After years of trying, director Michael Bay and producer Jerry Bruckheimer have finally received a pilot episode for their untitled cocaine drama.
The pilot was picked up by TNT and will be written by Michelle Ashford, creator and executive producer of Masters of Sex, a Showtime series that explores changing sexual mores in the 1960s. The Bay-Bruckheimer series will delve into the Wild West cocaine trade in Miami circa 1978.
Bay and Bruckheimer were originally inspired by the 2006 documentary, Cocaine Cowboys, which detailed the exploding drug trade in Miami in the 1970s and 1980s amidst a drastic rise in violent crime, as gangs and drug cartels flooded the streets with cocaine. After that project stalled, Bay and Bruckheimer worked with Ashford in 2011 on another incarnation of the series slated for HBO, but once again the pilot was trapped in development hell.
But the Bay-Bruckheimer series isn't the only Hollywood project delving into the Miami cocaine wars. Mark Wahlberg and director Peter Berg are currently making a film version, American Desperado, which is based on the true story of Jon Roberts, a Vietnam veteran who dealt billions of dollars of cocaine to the Medellín drug cartel and wound up spending 10 years in prison.
While some may offer their employer two weeks notice before moving on to greener pastures, an Anchorage TV news reporter found a more creative way to leave her job.
The aptly named Charlo Greene, a reporter for CBS affiliate KTVA, left her job on Sunday evening by announcing on air her decision to quit in order to maintain her ownership of the Alaska Cannabis Club, a medical marijuana collective that seeks to provide "safe access to a wide variety of medication, including dried herbs, medibles and...concentrates."
"Everything you heard is why I, the actual owner of the Alaska Cannabis Club, will be dedicating all of my energy toward fighting for freedom and fairness, which begins with legalizing marijuana here in Alaska," Greene said on air.
"And as for this job," Greene continued, "Well, not that I have a choice, but fuck it, I quit."
She then shrugged and proceeded to walk off camera, prompting the producer to cut away to a stunned KTVA news anchor who quickly "apologized" for Greene's colorful exit.
A short while later, the station's news director, Bert Rudman, wrote another apology on KTVA's Facebook page. "We sincerely apologize for the inappropriate language used by a KTVA reporter during her live presentation on the air tonight. The employee has been terminated," Rudman wrote. A meaningless gesture, since Greene had already quit.
The next day, Greene explained in a video posted on YouTube why she exited her job, saying that "there comes a time in each and every one of our lives when we must choose to continue to spectate, or stand up for what's right."
A Tulsa County Judge has ruled that a 1994 state law allowing people accused of dealing drugs to be held liable in civil lawsuits is unconstitutional. District Judge Jefferson Sellers tossed out a lawsuit based on the Drug Dealer Civil Liability Act, which had been recorded on behalf of three children against 51 people convicted or accused of drug dealing and related offenses in Tulsa County.
Tulsa attorney Kevin Adams filed the lawsuit in 2013 under the Drug Dealer Liability Act. Under the law, children of drug-using parents were able to sue to recover damages caused by illegal drug use. Passed in 1994 as part of the war on drugs, the law had actually been untested until this recent lawsuit.
“We are going to appeal it, and we expect this issue to make it to the Supreme Court one way or the other," Adams said in response to the ruling. "We expect we will win at the Supreme Court.”
Adams’ suit sought actual and punitive damages on behalf of three children: a nine-year-old boy, his two-year-old brother, and an unrelated two-year-old boy. On account of drug abuse in their homes, the children had been taken away from their parents and now live with guardians.
The mother of the two brothers was caught repeatedly abusing marijuana, methamphetamine, hydrocodone, and Xanax. The other child’s mother did the same. Adams hoped to recover enough in the lawsuit to pay for the three children’s housing, educational costs, and other needs. The suit explained that the 51 defendants listed in the civil case were all “arrested and charged with either possession with intent to distribute, drug distribution, trafficking, cultivation or endeavoring to manufacture illegal drugs in Tulsa County.”
Representing a 23-year-old Bixby man named in the lawsuit, Tulsa attorney Joel Wohlgemuth believes the law to be “patently unconstitutional.” The ruling by Sellers was in response to Wohlgemuth’s motion to dismiss the suit on behalf of the man. Although the man pleaded guilty to possession of drugs with intent to distribute, he had no connection to the children or the parents.
“It did not require any causal connection between a plaintiff who was allegedly harmed on one instance and a specific individual who was named as causing that harm," Wohlgemuth said. "We think the ruling will stand up on appeal because it was made by an experienced trial judge and the issue of lack of due process is glaring in the case.”
A fraternity at the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee has come under fire for allegedly slipping date rape drugs into drinks at a party last weekend.
One member of the Tau Kappa Epsilon fraternity was arrested and faces possible charges while the investigation is still ongoing. A search warrant was executed last Tuesday by campus police. The party at the frat house ended with three women and one man being taken to a hospital for protective custody, while several others were either severely intoxicated or blacked out.
"We are deeply concerned about these allegations because the safety of our students is our No. 1 priority," said UWM spokesman Tom Luljak. "Our police are aggressively pursuing this investigation to determine exactly what happened and who may be involved."
Index cards were being sold for $8 that provided drinks and all access to the house, but were only available for women. Several women found by campus police at the party had blood alcohol levels of more than double the legal limit.
When police arrived at the scene on the night of the party, forty-two underage students were found drinking in a basement. Several women who attended the party claimed that drinks were being mixed with a date rape drug and that cups were being moved under the bar while the drinks were made. When one girl tried to go behind the bar to pour herself a drink, she was physically removed from the party.
The university has since suspended its relationship with the fraternity until the investigation is completed. Members of the fraternity have so far declined to comment on the incident.
Soccer legend Diego Maradona has revealed that he struggled with drug addiction during his playing days and believes that he could have achieved more if he weren’t an addict.
Maradona, who was part of Argentina’s World Cup winning team in 1986, admitted he feels much older than his 53 years due to his former lifestyle. He began using cocaine in the mid-1980s and was addicted until 2004, in addition to suffering from alcoholism.
During that time, he had several very public hospital stints due to his health failing from frequent drug use. He overdosed in 2000 and 2004, and was admitted to a hospital in 2007 for hepatitis and the effects of alcohol abuse. Maradona also underwent gastric bypass surgery in 2005.
"I gave my opponents a big advantage due to my illness. Do you know the player I could have been if I hadn't taken drugs?" he told Argentine channel Tyc Sports. "I am 53 going on 78 because my life hasn't been normal. I’ve lived 80 [years] with the life I’ve gone through."
In a 2007 interview, he said that he hasn’t drunk or done drugs since 2004, and remains sober by all accounts. Although he was seen slurring his words outside of a Buenos Aires restaurant last July, it is not clear whether he was intoxicated at the time.
“For my two daughters, I’m going to continue until the end,” he said in 2007. “I’m alive and I want to keep living."
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