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Requests help bring transparency to travel woes, public data wants to be free, and other transparency news

Requests help bring transparency to travel woes, public data wants to be free, and other transparency news

We were not the only ones Santa dropped off TSA-related security with: A request from Charlie Savage shows complaints about the Department of Homeland Security’s border searches. Plus digging into data shows just how ubiquitous “drug-free school zones” can be.

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Smoke Canada Everyday: Five of the most dubious entries from the DEA's guide to marijuana slang

Smoke Canada Everyday: Five of the most dubious entries from the DEA’s guide to marijuana slang

A DEA Intelligence Report on “Drug Slang Code Words” obtained by Public Intelligence offers law enforcement a list of “street names” for various illicit substances. Marijuana, unsurprisingly, has the largest number of entries, although, upon closer inspection, you have to wonder what the agents who compiled the list were smoking.

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Watch an outtake from Lake County Sheriff's Office's infamous heroin video

Watch an outtake from Lake County Sheriff’s Office’s infamous heroin video

Shortly after a video started making the rounds of a Sheriff Peyton Grinnel from Florida’s Lake County swearing vengeance upon drug dealers while flanked by mask-clad deputies, Tony Webster filed a request for the unedited footage. That was released this week, and between a couple mic checks and the final cut, there’s a pretty amazing b-roll.

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The strange death, and even stranger life of "Cocaine Cowboy" Andrew Carter Thornton II

The strange death, and even stranger life of “Cocaine Cowboy” Andrew Carter Thornton II

Andrew Carter Thornton II (ACT II) is a name unknown to most except as a piece of historical trivia - the man who fell from the sky in 1985 with millions of dollars of cocaine strapped to his body. To a few others, he’s one of the men tied to a drug operation that was fueling and fueled by government corruption, whose roots were traced as far as the Kentucky Governor’s mansion. But reality, revealed through his FBI file, is even stranger, tracing the corruption surrounding ACT II all the way back to the CIA.

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Government-owned cannabinoid patent not enough to convince DEA of marijuana's medical use

Government-owned cannabinoid patent not enough to convince DEA of marijuana’s medical use

Is taking out a patent on the medical uses of marijuana’s primary drug component an acknowledgement that, yes, marijuana has some health-beneficial effects? Not according to the DEA.

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