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In brief: 1 dead, 20 in hospital after drug overdoses

Sun., Aug. 3, 2014

Columbia, Md. – A 20-year-old North Carolina man died and 20 others were hospitalized Friday night after a rash of apparent drug overdoses at an electronic music concert in Maryland, police said.

Tyler Fox Viscardi, of Raleigh, was rushed from the Mad Decent Block Party at Meriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia about 9 p.m., according to a statement released by the Howard County Police Department.

He was pronounced dead at Howard County General Hospital a short time later. A 17-year-old from Virginia remained in critical condition Saturday at the same hospital.

Police do not believe the two men knew each other, and it was not immediately clear what kind of drugs may have been involved.

The Maryland incident is the latest apparent drug-related death connected to a summer rock festival this year. In June, 24-year-old Montgomery Tsang, of San Leandro, California, died of an Ecstasy overdose at the Electric Daisy Carnival in Las Vegas.

Man dies in ascent of Mount Whitney

Sequoia National Park, Calif. – A community college professor from Texas fell to his death while climbing Mount Whitney, California authorities said.

The National Park Service said search crews recovered the body of 75-year-old Dawson Johnson from the mountain’s north slope Thursday at an elevation of 13,300 feet. Mount Whitney is the highest peak in the U.S. outside of Alaska.

Johnson, of Redwater, Texas, had been hiking Tuesday with his wife in Sequoia National Park when he decided to take a solo hike to Mount Whitney, where other hikers reported seeing him on a trail that approaches the summit.

After Johnson failed to return to his campsite by the next morning, his wife contacted park rangers to report him missing. Johnson was a longtime computer technology instructor at Texarkana College, according to a Texas television station.


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