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1 Phish fan dies, hundreds arrested

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The weekend’s three-night stand by Phish drew tens of thousands of fans to the city, sent the law enforcement community into overdrive with hundreds of arrests and saw one person die of a drug overdose. The death came after the band’s opening night concert at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center, authorities say. The victim was taken to Albany Medical Center and died there, Saratoga County District Attorney James A. Murphy III said in a news ...

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July 10, 2013
3:35 a.m.

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Welcome to the war on drugs.
Are you new here?

July 10, 2013
1:17 p.m.

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Bad reporting and info on all fronts, as he did not die of a drug overdose:

As reported in the TU today, btw they also said he died of a drug overdose in a previous report:

"Brent Wallace, 40, died of cardiac stenosis, a thickening of an artery to the heart, his father, David Wallace, said Wednesday."

"This is very upsetting," his father said. "We've got everybody looking around, saying he died of a drug overdose which is completely incorrect."

Brent Wallace's blood alcohol level was .05, below the legal level signifying intoxication, his father said.

"There was a very small trace of marijuana in his system, no more than one drag on a marijuana joint," he said."

July 10, 2013
3:04 p.m.

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There is an assumption in the media that any death at a Phish concert must be due to a drug overdose. A lot of the local newscast reported this death as a drug overdose as well. I hope the Gazette follows the TU's example by doing its job of journalism by publishing the actual cause of death. By reporting this death as drug overdose, the Gazette fell for a stereo-type that fit their preconceived narrative. The other aspect of this story that was ignored by the Gazette is the arresting of hundreds of concert goers who will have to pay fines imposed by the judge. I suspect that the County of Saratoga will actually have a hefty profit in their coffers to help defray the enormous cost of this effort by the many law enforcement agencies involved. I'd like to see that angle of the story.