April 17, 2024


CRIME NEWS: One year ago, officials from Mexico City launched an ambitious crime-busting project crafted by Rudolph Giuliani. The former New York City mayor earned a $4.3 million dollar consulting fee. After implementing his strict law enforcement changes, Mexico City has seen a 28% reduction in squeegee windshield washing, a whopping 36% reduction in jay-walking and the prostitutes have relocated to a better section of the city.

PRISON NEWS: The nation’s first faith-based women’s prison opened a couple of months ago near Tampa, Florida. The program combines vocational classes with worship, and creates an environment that allows and encourages self-reflection, personal growth and character development. The prison’s first parolee was recently picked up for robbing a church’s offerings.

MEDICAL NEWS: In pharmaceutical research, the effectiveness of a new drug is determined by comparing its effect against a placebo–a dummy pill with no active components. Because many medications have noticeable side effects like dry mouth, nausea, dizziness or sexual dysfunction, patients are often able to figure out whether they are taking the drug or the placebo. To minimize this problem, Merck, one of the world’s largest drug manufacturers, has developed placebos that cause dry mouth, nausea, dizziness or sexual dysfunction.

MORE PRISON NEWS: Nearly 1,600 Palestinian prisoners being held in Israeli jails on suspicion of being involved in bombing and shooting attacks on Israelis, have announced the beginning of a hunger strike to protest the charges. In response to the announcement, Israeli prison officials said, “Okay.”

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