Pharmaceutical manufacturer Pfizer, Inc. is blocking the use of any of the drugs it manufactures for use in lethal injections in the U.S. In a public statement published on the company's website last Friday, it said that its products are made to "enhance and save the lives of the patients" they serve; therefore, the use of their products in lethal injections goes against these core values. This signifies that federal drugmakers who make the drugs for lethal injections in capital punishment can no longer use drugs from Pfizer, according to a report in Business Insider.
This action follows the Pfizer's purchase of Hospira, Inc., an Illinois-based company that used to make the drugs that were earlier used in lethal injections. Hospira, prior to its purchase by Pfizer, had earlier stopped the use of its drugs in capital punishment, which meant that Pfizer was only following suit when it comes to its other drugs.
Human rights organizations commended this move by the company, stating that it indicated how the pharmaceutical industry is opposing the "misuse of medicines." According to a statement of Maya Foa, director of New York-based human rights organization Reprieve, around 25 FDA-approved companies worldwide who make the drugs for use in capital punishment have now blocked the use of the drugs. more >>
With the release of Jason Fowler's new album I Fall In, the former rocker-turned-worshipper explains his journey to sobriety and the impact his relationship with God has made on his life.
Fowler's life can be heard in his music. Living a rock-n-roll lifestyle for years eventually caused him to hit rock bottom. After being kicked out of a drug dealer's house in downtown Atlanta and being homeless, he cried out to God and eventually was able to put the broken pieces of his life back together.
The following is an edited transcript of Fowler's interview with The Christian Post in which he discusses his rock star lifestyle of hopelessness and the transformation he received after attending a Christian-based addiction recovery program. more >>
When George Zimmerman, the gunman who shot African-American teen Trayvon Martin in 2012, received the gun he used back from the Department of Justice, he decided to put it up for sale through an online auction. According to a Huffington Post report, Zimmerman announced that he was selling his Kel-Tec PF9 9mm handgun which he used as a neighborhood watch volunteer, which he listed as "an American Firearm Icon."
The online auction hosted by the United Gun Group opened the auction on Thursday through the group's website. Since then, the site has received bids as high as $65 million, from a bidder named Craig Byrant. It is not known if Bryant is a serious bidder however. Before him, another bidder who called himself Racist McShootface was the one with highest bid on record.
According to a CNN report, his bids were deleted as he was labeled as a troll or a fake bidder. Aside from him, there were other online bidders who were also considered fake bidders as most of them used the names of some known shooting victims such as Tamir Rice and Shaniqua Bonifa. more >>
A North Carolina megachurch Pastor is counting his blessings after surviving a vicious attack.
When Matt Bentley opened the front door to his Charlotte residence on Wednesday afternoon he walked in on a burglary in progress. The intruder stabbed Bentley four times.
Social media is bringing all kinds of negative stuff to society these days, but at least for once, it gave a grieving but determined mother the tool she needed to find the killer of her daughter.
After 10 years of persistent investigation and research via social networking sites, Belinda Lane was instrumental in helping police catch the murderer who gunned down her daughter in a drive-by shooting that happened in 2006, Daily Mail reports.
According to Eyewitness News, Lane created tons of fake social media accounts in the hope of luring in the potential suspects of killing her daughter, refusing to stop until she had a lead on her own. She promised to her daughter's funeral that she'll do everything she can to get them and have them pay for killer her; and no matter how unbelievable the story is, it actually is true -- she did find the last remaining suspect at large and helped police capture him. more >>
Over the past months, an alleged rise in violent crimes is battering some cities in the U.S..and FBI Director James Comey believes it is due to a "viral video effect" that has been haunting the police and thus resulted to an alarming rise in crime rates around the country.
According to The New York Times, Comey said on Wednesday that the so-called "viral video effect could well be at the heart" of the spike in violent crimes in many cities. He added that he has no statistical proof regarding the issue, but he has talked to many police officers and he confirmed that many of them had fears of being the star of videos where the police are represented the wrong way.
Back in October, Comey first started debates on whether officials are purposefully staying away from confronting criminals due to a "Ferguson effect" -- a name derived from the story of an unarmed black man in Ferguson, who was shot by a police officer in 2014. Videos of the said shooting received rage from all over the country, and according to Comey, the "Ferguson effect" is the reason for a decline in aggressive policing. more >>