W.Va. scientists developing micro-implant technology to combat drug crisis

Additionally, Rezai says, the institute is working on a wearable medical sensor. It would work by measuring brain activity — establishing which patterns indicate a patient is at high-risk for exercising addictive behavior. Rezai says the goal is to be able to warn family, friends, and others in an addict support system, in real time, about when they are at the highest risk of abusing drugs.

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West Virginia calls in National Guard to tackle opioid crisis | Fox News

Forget about Militarized police, in WV we use the military to police, and man our jails. West Virginia declares state of emergency over jail staffing

“We are solving a problem in our country,” said Maj. Gen. James Hoyer, a West Virginia National Guard commander. “And, at the same time, making sure we have the highest level of readiness to respond to something else that may be out there, somewhere else in the world.”

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In Baltimore, Brazen Officers Took Every Chance to Rob and Cheat – The New York Times

The case fits a pattern of corruption scandals involving anti-crime units that rack up arrests and praise, but do not have enough supervision, said Peter Moskos, a professor at John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York and a former Baltimore police officer who went to the police academy with one of the accused officers. But this one is far worse, he said: “It’s shocking what they’ve done and how long they’ve been doing it.”

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Mistrial declared in case of coal boss accused of campaign fund scheme | Cops & Courts | wvgazettemail.com

A mistrial was declared in the case of coal boss James Laurita, who faced a host of charges surrounding illegal campaign contributions in U.S. District Court in Clarksburg.

The jury had indicated it was deadlocked fairly early into the deliberation process Friday afternoon, but Judge Irene Keeley, who denied an oral motion for a mistrial from Laurita’s attorneys, told the jury to go back to deliberating and try to reach a verdict.  However, the jury still failed to reach a verdict, and a mistrial was declared Friday evening.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of West Virginia is still weighing whether to retry Laurita.“I appreciate the hard work of the prosecution team. This is the justice system in its truest form. We respect the jury’s time and appreciate their work to try to come to a decision. We will continue to evaluate the case to determine any future prosecution,” U.S. Attorney Bill Powell said in a written statement.

Laurita is accused of funneling money to political candidates while skirting federal election laws between 2010 and 2013.  He was indicted on one count of of schemes to provide false information to the Federal Election Commission; three counts of causing a false statement to the FEC; one count of causing excessive contributions and two counts of causing contributions on behalf of another.

U.S. attorneys have argued Laurita directed eight executives at his company, Mepco LLC, to make campaign contributions to certain candidates and then channeled Mepco money to the employees as “bonuses.”All eight employees testified at trial that they knew the bonuses were reimbursements for campaign contributions and were informed of the alleged scheme during a 2010 meeting with Laurita.

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Arcade legend Billy Mitchell accused of using emulator in record Donkey Kong run – TechSpot


The competitive retro gaming scene has been rocked by scandal once again. Less than a week after Todd Rogers was stripped of his world record time in the Atari 2600 game Dragster over claims that his score of 5.51 seconds was technically impossible (the record had stood for 35 years), the spotlight has turned to a far more prominent figure in the competitive gaming community.

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