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Meet the Man Who Helped Flood Chicago With Crack

Norman Tillman, once part of Rick Ross' crew, has changed his ways

(Newser) - Norman Tillman was a key figure in the spread of crack through his hometown of Chicago—and other major and minor cities—in the 1980s. But at 55, he's a very different man, DNAInfo reports. "If I would have understood then what I know now at my age,... More »

Poll: Rob Ford Could Actually Get Re-Elected

Even though he made football players roll in goose poop

(Newser) - The good people of Toronto appear to be quite a forgiving bunch: The latest poll suggests Rob Ford, whose crack cocaine use and other antics have drawn worldwide media attention, has a pretty good shot at being re-elected as mayor in October, the Washington Post reports. The poll released yesterday... More »

Rob Ford: I've Used Almost All Drugs

Mayor says he's taking it one day at a time

(Newser) - Rob Ford is out of rehab , back in Toronto City Hall, and coming clean about his past bad behavior. In interviews with the CBC and CP24 , the mayor said his drug use began long before he took office and included pretty much every "drug you can think of,"... More »

Rob Ford Had Run-in With ... Bieber

Ford flew to Chicago yesterday for rehab

(Newser) - They tried to make him go to rehab—and he finally said yes. In what his allies, his critics, and his siblings say is a long overdue move, Toronto Mayor Rob Ford has taken a leave of absence to seek help with his substance abuse problems. He flew to Chicago,... More »

Rob Ford to 'Get Help' as New Crack Video Surfaces

Mayor taking a break from re-election campaign

(Newser) - Toronto Mayor Rob Ford seems to have tumbled off the wagon yet again—right in the middle of his re-election campaign. After a new video of him allegedly smoking crack and a tape of him ranting drunkenly in a bar surfaced, the mayor said he is "ready to take... More »

Thousands of Drug Offenders Get New Shot at Clemency

White House calls for 'justice, fairness, proportionality'

(Newser) - Thousands of nonviolent drug offenders now serving long sentences in federal prisons could receive clemency from President Obama under a major Department of Justice overhaul. Attorney General Eric Holder announced yesterday that "a larger field of eligible individuals" will be eligible for clemency under new guidelines and the administration... More »

Oh, Canada: Vending Machines Hawk Crack Pipes

Nonprofit tries to boost health of Vancouver users

(Newser) - A pair of jaunty, polka-dotted vending machines in Vancouver are selling something unusual: Crack pipes for a quarter. They have been installed to make sure addicts have a cheap, reliable source of pipes. "They don’t run the risk of then sharing pipes, or pipes that are chipped or... More »

Obama Commutes 8 Crack Cocaine Sentences

They were unfairly sentenced under harsh laws, says the president

(Newser) - Eight people who have been imprisoned for at least 15 years over non-violent crack cocaine offenses got welcome news from President Obama today: He's commuting their sentences, reports NBC News . The move is part of the Obama administration's push to correct what it sees as unfair federal drug... More »

Ford Partied at Crackhouses With Blackmailing Gangsters

Yet more trouble, but at least he's not implicated in murder

(Newser) - The Rob Ford saga has taken a big lurch forward with the release of police wiretap files detailing how the Toronto mayor partied and took drugs with gang members—and how his life got pretty complicated as a result. Key allegations from the police files, as detailed by the National ... More »

In Toronto, Mutiny Brews Vs. Crack-Smoking Mayor

City Council aims to 'shun' Rob Ford, 'curtail his power'

(Newser) - Toronto's crack-smoking mayor has made it clear he's not going anywhere despite his many scandals , but City Council has other ideas. Councilors will today consider a motion that would call on Rob Ford to apologize, take a leave of absence, and cooperate with a police investigation into his... More »

Stewart Skewers 'Crack Mayor': Go to Rehab

And Toronto, stop enabling Rob Ford, Stewart says

(Newser) - So Rob Ford admits to smoking crack cocaine, " probably in one of my drunken stupors ," but insists he won't step down as mayor of Toronto. On the Daily Show last night, Jon Stewart offered up the only possible reaction to that: "This guy's got huge... More »

Toronto Mayor: 'Forever Sorry', but Won't Quit

Rob Ford apologizes for embarrassing city but won't step down

(Newser) - Hours after he finally admitted to reporters that he had, in fact, smoked crack, Toronto Mayor Rob Ford went before the cameras for another public statement. Would he step down, as the city council and all the city's newspapers would like? Not so much. But he is very sorry.... More »

Toronto Mayor: I Smoked Crack 'in Drunken Stupor'

But Rob Ford insists he's not an addict

(Newser) - Embattled Toronto Mayor Rob Ford admitted that he'd at least used crack today, in what the CBC describes as a "scrum" with reporters outside city hall. "Yes, I have smoked crack cocaine," he said. "Am I an addict? No. Have I tried it? Um, probably... More »

Toronto Mayor: I'm Staying, But I'll Ease Up on the Booze

He denies smoking crack, admits 'stupidity'

(Newser) - After a rough week that included police saying they have a video that appears to show him smoking crack and every paper in the city calling for his resignation , Toronto's mayor has vowed to "ride the storm out"—but cut back on the booze. "I have... More »

Every Paper in Toronto Tells Mayor to Resign

Rob Ford, meanwhile, calls on police to release crack video

(Newser) - There's political criticism and then there's this: All four of Toronto's daily newspapers—the Sun , the Star , the National Post , and the Globe and Mail —published editorials today calling on Mayor Rob Ford to resign. They're responding, of course, to the police announcement that investigators... More »

Toronto Police Have Video of Mayor Apparently Smoking Crack

It's a bad day up north for Rob Ford

(Newser) - Toronto Mayor Rob Ford just got some very bad news: Police say they've finally got their hands on a notorious video that purports to show him smoking crack , reports the Toronto Star . Or as the police chief puts it, “The video files depict images that are consistent with... More »

4-Year-Old Brought Cash, Crack to Pre-K: Cops

Police find 8 baggies of what appears to be crack cocaine

(Newser) - A young Philadelphia boy showed up to his preschool with lots of cash ... and what appeared to be crack. Police say teachers knew something was wrong when a classmate told them the boy was showing other kids the money. Newsy reports: More »

Neighbors Praise Crack-Dealing Grandma

Residents say Buffalo neighborhood has gone downhill since she was busted

(Newser) - For a dozen years, Theresa Anderson was the queen of Deshler Street. The unassuming 58-year-old owned five small wooden houses along the poor side street, filling them with her children, grandchildren and other relatives who kept their lots tidy, watched out for trouble, and pitched in with the family business.... More »

Teen Claims WWII Vet Killed Over Bad Crack Deal

Alleged murderer Adams-Kinard says victim was a dealer

(Newser) - One of the two Spokane teens charged with beating an 88-year-old WWII vet to death claims they committed the alleged attack after the victim ripped them off in a drug deal. Police say they found a letter written by Kenan Adams-Kinard; in it, the 16-year-old reportedly says he and... More »

Lamar-Khloe Marriage Implodes

Kardashian kicks Odom out over crack addiction: sources

(Newser) - Things are not looking good for Khloe Kardashian and Lamar Odom. TMZ reports today that they're separated, though not taking steps toward divorce just yet. That comes after a breathless report yesterday that Lamar "vanished" and had been MIA for almost three days, after Khloe kicked him out... More »

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