City Pages remembers legendary "American Splendor" comic Harvey Pekar, who died July 12 at age 70.
We've had our share of interesting medical marijuana stories this week, but then there's this in Austin, Texas: Joseph Casias, a longtime Wal-Mart employee who has an inoperable brain tumor, is now suing the mega-chain for firing him over his use of medical marijuana.
Willamette Week continues to cover the bizarre disappearance of 7-year-old Kyron Horman—and the sad family drama that's now dominating the story.
More good news from the Gulf: The Texas Observer recently ran a piece (originally published by Facing South) about so-called Dead Zones. What are Dead Zones? From the article:
...even before the spill, up to 8,000 square miles of Gulf waters would turn every year into Dead Zones — vast areas of the coast so depleted of oxygen that shrimp, crabs and other marine animals could no longer live.
Now, scientists fear the BP spill will make a bad situation worse.
Brendan Kiley, theater/dance editor for The Stranger in Seattle, is always a great read. His latest feature had us from the headline: "Every week, the Can Can Cabaret tricks Seattle into watching modern dance: They do it with a little stripping, a lot of pop music, and the occasional unicorn butthole."
Lastly, the Association of Alternative Newsweeklies announced its annual awards this week, and we're proud to say the Indy scored a top prize for Matthew Frank's story/analysis on Max Baucus' role in health care reform. That seems as good a way to head into the weekend as any.
It's going to be hot this weekend, but even so we're not exactly ready to go full-on fruity drink yet. Check out this week's installment of Happiest Hour for a summery bourbon alternative.
Jason Christ, the controversial medical marijuana advocate and founder of Montana Caregivers Network (MCN), was arrested in Missoula late Monday afternoon and charged with disorderly conduct and criminal mischief, both misdemeanors.
Find Rob Brezsny's Free Will Astrology online, every Wednesday, one day before it hits the Indy's printed pages.
ARIES (March 21-April 19): “Thou shalt not kill” is a crucial rule for you to follow, and not just in the literal sense. According to my reading of the astrological omens, you should also be extra vigilant as you avoid more metaphorical kinds of destruction. Please be careful not to unleash ill-chosen words that would crush someone’s spirit (including your own). Don’t douse newly kindled fires, don’t burn recently built bridges, and don’t deprive fresh sprouts of the light they need to keep growing. To put this all in a more positive frame: It’s time for you to engage in a reverent and boisterous celebration of life, nurturing and fostering and stimulating everywhere you go.
All that hubbub about Missoula banning medical marijuana businesses within 1,000 feet of schools?
Mike Barton, OPG's interim director, says never mind.
In this week's installment: costume drama, creative health care planning and a charity disaster guaranteed to provoke mass male leg-crossing.
Curses, Foiled Again
When Thomas Peno, 50, appeared at a courthouse in Vernon, Conn., to answer a larceny charge, he broke into several cars in front of the building, according to police, who arrested him after he tried to sell a GPS unit stolen from one of the vehicles to a man who turned out to be the vehicle’s owner.
Authorities in Snohomish County, Wash., charged Carlton Wopperer, 49, with insurance fraud after he claimed car thieves stole his collection of silk neckties, worth $33,000. His claim raised suspicion because it was the third time in nine years he reported his collection of 212 silk neckties had been stolen from his vehicle. Insurance investigators discovered that Wopperer had bought the ties but returned many of them within minutes of buying them and kept the receipts to back up his theft claims.
UPDATE: The Flycoons win bronze at the world championships.
Rep. Dick Barrett, D-Missoula, issued a formal request to the Montana Legislative Services Division today for a draft bill implementing the Montana Supreme Court's December 2009 ruling in favor of physician-assisted suicide. Barrett says the primary goals of the legislation will be to ensure terminally ill patients in Montana can independently elect to die with dignity and to provide physicians with protection for civil liability for prescribing life-ending medications.
“I am working with doctors, patients and their advocates to draft a bill that’s right for us in Montana,” Barrett says.
The move comes just weeks after Sen. Greg Hinkle, R-Thompson Falls, announced his own intentions of introducing an opposition bill in the 2011 Legislature. But Barrett had his spot as one of the leading proponents of aid in dying reserved long before the opposition's leadership took shape, and today's announcement simply confirmed what Barrett had hinted at months ago.
"I know there will be legislation—I will introduce legislation if nobody else does—that's intended to address some of the concerns that people inevitably have about how this should be done in practice," Barrett told the Independent back in January, shortly after the court voted that physician-assisted suicide violates no existing Montana laws.
To date, most concerns regarding the practice have focused on the potential for relatives or physicians to coerce terminally ill individuals into prematurely ending their lives. Barrett says addressing those concerns is the chief motivation behind his request for legislation supporting physician aid in dying.
“The evidence from Oregon, where physician assistance in dying has been available for many years, is that that concern is unfounded,” Barrett says. “ But Oregon provides a number of safeguards to make sure that only willing patients request aid in dying, and one of the major purposes of the bill I have asked to have drafted will be to provide similar safeguards here, that meet the particular needs of Montana patients and doctors.”
Missoula has quietly made nearly a quarter of the city off limits to medical marijuana businesses.
The Mental Toss Flycoons are kicking ass and taking names. Missoula's ultimate Frisbee team, the third-ranked co-ed team in the world, is 7-0 at the World Flying Disc Federation's World Ultimate Club Championships (WUCC) in Prague, Czech Republic. Come Saturday they could be world champs. (That's mistri sveta in Czech).
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