese and broccoli. Well, spit broccoli out anyway, the florets landing on the toy frog in his lap.
Otis is 2. He and little ones like him have become the new face of America's discussion about marijuana. Forget Bill Maher and Willie Nelson for now _ that's old weed thinking.
Now it's about kids who suffer hundreds of seizures every day because of epilepsy and other neurological disorders. A growing number of health professionals, buoyed by new research and positive results, say medical marijuana, specifically an oil extract called Charlotte's Web, can help those children.
1750 (with trims) by Donald Bradley in Kansas City, Mo. MOVED
^US Senate race in Hawaii pits opposing wings of Democratic Party<
HAWAII-SENATE:LA _ In primaries across the country _ in Idaho, Kentucky, Mississippi and other states _ Republicans are locked in a heart-and-soul battle between purists and pragmatists clashing over what it means to represent the party, its philosophy and core values.
Here in Hawaii there's a similar fight over power and purpose, but this one is between Democrats. It's a fight for a U.S. Senate seat, a rare enough prize in a state that has elected just six people senator since statehood in 1959. But it is also a battle over age and gender, over ethnicity and identity, over old grudges and new tensions.
Rivalries and historical resentments often surface in Hawaii politics _ sometimes years later, like a bottle cast to sea _ and the fierce contest between appointed Sen. Brian Schatz and his fellow Democrat, Rep. Colleen Hanabusa, is no different.
1100 (with trims) by Mark Z. Barabak in Honolulu. MOVED
^In Miami, there's no shortage of Medicare fraud to keep prosecutors busy<
MEDICARE-FRAUD:WA _ If there ever was any question that Miami is the champ when it comes to health care fraud, a peek inside Medicare's list of banned providers should settle it.
Of all the people and businesses in the federal government's "exclusions database," Miami tops the list _ and does so by a long shot, according to a McClatchy analysis.
Of the medical providers in the database, 1,491 list Miami addresses. Second place: Los Angeles, with a relatively meager 522 names. They're followed by Phoenix; Brooklyn, N.Y.; and Houston in the top five.
1100 (with trims) by Chris Adams in Washington. MOVED
^In South Carolina, leaders reconsider drilling along the coastline<
SCAROLINA-DRILLING:WA _ The push to start drilling in the Atlantic Ocean is gaining momentum and dividing people along the grand coast of South Carolina, where some local leaders fear what it could mean for tourism.
"If we had an event like they had in the Gulf it would be devastating for us," said Hilton Head Mayor Drew Laughlin, referring to the April 2010 drilling rig explosion that killed 11 and gushed 200 million gallons of oil into the Gulf of Mexico. "Our beach and our environment are our signatures. Our entire economy is built on hospitality."
The Interior Department recently endorsed seismic testing to find out how much oil and gas lies off the coast of the Carolinas and other Atlantic states, a key move toward allowing drilling for the first time in decades. Not content to wait, members of South Carolina's congressional delegation have introduced bills demanding that the drilling be approved.
1050 (with trims) by Sean Cockerham in Washington. MOVED
^Family prays for miracle to bring children home<
STOPPED-ADOPTION:FT _ Laura and Greg Richardson won't give up.
Nearly every other month, they receive photos of their adopted son and daughter, Josias and Mercy, in the mail.
The pictures, which they carefully place in frames and put on the mantel, give the Keller, Texas, couple a glimpse into their children's lives halfway around the world, in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
But the Richardsons say photos aren't enough. They want their two youngest children home with them.
The Richardsons formally adopted the two children from Congo last summer, but officials there won't let them leave the country.
1100 (with trims) by Anna M. Tinsley in Fort Worth, Texas. MOVED
^Pope John Paul II leaves legacy as sex educator<
RELIG-JOHNPAUL:PG _ When Pope John Paul II died in 2005, admirers cited his inspiring of multitudes the world over and his role as the spiritual catalyst of the nonviolent overthrow of Soviet-bloc communism.
Critics saw him as a reactionary who bolstered the papacy's authoritarian grip, upheld male and clerical privilege and responded slowly to the crisis of sexually abusive priests and the bishops who enabled them.
But some of John Paul's greatest admirers say his legacy is growing in an area that got scant mention in his obituaries nine years ago: as a sex educator.
1200 (with trims) by Peter Smith in Pittsburgh. MOVED
^In Syria, war is woven into childhood<
SYRIA-CHILDFIGHTERS:LA _ The baby-faced boy waited patiently for his turn at the small ice cream shop, his Kalashnikov balanced precariously over his shoulder. The rifle was pointed down and his hand occasionally cupped the muzzle, far from the proper way to carry a gun.
He stood just a few inches taller than the wafer cones stacked high on the side of the freezer. When it was finally his turn, he ordered cherry and pistachio ice cream in a waffle cone.
His soft, light brown hair was mostly pulled back by a green-and-black kaffiyeh, revealing a pre-pubescent face without even a hint of facial hair. He said he was a fighter with the Suqoor al Sham group, a member of the Islamic Front, and fought on the front lines nearby.
950 by Raja Abdulrahim in Aleppo, Syria.
^BEST OF NEWSFEATURES<
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^Last of the whalers<
WHALERS:MI _ Standing on the rocky shore, the tall, graying man looks pensively through drizzling rain at the dark clouds, listens to the angry sea and wonders if nature will deny him a whale yet another day.
Don't call him Ishmael. Call him Kingsley. Kingsley Stowe is among what could be the last in a long line of whalers from this tiny island.
It's whale-hunting season, and islanders are hungry for the savory meat they say tastes like beef, and the oil used in a variety of homemade remedies. But there have been only sparse sightings of the breaching humpbacks that routinely migrate south from their northern feeding grounds _ and no captures.
Whaling was once a big and profitable business in Bequia.
Now, islanders work under a quota that caps the take at no more than four whales during the four-month season from February to May _ and so far this year, they've struck out, with the only humpback spotted and harpooned managing to escape.
1900 (with trims) by Jacqueline Charles in Bequia, St. Vincent. MOVED
^Combat veterans battle an enemy within: addiction<
VETERANS-ADDICTION:PH _ The first time Pearson Crosby went to the methadone clinic at the Philadelphia VA Medical Center in early 2013, he asked his father to go with him.
But couldn't tell him why.
Crosby, who played varsity basketball at Council Rock High School South, had served four years in the United States Marine Corps, with two tours in Iraq.
When he came home from war in late 2008, he soon faced another scourge _ addiction to prescription pain medications. His life descended into another hell, one maybe worse than war.
2500 (with trims) by Michael Vitez in Philadelphia. MOVED
^Veterans bike through Vietnam to help heal wounds of war<
VIETNAM-BIKING:WA _ Whenever Army Maj. Yancy Baer deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan _ and when he came home the last time in 2009 to face the amputation of a leg _ Vietnam veterans were always there to greet him and lend their support.
Baer is now returning the favor. He and six other cyclists, including three other wounded Afghanistan and Iraq war vets, completed a 320-mile journey earlier this month through the former battlefields of central Vietnam.
Their mission: to raise money for Vietnam veterans who want to return to this southeast Asian country for the first time since the war but can't afford to make the trip.
900 (with trims) by Charlie Reed and Drew Brown in Hue, Vietnam. MOVED
^Operation Comfort strives to help vets 'reinvent their dreams'<
VIETNAM-BIKING-FOUNDER:WA _ Janis Roznowski has made it her mission to provide comfort to wounded veterans of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.
While working as a flight attendant in 2003 on military charters from the United States to Kuwait, some of the first soldiers Roznowski met were from a reserve unit. Most of them had been college students just weeks earlier. Now they were on their way to combat in places such as Baghdad, Ramadi and Fallujah.
600 (with trims) by Charlie Reed and Drew Brown in Da Nang, Vietnam. MOVED
^Tribes irked by slow start to US land buyback program<
TRIBES-LAND:WA _ Is 10 years enough time to buy 10 million acres of land?
Maybe not, at least for the U.S. government.
Many of the nation's tribal leaders say the Obama administration is moving far too slowly with a massive plan to spend $1.9 billion to buy back thousands of parcels of land that have been sold over the years on U.S. Indian reservations.
Congress signed off on the huge land buy in 2010 to settle a lawsuit, after royalties from Indian land never made it back to the tribes as promised.
Since the program officially launched in 2012, the Department of Interior has focused the bulk of its work on just three tribes.
Critics fear the department won't have enough time to meet its goal of buying land for at least 150 tribes before the program expires in 2022.
1200 (with trims) by Rob Hotakainen in Washington. MOVED
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^In Afghanistan, childhood is often a full-time job<
AFGHAN-CHILDREN:LA _ Sami Rahimi sleeps fitfully on a bread rack above the cold concrete floor of a bakery. He rises at 5 a.m., sweeps up, washes in a pan of chilly water, then prays.
Before the sun has risen, Sami is pushing a dented wheelbarrow through the dim streets, at 13 still a tiny figure among the vegetable hawkers and butchers slicing bloody flanks of sheep from carcasses hung on hooks. He gathers water from a public well and takes it back to the bakery.
By 6 a.m., the gas-fired stone kiln is glowing a fiery red. Dough is flung against its curved walls to bake.
Sami sweeps a platform where hot flatbread is stacked for sale. He then sits cross-legged to begin the long hours of selling each loaf for 10 afghanis, about 20 cents, to customers who thrust worn bills through a window that he opens and closes with a long metal hook.
Child labor is endemic in Afghanistan, despite vaguely written laws that prohibit children younger than 14 from working full time.
1700 (with trims) by David Zucchino in Kabul, Afghanistan. MOVED
^Vegas' water drying up<
LASVEGAS-DROUGHT:LA _ Deep beneath Lake Mead, a 23-foot-tall tunnel-boring machine grinds through stubborn bedrock in a billion-dollar effort to make sure water continues flowing to this thirsty resort city.
For six years, the Southern Nevada Water Authority has been building an intake straw below the reservoir's two existing pipes. Due for completion in fall 2015, critics say it may not provide a long-term solution.
An ongoing drought and the Colorado River's stunted flow have shrunk Lake Mead to its lowest level in generations. The reservoir, which supplies 90 percent of Las Vegas' water, is ebbing as though a plug had been pulled from a bathtub drain. By mid-April, Lake Mead's water level measured just 48 feet above the system's topmost intake straw.
1600 (with trims) by John M. Glionna in Las Vegas. MOVED
^Misdiagnosed bipolar: One girl's struggle to get the right treatment<
MED-PANS:SJ _ One day, Tessa Gallo was a typical sixth-grader, performing in school plays, running on the track team, goofing around with her two sisters and giggling with girlfriends at sleepovers.
The next, said her mother, Teresa, "She was psychotic and mentally retarded."
In bizarre and frightening scenes, Tessa acted as frantic as a caged animal. At times she seemed catatonic, with food falling out of her mouth because she somehow couldn't swallow. She repeated the same few sentences over and over.
And finally, she said nothing at all. Not a word.
Doctors diagnosed her with bipolar disorder, prescribed psychiatric drugs that didn't work and sent the San Jose family on a nightmarish odyssey.
Then, suddenly, more than 10 months into the Gallos' terrifying ordeal, a pair of Stanford University doctors told the family that Tessa wasn't bipolar at all. She was probably suffering from a tragically misdiagnosed condition that mimics mental illness in a way doctors are only starting to understand.
2500 (with trims) by Julia Prodis Sulek in San Jose, Calif. MOVED
^Suspect in shootings at Jewish centers shows that hate is hard to handle<
KANSAS-SHOOTING-HATE:KC _ In 1987, Frazier Glenn Miller Jr. wrote a six-page letter to a federal judge, pleading for leniency.
The white supremacist said he had always tried to work within the legal system. Accused at the time of plotting a revolution against the government and stockpiling a cache of weapons and explosives, Miller said his only goal was to unite and organize white people.
"I would never have harmed a living soul," wrote the then 47-year-old. "Frankly, I don't have it in me. I never at any time intended to harm anyone. They were only words."
In the almost 25 years since being released from prison, Miller continued to spew his hatred of Jewish people, tossed a white supremacist newspaper on lawns in southwest Missouri and drew enough concern from law enforcement that some kept a file on him. But he managed to stay out of the courtroom _ he even dropped off law enforcement's radar in the past year or two.
1750 (with trims) by Judy L. Thomas and Laura Bauer in Kansas City, Mo. MOVED
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