Mifflin County Residents against drugs- A community group alarmed by rising heroin use.
9/99 juveniles more likely to commit crime after school
curriculum needs to be more value oriented (morals..do the right thing etc.) C.S. Lewis book review
Teens at risk-need to really get to them Canada: Smoke, Booze Cravings Linked 7-15-99 male teens susceptible
7_99 McCaffrey's flawed view of alcohol and drugs
Some of the con's
Recent article's Decriminalizing Pot Could Harm US Kids, Study Says 7-15-99
- Article prompting rave ordinance in Charlotte.
- Nov 11, Creative Loafing article
- Nov 22, T Jamison article in Charlotte Observer letter against regulation. This is a pdf file so you need Adobe to view it.
- Nov 27, 2000 News report on upcoming citizen's Hearing. Adobe PDF file of highlights of the dance hall regulations
- charlotte rave ordinance This site is a against the ordinance. Includes text of ordinance and link to e-petition against it. (1980 signatures against it as of 2/25/01)
- My talk at this hearing
- Dec 4th, News report on City council meeting. A well-organized contingent of business owners, club patrons and students took turns at a city council forum Monday evening to voice their opposition to a proposed dance hall ordinance.
- Dec 20, 2000 City Council meets again. chair Patrick Cannon asks for alternatives to soften police proposal. Police Chief opposed.
- Hearing loss concerns that should prompt officials to consider regulating in all dance club permits.
- 1/31/01 Public Safety committee approves weakened dance ordinance.
- 2/1/01 Uptown club closes.
- My Feb 3rd letter to council urging age restrictions.
- my Feb. 15 the e-mail to council. Update from dancesafe. 16 year old girl dies after drinking 3 gallons of water in 1 1/2 hour. Such an unnecessary waste of life.
- toothless ordinance passes 2/16/01. Public input limited by clever planning. Letter
- high Point NC club loses license. violence and drugs involved. 7_01
- Tonya Jameson's July 17, 2001 article urging night clubbers to take a stand against violence. This is in reaction to numerous fights, brawls and other wanton acts of mayhem occurring in the Charlotte Night club scene. This is the same Charlotte Staff writer who denigrated the Charlotte City council back in Nov 2000 for considering banning of Raves. well, they didn't ban raves and guess what? drugs & violence are a growing problem and have not been reduced by toothless dance hall rules.
Here's a raver site that's interestingWed, 22 Sep 1999 US FL: A Weekend Rave In Coconut Grove Has Tragic Aftermath
Below are links to the above stories so there is no need to go down
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New research reported today by the U.S. Department of Justice
that 1 out of every 10 violent crimes known to law enforcement agencies
and committed against juveniles occurs between 3 p.m. and 4 p.m.. In
contrast, the peak hour for violent crime against adults is between 11
p.m. and midnight. "These data may actually underestimate the level of
violence that occurs in the afterschool hour," says Howard Snyder,
co-author of the report. "Many crimes in and around school are likely to
be reported to school officials who may handle the matters themselves
and not report the crimes to police."
"This late afternoon peak occurs only on school days. It is a time when
juveniles are together and often unsupervised," says Shay Bilchik,
Administrator of the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency
Prevention, the agency that released the report. On nonschool days, a
juvenile is a greatest risk of becoming the victim of a violent crime
between 8 p.m. and 9 p.m., but this risk is about half that in the
afterschool hour on school days. "The need for afterschool activities is
vital, especially in communities where violent crime is more common."
This research is based on data reported to the FBI by law enforcement
agencies in 12 States (Alabama, Colorado, Idaho, Illinois, Iowa,
Massachusetts, Michigan, North Dakota, South Carolina, Utah, Vermont,
and Virginia) covering the years 1991 through 1996.
Juvenile Offenders and Victims: 1999 National Report pages 34–35 and
For more information contact:
National Center for Juvenile Justice (412–227–6950)
Office of Congressional and Public Affairs (202–307–0703)
Juvenile Justice Clearinghouse (800–638–8736)
To obtain a copy of the full report:
The full report is available online from the OJJDP Web site
(ojjdp.ncjrs.org) under the JJ Facts & Figures section and the
Publications section or can be ordered from OJJDP's Juvenile Justice
Clearinghouse. Send an e-mail to email@example.com; call 800–638–8736
(select option 2); or write to the Juvenile Justice Clearinghouse, P.O.
Box 6000, Rockville, MD 20849-6000. Be sure to ask for NCJ 178257.
17 Stores sell beer to teen, sheriff says
By MICHELLE CROUCH
MONROE -- A teen-ager walked into 28 Union County stores last week
and walked out of 13 with beer, police said.
She did it again Thursday, buying beer illegally in four of six stores.
The 19-year-old was working under cover for Union County sheriff's
deputies, who cited 17 clerks with selling alcohol to a minor, Sheriff
Frank McGuirt said Friday.
The teen-ager went into convenience stores, grocery stores and
drugstores across Union County beginning Oct. 8. When she walked out
with beer, a sheriff's deputy walked in and cited the store and the clerk
who sold the beer, McGuirt said.
"We know the problem's out there, and it's our job to do something
about it," McGuirt said.
"This is something we've done many times, and it doesn't get any better.
They keep selling."
In his office's last big sting, in October 1998, 19 of 35 Union County
stores sold beer to a teen-ager working with sheriff's deputies. It's illegal
in North Carolina to sell beer to anyone under age 21.
For a first offense, a store can either pay an $800 fine or suspend its
alcohol sales for 10 days. Most pay the fine, said Fred Gregory, chief
deputy counsel of the Alcoholic Beverage Commission in Raleigh.
If a second offense occurs within four years, the store is given either
15-day suspension or a $1,500 penalty. The third offense carries a
30-day suspension or a $2,500 penalty and a five-day suspension,
McGuirt said the laws need to be stricter. "If the same store sells twice
six months, they ought to lose their permit," he said. "This is something
we've done many times, and it doesn't get any better. They keep
Frank McGuirt Union County Sheriff
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AMSTERDAM (Reuters) - Railway officials in a Dutch town plan to play classical
music by the likes of Bach and Beethoven in the station's pedestrian tunnel, in the
hope that it will drive away drug users, Dutch media said on Saturday.
Officials in the town of Heerlen, near Maastricht in the south of the Netherlands,
will first carry out tests on music by various composers to discover which one
irritates junkies the most.
The idea for the tunnel, which is close to a shelter for drug users, was
board by Heerlen after successful experiments in stations in Hamburg and Paris.
New Grand Prairie ordinance called drug-fighting weapon
By Tawnell D. Hobbs
Star-Telegram Dallas Bureau
GRAND PRAIRIE -- Grand Prairie police officers will begin using another
tool today to take drug dealers and people who use illegal drugs off the
The City Council unanimously approved an ordinance yesterday that
does not require officers to have probable cause to detain a suspected
drug dealer or user. The ordinance allows officers to arrest known drug
dealers and users who loiter in public places if the officer decides the
suspected person's explanation of why he was at the location is
The offense, which is a Class C misdemeanor and carries a fine up to
$500, has been successful in such cities as Dallas, Chicago and Los
Angeles, city officials said.
Councilwoman Teri Jackson said without the ordinance it could be
considered harassment if an officer approaches a loiterer.
"But with this ordinance in place, they can now go up and question
them, challenge them," Jackson said.
Police Chief Glen Hill said the ordinance will be "one more tool in our
arsenal." But, he added, officers will be under close scrutiny in using the
"We're not going to go out there and target anyone," Hill said. "They
will be given time to explain their conduct."
Specifically, the ordinance would allow officers to approach loiterers
who are known drug dealers and users; or are in areas frequented by
people who use, possess or sell drugs; or repeatedly engage in
conversation with passersby, whether on foot or in a vehicle; or who
repeatedly pass to or receive money, objects or written material from
The Police Department considers a known drug dealer to be a person
who has been indicted or convicted in the last year for manufacturing,
selling, or delivering an illegal controlled substance. A known drug user
is considered a person who has been indicted or convicted in the past
year for possessing an illegal controlled substance, a dangerous drug, a
simulated controlled substance, a volatile chemical or narcotic
City Attorney Don Postell said the Police Department brought the
ordinance to the council because there are concerns about drugs in
some parts of Grand Prairie, including the Dalworth area in west Grand
Police Lt. Mike Fleming, who suggested that the department use the
ordinance, said that when he was a sergeant patrolling Dalworth it was
frustrating to know that someone was dealing in illegal drugs and not
being able to make an arrest without having probable cause.
"It was frustrating not being able to help the neighborhood," Fleming
said. "Most of the people there don't want drugs in their
Hill said drug activity in Grand Prairie is a continuing problem that the
Police Department is working hard to combat.
Hill, who has been police chief for about two years, said that when he
was first appointed to the position, the council charged him with
combating the distribution of illegal drugs in the community.
"We just had so much trouble in the west," Mayor Pro Tem Ruthe
Jackson said. "It took it a long time to get that way, it will take a long
time to clean it up."
Fleming said he believes that the ordinance will be successful because
has been challenged in court numerous times and has been upheld.
Although Grand Prairie's ordinance was modeled after one in Dallas, it
will differ in one way, Fleming said.
Dallas' ordinance targets only drug dealers, but Grand Prairie's will
target drug dealers and users, Fleming said.
"If you take away demand, supply will go away," Fleming said.
Tawnell D. Hobbs, (972) 263-4448
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4. Say What? Tips on Hearing
By Sylvia Thyssen, DanceSafe Natl. Office
The dangers of drugs are well-publicized, and
more and more people are aware of the risks of
dehydration and heatstroke. But one of the
greatest dangers of rave and danceclub culture
is prolonged exposure to loud music. Taking
responsibility for protecting yourself today
will help reduce the risk of hearing damage and
loss later in your life.
Promoters and club owners also have a
responsibility for helping to make their venues
safer for patrons. Although sound levels are
monitored by police for their potential as a
public nuisance, monitoring sound levels inside
establishments for the protection of the
patrons' hearing is not a priority for public
health departments. Following the simple
recommendations below will make a big difference
for your hearing health!
AVOID dancing next to the speakers. Having a
distance of at least 10 feet between you and a
speaker is extremely important. As your distance
from the speaker decreases, risk of damage
LESS exposure to loud music is better. Taking
breaks of 30 minutes or more in a room where
sound levels are less than 90 Dcb is extremely
useful in lowering the risk of hearing loss.
EXHAUSTION and high ambient temperature increase
the risk of hearing loss. Taking breaks from
dancing and drinking adequate water helps
protect your ears from metabolic exhaustion that
can lead to damage.
ASK your doctor about your prescription
medications and whether they make your ears more
sensitive. Certain medications can increase the
chance of damage from exposure to loud music.
CHECK your family history. Hereditary risk can
play a role in the chances of developing hearing
OVERALL physical health affects your risk of
hearing loss. Decreased blood flow to your
muscles leaves you more at risk. Exercising
regularly improves your resilience.
SHORT term hearing loss -- like what you
experience for a few hours after you get out of
an event -- is a risk factor for long-term
No one can stress this one enough:
wear earplugs -- wear earplugs -- wear earplugs
-- wear earplugs -- WEAR EARPLUGS!
Recommended devices for protecting your hearing
CUSTOM EARPLUGS (around $150) offer the best
protection. They are made from a imprint of
your ear canal, which makes them very
comfortable to wear. They also decrease all
frequencies equally, so the music won't be
distorted. See <http//www.hearnet.com>
for information about these earplugs.
ER EARPLUGS (around $20) reduce decibel levels
the same across the frequency levels. Users
say they aren't as comfortable as custom plugs,
but they are still extremely useful (as well
as more affordable).
INDUSTRIAL FOAM EARPLUGS (cheap) decrease high
frequency sounds, making speech and music
sound muffled. They are less comfortable
and they distort sound to an extent; however,
they are very useful and should be used when
other options aren't available. They are the
most commonly available type of earplug, and
many DanceSafe chapters hand them out for free!
COTTON AND TOILET PAPER are of no use in the
protection of your hearing.
For Promoters and DJs
PROVIDING chill out rooms with quieter music is
really important. Chill out rooms allow patrons
to take breaks which are an essential way to
help prevent hearing loss.
INCLUDING a physical barrier between patrons and
speakers at 10-20 feet and/or lifting speakers
off the ground helps protect patrons from
exposure to especially dangerous levels of
LIFTING speakers off the ground. When you put
speakers on the ground, you lose 8 decibels of
the low frequency sound. DJs often adjust their
sound levels to compensate for this loss.
Lifting speakers helps in two ways: it prevents
patrons from getting too close to speakers, and
it prevents this distortion that causes DJs to
increase sound levels unnecessarily.
DJs should keep down midrange frequencies. This
helps lower risks of hearing loss, as well as
allowing patrons to hear each other talk so they
don't have to shout (which increases noise in
the club, which causes the DJ to turn the sound
For more information about protecting your
hearing, check out the excellent resources at
These suggestions were adapted from a
presentation given by Phil Coffin at the Harm
Reduction Conference, Miami, October 2000.
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