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emergency rooms involving MDMA has jumped 123 percent since 2004, according to data compiled by the Drug Abuse Warning Network. In 2011, the most recent year on record, there were 22,498 such visits. In the New York concert deaths, the medical examiner found lethal mixtures of MDMA and methylone, a synthetic stimulant, the DEA said. “It’s exactly the same phenomenon that occurred with ecstasy a decade ago,” said Dr. Charles Grob, a professor of psychiatry and pediatrics at the UCLA School of Medicine and an expert on MDMA. “Ecstasy had terrible reliability and it’s the same with Molly. Though it’s being marketed as pure MDMA, it’s a hoax.” Overdose symptoms can include rapid heart beat, overheating, excessive sweating, shivering and involuntary twitching. Grob said references in pop culture can fan misconceptions. Miley Cyrus admitted in July that a lyric in her new dance anthem “We Can’t Stop” was a reference to Molly. Last year at a Miami concert, Madonna, the mother of a teenager, asked: “How many people in this crowd have seen Molly?” She later said she was referring to a friend. The illusion that MDMA is somehow less harmful has been branded with Molly, according to Anna. “I have definitely heard that people think that it’s pure. I have some friends that are like ‘I only want to do Molly.

Uneasy Arab states in Persian Gulf watch US-Iran overtures from sidelines

(American Movie Classics) Also September 27, 2013, 1:31 p.m. Horror fans will have a lot to freak out about this October. The first edition of “Beyond Fest” will hit Los Angeles as a celebration of chills, gore and the sounds that go with them from Oct. 10 to 27. And Cinefamily will take local audiences on a mayhem-filled movie road trip with their monthlong “The United States of Horror.” FULL COVERAGE: Film festivals Taking place at the American Cinematheque’s Egyptian and Aero Theaters, Beyond Fest will feature the first local screenings of films anticipated by genre fans following their well-received appearances at other festivals, with titles including as Ben Wheatley’s “A Field in England,” Sion Sono’s “Why Don’t You Play In Hell,” Jim Begos’ “Almost Human” and Ruairi Robinson’s “The Last Days of Mars.” Besides the three-night stand of legendary band Goblin, making its first-ever live appearances in Los Angeles before screenings of Dario Argento horror classics, Beyond Fest will have other events for horror music aficionados. Composer Alan Howarth will perform before a screening of John Carpenter’s “Assault on Precinct 13.” Musician Umberto will perform a live score to the 1982 slasher flick “Pieces.” Clive Barker is scheduled to appear with a screening of “Nightbreed: The Cabal Cut.” German filmmaker Jorg Buttgereit will be present for screenings of the only known 35mm prints of his “Nekromantik” and “Schramm: Into the Mind of a Serial Killer.” Joe Dante will appear with his “The Howling,” and Richard Donner is scheduled to turn out for his “The Omen.” The podcast/stage show “The Thrilling Adventure Hour” will put on a live performance featuring Paul F. Tompkins and Paget Brewster before a showing of the 1932 classic “the Mummy.” PHOTOS: Fall movie sneaks 2013 And that’s not all, horror fans. The Fairfax Avenue movie theater Cinefamily is following up last year’s monthlong program of infamous U.K. “video nasties” with a trip around the U.S. “The United States of Horror” program, every night at midnight from October 1 to 31, will feature a horror movie from a different state of the Union. Kicking off with California’s own “Equinox,” other stops on this road trip of blood and bad vibes include Arizona’s “White of The Eye,” Nevada’s “Tremors,” Utah’s “Troll 2,” Kansas’ “Carnival Of Souls,” Missouri’s “Ernest Scared Stupid,” Pennsylvania’s “Martin,” and New York ‘s “Basket Case,” before winding up back in California with “Chopping Mall.” ALSO:

Good times and gore at ‘Beyond Fest’ and ‘United States of Horror’

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pecking order if there is a thaw in the 34-year diplomatic freeze between the U.S. and Iran. Such a prospect may still seem distant. Iranian hard-liners have made it clear they are highly uneasy with the fast-paced overtures at the U.N. Iran’s Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araghchi tried to address the worries even as his boss, Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, stayed behind in the U.S. to continue his pitch for a quick resolution to the nuclear impasse that would, Iran insists, include easing sanctions. “Definitely, a history of high tensions between Tehran and Washington will not go back to normal relations due to a phone call, meeting or negotiation,” Araghchi was quoted as saying Sunday by the semiofficial Fars news agency. He added: “We never trust America 100 percent. And, in the future, we will remain on the same path. We will never trust them 100 percent.” In the Gulf, Sunni Arab leaders view Shiite power Iran with deep suspicion. In some ways, Gulf views on Iran are often more in line with Israel than other Arab states. A leaked U.S. diplomatic cable described how Saudi’s King Abdullah urged in 2008 for a U.S.-led attack against Iran to “cut off the head of the snake” and cripple its nuclear weapons program, which Saudi officials and others fear could touch off a frightening nuclear arms race in the region.