Testimony mounts for and against Chicago-only casino option

BY VANESSA BEENE AND ELLA SONJA WEST APRIL 16, 2014 A new Chicago casino, which supposedly would be the largest in the world, could provide thousands of jobs and up to $6 billion in revenue to city coffers. This was the testimony Wednesday of a representative from the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce, in … Continue reading

New gambling machines bypass casino addiction safeguards

Gambling was a way for her to get away.  Maybe win a few bucks.  Try to have some fun.  She said it’s not an uncommon way for health care workers to try to relax.  “I think we seek out the scape,” Melynda Litchfield, a Bartlett mother of three, said. . … Continue reading

Excessive Alcohol Use Costs $223.5 Billion Annually, CDC Reports

Excessive alcohol use costs the United States $223.5 billion annually, according to a new study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).  Binge drinking accounts for more than 70 percent of these costs. “It is striking to see most of the costs associated with excessive alcohol use was … Continue reading

10 Things Medical Marijuana Won’t Tell You

MarketWatch.  You can get high for your health in many states, but beware of the law.  10 things medical marijuana won’t tell you:  1.  “Money doesn’t grow on pot plants”; 2. “Good luck getting a prescription”; 3. “Sure, we’re sick…of not being high”; 4. “The THC brownies may be stronger … Continue reading

Video poker was ex-mayor’s vice

San Diego – The addiction to gambling does  not discriminate.  It strikes across all echelons of society, devastating the finances, jobs and families of everyone from doctors and police officers to college students and retirees. It is now blamed for the undoing of former San Diego Mayor Maureen O’Connor, sinking … Continue reading