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The Daily Buzz: July 24, 2014


Mexico's murder rate has declined but remains horrifically high; more teens are using human growth hormone; and Amy Winehouse's fans use booze bottles and cigarettes to pay homage on the third anniversary of her death.

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Murders in Mexico Have Slightly Declined, But Drug War Rages On
During Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto’s first year in office, from 2012-2013, there were 22,732 recorded homicides, the National Institute of Statistics and Geography announced. This huge number actually represented a drop—from 27,213 in 2011, under Calderon’s presidency. In 2007, the year Calderon began waging war against the cartels, the number of murders was 8,867.

Study Finds Sharp Increase in Teen Use of Human Growth Hormone
The number of teens experimenting with human growth hormones has more than doubled in the past year, according to a new, large-scale national survey. More than one in 10 teens reported having used the drugs at least once, to boost their athletic performance and “improve their looks.”

Seattle’s Homeless and Black People Are Ticketed the Most for Pot
Despite marijuana legalization, new data illustrate a sad lack of progress: Seattle’s homeless people and African-American men are far more likely to be ticketed for public pot use than anyone else.

Vice Writer Goes on a Booze-Only Diet for a Week and Documents It
Spoiler alert: It does not go very well. Apparently: “Bloody Marys… I think Bloody Marys are what kept me alive,” says Jules Suzdaltsev, who is evidently the magazine’s “try anything once” guy (for Vice, that’s quite a title).

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Amy Winehouse Fans Pay Tribute by Leaving Booze Bottles and Cigarettes on Her Lawn
On the third anniversary of the singer’s death from alcohol poisoning, hoards of people have visited her London home and left paraphernalia, including beer cans, empty bottles of Jack Daniels, Smirnoff and packs of smokes. Reportedly, Amy’s mom is on board with the odd form of homage, because “it makes her happy that Amy’s fans still care.”

Image credit: By Rama (Own work) [CeCILL or CC BY-SA 2.0 fr], via Wikimedia Commons