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When author Jeff Hobbs arrived at Yale University, he became fast friends with the man who would be his college roommate for four years, Robert Peace. Robert’s life was rough from the beginning in the crime-ridden streets of Newark in the 1980s, with his father in jail and his mother earning less than $15,000 a year.

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The Massachusetts State Police have opened a new lab to analyze suspected criminal drug samples seized by police agencies throughout western Massachusetts.

The new drug lab with $500,000 in state-of-the-art equipment is located in Springfield. The five civilian chemists who work there will perform drug identification and certification in about 150 cases a month for police agencies in all four western Massachusetts counties, according to Col. Timothy Alben, Superintendent of the Massachusetts State Police.

7/17/14 Panel

Jul 17, 2014

  Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, Political Activist Libby Post and executive editor of the Poughkeepsie Journal, Stu Shinske.

Topics include:
Obama on Iran
Russia Sanctions
Clinton Speech
Cuomo Money
Federal Terrorism Insurance
O'Malley Mulls Presidential Run
Atlantic City's Decline
NFL Drug Abuse

7/16/14 Panel

Jul 16, 2014

  Today's panelists are Newsman Ray Graf, Political Consultant, Libby Post, and Editor of The Daily Gazette, Judy Patrick.

Topics include:
GM Silence
Cuomo Money
Federal Terrorism Insurance
O'Malley Mulls Presidential Run
Atlantic City's Decline
NFL Drug Abuse

7/15/14 Panel

Jul 15, 2014

  Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, corporate lawyer Rich Honen of Phillips Lytle LLP, and Political Consultant Libby Post.

Topics include:
Citibank Settlement
Immigration Legislation
O'Malley Mulls Presidential Run
Atlantic City's Decline
NFL Drug Abuse

    The heroin scourge is being felt across state lines.

In today’s Congressional Corner, Connecticut Representative Elizabeth Esty tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock there’s a link between guns and drugs.

    

  Roger Roffman first discovered marijuana while serving as a US Army officer in Vietnam. From these seemingly innocuous beginnings, Roffman has been fascinated by marijuana, as a researcher, scholar, therapist, activist, and user.

Ever since America’s youth first marched in opposition to the war in Vietnam, pot’s popularity has periodically ebbed and surged. Calls for greater, fewer, or no marijuana penalties also have swung on their own pendulum.

He writes about his experiences in Marijuana Nation: One Man's Chronicle of America Getting High: From Vietnam to Legalization.

    Shocking new revelations about Toronto Mayor Rob Ford, his family and associates by the Toronto Star reporter who has closely covered Ford’s career.

Crazy Town: The Rob Ford Story, by Robyn Doolittle, will chronicle Ford’s ascent from a flamboyant city councillor to a mayor embroiled in controversy.

The new book Crash and Burn focuses on different moments in comedian Artie Lange’s life-examining and horrifying and often hilarious detail how drugs ruined his career, his intimate relationships and nearly severed his relationship with his own family.

He digs deep into his past critically analyzing his life, pin pointing his decent into the hellish throws of addiction, hitting rock bottom, and the ultimate journey to redemption.

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An anti-crime task force was  launched on Friday to help almost 50 mostly small towns in western Massachusetts combat drugs, guns and gangs. 

   The members of the task force, most of whom will be working undercover, were sworn in Friday at the Northampton office of the Northwestern District Attorney.  The top priority is to disrupt the distribution of drugs, which District Attorney David Sullivan said is at the root of most crime in Hampshire and Franklin Counties.

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