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Friday, October 18, 2013

Daughter's Hotel Room Death Ignited a Mother's Quest for Answers

Nearly five years after her daughter's death was ruled a suicide, Kelly Osborn is still searching for answers.

The 50-year-old Florida mother spends every ounce of her free time trying to uncover what really happened in the hotel room where her daughter, Sheena Morris, 22, was found by police hanging in the shower.

"She was my only daughter, so she was everything to me," Osborn told ABC News' "20/20."

Tune in to Kelly Osborn's story on ABC News' "20/20" on Friday, Oct. 4, 2013, at 10 p.m. ET

Bradenton Beach Police officers found Morris dead in the hotel room in Bradenton Beach, Fla., where she had been staying with her fiance, Joseph Genoese, on Dec 31, 2008.

On a New Year's Eve, Morris and Genoese had dinner at the restaurant across the street from their hotel and then returned to their room.

After midnight the couple got into a heated argument, and guests in the room next door called 911. When police arrived they passed Genoese, who was leaving. In the room, they found Morris and her two dogs but, according to police reports, she would not elaborate on their fight.


Tuesday, October 15, 2013

'Neighbor from Hell' Sentenced to Five Years' Probation

Lori Christensen, a woman described as the "neighbor from hell," has been sentenced to five years probation for harassing a family in her neighborhood for years.

"That sentence is going to be consecutive to what she's currently serving from a previous guilty plea for harassment," Ramsey County District spokesman Dennis Gerhardstein told "That sentence started in December 2011." She was sentenced on Monday.

Gerhardstein said Christensen will be serving eight and a half years of probation. There is also a no contact order in place for five years, during which Christensen cannot contact the family she was found guilty of harassing.

"We are appealing the court's denial of her motion to withdraw her guilty plea," Gary Bryant-Wolf, Christensen's attorney told "We are also appealing the consecutive nature of the sentence." Bryant-Wolf said he believes Christensen's probationary period should run concurrently to the one in place.

Though she's been called the "neighbor from hell," Christensen told ABC News' "20/20" in an exclusive interview that she doesn't deserve that nickname.

"I think I've just been trying to protect myself of being stalked and being bullied," said Christensen, 50.

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Monday, October 14, 2013

Pre-work Craze Supplement Ban Continues!

Giant online marketplace eBay is the latest retailer to halt sales of the sports supplement Craze in the wake of a USA TODAY investigative report.

The huge online marketplace eBay is the latest retailer to stop selling the popular sports supplement Craze in the wake of a USA TODAY investigative report.

"eBay is in the process of removing all listings as they are in violation of our policies. This ban reflects eBay's commitment to creating a trusted and safe marketplace," spokeswoman Kari Ramirez said Monday. She said the action was due to "recent findings" that Craze contains amphetamines, but would not elaborate.

USA TODAY reported on July 25 that tests by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency, a government-affiliatedlab in Sweden and industry competitors have found amphetamine-like compounds in samples of Craze. Driven Sports, the company that makes Craze, says the product is a safe and legal all-natural dietary supplement that does not contain amphetamines.Driven Sports says its own tests show the product is clean.

Sunday, October 13, 2013

Flesh-eating drug Krokodil makes first U.S. appearance (Video)


Flesh-eating drug known asKrokodil has turned up in the United States recently. A couple of users of the drug have turned up at the Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center in Phoenix, Ariz. According to ABC News on Sept. 27, Krokodil is the Russian word for "crocodile" and the substance is being used as a less expensiveheroin replacement.

The drug is referred to as “krokodil” because it causes sores, tissue damage and rough, scale-like appearance on the skin.

Flesh-eating drug's appearance has prompted the hospital to contact poison control centers around the country in an attempt to get the word out before it is too late. Some of the agencies contact revealed that they to already have patients suffering the effects of its usage.

According to a report byLiveScience, users show signs of necrosis and gangrene. Amputation of the effected limbs is common.Addicts only tend to live an average of about three years. Even those lucky enough to kick the habit may have brain damage or are severely disfigured. Apparently, over 2,500,000 Russians have sought help with the addiction so far.

The flesh-eating drug is made up of a nasty mixture of codeine and gasoline. It is consumed like heroin by injecting it into the veins. Frighteningly the drug has also been mixed with harmful chemicals like paint thinner, phosphorous and even hydrochloric acid. There are currently no known arrests or criminal cases in the U.S. involving Krokodil yet.

Riot Police Break up Party in Wash. College Town

Hundreds of college-age revelers in Washington state — thwarted in efforts to continue a large party — threw projectiles at police who responded with pepper spray to disperse them, authorities said.

Multiple partiers were arrested during the melee late Saturday and early Sunday in the scenic college town of Bellingham, about 75 miles north of Seattle, according to police Sgt. Mike Scanlon.

"There was drinking, it became disorderly and pretty much an out and out riot," he told The Associated Press.

He said the unrest began as police dispersed a noisy party that had drawn a few hundred people.

Lauren Boushey, 20, a junior at Western Washington University in Bellingham who was at the apartment complex party, said it broke up around 9 p.m. and police officers politely asked people to go home.

Saturday, October 12, 2013

New York's I-STOP Law

New York State will launch a key component to stop one of the few causes of death that is rising rapidly in America: I-STOP, the Internet System for Tracking Over Prescribing. New York State will require doctors to consult a patient's medical history before prescribing most painkillers, or "opioids," as they're also known. These include Vicodin®, OxyContin® and methadone.

This is an important step forward in the fight against the epidemic of prescription painkiller abuse and addiction sweeping the nation.

Nationally, the quantity of prescription painkillers sold to pharmacies, hospitals and doctors' offices was four times higher in 2010 than in 1999. In fact, enough prescription painkillers were prescribed in 2010 to medicate every American adult around-the-clock for one month.

In the U.S., prescription painkiller overdoses killed four times as many people in 2010 as in 1999. A stunning and sobering number: more than 125,000 Americans have died lost in the past 10 years from legal painkillers.

In fact, deaths from prescription painkillers are now more than twice as common as those attributed to heroin and cocaine combined.

A big part of the prescription drug overdose problem is nonmedical use of prescription painkillers. Most people using such drugs nonmedically get them from people they know, who originally got them from doctors.

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