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Saturday, October 20, 2007

Rye, police face $10M brutality lawsuit

White Plains Journal News, NY

RYE - Steven Caspi sat in the parking lot of Rye Middle School early on Dec. 12, 2004, waiting for his teenage son. When he saw the flashing lights of police cars on Boston Post Road, he hoped nothing had happened to Andrew.

A short while later, a sergeant came by and told him to go to police headquarters. There, Caspi caught a glimpse of his son but mostly remembers hearing him.

"He was really quite hysterical. He was screaming, 'You can't do that. It's police brutality,' Steven Caspi recalled. "And then I saw him. His face looked like Rocky in the 10th round. I was appalled."

Andrew Caspi was arrested that morning, accused of scuffling with police as they tried to detain him. The 17-year-old's face was bloodied, he suffered a broken bone under his left eye, his collarbone was injured, and some teeth were loosened.


Sunday, October 14, 2007

Prison guard struck by falling drugs

The Local

An attempt to smuggle drugs into a Swedish jail failed miserably on Saturday when a lump of hashish landed on a prison guard's head, Norrköpings Tidningar reports.

Staff at Norrköping prison said that the hash probably wasn't intended to hit the guard.

But so far none of the prisoners had staked a claim for the airborne narcotics.

"A lump came out of the sky. It was just less than a hectogram (3.5 ounces)," said police spokesman Lars Engström.

Police scoured the area around the prison but were unable to find the person who had thrown the marijuana missile.

The guard did not require treatment for the lump on his head.

The endocannabinoids: Functional roles and therapeutic opportunities

Public release
Professor Raphael Mechoulam
European College of Neuropsychopharmacology

"The illegal status and wide-spread use of cannabis made basic and clinical cannabis research difficult in the past decades; on the other hand, it has stimulated efforts to identify the psychoactive constituents of cannabis. As a consequence, the endocannabinoid system was discovered, which was shown to be involved in most physiological systems – the nervous, the cardiovascular, the reproductive, the immune system, to mention a few."