Charlie Sheen may be cleaning up his act somewhat, but he's still far from a model employee. The Warlock is apparently concerned about his tiger blood coming back positive for drugs and has refused to take any drug tests while employed by FX, which is launching his new show Anger Management. "They shouldn't have hired me if they wanted it another way," he says. "They knew what they were getting. And they know it's not always going to be smooth sailing." So what happens if FX decides to fire him a result? It looks like it won't matter too much to Sheen—he says that the show will be his acting "swan song," and he hopes to shoot another 90 episodes by the end of 2014 before retiring. "Inside here, regardless of what the persona may be, I'm still the 7-year-old kid in the back of the class, afraid to raise his hand," he explains. "I don't want this—all of this—to extinguish that child, because it can, and I refuse to grow up." Considering his epic tirade against a female security guard in LA just last week, it looks like Sheen won't have to worry about being the poster boy for maturity anytime soon.
Former cycling champion Lance Armstrong is facing new allegations from the US Anti-Doping Agency of using performance-enhancing drugs during many of his races. The seven-time Tour de France winner could be stripped of his victories and receive a lifetime ban from the sport if found guilty. Armstrong, as well as five former members of his staff—a trainer, three doctors and a manager—is accused of participating in a huge doping conspiracy from 1998-2011. This is the second time Armstrong has been in hot water—earlier charges were dropped in February. The USADA notified Armstrong of the new allegations in a 15-page letter, stating that blood samples taken in 2009 and 2010 were "consistent with blood manipulation including EPO use and/or blood transfusions." The 40-year-old cyclist took to twitter to dismiss the claims: "These charges are baseless, motivated by spite and advanced through testimony bought and paid for by promises of anonymity and immunity." He added that after more than 500 drug tests, he's never failed once. But David Howman, the director of the World Anti-Doping Agency, says that not testing positive doesn’t mean there isn’t any noteworthy evidence. "I think it's significant that it's not an athlete alone being charged. It's an athlete/entourage," he says. "There have been a lot of athletes who have faced sanctions through non-analytical evidence. We do not rely on science only nowadays. You cannot accept that science alone will find those who might be breaching the rules." When the charges were made, Armstrong was overseas training for a triathlon—he's since been banned from competing. A hearing for his case is expected by November.
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Over two million people are currently locked up in the US, and many of them are right now scheming ways to smuggle drugs into prison, ensuring they remain widely-available inside. And the most tried-and-tested method of getting drugs in is through the visiting room. "When I get that VI [visitation] and I'm out on that dance floor, I'm trying to cop," one prisoner tells The Fix. "All the homies are." Although the formats vary, all prisons allow some kind of contact visits, and prisoners take advantage to obtain drugs from marijuana to meth—and just about anything else you can think of. Prior to a visit, a prisoner's girl will put several grams of pot or heroin into a balloon or condom. Before her man arrives in the visiting room, she'll put the balloons in her mouth—and then transfer them from her mouth to the prisoner's mouth when they kiss. The prisoner swallows the balloons, only to throw them up or retrieve them after defecation later.
"When my girl comes to visit, I always try to get her to bring some balloons," another prisoner says. "Not too many, just a couple she can slide in my mouth when we kiss. I like to smoke me some weed—but if I get some heroin, I'm selling that." Due to the widespread use of this technique, many prisons have rules in place to limit kissing, hugging and touching. Authorities also employ measures including strip searches, dry cell detention, surveillance cameras, patrolling guards and random pat searches with drug detection devices. But despite these efforts, the drug flow hasn't stopped, and there's always another approach to try. "If I don't swallow the balloons when she kisses me, she can put them in the hot dog she buys me from the vending machine," the second prisoner says. "Or she can hand me the balloon and I can stash it in my boot or underwear." Prisoners are also known to hide duct-taped or plastic-wrapped ounces of marijuana or heroin in their anal cavity—any extremes to get the drugs they want.
A debate over whether to permit alcohol sales in Marshall County, Kentucky, has turned vicious and is "starting to tear at the fabric of the community," say local newscasters. Locals will vote July 17 on whether or not to lift a county-wide drinking ban—and supporters of both sides of the argument have taken to destroying and stealing each others' "Vote Yes" and "Vote No" signs. Even a local Baptist church has been pelted with eggs for displaying anti-drinking signs—which were also stolen. "It's been ugly," says Sissy Womack of the "Vote Yes" side (in favor of lifting the ban): "I been told to leave town, pack my bags, keep my mouth shut." Mylon Smith, of the "Vote No" side, is angry about his stolen signs, but believes the divine prosecutor will intervene: "God will take care of them. Vengeance is his. That ain't for us to handle."
The men of the wildly-popular dance music group Swedish House Mafia always show up to the party sober—just don’t expect the same from their fans. Steve Angello, Sebastian Ingrosso, and Axel Christofer Hedfors (AKA Axwell) say that performing sober is how they maintain their edge. In a new interview with Rolling Stone, SHM stress the importance of remaining stimulant-free amid a highly-stimulated 20,000-strong crowd. “The crowd should be out there drinking and having a blast, but imagine if you go to a police officer and he’s wasted," says Angello. "We have to be sober. We’re the police.” Despite the Swedish trio's stance, they understand that their music appeals to those that like to have a good time in more ways than one. Just last December they transformed Madison Square Garden into a massive club venue: “The person who booked it must’ve been drunk!” Axwell joked. But for the SHM, a rock-star life filled with LCD lights, house music and parties is worth enjoying substance-free: “The second [we] got onstage it was like [we had] superpowers.”