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The Vox Box

Was Anna Nicole Smith’s Death Really an Accident?

 Two years after former Playboy Bunny and TV star Anna Nicole Smith was found dead from an accidental overdose, authorities have annnounced that her lover/lawyer Howard Stern and doctor Sandeep Kapoor were arrested today for supplying her with a cocktail of drugs, including Xanax, antidepressants, and methadone.  A second doctor has been asked to turn herself in.  Authorities say the two doctors and Stern knew Smith was addicted to drugs, but supplied them anyway.  The combination of these drugs can easily "cause death, injury and permanent morbidity and disability," according to CA Attorney General Jerry Brown.  As it turns out, that's exactly what the drugs did.  

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The doctors and Stern are being charged with unlawfully prescribing a controlled substance, among others. Should they be charged with murder? If a person willingly takes drugs and dies because of it are the "dealers" to blame?

In 2006, then-editor Steve Smith of The Spokesman-Review had the idea of starting a publication for an often forgotten audience: teenagers. The Vox Box was a continuation of the Vox, an all-student staffed newspaper published by The Spokesman-Review. High school student journalists who staffed the Vox made all content decisions as they learn about the trade of journalism. This blog's mission was to give students an opportunity to publish their voices. The Vox Box and the Vox wrapped up in June 2009, but you can follow former staffers' new blog at