IPCC vice-chair: Attacks on climate science echo tobacco industry tactics

Tweet The attacks on climate science that were made ahead of the Copenhagen climate change summit were “organised” to undermine efforts to tackle global warming and mirror the earlier tactics of the tobacco industry, according to the vice-chair of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). In an interview with the Guardian, Prof Jean-Pascal van Ypersele admitted the IPCC had been “naïve and incompetent” in deal ... Jump to full article >>

Teenager Heroin Addiction: ’20/20′ Examines Suburban Phenomenon

Tweet NEW YORK — In the opening moments of ABC’s “20/20” on Friday, a 21-year-old blonde named Ashley says in her suburban Minneapolis bedroom, “I don’t look like a heroin addict.” It’s a pointed introduction to an hourlong special about the phenomenon of suburban youngsters being targeted by drug dealers as consumers of a potent form of heroin that doesn’t need to be injected. “I’ve ... Jump to full article >>

Massacre of 6 men in Mexico City makes residents wonder if drug war has reached their streets

Tweet MEXICO CITY (AP) — Armed men rumbled into a gritty neighborhood of the Mexican capital Thursday and gunned down six men hanging around a convenience store, fueling fears that one of the world’s largest cities is falling prey to the cartel-style violence that has long terrorized other parts of the country. More than 50 people have been killed in the past week in five apparently unrelated massacres, including four shot Thursday near ... Jump to full article >>

County settles ex-inmate’s federal lawsuit

Tweet Schuylkill County will pay $19,000 to a Mahanoy Plane man who sued county prison officials in federal court for allegedly damaging his artificial leg in 2005. The county commissioners voted Wednesday at their weekly meeting to approve the settlement of Thomas S. Zimmerman’s lawsuit against the county prison, bringing an end to a case that began in 2007. Zimmerman, 50, filed his lawsuit on May 3, 2007, against the county, its prison b ... Jump to full article >>

Jailer pleads not guilty to forgery, taking bribes

Tweet Charles B. Storlie, the corrections deputy charged with accepting bribes in exchange for allowing inmates to receive contraband, pleaded not guilty Wednesday in Chelan County Superior Court. His trial was set for Jan. 18. Storlie — who has worked at the Chelan County Regional Justice Center for the past 15 years — is accused of accepting bribes from inmates in exchange for allowing them fast food, tobacco and sexual visits from girlfrie ... Jump to full article >>

BATs hit as smokers struggle in downturn

Tweet British American, the maker of Dunhill cigarettes, Kent, and Lucky Strike cigarettes, said volumes fell in the third quarter as the economic downturn forced smokers to cut back. The world’s second biggest cigarette maker reported a 1pc decline in volumes to 526bn, with Europe, the US, Africa and the Middle East hardest hit. Organic volumes were 3pc lower than last year as a result of market size declines and an increase in illicit t ... Jump to full article >>

Supreme Court sides with N.B. rulings in tobacco lawsuit

Tweet The Supreme Court of Canada has dismissed with costs the leave-to-appeal applications of several tobacco manufacturers seeking to overturn key rulings of New Brunswick courts. Imperial Tobacco Canada, Rothmans, Benson & Hedges, Philip Morris International and other companies sought to overturn previous decisions of the New Brunswick Court of Appeal and the New Brunswick Court of Queen’s Bench in the provincial government’s ... Jump to full article >>

Tribes return to court over NY cigarette tax

Tweet A federal judge in Buffalo has extended a temporary order blocking tax collections on cigarettes sold by two New York Indian nations. Lawyers for the St. Regis Mohawk tribe of northern New York and the Unkechaugs of Long Island argued Tuesday against the state’s plans to apply its $4.35-per-pack sales tax on cigarettes sold by tribal retailers to non-Indian customers. Judge Richard Arcara extended until Nov. 12 a temporary order bloc ... Jump to full article >>

Apology follows tobacco survey

Tweet A prominent research firm has apologised over a tobacco survey which some see as an attempt to recruit new smokers. For British American Tobacco, Colmar Brunton pitched the survey to 10,000 people, saying that depending on their answers, they may be asked to join a study in which they would be given cigarettes to smoke. They would also be given $40 and 20 Fly Buys points to cover the cost of any expenses. The Ministry of Health has contact ... Jump to full article >>

The rise, fall and rise of John Boehner

Tweet Just before Thanksgiving 1998, John A. Boehner hit bottom. The Ohio congressman, once a comer in the Republican Party, was unceremoniously removed from his post in the House leadership. Boehner’s colleagues had a win-at-all-costs mind-set; he saw no point in antagonizing the Democratic minority just because he had the power to do so. That night, Boehner commiserated with his closest friends at Sam and Harry’s steakhouse in down ... Jump to full article >>