Law & Policy: Drugs & Alcohol
U. of Minnesota Seeks Permanent Stadium Alcohol Sales
by MAURA LERNER; STAFF WRITER, STAR TRIBUNE (Mpls.-St. Paul) February 2014
The University of Minnesota is ready to make beer and wine sales a permanent fixture at Gopher football games. After a two-year experiment, university officials found "no significant increase" in alcohol-related incidents at TCF Bank Stadium, according to a report this week to the Board of Regents. In fact, there were fewer police calls about rowdy or drunken fans in 2013 than in 2010, two years before the on-site beer and wine sales began.
Seahawks' Carroll Open to Exploring Pot's Med Benefits
by TOM MAHON; Daily News Staff Writer firstname.lastname@example.org January 2014
Seahawks Coach Pete Carroll says it's time to reconsider banning pot in the NFL. Now before you get your shoulder pads all twisted, take note: He's talking medicinal purposes only.
Goodell Open to Treating Head Injuries with Marijuana
by Chris Strauss, @chris_strauss, USA TODAY Sports January 2014
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said Thursday that the league would consider allowing players to use marijuana to treat concussions and other head injuries if medical experts deemed it a legitimate solution.
Smoking Ban Exemption Sought for Summer Park Event
by Mick Zawislak email@example.com January 2014
Vernon Hills officials will seek an exception from a recently enacted smoking ban to give visitors to its annual Summer Celebration festival in Century Park a place to puff. Whether the Vernon Hills Park District will yield remains to be seen, as the ban on tobacco products on park property was enacted this past November.
How Effective, Costly is Drug Testing in Schools?
by Star Tribune (Minneapolis - St. Paul) January 2014
Americans have become accustomed to random drug tests on a number of fronts. Urinating in a cup is not just for those on probation anymore. In the sports world, doping for performance enhancement and to get high is monitored more closely than ever. In the workplace, few eyebrows are raised if one condition of employment is passing a drug test. Nor is it unusual to expect random testing at work to keep certain types of jobs. But what about kids in public schools? Officials in the Duluth school district are considering random drug testing for some students. Should the proposal be adopted, the drug tests would be given only to high school students who play sports, join clubs or want to park in school parking lots.
Hockey Coach Arrested for Drugs, Banned from Facility
by by MICHAEL HASCH January 2014
The assistant coach of the Bethel Park ice hockey team was dismissed from the team and banned from the facilities after his arrest on Thursday on drug charges. Kenneth Lehmann, 26, was arrested by Port Authority Police in the Sheraden park-and-ride lot off the West Busway, Port Authority spokesman Jim Ritchie said. He will be issued a summons to appear for a hearing once officers finish the paperwork, Ritchie said.
Baseball's 'Steroid Era' Steeped in Myths, Lies
by Thom Loverro January 2014
The damage from the steroid era is still being felt in baseball. It manifested itself this weekend when one of seemingly the greatest players in modern baseball history - Alex Rodriguez - lost his battle against baseball in the Biogenesis case, suspended for a full season by an arbitrator.
'60 Minutes' A-Rod Story Brings Barbs from MLB, Union
by Jorge L. Ortiz, @jorgelortiz January 2014
Major League Baseball and the players association, which previously had maintained a tone of respect and cooperation through the messy Alex Rodriguez ordeal, appear ready to get down into the muck with him.
MLB Hall Inductee Thomas: Cheaters Shouldn't Get In
by Jorge L. Ortiz, @jorgelortiz January 2014
As Hall of Fame voters make their repudiation of suspected steroid users increasingly clear, they have an ally with a newly elevated platform in Frank Thomas. The slugging first baseman and DH, elected to the Hall on Wednesday along with Greg Maddux and Tom Glavine, spoke out against use of performance-enhancing drugs as a player.
PED Debate Continues to Plague MLB Hall Voting
by Bob Nightengale, firstname.lastname@example.org January 2014
It has turned into the most vicious, acrimonious, mud-slinging process in all of sports. It's the Baseball Hall of Fame voting. We can't agree on the value of a pitcher's earned-run average, the significance of a slugger's back acne or "not guilty" federal court rulings.