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Apparently important to actor Robert Blake’s acquittal on a murder charge in March was the lack of credibility of the prosecution’s witnesses, including an alleged methamphetamine abuser who once thought his house was surrounded by large, horned animals and “people dressed like sagebrush or Joshua trees.” To testify that drug users are unreliable witnesses, the defense presented a UCLA psychopharmacologist who revealed that in the course of his own drug use 25 years ago, he had once crawled into a cage of monkeys that were smoking crack cocaine.
A February Atlanta Journal-Constitution dispatch from El Alberto, Mexico (near Mexico City), profiled a theme park in which potential and wannabe emigrants to the United States can test their survival skills in an obstacle course that touches on the rigors migrants endure sneaking across the border. The cost of this rehearsal for a better life is an admission fee of the equivalent of US$13.
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