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At around 11:30 p.m. on April 19, 2013, the University of Colorado Police Department was dispatched to the area of 30th Street and Baseline Road on the report of a possible hit-and-run accident. Officers found the suspect’s vehicle, an older-model van with heavy front-end damage, at the Bear Creek Apartments parking lot. Officers approached the van and saw Jayme Lee McCoy, 32, of Boulder, seated in the second row with his dog, described as a pit bull. McCoy ignored commands to show his hands, muttered incoherent statements and appeared to be under the influence of drugs.
An officer opened the side door of the van and repeatedly shouted at McCoy to show his hands. Officers saw that McCoy was holding a knife. Officers continued to talk to the suspect and ask for his cooperation, but McCoy remained in the vehicle for a few minutes. McCoy then kissed his dog on the head and unleashed it. McCoy emerged from the van with his right hand tucked behind his right leg as if he might be holding a weapon. The suspect came toward officers and continued to ignore commands to show his hands. An officer deployed a Taser stun gun on the suspect, but it proved ineffective. Two other officers deployed a Taser stun gun and multiple PepperBall projectiles. At the same time, the suspect’s dog ran toward officers in an aggressive manner. An officer fired a bean-bag shotgun round at the dog, but it does not appear the dog was struck. The animal quickly fled the scene. McCoy was placed under arrest and transported to Boulder Community Hospital with minor injuries. A knife was recovered near the location where McCoy was arrested.
McCoy was arrested on the following charges:
- Felony menacing
- Obstructing a peace officer
- Disorderly conduct
- Traffic charges: Driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs, failing to remain at the scene after damaging another vehicle, driving a vehicle without a driver’s license and recording a second DUI offense.
According to CU-Boulder databases, McCoy is not a CU student or employee. McCoy has an extensive criminal background in multiple states for charges related to resisting arrest, obstructing a peace officer, burglary, weapons violations and drugs.
The Boulder Police Department is investigating the hit-and-run accident near 30th Street and Baseline Road.
The Case Number is 13-1008. The case report will not be available until at least Monday, April 22.
-CU police press release-
Two CU students were busted for $5 sale of a study drug by a watchful CU employee.
- Nicholas Busbey, 23, of Boulder. Unlawful sale of a controlled substance (Class 3 felony)
- Marshall Pedder, 21, of Boulder. Unlawful possession of a controlled substance (Class 6 felony)
Shortly before noon in the Center for Community lobby, a CU employee observed Busbey remove a pill from a prescription drug bottle and provide it to Pedder for $5. The witness approached the two men and contacted UCPD. Busbey provided Pedder with Vyvanse, a stimulant used to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).
Stimulants such as Vyvanse and Adderall are sometimes used as “study aids” on college campuses to help keep students awake as they prepare for mid-terms or finals. It’s illegal for people with legitimate prescriptions to provide those drugs to others. It’s also illegal for anyone without a prescription to possess someone else’s drugs – including those prescribed to parents or friends. The Office of Student Conduct can also take disciplinary action in such cases. UCPD and other campus partners explain these laws to students during a mandatory Orientation session and throughout the school year.
“It’s important for students to know that possessing or taking just one pill that is not prescribed to them can lead to a felony arrest and a trip to jail,” said CU-Boulder police spokesman Ryan Huff. “As mid-terms and finals approach, we typically start to see some of these cases. It’s not worth the risk.”
Suspect arrested; linked to more than 50 burglaries in University Hill area
Boulder police have arrested Daniel Stewart Cooper (DOB 11/22/1977) in connection with dozens of burglaries which occurred in the University Hill area between April and September of 2012.
Cooper was arrested on Sept. 5, 2012 after two victims of a residential burglary saw Cooper walking nearby, carrying the victim’s stolen backpack and laptop. The victims contacted police and although Cooper fled, police found him hiding in some bushes on University Avenue. He fought with police and faces charges of Obstructing a Police Officer, Resisting a Police Officer and Second Degree Assault on a Police Officer. (Case numbers: 12-12169 & 12-12174).
Police believe Cooper is responsible for between 50-and-100 burglaries in the area that roughly borders Broadway to 9th Street, and Euclid north to Grandview (University Hill). Cooper was mainly looking for drugs, but would steal electronics and other items from homes if they were available.
Cooper only targeted unlocked residences. In many cases, the doors were not only unlocked but left open, and Cooper would help himself to food, alcohol, clean clothing, a shower and various personal toiletries. In many instances, residents were home and asleep when Cooper entered. In a few cases, residents confronted him during the burglary. Cooper usually pretended to know someone at the home. Those victims allowed him to leave peacefully without contacting police. Cooper repeatedly burglarized several residences where doors had been consistently left unlocked.
Police believe Cooper committed an additional 34 burglaries in Boulder, but those have not been reported to police.
Police also believe Cooper committed Unlawful Sexual Contact of an adult female, and several vehicle thefts.
Daniel Stewart Cooper currently faces the following charges:
- 23 counts of Second Degree Burglary
- 4 counts of Second Degree Assault on a Police Officer
- 1 count of Unlawful Possession of a Weapon by Previous Offender
- 1 count of Unlawful Sexual Contact
- 1 count of Resisting a Police Officer
- 1 count of Obstructing a Police Officer.
Cooper is being held in the Boulder County Jail. Charges for the vehicle thefts are being processed by the Boulder County District Attorney.
Anyone with information about these burglaries is asked to contact Detective Kristin Weisbach at 303-441-4474. Those who have information but wish to remain anonymous may contact the Northern Colorado Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or 1-800-444-3776. Tips can also be submitted through the Crime Stoppers website at www.crimeshurt.com. Those submitting tips through Crime Stoppers that lead to the arrest and filing of charges on a suspect(s) may be eligible for a cash reward of up to $1,000 from Crime Stoppers.
As part of the fourth annual Live Free Weekend, the University of Colorado Boulder community is being encouraged to take a pledge to forego all alcohol use for 96 hours from Oct. 4-8.
Presented by the CU-Boulder student group Oasis and Counseling and Psychological Services, the pledge also includes no recreational drugs for all participants. Numerous free activities including a film screening, ultimate Frisbee tournament, intramural sports, rock climbing and yoga sessions will be offered throughout the weekend to highlight substance-abuse-free lifestyles.
“One of our goals is is to give people who binge drink and use drugs a chance to take a step back and look at what they are doing,” said Matthew Tomatz, substance abuse coordinator at CU-Boulder Counseling and Psychological Services.
The CU Intercollegiate Athletics department will help kick off the event with the Live-Free Kickoff Lunch on Thursday, Oct. 4, beginning at noon on the south side of the Balch Field House. The free lunch, available to those who take the pledge, also gives participants a chance to meet others who are taking the challenge.
“We are excited and proud to be able to get involved with Live Free Weekend,” said Chris Schaefbauer, CUSG director of health and safety. “It’s important to have events like this on campus, where we question the things we do and the choices we make. Live Free Weekend gives the student body a great way to engage in dialogue within our community about alcohol and other substance abuse, because the truth is, it’s a problem among our students and college students in general.”
Live Free Weekend is sponsored by CU-Boulder Housing and Dining Services, CU Parents Association, CU Intercollegiate Athletics department, CU Volunteer Resource Center, Residence Hall Association, Community Health, GLBTQ Resource Center and Veteran Services.
To sign the pledge and see a complete list of events visit www.colorado.edu/livefreeweekend.
In a major breakthrough, an international team of scientists from the University of Adelaide and University of Colorado Boulder has proven that addiction to morphine and heroin can be blocked, while at the same time increasing pain relief.
The team has discovered the key mechanism in the body’s immune system that amplifies addiction to opioid drugs. Laboratory studies involving rats have shown that the drug (+)-naloxone will selectively block the immune-addiction response.
“Our studies have shown conclusively that we can block addiction via the immune system of the brain, without targeting the brain’s wiring,” said lead author Dr. Mark Hutchinson, ARC Research Fellow in the University of Adelaide’s School of Medical Sciences.
“Both the central nervous system and the immune system play important roles in creating addiction, but our studies have shown we only need to block the immune response in the brain to prevent cravings for opioid drugs.”
The results – which could eventually lead to new co-formulated drugs that assist patients with severe pain, as well as helping heroin users to kick the habit – will be published in the Aug. 15 edition of the Journal of Neuroscience.
The team has focused its research efforts on the immune receptor known as Toll-Like receptor 4, or TLR4.
“Opioid drugs such as morphine and heroin bind to TLR4 in a similar way to the normal immune response to bacteria. The problem is that TLR4 then acts as an amplifier for addiction,” Hutchinson said.
“The drug (+)-naloxone automatically shuts down the addiction,” he said. “It shuts down the need to take opioids, it cuts out behaviors associated with addiction, and the neurochemistry in the brain changes – dopamine, which is the chemical important for providing that sense of ‘reward’ from the drug, is no longer produced.”
Senior author Professor Linda Watkins, from the Center for Neuroscience at CU-Boulder, said: “This work fundamentally changes what we understand about opioids, reward and addiction. We’ve suspected for some years that TLR4 may be the key to blocking opioid addiction, but now we have the proof.
“The drug that we’ve used to block addiction, (+)-naloxone, is a non-opioid mirror-image drug that was created by Dr. Kenner Rice in the 1970s,” she said. “We believe this will prove extremely useful as a co-formulated drug with morphine, so that patients who require relief for severe pain will not become addicted but still receive pain relief. This has the potential to lead to major advances in patient and palliative care,” Watkins said.
The researchers say clinical trials may be possible within the next 18 months.
The study has been funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse in the United States and the Australian Research Council, or ARC.
Seth Brigham went out of control on Saturday morning when he attacked Jann Scott at the Boulder 1 Foundation in east Boulder across from the Daily Camera. Scott is the CEO of Channel 1 networks and Boulder Channel 1. Brigham has a restraining order protecting the city council and city staff from him.
Brigham is upset because Scott is a witness for the city in Brigham’s protective order case. Brigham has admitted to Boulder Channel 1 news that he has shown up at city council meeting drunk and under the influence of drugs on many occasions. He is also a mental patient. The combination of which is volatile. Brigham has called Boulder Channel 1 drunk and screaming many times over the past 10 years.
He has physically confronted Jann Scott on multiple occasions. Saturdays attack was the latest occurrence. Brigham was escorted from the building.
The city attorney Tom Carr who is prosecuting Brigham was informed and concerned that Brigham may have violated his restraining order by attacking the city’s witnesses connected with the case. The protective order strictly prohibits Brigham from contacting witnesses.
Boulder police department is investigating Brigham for criminal charges on his attack on Scott, interfering with a witness and other felony charges.
The permanent restraining order on Brigham will be heard next week. It will protect the city from Brigham, but he will still be free to attack citizens at will. Brigham interfered with media operations during the JonBennet Ramsey case in 1998. He has interrupted many city meetings, stalked Journalists and finally attacked Boulder channel 1 s Jann Scott. Brigham has also had run ins with landlords and neighbors over the years.
Brigham has written some columns for Boulder Channel 1, but they have had to be critically edited because of his extreme personal attacks on people. We have had to block his emails and phone calls. Brigham has proven himself to be a violent threat to staff at Boulder Channel 1.
Related: Story: Daily Camera
Related: TV show and Column by Jann Scott
Public drop-off available in Boulder, Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Boulder County, Colo. – Sheriff Joe Pelle is pleased to announce that the Sheriff’s Office can now accept expired or unused prescription drugs from the public for destruction.
The prescription drug drop box has been installed in the vestibule of the Sheriff’s Office Headquarters, 5600 Flatiron Parkway, Boulder, and will be available to the public during normal business hours (Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.).
The Sheriff’s Office has participated in periodic “prescription drug drop-off” programs coordinated in conjunction with Boulder County Public Health and the Drug Enforcement Administration. Unfortunately, these events only occur once or twice a year and typically at two or three sites countywide.
However, in cooperation with the National Association of Drug Diversion Investigators, Inc. (NADDI) and Endo Pharmaceuticals, the Sheriff’s Office recently obtained a grant-funded secure drug drop box that will allow the public to safely dispose of unwanted or unused prescription drugs at their convenience.
Note: The Sheriff’s Office cannot accept liquids, hypodermic needles or other “sharps”, or any bio-hazardous materials.
The Sheriff’s Office will accumulate the materials and arrange for their safe and legal destruction in conjunction with the Drug Enforcement Administration. Questions may be directed to Technician Debbie Trever or Technician Rachel Day in the Sheriff’s Office’s Property and Evidence Section at 303-441-3629.
The Sheriff’s Office plans to also continue its participation in the periodic “prescription drug drop-off” programs sponsored by Boulder County Public Health and the DEA.
I feel Paranoid when I smoke weed.
Short answer : don’t do it. You are having a strong mental health reaction to it.
What are the bad effects of marijuana? can it cause paranoia?
Working in a psychiatric ward you will very often see patients with a first onset of paranoia or other psychotic symptoms after a chronic use of cannabis. A recent research paper discussed the following hypotheses for a possible relationship:
- There is a causal relationship between cannabis use and schizophrenia (psychotic disorders).
- The cannabis use precipitates schizophrenia in vulnerable persons.
- Cannabis use exacerbates schizophrenia -> symptoms are more severe.
- Patients with psychotic disorders are more liable to abuse cannabis
This Australian study found a rise in the prevalence of cannabis use and a decrease of the age at the beginning of regular cannabis consumption over the last 30 years. They found no clear increase of the prevalence of schizophrenia in Australia in this time span. We know that cannabis abuse is rather common among patients with schizophrenia, maybe sometimes a rather bad attempt to cope with psychotic symptoms or irritability or hallucinations.
So the authors of this study think that cannabis use is not the main causal factor for the incidence of schizophrenia, but seems to precipitate the onset of psychotic symptoms / paranoia for vulnerable persons. So if you have a high vulnerability for schizophrenia the abuse of cannabis will most likely lead to severe paranoia and a worse outcome!
The co-occurrence of substance abuse and schizophrenia is one of the worst problems in psychiatry! It is very difficult to offer a good treatment approach for this group of patients. Special treatment programs are available for schizophrenic patients with cannabis dependence or other types of substance abuse.
by: Martin Winkler from Web4Health
The health risks of this long-term use are:
- In some cases high quantity users can experience feelings of anxiety, depression and be seriously unwell.
- Cannabis influences driving ability.
- Smoking cannabis causes carcinogens to enter the body.
- During pregnancy, cannabis can have negative consequences for the fetus.
- Long-term use of cannabis may affect thinking, emotions and feelings.
- In some cases, long-term use of cannabis can lead to dependence and abuse.
- Cannabis can provoke a psychosis in people who are sensitive to it. More.
- Some researchers are of the opinion that:
- Cannabis is a first step to the use of hard drugs.
- Cannabis has negative effects on the immune system.
- Cannabis influences fertility.
- Cannabis causes schizophrenia. More.
- Cannabis leads to apathy and loss of interest.
- Cannabis can cause anger, especially when trying to stop using Cananabis.
by Wendy Moelker, psychologist Netherlands
DETOXING FROM MARIJUANA
What is Detoxing?
Detoxing is the way in which your body gets rid of the toxins accumulated from years of using. It happens the first few days or weeks after getting clean and/or sober. It is also the very beginning of getting used to dealing with reality and real feelings with no numbing agent.
Can there be physical effects from quitting marijuana?
In spite of numerous years of being told that there are no physiological effects from marijuana addiction, many of our recovering members have had definite withdrawal symptoms. Whether the causes are physical or psychological, the results are physical. Others have just had emotional and mental changes as they stop using their drug of choice. There is no way of telling before quitting who will be physically uncomfortable and who will not. Most members have only minor physical discomfort if any at all. This pamphlet is for those who are having trouble and wonder what’s happening to them.
Why do some effects last so long?
Unlike most other drugs, including alcohol, THC (the active chemical in marijuana) is stored in the fat cells and therefore takes longer to fully clear the body than with any other common drug. This means that some parts of the body still retain THC even after a couple of months, rather than just the couple of days or weeks for water soluble drugs.
Can this affect a drug test?
The experiences of some members have shown that if you quit marijuana and expect to take a drug test you should not go on a crash diet at the same time. Fasting, or a crash diet, can release the THC into the bloodstream very rapidly and can give a positive reading. This has happened to several of our members, but each time only with crash diets and major weight loss, not with just eating less than usual.
What are some of the more common symptoms?
By far the most common symptom of withdrawal is insomnia. This can last from a few nights of practically no sleep at all, up to a few months of occasional sleeplessness. The next most common symptom is depression (that is, if you’re not euphoric), and next are nightmares and vivid dreams. Marijuana use tends to dampen the dreaming mechanism, so that when you do get clean the dreams come back with a crash. They can be vivid color, highly emotional dreams or nightmares, even waking up then coming back to the same dream. The very vivid, every-night dreams usually don’t start for about a week or so. They last for about a month at most and then taper off. “Using” dreams (dreams involving the use of marijuana) are very common, and although they’re not as vivid or emotional as at first, they last for years and are just considered a normal part of recovery.
The fourth most common symptom is anger. This can range from a slow burning rage to constant irritability to sudden bursts of anger when least expected: anger at the world, anger at loved ones, anger at oneself, anger at being an addict and having to get clean. Emotional jags are very common, with emotions bouncing back and forth between depression, anger, and euphoria. Occasionally experienced is a feeling of fear or anxiety, a loss of the sense of humor, decreased sex drive, or increased sex drive. Most all of these symptoms fade to normal emotions by three months. Loss of concentration for the first week or month is also very common and this sometimes affects the ability to learn for a very short while.
What about physical symptoms?
The most common physical symptom is headaches. For those who have them, they can last for a few weeks up to a couple of months, with the first few days being very intense. The next most common physical symptom is night sweats, sometimes to the point of having to change night clothes. They can last from a few nights to a month or so. Sweating is one of the body’s natural ways of getting rid of toxins. Hand sweats are very common and are often accompanied by an unpleasant smell from the hands. Body odor is enough in many instances to require extra showers or baths. Coughing up phlegm is another way the body cleans itself. This can last for a few weeks to well over six months.
One third of the addicts who responded to a questionnaire on detoxing said they had eating problems for the first few days and some for up to six weeks. Their main symptoms were loss of appetite, sometimes enough to lose weight temporarily, digestion problems or cramps after eating, and nausea, occasionally enough to vomit (only for a day or two). Most of the eating problems were totally gone before the end of a month.
The next most common physical symptoms experienced were tremors or shaking and dizziness. Less frequently experienced were kidney pains, impotency, hormone changes or imbalances, low immunity or chronic fatigue, and some minor eye problems that resolved at around two months. There have been cases of addicts having more severe detox symptoms, however this is rare. For intense discomfort, see a doctor, preferably one who is experienced with detoxing.
How can I reduce discomfort?
For some of the milder detoxing symptoms, a few home remedies have proven to be useful:
Hot soaking baths can help the emotions as well as the body.
Drink plenty of water and clear liquids, just like for the flu.
Cranberry juice has been used effectively for years by recovery houses to help purify and cleanse the body.
Really excessive sweating can deplete the body of potassium, a necessary mineral. A few foods high in potassium are: melons, bananas, citrus fruits, green leafy vegetables, and tomatoes
Eliminate fat from the diet until digestion is better.
Greatly reduce or eliminate caffeine until the sleep pattern is more normal or the shakes are gone.
The old fashioned remedy for insomnia, a glass of warm milk before bedtime, helps some people.
Exercise not only helps depression and other unpleasant emotions, it helps the body speed up the healing process.
by Marijuana Anonymous
Get rid of unwanted documents and medications
Boulder to host combination shred-a-thon and drug take-back day
On Saturday, April 28, the Boulder Police Department, in partnership with Northern Colorado Crime Stoppers, will host a combination shred-a-thon and drug take-back day.
The event runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Elevations Credit Union parking lot, located at 2960 Diagonal Highway in Boulder.
Free, secure shredding will be provided by Cintas Document Shredding Corporation. Please bring paper only; hard drives, disks, etc. will not be accepted. Shredding will be done on site.
Anyone who wants to clean out their medicine cabinet and get rid of unwanted, unused or expired medications may dispose of them at the same location.
Boulder police officers will be on hand to ensure that the medications are properly collected and disposed of. In order to ensure anonymity, police ask that people remove prescription drug labels with identifying information before drop off.
Acceptable items include controlled, non-controlled and over-the-counter drugs. Solid drugs and liquids will be accepted.
Chemotherapy drugs, intravenous solutions, injectibles and syringes will not be accepted. Illegal drugs, such as marijuana, will not be accepted.
Participants may dispose of the drugs by either leaving them in their original containers, or by putting the medications directly into the collection bins. Law enforcement officers will remain with the collection bins during the take-back, and will turn them over to the Drug Enforcement Administration for permanent disposal.
Anyone needing more information may contact Boulder Police Department Officer Daniel Bergh at 303-441-4485.
City manager approves business incentive for Biodesix
City Manager Jane S. Brautigam has approved a flexible rebate application for Biodesix for up to $60,000 in rebates. The rebates were authorized for sales and use taxes, and permit-related fees.
“The city is very pleased that Biodesix is moving its headquarters to Boulder and that the flexible rebate program will assist the company with its planned growth,” Brautigam said. “The city is committed to fostering a successful biotechnology industry in Boulder and welcomes Biodesix as a part of that community.”
A rapidly growing biotechnology company, Biodesix is focused on the development of diagnostic products for personalized medicine that inform treatment decisions and improve patient care. The company’s first product, VeriStrat, enables more informed decision-making for advanced lung and breast cancer patients by identifying patients who are likely to have good or poor outcomes after treatment with specific drugs.
In order to take advantage of Boulder’s growing biotechnology industry and proximity to its employees, Biodesix recently moved from Broomfield to a new facility at 2970 Wilderness Place. The company currently has 33 employees at its Boulder office and plans to add up to 40 more by the end of 2013. The rebate will help Biodesix as it continues its fast-paced growth and expansion in Boulder.
“We are delighted to have our corporate headquarters here in Boulder,” commented David Brunel, chief executive officer of Biodesix. “The city’s commitment to attracting and retaining technology-based companies is admirable, and we are proud to be among the growing biotech community here.”
The flexible rebate program uses social, community and environmental sustainability guidelines. Companies choose the guidelines that best fit their circumstances, but must meet minimum requirements in order to receive the rebate. Biodesix has met the necessary requirements. Of note, Biodesix’s new facility has shower and changing facilities, and secure bike parking for its employees. In addition, the company is implementing a zero waste program, will participate in the 10 for Change Challenge and requested EnergySmart training.
Biodesix’ flexible rebate application is one of six submitted to the city in late 2011. One 2011 application is pending. The city’s approved 2012 budget includes $350,000 in funding for 2012 flexible tax and fee rebates for primary employers.
The flexible rebate program is one of the city’s business incentives, covering a wide range of fees, equipment and construction use taxes. Under this program, the city manager may consider a specific incentive package for tax and fee rebates to meet a company’s specific needs. The company is then eligible for the rebate after it has made its investment and paid the taxes or fees to the city.
“A Couple of Chuckles”
“Hotshots” looks at a movie!
Casa de Mi Padre is Will Ferrell’s latest comedy, and the first thing you notice is that the title is in Spanish.
The second thing you notice about the “House of My Father” is that the entire movie is in Spanish, but with English subtitles for the benefit of those of us who aren’t fluent in Spanish.
Well, not the entire movie, because there are a couple of American characters in the story, which takes place in modern-day Mexico, and they speak what the Mexican characters call “American.”
Ferrell plays Armando, the son of a rancher, and at the beginning of the movie, Armando and his two buddies, Esteban and Manuel, are moving some of the father’s cattle to a new pasture, and Armando says, “I hope nothing bad happens on the way home.”
Then they witness an execution that was caused by the nasty drug business that is going on in the country and which will have ramifications later on in the story.
When the three rancheros get home, Armando’s brother Raul shows up with his fiancee, Sonia Lopez. Raul is the son that his father always loved, and if we hadn’t already figured it out, we learn that Armando is not smart, and his father always tells him that.
Armando also has a secret that we learn when he and Sonia go out riding together and they arrive at the Pond of Seven Tears, where Armando’s mother died when Armando was a little boy.
Armando and Sonia take a liking to each other, and Sonia tells Armando that his brother Raul is in the drug business, but Raul doesn’t sell drugs to their fellow Mexicans, only to Americans.
Unfortunately, Raul is trying to do business in the territory of the most infamous drug dealer, Onza, who also has a close connection with Sonia.
Well, you can see a showdown coming up, can’t you? As well as a Mexican standoff and a final shoot-out that is all the funnier because the participants are drinking and smoking cigarettes at the same time as they are blasting away at each other.
The movie spoofs telenovelas and B-movies, production values, and anything else that Ferrell could think of while memorizing his lines phonetically.
Casa de Mi Padre has a good ending, of course, and is worth a couple of chuckles.
I’m Dan Culberson and this is “Hotshots.”
According to news reports from CBS and TMZ Whitney Houston was found dead in a bath tub with a bottle of Zanex near by. She had been drinking after her concert last night in California, came home to her hotel, jumped in the tub and popped a few Zanex to take the edge off.
She was found by one of her staff dead in a Los Angeles hotel room bath. Houston joins other pop star greats who died from drugs and alcohol including Elvis Presley, and Jim Morrison who died in their bathrooms. Michael Jackson died in bed. Mamma Cass died choking on a ham sandwich and alcohol. Dozens more died in similar ways.
Combined Alcoholism and Drug addiction is a fatal illness who very few ever recover from. Houston had a life long battle with it. She finally lost the night before the Grammy awards.
Arrest warrant issued for suspect wanted in two armed robberies
A warrant has been issued for the arrest of a suspect Boulder police believe is responsible for two armed robberies that occurred last week.
Jonathan Edward Fitzpatrick (DOB 1/06/1970) is currently incarcerated in the Denver City Jail on charges unrelated to the robberies in Boulder. He is being held on a no-bond warrant in Denver. In Boulder, Fitzpatrick will face one charge of Aggravated Robbery of a Controlled Substance (a Class 2 felony), and one charge of Aggravated Robbery (a Class 3 felony).
Fitzpatrick is accused of robbing a Boulder pharmacy last Friday morning, Sept. 23, 2011, and a US Bank branch on Saturday, Sept. 24, 2011.
During the Pharmaca robbery on Friday, the suspect demanded controlled substances and the pharmacist complied.
On Saturday, at the US Bank branch, located at 2550 Broadway, the suspect displayed a handgun to the bank teller and demanded money. The teller complied, and the suspect fled with an undisclosed amount of cash. No one was hurt in either robbery.
Boulder police partnered with the FBI and the Safe Streets Task Force on these cases. The case numbers are 11-12359 (Pharmaca) and 11-12416 (US Bank).
Those who have information but wish to remain anonymous may contact the Northern Colorado Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or 1-800-444-3776. Tips can also be submitted through the Crime Stoppers website at www.crimeshurt.com. Those submitting tips through Crime Stoppers that lead to the arrest and filing of charges on a suspect(s) may be eligible for a cash reward of up to $1,000 from Crime Stoppers.
During the past 10 years two Colorado professors have collected the widest available base of knowledge about people who practice self-injury and now are offering new insights into people who deliberately injure themselves by cutting, burning, branding and bone-breaking.
Patti Adler, a professor of sociology at the University of Colorado Boulder, and Peter Adler, a professor of sociology and criminology at the University of Denver, conducted in-depth interviews with 150 self-injurers from all over the world in addition to examining 30,000 to 40,000 Internet posts in chat rooms. Other self-injury practices include re-opening wounds, biting, scratching, hair-pulling and swallowing or embedding objects.
Before their research, studies of self-injury had primarily been conducted by psychologists or physicians, and their research subjects came from therapeutic or hospital settings, Patti Adler said. Originally thought to be a suicidal gesture, the picture that emerged from these previous studies was one of an addictive behavior practiced mostly by privileged, white teenage girls.
A completely different picture emerges when a close look is taken at all self-injurers, Adler said.
Self-injury emerged from obscurity in the 1990s and spread dramatically as a typical behavior among adolescents, she said. The practice occurs mostly among those in their teens and 20s, and can still occur in the 30s but grows more rare after age 40.
The Adlers trace the evolution of societal attitudes toward a behavior that once was highly stigmatized but now is considered more of a “thing that people do.” And rather than a suicidal gesture or an addictive behavior, they found that it is a coping mechanism.
The majority of people involved in self-injury do it to deal with anxiety or emotional pain, Adler said. It “self-soothes” and gives people a sense of control. And it helps many people get over a rough patch in their lives.
“Although society was initially shocked to discover that people might harm their bodies intentionally, when compared to other ways that people seek relief from pain it offers several benefits: it’s not illegal, it’s not addictive, it doesn’t hurt others and the body eventually heals,” Adler said. “For those trapped in bad situations, it can be a way to make it through until their lives improve.”
Similarly, Internet chat rooms provide a safe place where self-injurers can find others like themselves. These sites help by making people realize their behavior does not mean they are “crazy, weak-willed, sick or bad,” she said.
A host of free support groups for self-injurers are available on the Internet, Adler said. Other types of help also are available for those who want to stop including outpatient therapy, therapeutic drugs and specialized clinics that offer inpatient treatment.
“Our longitudinal data show that many people who struggle with self-injury during their formative years, like those who try drugs, eating disorders or delinquency, grow out of it to live fully functioning productive lives as professionals, parents and spouses without further problems,” she said.
The Adlers research was published last month in a book titled “The Tender Cut” by New York University Press.
The Adlers also wrote about self-injury as part of their new blog for the Psychology Today website called “The Deviance Society” at .
“Funny, but Difficult”
“Hotshots” looks at a movie!
The Guard is one of the funniest movies you will see all year, but it is also one of the most difficult to understand, too, because it takes place in Ireland, and although the characters speak English for the most part, their accents are unfamiliar to American ears.
I say “for the most part,” because one scene has characters speaking Gaelic, but it also contains subtitles for the audience’s benefit.
The story takes place in County Galway, in western Ireland, and Brendan Gleeson plays Sgt. Gerry Boyle, who prides himself as being “the last of the independents,” although the criminals in the story call him “unpredictable” and for good reason.
For example, when Sgt. Boyle and his new partner investigate a murder, Sgt. Boyle says that the victim looks like Brendan Foley. But then when the partner remarks that they know who the victim is, Sgt. Boyle says, “I said he looked like Brendan Foley. I didn’t say he was Brendan Foley.”
And then Special Agent Wendell Everett comes to town from the United States. He is played by Don Cheadle, and the authorities have been tracking a ship carrying half-a-billion dollars worth of cocaine on board, which they suspect will dock somewhere in western Ireland to unload the drugs.
The fact that Agent Everett is black gives Sgt. Boyle the opportunity to make some outrageous racist comments, but then Sgt. Boyle makes an excuse by saying that he is Irish and racism is part of his culture.
However, as Agent Everett points out, Sgt. Boyle could very easily be very dumb or very smart.
Eventually we learn that Sgt. Boyle is much smarter than he appears to be and also smarter than he acts.
We also follow the gang of drug traffickers who are waiting for the ship to arrive, and their interaction is just as funny as the interaction among Sgt. Boyle, Agent Everett, and the rest of the police force.
At one point you might think that there are too many side stories going on, but they all tie in together neatly at the end, which involves one of the funniest shoot-outs you will ever see.
The Guard is funny, it is difficult, but it is so good that you just might have to see it more than once to enjoy it all the more.
I’m Dan Culberson and this is “Hotshots.