The state ordered 11 compounding pharmacies to shut down all or part of their operations and cited another 21 for more minor violations, health officials said Tuesday in announcing the results of surprise inspections conducted in recent months. Only four of 40 compounding pharmacies in the state were fully compliant with regulations. The Department of Public Health began the surprise inspections in the fall, after injectable steroids produced at a Framingham pharmacy were linked to a national outbreak of fungal meningitis and other infections.
The Department of Justice agreed yesterday to brief a congressional committee on US Attorney Carmen Ortiz’s prosecution of Aaron Swartz, the 26-year-old Internet activist who committed suicide last month after battling federal hacking charges for two years, officials said.
Latanya Sweeney, a professor of government at Harvard University, is a law-abiding citizen. So she was startled when a colleague showed her what happened when he ran her name through a Google search: an advertisement on the results page headlined, “Latanya Sweeney, Arrested?” That little display triggered a much larger research project in which Sweeney, a computer scientist and specialist in data privacy, concluded that Google searches of names more likely associated with black people often yielded advertisements for a criminal records search in that person’s name.
ALBUQUERQUE — In the first five minutes of talking to Willie Ford, owner of R. Greenleaf Organics in Albuquerque, he will make the following clarifications: he sells medical cannabis (not marijuana) that he harvests from his farm (not growhouse) and he provides the medicine (not weed) at his clinic (not dispensary) to patients (not pot heads). Ford’s careful choice of words reflects the cautious approach he takes with every aspect his nonprofit medical marijuana business. R. Greenleaf, like the state’s other licensed cannabis producers, operate discreetly in unassuming complexes with small signs — or no signs at all — and obsessive security that tracks the cannabis from seed to sale.