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The Daily Buzz: November 19, 2014

Alcohol could damage part of brain responsible for impulse control; Mexican priest takes a stand against the drug cartels; and a Massachusetts town's move to ban tobacco was ill-advised.

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Padre Goyo has survived two assassination attempts. Photo via

Padre Goyo has survived two assassination attempts. Photo via

Alcohol Damages Part of the Brain Responsible for Self-Control, Says Study
Drinking might make it harder to quit drinking, according to new research. Harvard scientists say new brain scans reveal that alcohol may have the greatest impact on the frontal lobes of the brain, responsible for regulation and impulse control. This could explain why heavy drinkers have such a hard time giving up the sauce.

Mexican Priest Takes a Stand Against the Drug Cartels
Padre Gregorio López, who heads a parish in a small city in the violence-ridden state of Michoacán, considers it his religious duty to help drive out the Knights Templar drug cartel that has taken control of the region. Due to his willingness to speak out against the cartels and rat out corruption among local officials, López, known as “Padre Goyo” has earned hero status.

Marijuana Effective in Fighting Aggressive Form of Brain Cancer, Study Finds
Researchers in the UK say they found “dramatic reductions” in high-grade glioma tumors, a deadly form of brain cancer, after they treated patients with a combination of radiation and two different marijuana compounds.

What Were They Thinking? Massachusetts Town Tries to Ban Tobacco
The local health board for the small town of Westminster, Massachusetts moved to make it the first place in the country to ban all cigarettes, e-cigarettes, cigars and chewing tobacco. The DPA‘s Tony Newman explains why outlawing cigarettes “would be just as disastrous as the prohibition on other drugs,” and imagines what a world with illegal smoking would look like.

Arkansas Governor Agrees to Pardon Son’s Drug Charges After Eleven Years
In 2003, Arkansas Governor Mike Beebe’s son Kyle, now 34, was arrested and sentenced to three years’ probation for possession of two ounces of pot and intent to sell. At the time, the governor the governor said Kyle should “pay for it” and “he needs to be treated like everybody else—no better, no worse.” Eleven years later, Beebe has agreed to pardon his son, expunging his felony record. Now will he do it for everyone else?