• St. Louis heroin addicts get a shot to rebuild lives

    Updated: 3 hr ago

    ST. LOUIS • After years of being a frequent flier in and out of Missouri’s prison system, Dante Bonzano seems to have something new on his mind: a conscience. “My poor mom,” he said. And the mother of his three children? “I put that woman through hell the past 10½ years,” he said. Bonzano, 33, of south St. Louis, used to ignore the wrath of addiction because booze and heroin were king. He kept using even when people around him died from overdoses. Drug treatment behind bars or in the community didn’t work. Until now. For the past seven months, Bonzano has been trying a medication-assisted treatment plan that he credits for helping save his life and family. Each month, as per the terms of

  • Ohio community seeks clues, fights fear after 6 women vanish

    Updated: 11 hr ago

    CHILLICOTHE, Ohio (AP) — The fate of six women — four of them dead, two missing for months — has people on edge in this small southern Ohio city as relatives seek clues, seemingly in vain, to whatever happened to their loved ones. Grieving family members and nervous residents worry about a serial killer in their midst. Police say they aren't ruling anything out, but say it's more likely the women's troubled histories caught up with them in deadly ways. All were drug addicts and several had prostituted themselves to feed their habit. Police also say that because the women ran in the same circles, someone knows the fuller story. "There's that one person out there that has the information that's going to break this c

  • W.Va. Capitol walk July 11 takes aim at drug addiction

    Updated: 14 hr ago

    CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Community activists plan a Charleston awareness walk in one week to tackle the stigma of drug addiction. Organizers of the Capitol grounds walk on July 11 want participants to gain strength and hope by meeting others with similar stories. The walk is being sponsored by a group called Warriors of Hope. Volunteer Susan Busby tells the Charleston Gazette and Mail (http://bit.ly/1KAXNV0) they want to show that addiction affects people from all walks of life. The walk is intended to put a face on the problem. Busby says her own son is a heroin addict. Busby and several others started the Warriors for Hope to counter drug addiction and offer support. ___ Information from: The Charl

  • St. Louis-area law enforcement leads initiative to tackle heroin cases

    Updated: 15 hr ago

    ST. LOUIS • The 40 or so police officers, special agents, prosecutors and investigators who sat in the training room shared some heroin battle stories: • The autistic boy who sat in the child abuse investigator’s office, imitating the gurgling noises he heard when his mom overdosed. • The heroin dealer who slept with a gun stuffed in a pillowcase resting across his stomach, in case police raided his house. • The addict who gave birth to a baby addicted to methadone who wouldn’t let the grandmother care for the baby as she continued to use. They were not at the St. Louis Regional Heroin Summit to simply swap battle stories — they wanted to agree to a battle plan.

  • The Oklahoman, Oklahoma City, Jenni Carlson column

    Updated: Fri, Jul 3, 2015

    EL RENO – Tyrone Lewis made a decision as a freshman at El Reno. He let people know about it, too. “I’m going to be the head coach here,” he would say. It was a quite a proclamation for a kid who’d done anything to get kicked out of school only a few years earlier. Pick a fight. Talk back. He hated being there, so lots of days, he’d find a way out. But wrestling changed all that. Wrestling became his way out. Now, he’s hoping to introduce a new generation to the sport that transformed his life. He became a state champion at El Reno and an All-American at Oklahoma State. He wrestled all around the world and fell just short of the Olympics.

  • History review: Men of War: The American Soldier in Combat at Bunker Hill, Gettysburg and Iwo Jima, by Alexander Rose

    Updated: Fri, Jul 3, 2015

    Alexander Rose asserts that a single question is at the heart of Men of War, his latest book: “What’s it like being in a battle?” In an attempt to answer that question, he explores the combat experiences of American soldiers who fought in three major battles over a span of more than 150 years. Rose is at his best when he delves deeply into each of those battles. What the soldiers endured becomes real to the reader. He exposes common misconceptions and mythology. The narrative is at eye level — the perspective of a soldier in the fight instead of a general leading from behind. He challenges the idea that the British Army, at the time of the Battle of Bunker Hill, was the finest in the world.

  • Ex-drug lab chemist may have tainted thousands of cases

    Updated: Fri, Jul 3, 2015

    BOSTON (AP) — A former chemist at a Massachusetts drug lab convicted of stealing drugs to feed her addictions may have tainted as many as 10,000 criminal prosecutions, not just a few dozen as first thought, according to newly released court documents. Now, defense lawyers are calling for an independent review of the cases, according to The Boston Globe (http://bit.ly/1UgwKkB ). Sonja Farak was addicted to cocaine, methamphetamine, and amphetamines, but between 2004 and 2013 never left her Amherst office to buy street drugs, according to the records. She was not arrested until 2013.

  • Entertainment events in and around Oklahoma City

    Updated: Fri, Jul 3, 2015

    A BERRY GOOD TIME MCLOUD — The McLoud Blackberry Festival opens at 10 a.m. Friday at the McLoud High School Athletic Complex, 12780 W Seikel Blvd. Events on Friday and Saturday include live music, a casual wear competition and fireworks and, of course, blackberries, featured in a baking competition and Saturday’s “Cobbler Gobbler” at 2 p.m. For more information and a full schedule, go to www.mcloudchamber.com. ENTER THE DRAGON The OKC Film Club is hosting a free screening of the classic Bruce Lee film “Enter the Dragon” at 8 p.m. Tuesday at District House, 1755 NW 16. OKC Film Club is an organization of local cinephiles that organizes film screenings and group discussions about films. Tuesday’s showing is

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  • Cowboys linebacker McClain suspended four games for substance abuse

    Updated: Thu, Jul 2, 2015

    The NFL has suspended Dallas Cowboys linebacker Rolando McClain for the first four games in 2015, saying McClain violated the league’s substance abuse policy. McClain already faced a four-game fine for violating the league’s substance-abuse policy, and his latest failed drug test lead to this four-game suspension. McClain is able to participate in the Cowboys’ offseason and preseason practices and games, but will miss the first four regular-season games without pay. He is not eligible to return to the active roster until Oct. 5 following the team’s Oct. 4 game against the New Orleans Saints. McClain’s first game next season would be against the New England Patriots in Week 5. The 25-year-old apologized for wha

  • Q&A: South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard on justice reform

    Updated: Thu, Jul 2, 2015

    The U.S. has the largest prison population in the world, even as crime rates continue to drop. Of the 2.2 million inmates incarcerated in the U.S., 57 percent are in state prisons and 33 percent are in local jails, costing states billions of dollars. Between 1986 and 2012, state spending on correctional facilities, probation and parole increased 427 percent, from $9.9 billion to $52.4 billion, according to the National Association of State Budget Officers. In response, states increasingly are scrutinizing all aspects of their criminal justice systems to reduce and manage prison populations, cut the cost of corrections and reduce recidivism.

  • Treatment Court: Judicial recourse for addicts

    Updated: Thu, Jul 2, 2015

    PHILADELPHIA — Angela Kaye’s trip to drug addiction started when she used marijuana and alcohol as a teen. It escalated to prescription drug abuse, led to heroin use, petty crime and jail time, and ended in a Delaware County courtroom. “Treatment Court saved my life,” said Kaye, 31, of Upper Chichester. She is now a counselor for a company that specializes in peer support for mental health and substance abuse disorders. Kaye was given the choice of prison or drug treatment court. Kaye chose the court — and graduated. “She is what our program is about,” said Linda Barbera, Treatment Court coordinator.

  • Carli Lloyd maintains focus amid star turn

    Updated: Thu, Jul 2, 2015

    For years, intense meditation has been part of Carli Lloyd’s soccer game, as important as all of her emphasis on fitness. Getting alone in a room, finding the moment, the big moment in a game, conjuring up scenarios that include the ball on her foot. On Tuesday night when she was about to take a penalty kick in the 69th minute, a Women’s World Cup semifinal hinging on the moment, Lloyd had been there before. “I basically zoned out the entire world except for the net, the ball and myself,” Lloyd said Wednesday afternoon over the phone. After her perfect kick against Germany, the 32-year-old also set up a second American goal in the 84th minute with a nifty run and pass. Nothing new about that. In the 2008 Olympic

  • Amy Winehouse documentary wins raves but angers family

    Updated: Thu, Jul 2, 2015

    LONDON (AP) — In "Amy," performers as diverse as Yasiin Bey and Tony Bennett sing the praises of the late Amy Winehouse, and the documentary helps reclaim the talented, troubled singer as a musician, rather than a mess. Critics love it — but it has left her family hurt and angry. The singer's father, Mitch Winehouse, has branded the film inaccurate and misleading. He claims director Asif Kapadia depicts the family as doing too little to help the singer overcome addiction. "They have selectively edited what I said to suggest that me and my family were against her getting any kind of treatment," Mitch Winehouse told The Associated Press. "We took her dozens of times to detox and rehab over the years.

  • WWE seeking to block concussion-related lawsuits

    Updated: Wed, Jul 1, 2015

    HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — World Wrestling Entertainment Inc. is asking a federal judge to block lawsuits by former wrestlers who claim they have suffered long-term health problems from concussions they received in the ring. The Stamford-based company, in a lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in Connecticut on Monday, argues the wrestlers' claims are fraudulent and should be barred because of a three-year statute of limitations on such claims in Connecticut. The company, which already is facing several lawsuits across the nation, is also asking that all such litigation be moved to federal court in Connecticut. WWE attorney Jerry McDevitt said the company is being targeted by a lawyer who is improperly shopping lawsuits t

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    Updated: Wed, Jul 1, 2015

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  • Advocates seek restoration of law offering OD protections

    Updated: Wed, Jul 1, 2015

    PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The expiration of a law that protects Rhode Islanders who call 911 to assist drug overdose victims will lead to more senseless drug overdose deaths, public health advocates said Wednesday. The good Samaritan law, which offered limited immunity from drug charges for those who are overdosing and those who are calling for emergency assistance, expired Wednesday. Enacted in 2012, the law also protected from civil liability or criminal prosecution those who administer naloxone, also known as Narcan, to someone they believe has overdosed. "Tragically, this is a death sentence for so many Rhode Islanders struggling with addiction and for many in recovery," said Rebecca Nieves McGoldrick, executive director

  • New Orleans considers new downtown homeless shelter

    Updated: Wed, Jul 1, 2015

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A coalition is developing plans for raising $7 million to build a homeless shelter in downtown New Orleans. The group is led by the Downtown Development District. Kurt Weigle, president and CEO of the Downtown Development District, tells NOLA.com/The Times-Picayune (http://bit.ly/1GNWMmf ) that the project will centralize the homeless population for outreach workers and offer mental health and addiction services. Weigle said a so-called "low-barrier" shelter will have fewer rules to stay there — such as being sober or having an ID — to encourage more people, especially the mentally ill and chronically homeless, to walk in and access services.

  • Methadone clinic closing in Duluth

    Updated: Wed, Jul 1, 2015

    DULUTH, Minn. (AP) — A methadone clinic that's been operating in Duluth for several years while it appealed the loss of its license is closing. The Minnesota Department of Human Services revoked the license of the Lake Superior Treatment Center in 2012 after citing it for numerous and repeated violations. The center continued to operate under the appeal process. The clinic serves people recovering from heroin addiction. WDIO-TV (http://bit.ly/1BXORpx ) says the clinic's operator, Colonial Management Group, has agreed to close the center Sept. 1. ___ Information from: WDIO-TV, http://www.wdio.

  • Alamogordo halfway house to remain open despite lawsuit

    Updated: Wed, Jul 1, 2015

    ALAMOGORDO, N.M. (AP) — An Alamogordo halfway house previously named in a sexual-assault lawsuit and no longer associated with the New Mexico Department of Corrections is remaining open. New Life Recovery House owner Vickie Clark said Wednesday that despite the negative publicity around a "frivolous lawsuit" the house will stay in business and continue to help women fighting addiction and healing from abuse. The New Mexico Department of Corrections said this week it would no longer send female inmates to a halfway house because of safety concerns. But Clark says the house is no longer a party in the lawsuit and it involves a former New Life Recovery house manager who isn't affiliate with center.