You are here

U.S.C. Moves to Fire Former Medical School Dean Over Drug Allegations

He added that the doctor was barred from the campus and any school-related events or activities. “We certainly understand that substance abuse is a tragic and devastating disease,” the statement said. “But we are also bound to our responsibilities as a university to take the necessary actions concerning Dr. Puliafito’s status.” Attempts to reach Dr. Puliafito on Saturday were unsuccessful. A phone number listed in public records with a Pasadena, Calif., residence was disconnected. A faculty page for him on the Keck School of Medicine website had been taken down….

Read More

Parents arrested for giving newborn daughter meth, heroin, morphine, police say

SPANISH FORK, Utah — Police said a mother and father were arrested after they gave their newborn daughter drugs on the day she was born, CBS affiliate KUTV in Salt Lake City reports. Colby Glen Wilde, 29, and 26-year-old Lacey Dawn Christenson face drug distribution and child endangerment charges, authorities said. “They administered the drug hours after baby was born,” said Sgt. Spencer Cannon, a Utah County Sheriff’s spokesperson. Authorities said investigators learned Christenson had been taking heroin and prescription pain medication during pregnancy because her child was born addicted to…

Read More

Without Visas, Carnival Workers Are Trapped at Home in Mexico

As American politicians and business owners wrangle over the limits on the number of H-2B visas for unskilled, nonagricultural workers, Tlapacoyan (pronounced tla-pa-COY-an), with about 60,000 residents in the town and surrounding area, offers a glimpse of how the impasse has stung in Mexico. Last year, Mexicans received more than 70 percent of the approximately 84,000 H-2B visas issued by the United States to migrant workers worldwide. Photo Martín Peña and his mother, Lucía Pérez, in the kitchen of their home outside Tlapacoyan. Mr. Peña spent two seasons with an…

Read More

Poles Hope to Sway President From Curtailing Court’s Independence

Protesters in Warsaw have numbered in the tens of thousands most nights during the week of demonstrations, with smaller but still sizable gatherings in dozens of other cities. More are planned for this weekend. Lech Walesa, former head of the Solidarity trade union that led the independence fight, spoke to a gathering in his hometown, Gdansk. “You must regain the separation of powers,” the Nobel Peace Prize winner told them. One of the proposed laws awaiting the signature of Mr. Duda, who is expected to sign them, would force all…

Read More

For Ethiopia’s Underemployed Youth, Life Can Center on a Leaf

“If you’re a chewer in these parts, you’re a dead, dead man,” said Abhi, 30, who asked that his last name not be used because his family “will no longer consider me as their son.” Most alarming, the Ethiopian authorities say, is the number of young people in this predominantly young nation now consuming khat. About half of Ethiopia’s youth are thought to chew it. Officials consider the problem an epidemic in all but name. The country’s government, which rules the economy with a tight grip, is worried that the…

Read More

Dozens hospitalized for excessive drinking at concert

85 Photos Chance The Rapper performs at the 2014 Budweiser Made in America Festival at Los Angeles Grand Park on August 31, 2014. Christopher Polk/Getty HARTFORD, Conn. — More than 90 people were hospitalized Friday during a concert featuring Chance the Rapper in Connecticut, officials said. A large number of people hospitalized were underage attendees experiencing “severe intoxication,” Hartford Deputy Chief Brian Foley said Saturday. Foley said officers made 50 underage drinking referrals Friday at Hot 93.7′s Hot Jam concert at Xfinity Theatre. Most of those charged were issued a summons…

Read More

Jim Vance, longtime D.C. news anchor, dies at 75

Jim Vance on August 6, 2009 in New York City. Michael Loccisano / Getty Images Veteran Washington, D.C., news anchor Jim Vance has died at 75, according to NBC Washington station WRC-TV. “Jim Vance was not only the soul of NBC4 but of the entire Washington area. His smooth voice, brilliant mind and unforgettable laugh leaves each of us with a tremendous void,” station president and general manager Jackie Bradford said in a statement Saturday. In May, Vance announced he would be undergoing cancer treatment but hinted he would still be…

Read More

Pittsburgh Gets a Tech Makeover

Much has been made of the “food boom” in Pittsburgh, and the city has long had a thriving arts scene. But perhaps the secret, underlying driver for both the economy and the cool factor — the reason Pittsburgh now gets mentioned alongside Brooklyn and Portland, Ore., as an urban hot spot for millennials — isn’t chefs or artists but geeks. In a 2014 article in The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Mayor Bill Peduto compared Carnegie Mellon, along with the University of Pittsburgh, to the iron ore factories that made this city an…

Read More

Trump accuses New York Times of foiling plot to kill ISIS leader

President Donald Trump in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington, D.C., July 18, 2017.  Saul Loeb / AFP/Getty Images President Trump weighed in on a number of hot-button topics in a string of tweets Saturday morning, the day after naming a new White House communications director and accepting the resignation of press secretary Sean Spicer. The president took aim at some familiar targets: the “Amazon Washington Post,” leaks, Hillary Clinton, “Special Council” Robert Mueller and others.  But one missive in particular left observers scratching their heads. In…

Read More