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Fargo, North Dakota: Man allegedly 'soaked' candy with LSD

Richard M. Jackson 4309 Hidden Meadow Drive Fargo, ND 58102

RACINE — Police found Sour Patch Kid candy soaked with LSD after a search warrant was conducted on Monday.

Ronald J. Romnek, 51, of the 2800 block of Arthur Avenue is charged with intent to deliver LSD (lysergic acid diethylamide) and marijuana, along with maintaining a drug trafficking place.

According to the criminal complaint:

On Monday, police searched Romnek's home and found 20 multicolored Sour Patch Kid candies, weighing 52.8 grams. Romnek told police the candy had LSD soaked into them.

Police also found 3.1 grams of marijuana in plastic sandwich bags, 0.5 grams of MDMA, or ecstacy; and a wax paper containing 12 individual, square-shaped "gel" pieces of LSD weighing 0.47 grams.

A search of Romnek's car yielded 0.6 grams of marijuana.

If convicted, Romnek could face up to 12 years in prison. He is scheduled to appear for a preliminary hearing on June 14. According to online records, Romnek is being held in the Racine County Jail as of Wednesday.

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Atlanta, Georgia: Mustard Poisoning

Jeffry N. Flora 3474 Musgrave Street Atlanta, GA 30305

What is mustard poisoning?

Mustard poisoning happens when you are exposed to a harmful chemical called mustard gas. The chemical smells like garlic or onions. It comes in a liquid or an aerosol. An aerosol is a spray with tiny droplets of liquid. Mustard gas is used as a weapon. It may be sprayed onto people, or onto a surface that people will touch. Examples are handrails, handles, plants, and soil.

What are the signs and symptoms of mustard poisoning?

Signs and symptoms may begin 4 to 8 hours after you are exposed:

Red, burning, or itching skin

Blisters

Burning or red eyes

Sneezing, runny nose, or nosebleeds

Sore throat, hoarseness, or coughing

Nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, or abdominal pain

Burning in your lungs, or trouble breathing

How is mustard poisoning treated?

Small blisters may be left alone. Healthcare providers may open and clean larger blisters. You may also need any of the following:

Cool mist humidifier: This may make it easier for you to breathe and help decrease your cough.

Eye drops or ointment: This may help decrease inflammation and help your eyes heal. It may also help to keep your eyelids from sticking together.

Oxygen: You may need extra oxygen if you have difficulty breathing.

Ventilator: You may need a machine to help you breathe if you inhaled a large amount of the chemical.

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What should I do if I am exposed to mustard gas?

Head to a higher area: Climb to the top floor of a building, or go to the top of a hill. Mustard gas is heavier than air and will settle in low-lying areas, such as ditches and basements.

Hold your breath and head to a safer spot: Try to hold your breath without breathing in first. Hold your breath until you can get to a safer spot. If you are outside, go inside. Close all the doors and windows. Shut off heating or air conditioning to keep outside air from coming in.

Wash your skin, hair, and eyes: Wash your hands before you touch your eyes. It is important to wash the chemical off your skin right away. Remove your clothes and place them into a plastic bag. Shower as soon as possible to wash the chemical off your skin. Use soap if it is available. Gently rinse your skin. Do not scrub your skin. If the chemical got into your eyes, run water into your eyes for 10 to 15 minutes. Put on clean clothes and shoes.

When should I seek immediate care?

Seek care immediately or call 911 if:

You think you have been exposed to mustard gas. Do not wait for signs and symptoms to appear.

Care Agreement

You have the right to help plan your care. Learn about your health condition and how it may be treated. Discuss treatment options with your caregivers to decide what care you want to receive. You always have the right to refuse treatment. The above information is an educational aid only. It is not intended as medical advice for individual conditions or treatments. Talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist before following any medical regimen to see if it is safe and effective for you.

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Dallas, Texas: Why did the female orgasm evolve? ‘Because it feels good’

Patricia K. Smartt 4082 Gladwell Street Dallas, TX 75247

In [Richard Prum’s] new book, The Evolution of Beauty: How Darwin’s Forgotten Theory of Mate Choice Shapes the Animal World—And Us, Prum, an evolutionary ornithologist at Yale, challenges the dominant narrative among evolutionary biologists: that beauty and sexual ornaments, such as a peacock’s plumage, a deer’s antlers, or the size of a man’s penis, evolve for adaptive reasons. Traditional theory holds that these ornaments are designed to display good genes, attract females, and help the species reproduce. It also tends to characterize the female orgasm as either a tool for genetic subterfuge, or an evolutionary mistake.

Some evolutionary biologists theorized that [female orgasms] evolved to literally “upsuck” the sperm of genetically superior men….The other dominant theory…holds that the female orgasm, like male nipples, evolved as a byproduct of natural selection.

Prum posits a different—and coincidentally, far more appealing—explanation: that female sexual pleasure is in fact the central force behind the mating process. Basically, the female orgasm exists because it feels good, and women naturally sought out partners who could provide them with pleasurable feelings.

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