Panama Papers: Mossack Fonseca Leak Reveals Elite’s Tax Havens-BBC News
Eleven million documents were leaked from the Panamanian law firm Mossack Fonseca revealing how Fonseca helped clients avoid tax, dodge sanctions and launder money. The documents released include 12 current or former heads of state and at least 60 people linked to current or former world leaders. One of the current leaders is Russian President Vladimir Putin, with files showing a suspected billion-dollar money laundering ring with some of his closest acquaintances. “I think the leak will prove to be probably the biggest blow the offshore world has ever taken because of the extent of the documents,” Gerard Ryle, director of the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists said.
Device to Protect Brain From Concussions Inspired by Birds-CBS News
Julian Bailes, a neurosurgeon from the NorthShore Neurological Institute has invented a collar inspired by woodpeckers to help prevent concussions. The collar compresses the jugular vein causing more blood to stay inside the skull, which provides cushion for the brain. Independent investigator Dr. Gregory Myer from Cincinnati Children’s Hospital is completing research on the collar with high school football players and MRI results from this research shows that the collar prevented changes within the brain from repetitive hits. “It’s a paradigm-shifter where we change the way we study protecting the brain.This is a game-changer,” Myer said.
Undercover Officers Ask Addicts to Buy Drugs, Snaring Them but Not Dealers-NY Times
The rise in heroin addiction in many cities across the United States has caused undercover police officer tactics in New York to include giving money to addicts to buy drugs then arresting the addict instead of arresting or pursuing the drug dealers to be questioned. Defense lawyers and juries have criticized this tactic due to this tactics contradiction with New York public official's plans to reduce jail populations and find innovative ways to handle mental health problems and addiction. In 2015, 5,000 people were charged with dealing small quantities of heroin and cocaine and the decision to give addicts money for drugs places the addicts in a tough position. "We all talk a lot in this city about the public health crisis of drug addiction, yet we take a very regressive approach to locking people up," Tina Luongo, who heads the Legal Aid Society's criminal practice said.