In the Shadow of the White House: Drugs, Death, and Redemption on the Streets of the Nation's Capital

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Prima Pub., 1992 - Social Science - 341 pages
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Mike Tidwell's story of counseling homeless drug addicts begins with the startling contrast of the pomp and circumstance of the President's inaugural ceremonies to the desperate poverty in the neighborhoods surrounding the White House. He alludes to the year ahead that would bring a form of martial law to the drug- and crime-weary city. Tidwell continues to describe the effect overzealous domestic drug policies had on the street level and recounts the cruelty of poverty, the desperation in the streets, and the often heroic struggle against the painful and tragic addiction to crack cocaine. Yet from the smoldering ashes of the self-destructive local and national drug policies, Tidwell tells of a new recovery phenomenon that is emerging from within the crack community - a movement among addicts struggling to free themselves from the bondage of drugs.

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Mike has been enthralled with 3D since before it was available on consumer machines. Some of his first real experiences with 3D were in 1995 when he helped to develop the use of 3D at a company called Saffire. It was for a video game called Wayne Gretzky And The NHLPA Allstars for Super Nintendo. Mike built some of the first 3D characters used in the games industry in a program called Playmation which later became Animation Master. Shortly after that he stumbled upon a much more complicated and exciting application called 3D Studio for DOS. Becoming proficient in Max as a hobbyist he was able to help Saffire make the switch from Animation Master when the time came, and continued to provide support from 1999-2004. Mike recently left Saffire after 11 years and is currently employed at DAZ Productions, functioning as a Project Manager for Bryce and DAZ]Studio. Bryce is a well known 3D landscape/environment rendering package and DAZ]Studio is an original 3D program from DAZ that is very similar to E-FrontierAs Poser. DAZ Productions is a leader in the 3D content industry.

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