Archive for November, 2010

End is Near for Dorothea Dix State Hospital

November 30, 2010 1 comment

The last patient will be admitted at Dorothea Dix Hospital on Friday, marking the impending end of 154 years of operation. Most of the patients still at the hospital after this week are scheduled to be discharged or transferred to other state hospitals before Christmas.

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Brain Experiments Pursued in Veterans’ Suit

November 29, 2010 Leave a comment

A Federal Magistrate, Judge John Larsen, has ordered the CIA to produce records and witnesses in association with Lysergic Acid Diethylamide experimentation allegedly conducted on thousands of soldiers from 1950 through 1975. Gordon P. Erspamer, lead attorney, is also pursuing claims of electrode tests conducted on humans.

Defendants claim test subjects were drawn from Prisons, State Hospitals and Nursing Homes. Research papers written by government scientists describe devices implanted in the hippocampus, hypothalamus, frontal lobe, and cortex for the delivery of chemical and biological agents for executive action-type operations.

The experiments, which took place at the U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Chemical Defense at Edgewood Arsenal and Fort Detrick, Maryland, allegedly exposed test subjects to chemicals, psychotropic and hallucinogenic drugs, and electronic implants. Most of this research was done out of Tulane University in Louisiana and State Hospitals utilizing funding from the Commonwealth Fund.

At least 6,720 soldiers took part in experiments involving exposures to 254 different chemicals. About 260 subjects were exposed to phencyclidine and synthetic analogs of the active ingredient of cannabis. While 741 soldiers were exposed to Lysergic Acid Diethylamide.

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Teen Rescued From Abandoned PA Mine

November 29, 2010 Leave a comment

A seventeen year old boy fell twenty feet down an abandoned 100-foot deep Berks County mine at Bear Creek this morning in 26 degree weather. The boy and three of his friends were exploring the mine when one fell as the others climbed down to help him, finding him unconscious.

Crews used 600 to 700 feet of rope, five rescue baskets and a pulley-and-line system to hoist the boys to safety. When the boys were pulled out, paramedics began giving them warm intravenous fluid to fight hypothermia and dehydration.

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Patient Guilty of Murdering Doctor

November 10, 2010 Leave a comment

A Bellevue Hospital man, David Tarloff, was found guilty of murdering psychologist Kathryn Faughey with a meat cleaver in her office during a robbery of Faughey’s partner, Dr. Kenneth Shinbach, whom had sentenced Tarloff to a mental hospital in 1991. Tarloff was unfit for trial after he was found running around naked in his ward and unable to understand his trial hearing.

Tarloff believes he is the Messiah and that God and the devil speak to him, he does not understand killing is wrong and has a long history of psychiatric hospitalizations. Tarloff has been committed to a psychiatric hospital until he is fit for trial.

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Street Art Way Below the Street

November 4, 2010 Leave a comment

A secret exhibition, called the Underbelly Project, opened for no one in an abandoned New York subway station this past summer and the only people who stumble across it are urban explorers. The exhibit, created illegally, was done in secret.

The station was never completed: no track had been laid in those beds, no escalators or staircases met the gaping holes in the platforms, and there was no electricity. It is dirty, damp and dark, but the artists enjoyed the solitude of being underground and were drawn to creating installations in this space because they would go untouched for years.

After a two-and-a-half hour tour with a freelance reporter, the artists removed the equipment they were using to gain access to the site to prevent anyone from entering.

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