Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Your future, A little early

Posted By on Wed, Jul 14, 2010 at 9:00 AM

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.

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Tuesday, July 13, 2010

City reverses medical marijuana ban near schools

Posted By on Tue, Jul 13, 2010 at 11:55 AM

All that hubbub about Missoula banning medical marijuana businesses within 1,000 feet of schools?

Mike Barton, OPG's interim director, says never mind.

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Monday, July 12, 2010

Extra, extra: In Other News, online

Posted By on Mon, Jul 12, 2010 at 9:00 AM

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.

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Friday, July 9, 2010

Flycoons lose in semifinals

Posted By on Fri, Jul 9, 2010 at 9:19 AM

UPDATE: The Flycoons win bronze at the world championships.

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Thursday, July 8, 2010

Rep. Barrett calls for aid in dying guidelines

Posted By on Thu, Jul 8, 2010 at 3:00 PM

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 restricts cannabusinesses around schools

Posted By on Thu, Jul 8, 2010 at 10:15 AM

Missoula has quietly made nearly a quarter of the city off limits to medical marijuana businesses.

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Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Flycoons dominating in Prague

Posted By on Wed, Jul 7, 2010 at 4:30 PM

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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Who's ready for a party?

Posted By on Wed, Jul 7, 2010 at 3:30 PM


The July 8 issue of the Independent marks our 16th annual Best of Missoula readers poll, and it's the largest single issue in the history of the paper at a solid 100 pages. So, who's ready for a party? Um, we are.

And you should be, too. After all, this is your issue. You filled out the ballots, you campaigned for your favorite people and businesses, you picked the winners. Now, you also get to indulge in roughly 17,000 words of pure celebration of this place we call home. That's a lot of celebrating (and a lot of reading).

So, for the fourth straight year, we're hosting a bash at Caras Park. Here's your official invite:

When: Thursday, July 8, 5:30 PM
Where: Caras Park
How Much: Free admission
Who's Playing: Music by Tom Catmull and the Clerics and Secret Powers.
What You're Riding: A mechanical surfboard, which will be set up near our booth

The usual Downtown ToNight stuff will also be on hand, including drinks and food vendors, but you have to pay for all that.

No need to RSVP. We'll just hope to see you there.

Your future, a little early

Posted By on Wed, Jul 7, 2010 at 9:00 AM

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): Have you added some bulk and stability to your foundation any time recently, Aries? Have you grown your roots deeper and asked for more from your traditional sources and recommitted yourself to your primal vows? I hope so, because this is a perfect time, astrologically speaking, to strengthen your link to everything that sustains you. You have a sacred duty to push harder for access to the stuff that builds your emotional intelligence and fuels your long-range plans.

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Tuesday, July 6, 2010

A World Cup semi-final guide for idiots, written by a smart guy

Posted By on Tue, Jul 6, 2010 at 9:00 AM

Former Indy writer and current big-time author Zach Dundas served as our World Cup expert last month, and now he's writing about the tournament for Gawker Media.

If more people wrote about soccer like Dundas does, maybe people would finally care about the sport. A sample of his write-up, in advance of today's Holland/Uruguay match, about how the Dutch look like World War II resistance fighters:

[Wesley] Sneijder and his primary accomplice, Arjen Robben, are both young bucks in their mid-20s. Somehow, they both look like they just spent about three years bivouacked in a birch forest, surviving off airdropped RAF rations and picking off stray Wehrmacht supply columns. Shaved heads. Starved countenances. Overall, a steely approach coupled with some crafty, old-school Dutch flourish.

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