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Meth Kills — And Evidence Points to Its Upswing in NYC

Meth Kills — And Evidence Points to Its Upswing in NYC

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | Deaths from methamphetamine overdoses increased 160 percent from 2013 to 2014 in New York City, according to data from the city health department. The department reports that “methamphetamine-involved overdose deaths” went from 13 in 2013 to 34 in 2014. The department does not have final data on 2015 deaths. Ninety percent of […]

How Meth Kills — And How Often

How Meth Kills — And How Often

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | Asked if a 160 percent increase in “methamphetamine-involved overdose deaths” reported by the city health department in 2014 over 2013 and a substantial increase in methamphetamine seizures by the federal Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) supported any particular conclusion, Travis Wendel had a terse response. “Other than the OD death numbers, which surprise […]

Medical Marijuana Users Do Not Enjoy Employment Discharge Protections  

Medical Marijuana Users Do Not Enjoy Employment Discharge Protections  

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | A New Mexico federal court has found that legal use of medical marijuana does not protect a patient from discharge under their employer’s drug use policy. US District Court Judge William P. Johnson, on January 7, ruled that Tractor Supply Company, a national employer doing business in 49 states, is not […]

Five Months After Rentboy.com Raid, Owner Indicted

Five Months After Rentboy.com Raid, Owner Indicted

  BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | After what appeared to be months of plea negotiations, the US Attorney for the Eastern District of New York has indicted the owner of rentboy.com for promoting prostitution, facilitating a crime by a person under 16, and on two counts of violating a federal money laundering statute. “It’s a crazy and […]

US Details Child Porn, Drug Evidence Against Chelsea Dentist

US Details Child Porn, Drug Evidence Against Chelsea Dentist

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | The federal government appears to have strong evidence implicating John Wolf, a Manhattan dentist, in possessing child pornography and crystal meth, according to documents recently filed in the case. Wolf was recorded in meetings by a confidential informant and an undercover agent from the Federal Bureau of Investigation at least 11 […]

John Laubach’s Killers Get 25 to Life

John Laubach’s Killers Get 25 to Life

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | The convicted killers of John Laubach will spend at least 25 years in prison for the 2012 homicide after they were sentenced to a maximum term by Bonnie Wittner, the judge who presided over the trial of the two men. Edwin Faulkner, 33, and Juan Carlos Martinez-Herrera, 30, were charged with killing […]

Gay Teacher Prevails in Morality Discharge Dispute   

Gay Teacher Prevails in Morality Discharge Dispute   

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | California’s Second District Court of Appeal upheld a lower court judge’s determination that the Los Angeles Unified School District’s Commission on Professional Competence erred when it found a gay elementary school teacher who had been arrested in a park sting was “unfit to teach” and authorized termination of his employment. Both […]

Assault as a Hate Crime Conviction in 2014 Bushwick Attack on Transgender Woman

Assault as a Hate Crime Conviction in 2014 Bushwick Attack on Transgender Woman

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | Mashawn Sonds, a 26-year-old resident of 36 Hegeman Avenue in Brownsville, Brooklyn, has been convicted of first-degree assault as a hate crime, in the October 2014 attack on Kimball “Kimy” Hartman, a 29-year-old transgender woman. According to a release from Brooklyn District Attorney Ken Thompson, Sonds and others approached Hartman and a […]

Jackson Heights Rallies in Wake of Trans Woman’s Assault    

Jackson Heights Rallies in Wake of Trans Woman’s Assault    

BY ANDY HUMM | The brutal beating of a transgender Latina, Kathy Perez, 35, outside her Jackson Heights home in the early morning hours of November 29 sparked an impassioned rally by transgender women and their allies led by Make the Road, a social justice organization, on the evening of December 3. The crowd swelled to […]

In Killings of Two Gay Men, Very Different Outcomes    

In Killings of Two Gay Men, Very Different Outcomes    

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | Call it a tale of two trials. Both involved younger gay men accused of killing an older gay man. In one, the defense was that the death occurred during rough sex. In the second, the defense wanted to use that story, but was barred by the judge. The outcomes were very different. […]

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