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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 […]

Appeals Court: Wedding Venue Illegally Excluded Lesbian Couple

Appeals Court: Wedding Venue Illegally Excluded Lesbian Couple

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | A unanimous five-judge appeals panel has upheld a decision by the State Division of Human Rights (SDHR) that Liberty Ridge Farm LLC, an upstate business that rents facilities for wedding ceremonies, violated the state’s Human Rights Law in 2012 when it turned away a lesbian couple looking for a place to hold […]

Lesbian Widow’s Claim for Pension Helped Twice by Retroactive Findings

Lesbian Widow’s Claim for Pension Helped Twice by Retroactive Findings

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | US District Judge Phyllis J. Hamilton ruled on January 4 that the Supreme Court’s 2013 decision striking down a key provision of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) could be applied retroactively to allow Stacey Schuett, a lesbian widow, to sue her late spouse’s employer for a survivor annuity. The facts […]

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 […]

Judge Judith Kaye, Champion of Lesbian & Gay Rights, Dies at 77

Judge Judith Kaye, Champion of Lesbian & Gay Rights, Dies at 77

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | When retired Chief Judge Judith Kaye of the New York Court of Appeals died on January 7 at the age of 77, most accounts of her passing mentioned her dissenting opinion in Hernandez v. Robles, the 2006 case in which the state’s highest court voted against the claim that same-sex couples […]

Despite New State, City Regs, Transgender Leaders Go After ESPA    

Despite New State, City Regs, Transgender Leaders Go After ESPA    

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | Even as New York State adopts new regulations interpreting the Human Rights Law to provide transgender nondiscrimination protections and the city issues a new, stronger guidance on its municipal transgender rights ordinance, 30 activists and advocacy groups from the trans community are taking aim at the Empire State Pride Agenda over its […]

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