Posts Tagged Social issues

New alcohol charge against John Mellencamp’s son

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) — The 20-year-old son of rock star John Mellencamp faces an underage drinking charge while awaiting resolution of charges that he and his brother seriously injured a man in a fight.

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As numbers of gray seals rise, so do conflicts

In this July 1, 2014 photo released by the International Fund for Animal Welfare, (IFAW) gray seals congregate on the shore in Chatham, Mass. Decades after gray seals were all but wiped out in New England waters, the population has rebounded so much that they are taking over large stretches of shore, attracting sharks which feed on them, and are interfering with fishing charters. (AP Photo/International Fund for Animal Welfare)

ROCKLAND, Maine (AP) — Decades after gray seals were all but wiped out in New England waters, the population has rebounded so much that some frustrated residents are calling for a controlled hunt.

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Experts: Social media can feed Munchausen by proxy

FILE -This undated file photo provided by the Westchester County District Attorney’s office shows Lacey Spears, who was indicted June 17, 2014, in White Plains, N.Y., on charges of depraved murder and manslaughter in the death of her son, 5-year-old Garnett-Paul Spears, whose sodium levels rose to dangerous levels with no medical explanation. Experts say the case of Spears appears to be an example of how social media feed into the disorder known as Munchausen by proxy, in which caretakers harm children and then bask in the attention. (AP Photo/Westchester County District Attorney, File)

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) — Experts say the case of a mother accused of poisoning her 5-year-old son to death with salt appears be an example of how social media feeds into Munchausen by proxy, a disorder in which caretakers purposely harm children and then bask in the attention and sympathy.

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Marijuana edibles burgeoning into an industry

In this Thursday, July 10, 2014, photo, students taste a cannabis-infused dipping sauce prepared during a cooking class at the New England Grass Roots Institute in Quincy, Mass. The proliferation of marijuana edibles for medical and recreational use is giving rise to a cottage industry of foods, infused olive oils, cookbooks and classes as more states legalize marijuana use. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Move over, pot brownies.

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Sandusky son says victim’s story sounded familiar

This June 27, 2014 image released by OWN shows Matt Sandusky, the adopted son of former Penn State University assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky, during an interview with Oprah Winfrey, airing on OWN on Thursday, July 17. Matt Sandusky says he enjoyed spending time with the family at their central Pennsylvania home _ except when it came time to go to bed. The Oprah Winfrey Network on Wednesday, July 16, released a clip of Winfrey’s interview with Matt Sandusky, who alleges he was sexually abused by his father. (AP Photo/Harpo, Inc., George Burns) MANDATORY CREDIT: GEORGE BURNS

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Hearing the first victim to take the witness stand against Jerry Sandusky helped push the former Penn State coach’s adopted son Matthew to come forward with his own allegations of abuse, he said in a television interview.

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