Monthly Archives: May, 2009

“The Prince of Pot”

Written by Janet Enter the Vapour Lounge in British Columbia.  Psychedelic rock booms throughout – In the store, young and some not-so-young people smoke pot through a variety of devices. And owner Marc Emery stands in the middle of it all, proclaiming his goal of defeating the U.S. war on drugs. Mr. Emery is known …

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UK Lawmakers should not decide their own salaries

Written by Janet Britain’s prime minister, facing a national uproar over lawmakers claiming lavish expenses, promised Sunday to pursue constitutional reforms including a proposal to take away legislators’ power to decide their own pay. Gordon Brown said he was shocked by the recent revelations that scores of legislators from all three main political parties had …

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New rules for Mexico and Canada trips start June 1

Written by Janet On June 1, new rules go into effect requiring passports new high-tech documents to cross the United States’ northern and southern borders are taking effect Monday, as some rue the tightening of security and others hail it as long overdue. After nearly eight years, they are being implemented since the 911 attacks.  …

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Paying taxes haunts illegal immigrants

Written by Janet Immigrant advocates say they’ve seen nothing like it before or since: A prosecutor looking for illegal immigrants seized thousands of confidential tax records from an income tax preparer popular with Hispanics in this northern Colorado city. When these records were seized in October, it led to identity theft and criminal impersonation charges …

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San Francisco zoo settles tiger attack case

Written by Janet The San Francisco Zoo agreed Thursday to pay $900,000 to two brothers who survived the fatal attack by an escaped tiger on Christmas Day 2007, sources familiar with the case.  http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2009/05/29/BAPS17T0BD.DTL&tsp=1

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Sotomayor’s Gun Control Positions

Written by Janet Judge Sonia Sotomayor could enter a firestorm when it comes to her stance on gun rights, with conservatives beginning to question some controversial positions she’s taken over the past several years on the Second Amendment. President Obama’s Supreme Court nominee joined an opinion with the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals ruling that …

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MP Fraser poised to leave Commons

Written by Janet A conservative MP whose expenses were in question is stepping down at the next election.   Christopher Fraser, MP for South West Norfolk, says he will quit for personal reasons to care for his ill wife.  The newspaper said Mr Fraser had claimed £1,800 in public money to buy more than 200 trees in …

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Britain: Prisoners ‘receive drugs in post’

Written by Janet The security measures at a prison in West Yorkshire, has been criticized after inspectors found that illegal drugs were being posted to inmates.  Lax checks allowed inmates to receive drugs at Wakefield’s New Hall prison, the HM Inspectorate of Prisons said.  Some mail room staff lacked an awareness of drug security and only …

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EU Commission President Barroso Unveils Plan to Stem Future Financial Crises

Written by Janet The EU’s executive arm has proposed far-reaching financial reforms to help prevent future financial crises, like the one now pummelling Europe and the rest of the world. European officials hope to put the reforms in place next year. The reforms proposed includes a tough, new, cross-border monitoring system for banks and other …

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Patients await medical-marijuana id cards

Written by Janet Last week when the U.S. Supreme Court refused to consider San Diego County’s lawsuit against state medical-marijuana laws, local officials appear poised to begin offering identification cards to qualified patients. This government issued ID will help protect patients, activists say, but without a law enforcement-approved way to distribute medical marijuana, sick and …

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