69th Anniversary of the St. Valentine's Day Massacre 2/13/98

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On Feb. 14, 1929, in Chicago, six members of the Bugs Moran gang were killed by Al Capone's henchmen for hijacking a truck of bootleg beer. An innocent bystander was also gunned down for being in the wrong place at the wrong time. The gory execution-style killings made the link between Prohibition and violence undeniable for most Americans. Historians regard the incident as one of the turning points in public attitudes toward Prohibition, which was repealed a few years later.

Americans who were shocked by this level of violence in 1929 could have had no idea that the prohibition which remained after repeal would lead to the level of bloodshed that the nation now endures in and around illegal drug markets. It is estimated that today, over 30% of all killings, and an even higher percentage of all violent and property crime are either directly or indirectly related to Prohibition.

(Chicagoans can attend the 2nd Annual St. Valentines Day Massacre Memorial Drug Policy Conference, at the Chicago Historical Society, 1601 N. Clark Street, 9:00am - 6:00pm. Admission is $25 regular and $10 for students (with ID), and includes a reception. Call (773) 588-8900 for more information and to verify.)

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Issue #29, 2/13/98 ONDCP 1999 Drug Strategy to be Released This Saturday: Another "ten year plan" but a lot more of the same | 69th Anniversary of the St. Valentine's Day Massacre | Canadian, American Officials Meet to Discuss Smuggling: But which way are the drugs flowing? | Judge Moves Dennis Peron's Trial Back to Oakland: But Peron says he'll not be convicted in any venue | Penn State Professor Continues Marijuana Civil Disobedience for Fourth Consecutive Week | Cooperation, Certification,and Corruption -- US, Mexico, and Drug War Relations | Olympic Snowboarder Still High on Nagano Gold: Rebagliati gets to keep his medal | Allegations of Corruption Leveled Against Australian Anti-Drug Police Unit | Editorial: Give us just one good reason why the Olympic Committee is testing athletes for marijuana

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