OH YES THEY DID: Washington Driver Gets Six Months for ‘Marijuana-Related’ Crash That May Have Had Nothing to Do With Marijuana

 writes: Today a Vancouver, Washington, pot smoker received a six-month jail sentence, followed by five years of probation, in a case that seems to illustrate the vancover-accident-kptvinjustice caused by his state’s new definition of stoned driving. Scotty Rowles was driving his 1995 Ford pickup truck on East Mill Plain Boulevard around 6 p.m. on December 17, 2012, when Donald Collins stepped from the median into the street in front of him. According to KPTV, the Fox station in Portland, Oregon, “Investigators said Collins was close to two different lit and controlled intersections, but stepped out in the middle of traffic to try and cross the road.” On the face of it, Collins’ death was not Rowles’ fault. But a police officer smelled marijuana on Rowles, who admitted that he had smoked “a little bowl” one or two hours earlier. He was charged with vehicular homicide.

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Prosecutors dropped that charge after concluding that there was insufficient evidence to support it. But they changed their minds after a blood test put Rowles’ THC level at 7.2 nanograms per milliliter, 2.2 nanograms above Washington’s new cutoff for driving under the influence of marijuana. Because of that rule, which was included in the marijuana legalization intitiative that voters approved a month before the accident, Rowles was guilty of DUI even if he was not actually impaired. Read the rest of this entry »

‘Float Like a Bee, Sting Like a Butterfly’: Mitt Romney Lasts Two Rounds with Evander Holyfield in Charity Boxing Match


SALT LAKE CITY –  Former Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney and five-time heavyweight boxing champion Evander Holyfield squared off in the ring Friday at a charity fight night event in Salt Lake City.

Romney, 68, and Holyfield, 52, sparred, if you could call it that, for just two short rounds before Romney ran away from the boxer and threw in the towel, giving up a round early in the lighthearted fight that came amid several other fights by professional boxers and an auction.

“You know what? You float like a bee and sting like a butterfly.”

The two barely threw any punches and largely just danced around, occasionally lightly jabbing each other in the midsection in what was much more of a comedic event than an actual bout.


[VANILLA IN MANILLA! The Match-Up You’ve Been Waiting for: Evander Holyfield vs. Mitt Romney Charity Boxing Event May 15th]

The black-tie affair raised money for the Utah-based organization CharityVision, which helps doctors in developing countries perform surgeries to restore vision in people with curable blindness.

Romney’s son Josh Romney, who lives in Utah, serves as a volunteer president for CharityVision. Read the rest of this entry »

VANILLA IN MANILA: Mitt Romney and Evander Holyfield Stare Down During Weigh-In Before their Charity Boxing Match

Former Massachusetts Governor and two-time presidential candidate Mitt Romney (L) and five-time heavyweight champion Evander Holyfield stare down during their weigh-in before their boxing match in Holladay, Utah May 14, 2015. The two will box on Friday to benefit the medical charity CharityVision. REUTERS/Jim Urquhart      TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY

Former Massachusetts Governor and two-time presidential candidate Mitt Romney (L) and five-time heavyweight champion Evander Holyfield stare down during their weigh-in before their boxing match in Holladay, Utah May 14, 2015. The two will box on Friday to benefit the medical charity CharityVision.


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VANILLA IN MANILLA! The Match-Up You’ve Been Waiting for: Evander Holyfield vs. Mitt Romney Charity Boxing Event May 15th


Mitt Romney said that he would pass on running in 2016 because, while he thought he could win, he’d be too battered by the process. So instead, he’ll box Evander Holyfield.

We are not making this up.

The Salt Lake Tribune broke news of the bout Monday. It’s a charity event, to be held May 15 near Salt Lake City, with proceeds going to Charity Vision. The Romneys have been active with the group for some time; last year, Mitt and his family traveled to Peru to help diagnose and treat eye problems. Read the rest of this entry »

Cartoonists Take Up The Pen in Support of Murdered Charlie Hebdo Colleagues


Copies of the French satirical weekly “Charlie Hebdo” are seen in their Paris newsroom February 9, 2006. The publication reprinted cartoons of the Prophet Mohammad in its February 8, 2006 edition and published one of its own on its front page, angering Muslim groups at the time. Reuters

Political cartoonists from around the world reacted with grief and words of support on Twitter after several of their French colleagues at the political satire newspaper Charlie Hebdo were shot and killed in an apparent terrorist attack in Paris on Wednesday. Here are the words and drawings of a few of them:

David Pope, political cartoonist for Australia’s The Canberra Times:

Pat Bagley, editorial cartoonist for The Salt Lake Tribune in Utah:

Nate Beeler, editorial cartoonist for The Columbus Dispatch in Ohio:

Mark Fiore, Pulitzer-prize winning political animator, whose work appears on the San Francisco Chronicle website and elsewhere:

Lalo Alcaraz, cartoonist behind “La Cucaracha,” a syndicated political cartoon strip:

Ann Telnaes, Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial cartoonist for The Washington Post:

Joep Bertrams, cartoonist in Amsterdam, the Netherlands:

Gary Varvel, editorial cartoonist for The Indianapolis Star in Indiana:

Satish Acharya, editorial cartoonist in Kundapur, India:

YGreck, cartoonist in Québec, Canada:

Graeme MacKay, editorial cartoonist for the Hamilton Spectator in Ontario, Canada:


[VIDEO] KUTV Reporter Brooke Graham Passes Out On Air, Continues to Report

If a reporter falls in the forest, and…

This item from KUTV comes with this memo:

*Note* KUTV Reporter Brooke Graham is one of our hardest workers. She is doing fine following this instance and has given us permission to post the video on her behalf. She is seeking medical attention to look into what caused her to pass out. Anchors only heard her laugh and say she slipped and fell, they were completely unaware she fainted until after the live shot.

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In a Secret Journal, RFK Jr. Records a Painful Struggle With “Lust Demons”

Michael Buckner / Getty ImagesRobert F. Kennedy Jr. (L) and Mary Kennedy attend the gala fundraiser in support of the Waterkeeper Alliance on December 4, 2010 in Salt Lake City, Utah.

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On the days he resisted the temptation to have an affair, Robert F. Kennedy Jr. marked the occasion in his secret journal with a one-word exaltation: “Victory!” But on the days of defeat, the ink really began to flow across the page.

In the 398-page journal obtained by the New York Post, Kennedy chronicled his day-to-day activities in 2001, but also maintained a detailed account of his extramarital affairs as he crisscrossed the country for various speaking engagements. According to the Post it was all inscribed in a decoy ledger entitled “Cash Accounts,” where he recorded the date of the infidelity, the name of the woman involved, and a code of numbers, ranging from 1 to 10, representing the performance of certain sex acts. Number 10 corresponds to intercourse. Numbers 1 through 9 have yet to be decoded by the Post — so at this point it’s hard to know precisely what he did on the day he recorded a 10, 3, and 2 over the course of a single fundraiser at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel. Read the rest of this entry »

Social immobility erodes American dream


If there’s one issue on which both the left and right agree, it is the crisis of declining mobility. The American dream at its core is that a person, no matter his or her background, can make it here. A few weeks ago, four economists at Harvard and the University of California at Berkeley released a path-breaking study of mobility within the United States. And last week the Journal of Economic Perspectives published a series of essays tackling the question from an international standpoint. The research is careful and nuanced, yet it does point in one clear direction. The question is, will Washington follow it?

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