Police in Bonita Springs, Fla., charged Randall James Baker, 45, with aggravated battery, in August, 1998, for shooting his friend Robert Callahan in the head, sending him to the hospital.
A sheriff’s spokesman said Baker and Callahan had a playful tradition between them, that any time either of them acquired a new baseball-type cap, the other would try to shoot the little button off the top.
This time, according to the sheriff, alcohol played a bigger role than usual.
take out toys,
go home and pout
More than a half-million children in the U.S. take antipsychotic medicines and, reported The New York Times, “even the most reluctant doctors encounter a marketing juggernaut that has made antipsychotics the nation’s top-selling class of drugs by revenue, $14.6 billion last year, with prominent promotions aimed at treating children.”
In one psychiatrist’s waiting room, observed the Times reporter, “Children played with Legos stamped with the word Risperdal” an antipsychotic made by Johnson & Johnson.
The company, which recently lost its patent on the drug, said it has stopped handing out the toys — which it insisted were not toys at all but advertising reminders for doctors.
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