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August 25, 2012 | By Barbara Boyer, Inquirer Staff Writer
An advocate for children said her organization would petition state records to review how child protection workers monitored a Camden mother who decapitated her son Wednesday before committing suicide. Nancy Parello, a spokeswoman for the nonprofit Advocates for Children of New Jersey, said serious questions emerged Wednesday from the state's initial response after Chevonne Thomas, 34, killed her 2-year-old, Zahree, less than three months after regaining custody. "When was the last time a caseworker saw the family?"
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August 24, 2012 | By Barbara Boyer, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
An advocate for children said her organization would petition state records to review how child protection workers monitored a Camden mother who decapitated her son Wednesday before committing suicide. Nancy Parello, a spokeswoman for the nonprofit Advocates for Children of New Jersey, said serious questions emerged Wednesday from the state's initial response after Chevonne Thomas, 34, killed her 2-year-old, Zahree, less than three months after regaining custody. "When was the last time a caseworker saw the family?"
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August 2, 2012 | By Greg Katz, Associated Press
LONDON - For more than two months, Hans Kristian Rausing, a son of a billionaire, acted as if everything was fine, even though the corpse of his wife, Eva, was decomposing in their luxury home in central London. He went about his routines as normal, and when friends or family asked about Eva he would give vague replies, never suggesting anything was awry. But the macabre pretense was dropped July 9 when London police stopped him for driving erratically and, after finding drugs, searched his home.
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July 5, 2012 | By Mike Stobbe, Associated Press
ATLANTA - Overdose deaths from powerful painkillers have been surging at an alarming rate in the United States, but here's a sliver of good news: The number blamed on methadone appears to have peaked. Still, methadone accounts for nearly one-third of prescription-painkiller deaths, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported Tuesday. Methadone, known mainly for treating heroin addiction, is also prescribed for pain. Health officials say most of the overdose deaths are people who take it for pain - not heroin or drug addicts.
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June 6, 2012 | By Mari A. Schaefer and INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
A typical drug deal for a college student looking to score illegally obtained prescription narcotics doesn't happen in a dark alley with sketchy characters. More likely, it is their roommate who offers up a couple pills from their own legally obtained medications. On Monday, administrators from area colleges met at Villanova University to discuss what they see as the fastest growing drug problem on campus, share information and develop strategies to educate students and parents.
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March 25, 2012 | By John P. Martin, Inquirer Staff Writer
The neighborhood that rings St. Jerome's Church in Northeast Philadelphia is flush with cops and firefighters, reliable Catholics in brick homes with tidy lawns, backyard slides, and a few front-door crucifixes. That was the backdrop last year for one of the more sordid clergy sex-abuse allegations to emerge in years. A grand jury report described a 10-year-old altar boy being confronted in St. Jerome's sacristy after Mass, ordered to strip, and engage in sex. Not once, but three times - by two different priests - over a year in the late 1990s.
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March 19, 2012 | Wires
By Daniel Akst You are about to read four words I never thought I would write: Pat Robertson is right. The good reverend isn't right about everything, of course. After the 9/11 attacks, when Jerry Falwell laid much of the blame on feminists, gays, and the American Civil Liberties Union, Robertson readily concurred. On other occasions, Robertson - a Yale Law School graduate! - has also suggested that feminism promotes witchcraft and child murder, and that America should assassinate Venezuelan leader Hugo Chávez.
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March 1, 2012 | By Darran Simon, Inquirer Staff Writer
New Jersey Attorney General Jeffrey S. Chiesa on Wednesday announced a statewide ban on all forms of synthetic marijuana, the so-called designer drug that mimics the effects of marijuana. The concoction, also known as K2 and Spice, is the third most commonly abused drug by high school seniors, behind marijuana and prescription drugs, according to a 2011 study funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse. Side effects include violent seizures, dangerously elevated heart rates, and hallucinations, according to the institute and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration.
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February 23, 2012 | By Matt Katz, Inquirer Trenton Bureau
PALISADES PARK, N.J. - A month before his controversial order to honor the late Whitney Houston by flying flags at half-staff, Gov. Christie rejected a bill that would have required the deaths of active New Jersey service members to be reported to local and county leaders to ensure a similar show of respect. Despite unanimous support from Republicans and Democrats in the Legislature, the Republican governor let the measure die by not signing it. That's known as a pocket veto. The bill is of renewed interest because of outrage that followed Christie's order to fly flags in the state at half-staff last Friday, the day before the New Jersey pop star's funeral.
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