NEWS FIX — FSU Student Chews Off Man’s Face in a Trump Hat— Aug. 18, 2016

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Son of Late DC Mayor Marion Barry Dies, Overdose Suspected

After struggling with drug abuse, Marion Christopher Barry, 36, and son of late Washington DC Mayor Marion Barry, died of a possible overdose this past Sunday, the family says.

According to a police report, the individual who reported Christopher Barry’s death said he went outside at around 12:10 a.m., on Sunday to smoke K-2 and PCP. Upon his return, Barry was “’acting crazy/different’ and then he suddenly ‘dropped,’” according to NBC News.

Found unresponsive and unconscious, Barry was rushed to George Washington University Hospital where he was pronounced dead a few hours later.

In 2015, Christopher Barry ran unsuccessfully for the Ward 8 Council seat following his father’s death in 2014, but he did share his dad’s spirit of activism. Christopher Barry also shared his father’s enthusiasm for job creation. “Somebody’s got to stand up for the people, not for the interest of big government or big business,” Christopher Barry once said.

Consultant to Pot Resort Pleads Guilty to Drug Charge

Jonathan Hunt, CEO of the Colorado-based consulting firm Monarch America who also worked with a Native
American tribe, pleaded guilty on Monday to a drug charge due to his role in plans to open the nation’s first marijuana resort in South Dakota. Hunt monitored the first weed crop of the Flandreau Santee Sioux Tribe and ordered pot seeds that were shipped from the Netherlands.

Hunt also pleaded guilty to the drug conspiracy count in Flandreau, which is next to the tribe’s reservation, according to ABC News. The drug charges arrived following the destruction of the marijuana crop by tribal leaders who feared a federal raid in the face of the plan to create “an adult playground.”

Eric Hagen’s attorney, Hunt’s fellow CEO, said, “the marijuana belonged to the Santee Sioux Tribe. They paid for it. They had legal ownership of it at all times.”

According to court documents, Hunt apparently ordered 55 different strains of marijuana seeds that were put into CD cases and sewn into shirts. The shipment arrived to the tribe’s office in August 2015. According to ABC News, authorities say Hunt and company planted almost 30 strains in September and October on the reservation in their greenhouse. Weeks after the growing operation began, the 600 crops were burned.

In 2014, the Justice Department instituted a new policy allowing Indian tribes to grow and sell marijuana under the conditions of the legalization rules that some states have.

New Study May Stop Addiction Behavior

The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) released a new study that suggests the increased level of hypocretin, a neurotransmitter in the brain, may aid in cocaine addiction, according to Science Daily. By blocking this molecule, there may be a reduction in the compulsive behavior that leads to repeat drug-seeking that is associated with cocaine addiction.

“Cocaine addiction is a disorder that affects millions of people worldwide,” said Marisa Roberto, TSRI professor on the Committee on the Neurobiology of Addictive Disorders (CNAD), according to Science Daily. “Understanding the mechanisms underlying cocaine addiction is important for identifying potential new targets for therapeutic use.”

The addictive quality of a lot of narcotic drugs may motivate addicts to keep going back to their dealer for more and more, but according to this study, the molecular mechanisms that drive addiction are a lot more complex than that.

The new study led by Brooke Scmeichel, a former TSRI researcher who is now working at the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), puts a focus on changes in the amygdala, the part of the brain that is correlated to negative emotions and stress during the process of drug withdrawal.

In the study, a group of rats were given an option to consume cocaine during one hour of the day while the second group had six hours of the day where they could decide to take the drug. The research found that “compulsive cocaine use triggers a dangerous cycle in the brain, with cocaine sensitizing the main contributor to hypocretin activity [hypothalamic hypocretin/orexin (HCRT), a network of signals between brain regions that has shown to influence addiction and relapse], which motivates further drug-seeking,” said to Science Daily.

By blocking HCRT, it was found that drug-seeking behavior decreased.

FSU Student Chews Off Man’s Face After Killing 2, Injuring 1

On Monday night, Austin Harrouff, a 19-year-old Florida State University student, was found chewing 59-year-old John Steven’s face off after stabbing him and his wife, Michelle Mishcon, 53, to death. Mishcon was the daughter of former North Miami Beach Mayor Jeff Mishcon.

According to South Florida’s NBC 6, Martin County Sheriff William Snyder told reporters that “Austin Harrouff may have been on hallucinogenic drugs,” when he attacked the couple at their Tequesta, Fla., home. Flakka is suspected to be in the student’s system, but is not yet confirmed.

Harrouff was dining at Duffy’s Sports Grill with his family when he apparently got angry and left the restaurant. About 45 minutes later, a short distance away from the sports grill, the FSU college student attacked the couple in their open garage.

A neighbor, Jeff Fisher, 47, who attempted to intervene in the attacks, was stabbed by Harrouff and taken to a hospital for surgery. Police failed to stop the FSU student from chewing on Steven’s face with a stun gun and a K-9 until four officers peeled him off the victim.

Harrouff was a high school football player with a 3.5 GPA who aspired to follow the pre-med track at FSU. He has no previous criminal record and his motives are still unknown.

He executed the attack while wearing a Donald Trump hat.

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