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DAUBE/CHAPMAN: The Australian's dissembling campaign on tobacco plain packaging

But The Australian's reports have — as their authors must have expected — attracted attention overseas. UK headlines include “Plain packaging has backfired in Australia — don't bring it to the UK”, “Australia tobacco sales increase despite plain packagin
Medical Journal of Australia
added Aug 29, 2014 15:18

Backgrounder: Trial of former Va. Gov. Bob McDonnell

Prosecutors are accusing former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell and his wife, Maureen, of accepting more than $165,000 in gifts and loans from wealthy businessman Jonnie Williams. The then-chief executive of Virginia-based public company Star Scientific was h
USA Today
added Aug 29, 2014 15:13

[Virginia] Maureen McDonnell's lawyer: 'Weird is not a crime'

Harbach argued that Maureen McDonnell made her Star Scientific stock deals complicated so her husband would not have to disclose them on his statements of economic interest. The prosecutor walked the jury through what he termed "Mrs. McDonnell's shenan
Roanoke (VA) Times & World News
added Aug 29, 2014 15:11

[Virginia] Prosecutor: Ex-governor took bribes from CEO

Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell took bribes and sold his office to promote a sketchy nutritional supplement for a businessman who showered him and his wife with more than $165,000 in loans and gifts, including designer dresses and a Rolex watch, prose
AP - Associated Press
added Aug 29, 2014 15:10
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Who’s Who in the Trial of Former Virginia Gov. McDonnell

Jonnie Williams...gave loans and lavish presents to the former governor and his wife, Maureen, solely to get their help in pressing public universities to study an untested new product, a tobacco-based anti-inflammatory product called Anatabloc. Mr. Willi
Washington Wire (Wall Street Journal blog)
added Aug 29, 2014 15:09

[Virginia] Prosecutor: McDonnells Had 'Corrupt Understanding'

Williams treated the McDonnells to a family vacation that included use of his Ferrari and issued three loans: $50,000 to Maureen McDonnell, which she used to pay credit cards bills and buy Star Scientific stock, and two checks totaling $70,000 to MoBo Rea
WNEW 99.1 FM (Lanham, MD)
added Aug 29, 2014 15:07

[Virginia] Prosecutors' closing argument: McDonnells had 'corrupt understanding'

The McDonnells needed money because they were badly in debt, and he said they were willing to undertake official acts to help former Star Scientific Inc. CEO Jonnie Williams promote his tobacco-based supplement, Anatabloc.
WJLA-TV Ch. 7 (Washington, DC)
added Aug 29, 2014 15:02

Final Push by Prosecutors in Virginia Corruption Trial Links Favors to Actions

Acknowledging that there was no smoking-gun memo laying out a deal, Mr. Harbach meticulously presented a timeline in which gifts from Mr. Williams were closely followed by the governor’s favorable acts on his behalf.
New York Times
added Aug 29, 2014 15:01

FDA: Company can’t sell 7 dissolvable tobacco products

The Food and Drug Administration said Thursday it has issued an order for Star Scientific Inc. to stop the sale and distribution of seven dissolvable tobacco products: Ariva-branded flavors cinnamon, wintergreen, mint, java and citrus, and Stonewall-bran
Winston-Salem (NC) Journal
added Aug 29, 2014 14:58

Feds reviewing Reynolds' deal to buy Lorillard

There is one pivotal parallel between the 2004 deal and the one Reynolds, Lorillard and Imperial are attempting. In each case, the No. 2 and No. 3 manufacturers wanted permission to merge, and the No. 4 manufacturer stood to surge to a double-digit marke
Winston-Salem (NC) Journal
added Aug 29, 2014 14:57
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