Drug ‘Molly’ is taking a party toll in the United States

Artist and therapy student Anna and her friends marked a birthday in New York recently with a familiar ritual: They pumped up the electronic music, danced, and celebrated with a special guest called Molly.

“It was a group of about 12 people at someone’s house and we were all just celebrating,” Anna recalled. “Somebody had it and, and you know, it was a pretty electronic music kind of crowd.”

Molly, an illegal stimulant frequently sold in pill form, has become prominent in the electronic music scene over the past decade, said Anna, 26, who did not want to give her full name because she is in school and “counseling people to be healthy.”

Molly is the street name for a drug that is pushed as the pure powder form of a banned substance known as MDMA, the main chemical in ecstasy. In the last five years, Molly has made its way into popular culture, helped by references to it made by entertainers such as Madonna, Miley Cyrus and Kanye West.

The drug’s dangers became more clear after a rash of overdoses and four deaths this summer, including two at a huge annual electronic music festival in New York City.

The parties of the late 1980s and early ’90s saw the heyday of ecstasy, but its popularity began to wane a decade ago after a number of deaths and hospitalizations.

That’s when Molly made her way onto the scene.

Over the last few years, drugs sold under that name have “flooded” the market, said Rusty Payne, a spokesman with the Drug Enforcement Administration.

In some states, there has been a 100-fold increase – the combined number of arrests, seizures, emergency room mentions and overdoses – between 2009 and 2012, according to DEA figures.

The drug is accessible and marketed to recreational drug users who believe it to be less dangerous than its predecessor, which was often cut with other substances, from Ritalin to LSD.

Like ecstasy, Molly is said to give a lengthy, euphoric high with slight hallucinogenic properties.

In reality, however, the promised pure MDMA experience “doesn’t exist,” said Payne.

Most of the Molly is one of several synthetic designer drugs that have been flooding the U.S. and European marketplace from chemical labs primarily based in China, Payne said.

“A lot of people are missing the boat here,” he said. Molly could be anything … 80 to 90 percent of the time we are given a chemical or substance believed to be Molly, we’re finding most of the time it is something completely different.”

Four recent deaths attributed to Molly have thrust the club drug into the national spotlight. On August 31, a 23-year-old Syracuse University graduate and a 20-year-old University of New Hampshire student died after taking what they believed to be Molly during an electronic music concert in New York City. The deaths, and several other reported overdoses, prompted the Electric Zoo festival to cancel the final day of the concert.

A University of Virginia student died at a rave in Washington, D.C., the same weekend, after taking what her friends said was Molly. Days earlier in Boston, a 19-year-old woman died in a club and three concert-goers overdosed at the waterfront, police said.

In Atlanta, this weekend’s TomorrowWorld music festival organizers warned on its website of zero-tolerance for MDMA use, but noted: “If you or someone around you has taken something that you are concerned about or need help, it is important that you tell our staff. We are here to help and never judge.”

The number of visits to U.S. emergency rooms involving MDMA has jumped 123 percent since 2004, according to data compiled by the Drug Abuse Warning Network. In 2011, the most recent year on record, there were 22,498 such visits.

In the New York concert deaths, the medical examiner found lethal mixtures of MDMA and methylone, a synthetic stimulant, the DEA said.

“It’s exactly the same phenomenon that occurred with ecstasy a decade ago,” said Dr. Charles Grob, a professor of psychiatry and pediatrics at the UCLA School of Medicine and an expert on MDMA. “Ecstasy had terrible reliability and it’s the same with Molly. Though it’s being marketed as pure MDMA, it’s a hoax.”

Overdose symptoms can include rapid heart beat, overheating, excessive sweating, shivering and involuntary twitching.

Grob said references in pop culture can fan misconceptions.

Miley Cyrus admitted in July that a lyric in her new dance anthem “We Can’t Stop” was a reference to Molly. Last year at a Miami concert, Madonna, the mother of a teenager, asked: “How many people in this crowd have seen Molly?” She later said she was referring to a friend.

The illusion that MDMA is somehow less harmful has been branded with Molly, according to Anna.

“I have definitely heard that people think that it’s pure. I have some friends that are like ‘I only want to do Molly. I won’t do other stuff’ because it’s marketed as something that’s somehow better,” said Anna. “But actually no one knows what’s in it. All of it is a gamble.”

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Philly priest accused of raping altar boy

A Philadelphia priest who narrowly escaped prosecution during a recent clergy abuse scandal that rocked the city’s archdiocese has been arrested on charges that include raping an altar boy.
In a grand jury presentation in 2005, the Philadelphia District Attorney’s office revealed allegations against Father Robert Brennan, now 75, that included more than 20 alleged child sex abuse victims, according to Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams.
All of the cases were beyond the statute of limitations, and Brennan was never charged in that case, Williams said at a press conference Thursday.
That investigation led to the June 2012 child endangerment conviction of Monsignor William Lynn, the vicar of clergy for the diocese. The conviction marked the first time a U.S. church leader has been convicted of such a crime.
Williams said that Lynn would’ve faced additional charges in connection with this case but that he avoided prosecution by three months due to the statute of limitations.

In this new case, Brennan is charged with rape, involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, and aggravated indecent assault in connection with alleged incidents that took place between 1998 and 2001 when the victim was 11 to 14 years old, according to Williams.
The allegations include digital penetration and oral sex.
He was arrested on September 25 in Maryland, according to a statement released by Williams’ office.
“A serial abuser is now behind bars thanks to the brave actions of this young man,” Williams said, adding that the young man was prompted to report the alleged abuse in the wake of Lynn’s conviction.
Marci Hamilton represents the victim, now 26 years old, and two other alleged victims whose cases could not be prosecuted because they were beyond the statute of limitations.
The archdiocese stripped Brennan of most of his duties in September 2005, though he remained a priest.
The diocese said in a statement that Brennan’s laicization is in progress with the Holy See, but did not provide a date when that process began or when Brennan would be formally defrocked.
The diocese says it has “cooperated fully” with the current investigation.
Williams commended the diocese for promptly reporting these most recent allegations.
According to a statement released by Williams’ office, the victim reported the abuse to the diocese in January 2013 and it was immediately brought to the attention of authorities.
“It takes tremendous courage for any sexual assault victim to come forward and report the horrors he or she endured,” the district attorney said.

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Flesh-Eating Street Drug from Russia Hits the US

A flesh-eating drug has appeared in the United States after first being discovered in Russia a decade ago.
Krokodil, Russian for “crocodile,” is a street drug used as a cheap substitute for heroin. The drug is referred to as “krokodil” because it causes sores, tissue damage and rough, scale-like appearance on the skin.
Two cases involving the drug that surfaced at the Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center in Phoenix are alarming anti-drug advocates and medical personnel who fear use of krokodil might spread.
When the facility warned other poison centers around the country about krokodil, some revealed they also had patients suffering from its apparent use, according to Dr. Frank LoVecchio, co-medical director at Banner Poison, Drug and Information Center.
“This is up there as one of the craziest new trends I’ve seen,” he said. “We’ve known about it in Russia, and we’ve known what it has done there. It’s really decimated whole cities there.”
Krokodil is made up of several ingredients easily accessed at home improvement stores and pharmacies. The base of the drug is usually codeine. Pure codeine is extracted from its pill form and adulterated with chemicals to create a liquid substance that is later injected into the veins. The types of chemicals used by manufacturers vary.
“Some of the chemicals they’ve used are very dangerous,” LoVecchio said. “They’ve used things like hydrochloric acid. Some have used paint thinners, gasoline and other stuff that includes phosphorous.”
The acidity of the chemicals causes the body’s fat and skin to “burn off and die,” LoVecchio said.
The presence of chemicals also makes the body more prone to infection. Immediate effects include visible scarring on the skin. Long-term effects are much worse.
“Once you start using this drug on a daily basis, you could die within two years,” he said. “Other reports are that death is probably due to overwhelming infection. Your body can’t fight the infection.”
Leslie Bloom, CEO of DrugFreeAZ.org, said that despite the drug’s dire consequences, krokodil use is not an outbreak to be fearful of.
“We don’t want the public to be alarmed,” she said. “What we want them to be is aware that this is a trend. There are other drug trends, too, that we see from time to time, especially with the synthetic drugs. This is a good reminder and a teaching moment.”
According to Tommy Thompson, public information officer for the Phoenix Police Department, there are currently no existing arrests or law enforcement cases involving krokodil.

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Why can’t anyone sue the United Nations?

Haitian protesters gathered outside U.N. headquarters Thursday to demand that the international body admit its role in the worst outbreak of cholera in modern history and provide compensation, but experts said the protesters may find it hard to hold the U.N. accountable.
“The victims have to be compensated for what they went through,” said Marjorie Gaston, a 49-year-old Haitian-American from New York, as representatives from 193 member states met inside during the U.N.’s annual General Assembly. “There is responsibility here, not just morally but financially.”

More than 650,000 Haitians have come down with cholera in the past three years, and more than 8,500 people have died in an epidemic that scientists have traced to leaking sewage at a camp established by Nepalese peacekeepers. A Boston-based human rights group called the Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti, which has already tried to file a claim against the U.N. once, is now preparing lawsuits against the U.N. in both Haiti and the U.S. demanding restitution for the victims.

But in response the U.N. has invoked a sweeping immunity from nearly all legal claims that dates back to its founding, and experts in international law say that this legal shield has proved almost impenetrable over the past seven decades.
In 1946, the year of its first General Assembly, the U.N. granted itself legal immunity as one of its first official acts. Member states signed a ratifying treaty, and that immunity has been endorsed separately by laws passed in many member states.
“You can’t sue the United Nations in a domestic court or any court because governments have signed the treaty and some countries like the U.S. have even put it in domestic legislation,” explained Larry Johnson, a former U.N. official who teaches international law at Columbia Law School. “People have tried in various jurisdictions but their cases have been thrown out because it’s against the treaty and in some cases against domestic law.”
According to Johnson, top U.N. officials have a full immunity from prosecution and litigation akin to that of any diplomat. Lower level U.N. representatives, like peacekeepers, have immunity for tasks performed as part of their jobs.

After the massacre of 8,000 Muslims by Serbian forces in Bosnia in 1995, a group of women called the Mothers of Srebenica tried to sue the U.N., alleging that Dutch UN peacekeepers didn’t do enough to prevent the killing. Both Dutch courts and the European Court of Human Rights rejected the suit, sustaining the U.N.’s immunity, even though the Dutch government was found liable in a separate case.
But according to Alex Whiting, a Harvard Law professor currently on leave to work as Prosecution Coordinator at the International Criminal Court in the Netherlands, immunity “does not mean the U.N. ignores all claims of wrongdoing.”
“What happens is there are typically alternative mechanisms for resolving disputes,” said Whiting. “If a U.N. member commits a tort, the U.N. will typically agree to some sort of settlement process to resolve it for the victim.”
In 1965, for example, U.N. peacekeepers in the Congo were accused of damaging properties and injuring people. They submitted claims to the U.N., and the U.N. settled some of the claims.
To date, the U.N. has not indicated a willingness to settle claims in Haiti, though most scientific studies have traced the cholera outbreak to U.N. actions.
After the Haitian earthquake of 2010, a new contingent of U.N. peacekeepers from Nepal came to live in an existing camp near a tributary of the Artibonite river. Within weeks, locals began developing cholera, a disease that hadn’t been seen inside the Caribbean country’s borders in the past two centuries. Three years later, new cases are still being reported, and the disease has spread to the Dominican Republic, Cuba and Venezuela.

Numerous scientific studies have determined that the strain of cholera circulating in Haiti is similar to cholera found in Nepal, and say evidence suggests it was introduced by the peacekeepers, who allowed the sewage from their camp to flow into the river.
“Our findings strongly suggest that contamination of the Artibonite and one of its tributaries downstream from a military camp triggered the epidemic,” said a report published in a journal edited by the Centers for Disease Control in 2011. “There was an exact correlation in time and places between the arrival of a Nepalese battalion from an area experiencing a cholera outbreak and the appearance of the first cases in Meille a few days after.”
The Haitian public blames the peacekeepers for the disease, and has protested against the continuing presence of both the peacekeepers and U.N. police, whose combined forces total more than 10,000. The Haitian legislature has asked the peacekeepers to leave.
The U.N., however, has refused to accept blame for the epidemic. A 2011 report commissioned by the U.N. confirmed that evidence pointed to the peacekeepers, but concluded that a “confluence of circumstances” had caused the outbreak. Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon said at the time that the results of the scientific studies were not definitive.
When the Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti filed a claim with the U.N. on behalf of 5,000 Haitian cholera victims in 2011, he invoked the U.N.’s time-honored legal immunity to explain why no money would be forthcoming.
Instead of paying claims to victims, the Secretary General announced a drive to raise hundreds of millions of dollars to fight cholera in Haiti.
In July, the members of the U.N.’s cholera panel — no longer working for the U.N. — updated their earlier assessment. They said that the accumulated evidence now pointed to the peacekeepers as the source of the cholera. The UN has not issued a formal response.
In August, responding to an editorial in the Washington Post that urged the U.N. to “right a wrong,” Moon’s spokesman said that the UN needed help to fight cholera, and asked for money.
“Since the onset of the epidemic, we have been on the ground every day responding to alerts of new cases, supporting medical care for victims, rehabilitating cholera-treatment centers, disinfecting health facilities, treating sewage, training health workers and providing much-needed medicines and vaccinations,” wrote Martin Nesirky. “This work goes with our longer-term efforts on improving water and sanitation infrastructure.”

Nesirky said that only half of the $444 million needed for the next two years had been raised. Wrote Nesirky, “The hurricane season is looming. Donors need to step up.” He did not address the editorial’s contention that peacekeepers had caused the outbreak.
Nesirky did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the U.N.’s current position on the origins of the epidemic.
Outside the U.N. on Thursday, a lawyer for the IJDH said the group still planned to press forward with its lawsuits despite the legal obstacles. “We know what the challenges to jurisdiction are,” said Brian Concannon, “but we’re confident that this case can overcome them.”

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Fireball Spotted Streaking Across Texas Sky

Hundreds of people across Texas reported seeing a bright ball of light streak across the sky around 9 p.m. Saturday.
Many submitted a formal report to the American Meteor Society (AMS), though most have settled for a response on the Facebook page Texas Storm Chasers.
“Streaking from North to Southwest a full hand span in length a large meteorite full of red orange and yellow,” commented Joel Dacus from West Plan. “Largest I’ve ever seen in 50 years! Size 10 fold larger than Venus. Large debris trail at least 20 degrees across sky… then another smaller meteorite within 10 mins streaking east to west… wow what a show in one sitting.”

AMS scientist Robert Lunsford as saying the event was likely a very bright meteor or fireball, or meteor generally as bright or brighter than Venus.
“Excellent green color, very bright terminal flash,” one amateur astronomer who saw the event from Abilene, Texas posted on the AMS site.
According to AMS, thousands of fireballs enter the Earth’s atmosphere every day, though the vast majority occur over the ocean and regions that are uninhabited. As a result, very few are detected.
The different colors are a result of the meteoroid’s composition. Sodium produces bright yellow, for example, while nickel results in a green huge and magnesium blue-white. The velocity of the object can influence coloring, too, since kinetic energy intensifies certain colors.
However, AMS notes that reports of color “must be treated with caution” since the events are brief and easily misreported.
In order for a fireball to have a chance of reaching the ground, it generally must boast a magnitude of -8 to -10, or twice the brightness of Venus. Furthermore, AMS explains, “the parent meteoroid must be of asteroidal origin, composed of sufficiently sturdy material for the trip through the atmosphere” and “must enter the atmosphere as a relatively slow meteor.”

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Seven Large Dolphins Die in Brazil, 30 Beach Themselves

A total of seven large dolphins died in Brazil over the weekend after they beached themselves in the northeastern Brazilian state of Rio Grande do Norte, according to local media.
The country’s Upanema beach, located about 330 km from Natal, the capital of Rio Grande do Norte, was the site where 30 dolphins were left stranded on Sunday, O Globo reports. Local fishermen and volunteers assisted in helping the large mammals back into the water and all but seven made it back out to sea. Six of them died on Upanema beach, while one animal died following an apparent shark attack after it was returned to the ocean.

The report emphasized that the dolphin was likely attacked in very deep waters and that area beachgoers needn’t worry about shark attacks.
Local biologists have not given a reason as to why the dolphins beached but a common cause for this phenomenon is when the group’s leader may strand itself due to illness or injury, swimming in close to shore to take refuge in shallow water. Since dolphins are highly social creatures that travel in communities called pods, such mass strandings may occur when healthy whales refuse to abandon a sick or injured pod member and follow them into shallow water.
Another hypothesis is that the dolphins were pursuing a school of fish and were trapped on Upanema’s high sand banks.
According to the report, this was one of the largest collective beachings in Brazil in recent decades. In 1991, around 19 whales beached themselves on the sands of the nearby town of Sao Miguel do Gostoso

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Antidepressants Tied to Increase in Type 2 Diabetes, Study Suggests

Antidepressants could put those who take them at increased risk of developing type 2 diabetes, a new study suggests.
Carried out by researchers from the University of Southampton, the study included a review of 22 studiesand three previous systematic reviews examining the effects of antidepressants on diabetes risk. The findings showed that those taking the form of medication were more likely to be diagnosed with the disease characterized by difficulty controlling blood sugar levels.

The study did not reveal, however, why this is or whether antidepressants are to blame, though the team outlines “several plausible” reasons, including the fact that antidepressant use is often linked with significant weight gain. This theory is somewhat problematic, however, given several studies which found a rise in diabetes risk even after adjusting for changes in body weight.
Despite this ambiguity, the researchers behind the new study argue that the results should prompt clinicians to exercise vigilance when prescribing antidepressants.
“Our research shows that when you take away all the classic risk factors of type 2 diabetes; weight gain, lifestyle etc, there is something about antidepressants that appears to be an independent risk factor,” Dr. Katharine Barnard, a health psychologist and lead author of the study, said in statement.
For this reason, co-author Richard Holt, a professor of professor of diabetes and endocrinology and co-author of the study, stated: “While depression is an important clinical problem and antidepressants are effective treatments for this debilitating condition, clinicians need to be aware of the potential risk of diabetes, particularly when using antidepressants in higher doses or for longer duration.”
According to a 2011 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report, antidepressants are the third most common prescription taken by Americans of all ages. Meanwhile, in the UK where the study was carried out, nearly 47 million prescriptions were issued in 2011.
“With 46 million prescriptions a year, this potential increased risk is worrying,” Barnard said. “Heightened alertness to the possibility of diabetes in people taking antidepressants is necessary until further research is conducted.”

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CDC: Flu vaccination rates lagging in pregnant women, nursing home employees

Last year’s flu season proved the disease’s impact can be unpredictable, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and infectious disease experts warned Thursday at press conference urging Americans to get their flu shots now.

“Our message today is simple,” Dr. Howard Koh, assistant secretary for health at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. “Everyone 6 months of age and older should receive a flu vaccine.”

The good news, according to the government health agency, is that more kids and health care workers got vaccinated during last year’s flu season, compared to previous years. That’s key, because children and people with preexisting health conditions are at higher risk for more serious cases of flu.

But, those positive trends are not going to put the brakes on the CDC’s efforts to tout the vaccines, especially among some high-risk groups still lagging in coverage rates.

“Despite substantial progress, we can do even more to make our country healthier through prevention,” said Koh. “We must do everything possible now to be prepared.”

The CDC’s press conference was held by the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases (NFID) Thursday morning in Washington. Health officials revealed a report card on how last year’s vaccination rates compared to previous seasons’, while laying out the available shots for the 2013-2014 flu season.

Seventy-two percent of healthcare workers got a flu vaccine last year, a record high. More than 90 percent of doctors got the shot — but overall rates were dragged down by non-medical personnel at health care facilities.

Vaccine coverage rose 5 percent year over year for children aged 6 months through 17 years old, with about 57 percent receiving the shot during the 2012-2013 season. Smaller upticks were seen in adults 18 and older, with 41.5 percent getting vaccinated, up about 3 percent from the 2011-2012 flu season.

Pregnant women’s vaccination rates stalled around 50 percent last year, and officials hope to make a dent in the other half of those women. They pointed out babies can’t get vaccines until they are 6 months old, so a mother’s vaccine is the only protection they have.

The worst rate improvements were found among people working in long-term care facilities. Vaccination can offer the most protection and prevent workers from spreading the disease to the elderly and people with weakened immune systems, said Dr. Anne Schuchat, director of the CDC’s National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases. Only 59 percent of those workers got shots, an area health officials will target for improvement this year.

“If you are around people at high risk for flu complications, you need to get vaccinated,” said Schuchat. “And nowhere is this need clearer than in our nation’s hospitals, clinics and long-term care facilities.”

As for seniors themselves, 2012-2013 vaccination rates were highest in adults 65 and over, with about 66 percent getting the shot. But, they ended up being among the worst protected by last year’s vaccine.

Vaccine effectiveness rates hovered around 56 percent overall, meaning it will prevent disease completely about 56 percent of the time. But elderly individuals had lower effectiveness at only 50 percent overall, with only a 9 percent effectiveness rate against the most deadly strain of last year’s flu season, an H3N2 A strain.

Dr. William Schaffner, past-president of NFID who serves on the CDC’s committee that selects the strains used in each year’s shot, told CBSNews.com that studies since then showed the vaccine was closer to the 30 percent effectiveness typically seen in high-risk elderly patients, but it just affirms that the vaccine isn’t perfect. However, one point that gets lost in effectiveness rates is older people who get a vaccine are more likely to experience much milder illness than a severe one, and may have better protection against pneumonia and more severe complications of flu.

Last year’s flu epidemic started with intense activity about four weeks earlier than expected, hitting the elderly hardest.

Sharp increases in flu-related hospitalization rates were reported in adults 65 and older beginning in mid-December. It went as high as 182 hospitalizations per 100,000 seniors by mid-March, the highest proportion of hospitalizations for this age group since the 2005-2006 flu season. The flu season came to a close by the end of March, the CDC said.

The CDC also reported 164 pediatric deaths from flu last year, which, outside of the 2009 pandemic season, was higher than any year since the agency started collecting data. The agency does not track adult death rates, but about 36,000 Americans will die of flu-related complications during an average flu season. About 90 percent of those deaths occur in seniors 65 and over.

Last year’s flu vaccination rates were published Sept. 26 in the CDC’s journal, Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.

This year’s vaccine will protect against three viral strains most likely to cause the flu in the upcoming year: Two Influenza A strains that resemble versions of a 2009 H1N1 and 2011 H3N2 strains, and one influenza-B strain similar to the 2012 virus. Some vaccines will include a fourth strain, a second B-strain from a 2008 virus.

Schuchat touted that this year’s vaccine had more options than ever before, including the new quadrivalent vaccine. All nasal sprays will have these four strains, while most shots — an option for people allergic to eggs — will have three. There will also be a higher dose option for older adults, which Schaffner touted as about 24 percent more effective for the elderly than the typical vaccine, based on recent study results..

He added that seniors over 65 or younger people with chronic conditions should also be reminded this time of year to get a pneumococcal vaccine, which could offer them “double-barreled protection” against flu complications.

Health officials urged people to go to vaccines.gov to find a flu shot in your area. They didn’t recommend one shot over another, reiterating the best vaccine is “one that’s delivered.” People need two weeks for their bodies to build up enough disease-fighting antibodies to protect against flu, they pointed out.

“That first cough or fever is not the time to think about vaccination,” warned Schuchat. “Today is the day to think about vaccination.”

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Ex-teacher freed after serving 30 days for child rape

A former high school teacher has been released from a Montana prison after completing a 30-day sentence for rape handed down by a judge who is under fire for both the sentence and his remarks about the 14-year-old victim.

Fifty-four-year-old Stacey Rambold left the Montana State Prison on Thursday after completing his term for the 2007 rape of Cherice Moralez.

Prosecutors are appealing District Judge G. Todd Baugh’s sentence, and a complaint has been filed by advocates seeking Baugh’s removal.

Rambold is on probation and must register as a sex offender.

The ex-teacher was sentenced after violating terms of a deferred prosecution agreement he made after Moralez killed herself in 2010.

The judge said at the sentencing hearing that Moralez seemed “older than her chronological age.”

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Shady Records Announces Shady Films

Shady Records Announces Shady Films

Shady Records, home of Eminem, took to their label website and announced a new business venture in the form of a film company which will be called Shady Films.

Read the press release, via ShadyRecords.com, below:

Shady Records is happy to announce an overall deal for content development and production with Ben Silverman’s LOUD channel in partnership parent company Electus. Through the deal, Shady Films will continue to produce the hit web series Burn Rubber as well as Elliott Wilson’s CRWN interview series, along with new programs that are already in development with Slaughterhouse and others. Come back to Shadyrecords.com throughout the coming months for further announcements, programs and the debut of Season 2 of Burn Rubber.

Ben Silverman of the LOUD channel spoke on he deal:

“Shady Films shares WatchLOUD.com’s goal of employing creative vision and a fresh, unique point of view to create premium content with a focus on the music and lifestyle of today’s multicultural young adults, making them a perfect partner. Plus, Eminem and Paul Rosenberg have been leading entrepreneurs on the forefront of the hip-hop community since the early ’90s and I’m excited to see what we will continue to create together.”

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