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WA: Seattle pols send threats to medical pot shops

October 23, 2014
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San Francisco Chronicle San Francisco Chronicle    

"The city of Seattle is warning its more than 300 medical marijuana businesses that their days could be numbered. Officials this week have sent letters to 330 medical marijuana growers, processors and dispensaries reminding them they need to either shut down or be licensed by the state by next summer. The problem is that the Legislature hasn't yet created a licensing system to allow sales of medical marijuana. How to regulate pot for medical use is expected to be a hot topic when lawmakers go back into session in January. Officials fear the unregulated cannabis is competing with Washington's new, highly taxed recreational market." [editor's note: Well, duh! Anything they don't have their regulatory clutches on is bound to be cheaper, even on the black market - SAT] (10/23/14)

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North Korea: Is Fowle’s release a bid to end isolation?

October 23, 2014
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Christian Science Monitor Christian Science Monitor    

"The release by the North Korean regime of US citizen Jeffrey Fowle appears to be at least a minimal move toward some kind of engagement by young leader Kim Jong-un. The context of Mr. Fowle’s release is both the terrific isolation in which North Korea finds itself, and the lack of desire in Washington to deal with the prickly regime, analysts say. As with most things involving the Kim family it is unknown how consequential the release of Fowle actually is." (10/23/14)

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Ello says hello to $5.5 million, legally vows not to advertise

October 23, 2014
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Mashable    

"Ello, the fledgling social network that has vowed not to run advertising, doubled down on that sentiment on Thursday by making itself a Public Benefit Corporation and putting the sentiment in its charter. A PBC's charter can't be changed even if the company is bought and investors can't force the company to do something that goes against its charter. ... The structure change coincides with $5.5 million in Series A funding from Foundry Group, Bullet Time Ventures and FreshTracks Capital." (10/23/14)

http://mashable.com/2014/10/23/ello-public-benefit-corporation/  

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CA: Prisons to end racial segregation

October 23, 2014
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San Francisco Examiner    

"California officials agreed Wednesday to end a policy in which it segregated prison inmates after riots based on their race as a way to prevent further violence. Officers have frequently locked inmates in their cells based on which races were involved in the riot, even if individual inmates of that race were not directly implicated. The agreement to end the practice is spelled out in a 21-page settlement involving a lawsuit first filed in 2008. The agreement says future lockdowns may not be imposed or lifted based on race or ethnicity." (10/23/14)

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OK: Judge lets abortion drug ban take effect

October 23, 2014
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Raw Story Raw Story    

"An Oklahoma judge said on Wednesday he will allow a law that bans abortion-inducing drugs to take effect as planned on Nov. 1, over the objections of abortion rights advocates who said the measure is poor public health policy that could put women at risk. Oklahoma District Court Judge Robert Stuart turned down a request by abortion rights groups to halt the measure from taking effect. Stuart also allowed a provision that would limit liability claims against physicians due to the law. According to the lawsuit filed on behalf of Reproductive Services in Tulsa and the Oklahoma Coalition for Reproductive Services this month, the measure would lead to increased use of surgically induced abortions for cases where drugs can be used." (10/22/14)

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NC: Probe reveals scope of Tarheel academic fraud

October 23, 2014
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Fox News Fox News    

"More than 3,100 students -- nearly half of them athletes -- enrolled in classes they didn't have to show up for and received artificially inflated grades, in what an investigator called a 'shadow curriculum' that lasted nearly two decades at the University of North Carolina. The report released Wednesday by former high-ranking U.S. Justice Department official Kenneth Wainstein found more far-reaching academic fraud than previous investigations by the school and the NCAA. Many at the university hoped Wainstein's investigation would bring some closure to the long-running scandal, which is rooted in an NCAA investigation focused on improper benefits within the football program in 2010. Instead, findings of a systemic problem in the former African and Afro-American Studies department could lead to NCAA sanctions and possible dismissal of additional UNC staff." (10/22/14)

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SCOTUS: Ginsburg revises dissent on Texas voter suppression law

October 23, 2014
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Fox News Fox News    

"The U.S. Supreme Court made a rare correction on Wednesday to a dissent written by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on Texas' controversial new voter-identification law. ... Aside from 'small stylistic changes,' Wednesday’s correction erases one sentence from Ginsberg’s official dissent that refers to photo identification cards issued by the U.S. Department of Veterans' Affairs not being an acceptable form of ID in Texas -- when they actually are." (10/23/14)

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Brazil: Presidential candidates battle for their hometown

October 23, 2014
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Reuters Reuters    

"The two candidates in Brazil's presidential election runoff on Sunday grew up just seven blocks apart, attending the same elite tennis club, watching movies at the same theater and strolling through the same leafy plazas during the 1960s. They cheered for rival soccer teams, though, and eventually went down very different political paths. Dilma Rousseff joined a Marxist group that opposed that era's military dictatorship, while Aecio Neves embraced the more conservative ethos of his grandfather, a legend in Brazilian politics. Today, President Rousseff and Senator Neves are fighting for votes in their hometown of Belo Horizonte -- a critical battleground in a race that has gone down to the wire." [editor's note: Like they say, all politics is local - SAT] (10/22/14)

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Apple-1 computer sold at auction for $905,000

October 23, 2014
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Fox News Fox News    

"One of the first Apple-1 computers has been sold at auction for $905,000, making it the most expensive Apple computer ever. ... One of the first 50 Apple computers to be made, the pristine Apple-1 was constructed in 1976 by the company’s co-founder Steve Wozniak." (10/22/14)

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VA: Camel maker Reynolds snuffs out workplace smoking

October 23, 2014
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San Francisco Chronicle San Francisco Chronicle    

"Camel cigarette maker Reynolds American Inc. is snuffing out smoking in its offices and buildings. The nation's second-biggest tobacco company informed employees Wednesday that beginning next year, the use of traditional cigarettes, cigars or pipes will no longer be permitted at employee desks or offices, conference rooms, hallways and elevators. Lighting up already is prohibited on factory floors and in cafeterias and fitness centers. The no-smoking policy will go into effect once Reynolds builds indoor smoking areas for those still wanting to light up indoors, spokesman David Howard said." (10/22/14)

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NY: New mayor, same old story; still marijuana arrest capital

October 22, 2014
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Christian Science Monitor Christian Science Monitor    

"New York City has long been called the 'marijuana arrest capital of the world.' Under the administration of Mayor Bill de Blasio, the nation’s largest city has maintained that reputation, continuing its aggressive campaign against those found possessing even the most trace amounts of the drug. In fact, Mayor de Blasio and New York City Police Commissioner William Bratton have even outdone the previous administration, surpassing the marijuana possession arrest totals nearly every month this year compared with last, according to a study by the Drug Policy Alliance released Monday." (10/22/14)

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South Korea takes down “Christmas tree” border tower

October 22, 2014
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BBC News BBC News [UK state media]    

"South Korea has taken down a tower at its border with North Korea, which has in the past been decorated as a Christmas tree by Christian groups. The 60 foot tower has previously been covered in colourful lights at Christmas and topped with a cross. The North, which is officially atheist, saw this as religious and political propaganda and threatened to shell it. Its removal comes a week after senior military officials from the two Koreas met for the first time in seven years." (10/22/14)

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-29718662  

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Jury convicts ex-Blackwater guards in Iraq murders; appeals expected

October 22, 2014
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Los Angeles Times    

"A federal jury Wednesday convicted four former Blackwater security guards who had been charged with killing 14 Iraqis in Baghdad seven years ago in a shooting that became a symbol of U.S. treatment of Iraqi civilians. After nearly 30 days of deliberation, the jury in found Nicholas Slatten guilty of first-degree murder, while three other guards -- Paul Slough, Evan Liberty and Dustin Heard -- were found guilty of voluntary manslaughter. ... Prosecutors said the shootings, in which 37 people were killed or injured, were unprovoked, the result of trigger-happy civilian security guards nervous about intelligence reports that a white Kia carrying a car bomb was circulating in the city looking for a target." (10/22/14)

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WHO: Ebola serum for Africa within weeks

October 22, 2014
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BBC News [UK state media]    

"Serum made from the blood of recovered Ebola patients could be available within weeks in Liberia, one of the countries worst hit by the virus, says the World Health Organization. Speaking in Geneva, Dr Marie Paule Kieny said work was also advancing quickly to get drugs and a vaccine ready for January 2015. The Ebola outbreak has already killed more than 4,500 people. Most of the deaths have been in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone." (10/21/14)

http://www.bbc.com/news/health-29707393  

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CO: Udall lead fades in Senate race

October 22, 2014
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Christian Science Monitor    

"One of the most watched elections in the country right now wasn't originally supposed to be competitive. The outcome of the race between Democratic incumbent Sen. Mark Udall and his Republican challenger, Rep. Cory Gardner, could end up determining which party controls the Senate. Senator Udall's early leads in the polls have dwindled until, in the past month, nearly every poll has showed Representative Gardner holding a slim lead." (10/21/14)

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PA: Corbett, grandstanding, signs law intended to shut up Mumia

October 22, 2014
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Philly.com    

"Just a few feet from the site where Philadelphia Police Officer Daniel Faulkner was [allegedly] gunned down by Mumia Abu-Jamal in 1981, Gov. Corbett on Tuesday signed into law a bill that would aim to [change his ebbing political fortunes by satisfying the powerful police lobby]. ... Maureen Faulkner said Abu-Jamal's continued media presence makes it hard for her to move on from her husband's murder. ... The law allows victims of a crime to seek an injunction against 'conduct which perpetuates the continuing effect of the crime on the victim.'" (10/21/14)

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Ben Bradlee, 1921-2014

October 22, 2014
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Washington Post    

"Benjamin C. Bradlee, who presided over The Washington Post newsroom for 26 years and guided The Post’s transformation into one of the world’s leading newspapers, died Oct. 21 at his home in Washington of natural causes. He was 93. ... The most compelling story of Bradlee’s tenure, almost certainly the one of greatest consequence, was Watergate, a political scandal touched off by The Post’s reporting that ended in the only resignation of a president in U.S. history." (10/21/14)

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Report: US visa program for crime victims is hit-or-miss

October 22, 2014
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Reuters    

"The U visa program was created by Congress to help police and prosecutors build trust with immigrant communities. But national data analyzed by Reuters, along with dozens of interviews with police, prosecutors, lawyers and immigrants across the country, show that for undocumented immigrants ... who seek a U visa by helping the police, the chances of gaining a legal toehold in the United States are largely a matter of geography." (10/21/14)

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NY: CLU & Cuomo agree on defending poor

October 21, 2014
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San Francisco Chronicle    

"Gov. Andrew Cuomo says his administration's agreement with the New York Civil Liberties Union to improve criminal defense for the state's poor addresses longstanding inequities. The agreement settles the lawsuit the NYCLU filed seven years ago, saying New York systemically provided inadequate staff and money for constitutionally required defense lawyers in the 57 counties outside New York City. Cuomo says his administration inherited the problem, saying he's proud of a resolution 'that results in a fairer, more humane justice system.' The suit sought attorneys at all arraignments, smaller caseloads and better funding, with the state taking over the county-based system." (10/21/14)

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FL Court: Not so fast with those red-light camera tickets

October 21, 2014
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Fox News    

"Big changes could be coming to cities with red-light cameras after a Florida District Court of Appeals judge said it’s illegal for camera operators to issue citations to drivers. The program works like this: Cameras installed at traffic signals snap photos and are examined by the camera’s owner (not law enforcement) to determine whether a violation occurred. A citation is sent to the alleged violator. The driver has 60 days to appeal the ticket before it’s converted into a fine, just like any other citation issued by law enforcement officers." [editor's note: Don't get too excited; all this really does is make more work for the bureaucrats - SAT] (10/21/14)

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CO: Idiot bureaucrats back off idiotic plan to ban marijuana edibles

October 21, 2014
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Yahoo! News    

"Colorado health authorities suggested banning many forms of edible marijuana, including brownies and cookies, then whipsawed away from the suggestion Monday after it went public. The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment told state pot regulators they should limit edible pot on shelves to hard lozenges and tinctures, which are a form of liquid pot that can be added to foods and drinks. ... Lawmakers have ordered state pot regulators to require pot-infused food and drink to have a distinct look when they are out of the packaging. The order came after [faked, pearl-clutching] concerns about the proliferation of pot-infused treats that many worry could be accidentally eaten by children." (10/20/14)

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“Zombie glacier” surprises scientists, raises warming questions

October 21, 2014
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Raw Story    

"Scientists tend to speak of glaciers as if they were living creatures. They say they grow and die and have good health and bad. Now, with Halloween approaching, a handful of researchers has found a way that the anthropomorphized rivers of ice that they study can simultaneously live and die as the globe warms. The discovery of a ghoulishly semi-lifeless glacier in southeastern Iceland doesn’t just create a new zombie class of frozen rivers of water. It raises questions about the accuracy of conventional approaches to measuring the growth and retreat of similar glaciers." (10/21/14)

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Wyoming becomes latest state to end marriage apartheid

October 21, 2014
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ABC News    

"Wyoming has become the latest state to allow gay marriage, bringing the national wave of expanded rights for same-sex couples to a state where the 1998 beating death of Matthew Shepard still influences national perceptions. State lawyers filed a legal notice Tuesday morning that said they won't defend a recently overturned Wyoming law that defined marriage as a union between one man and one woman, meaning county clerks can begin to issue marriage licenses to gay couples and the state will recognize same-sex unions performed legally elsewhere." (10/21/14)

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AL: House Speaker arrested on felony charges

October 21, 2014
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San Francisco Chronicle    

"Powerful Alabama House Speaker Mike Hubbard has been arrested on felony ethics charges, accused of using public office for personal gain. Hubbard was indicted by a grand jury on 23 charges accusing him of misusing his office as speaker and his previous post as chairman of the Alabama Republican Party. Acting Attorney General Van Davis announced the indictment Monday. Hubbard says the charges, weeks before the November vote in which he's favored for re-election, constitute 'a political witch hunt.'" (10/20/14)

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Canada: Researchers send Ebola vaccine to WHO for testing

October 21, 2014
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Raw Story    

"The first batch of an experimental Ebola vaccine developed by Canadian scientists was sent to Switzerland on Monday for testing by the World Health Organization, officials said. Canada’s Health Minister Rona Ambrose said the first of three shipments, comprising 800 vials of the vaccine, had been sent from the National Microbiology Laboratory in Winnipeg. The vials were packed in dry ice at a temperature of minus 80 degrees Celsius (-112 degrees Fahrenheit) during shipping, officials said. Trials of the vaccine on humans are expected to begin there at the end of the month or early in November." (10/20/14)

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