Saturday, April 19, 2014

Easter on 4/20, pot holy day; pastors reach out

LOS ANGELES — Social media has been buzzing for weeks with jokes about how, this year, Easter Sunday shares the calendar with the pot-lover’s highest holiday: April 20, or 420 in stoner lingo. Pot-smokers have long celebrated on the date by lighting up for reasons not quite clear. Yet amid the online cracks about worshipping […]

Colorado deaths stoke worries about pot edibles

DENVER — A college student eats more than the recommended dose of a marijuana-laced cookie and jumps to his death from a hotel balcony. A husband with no history of violence is accused of shooting his wife in the head, possibly after eating pot-infused candy. The two recent deaths have stoked concerns about Colorado’s recreational […]

NASA’s moon-orbiting robot crashes down as planned

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — NASA’s robotic moon explorer, LADEE, is no more. Flight controllers confirmed that the orbiting spacecraft crashed into the back side of the moon Friday as planned, avoiding the precious historic artifacts left behind by moonwalkers. LADEE’s annihilation occurred just three days after it survived a full lunar eclipse, something it was […]

Atheist national conference aims at Mormon church

SALT LAKE CITY — Leaders of a national atheist group say the best spot to find a nonbeliever is in a place of faith. To that end, the American Atheists, in an effort to raise awareness and attract new members, are holding their annual conference over Easter weekend in the home of The Church of […]

Neighborhood speeders don’t get it

After getting the city involved in sending the message to a few local people who have no respect for the residents and children who live in the area and continue to treat Minnesota Street like a drag strip, it was good to see the city install speed detection strips to have it on record how […]

Who controls the government?

Michael Goring in his letter to the editor on Sunday, April 13, 2014, stated in his bottom line the Republicans’ point of view. The Democrats’ point of view is that 100 percent of the people should be given health care. No one should have to declare bankruptcy or go without health care because they cannot […]

Why would a person do this?

To the person or people responsible for throwing a brick into the windshield of the blue van parked at the corner of Thrush and Nightingale: Just wanted to let you know that the van is used for transporting my patient to and from doctor’s appointments. The van belongs to an elderly couple who are 78 […]

Question of the week: Will Flight 370 be found?

The search continues for Malaysian Airlines Flight 370 continues. Do you think it will be found? Participate in this week’s poll: Last week’s question: Do you agree with the plan to sell emergency water from Lake Berryessa to Napa County? Yes: 41 percent No: 59 percent 69 Daily Republic voters  

Man said to be homesick for prison gets 3 1/2 years

CHICAGO — An ex-con who spent most of his adult life behind bars on Thursday got what he said he wanted for robbing a suburban Chicago bank. The 74-year-old gets to go back to the place he called home – prison. Telling Walter Unbehaun he frightened a teller by showing her a revolver tucked in […]

Chelsea Clinton expecting first child this fall

WASHINGTON — For the Clintons, 2014 is the year of the baby. Chelsea Clinton, the 34-year-old daughter of former President Bill Clinton and ex-Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, announced Thursday that she and her husband, Marc Mezvinsky, are expecting their first child this fall. There has been wide speculation about a future baby in […]

Holder: Hate crimes ‘an affront to who we are’

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. — All Americans stand with the mourners of three people killed at Jewish community sites in suburban Kansas City, Attorney General Eric Holder said Thursday, adding that hate crimes are “an affront” to the nation. Before an overflow crowd of about 1,300, Holder joined Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback and several religious and […]

New bill seeks to expand state’s Voting Rights Act

The U.S. Supreme Court, by a 5-4 vote, struck down a portion of the federal Voting Rights Act last year, saying its 1960s-era provisions were no longer applicable to 21st-century conditions. The invalidated section required voting changes in nine Southern states to receive pre-clearance from the federal courts or the U.S. Justice Department, including the […]

The finest plutocracy money can buy

Last week’s Daily Republic “question of the week” was: “Do you agree with the Supreme Court on donations ruling?” The Supreme Court, in McCutcheon v. the Federal Election Commission, eliminated the aggregate dollar limit that an individual can invest in political candidates and political parties. Now, you are not limited to a measly $123,200 every […]

A true Chinese miracle becomes evident

When the “Chinese Miracle” is mentioned, people usually mean the amazing transformation of Communist China’s moribund and poverty-stricken Marist economy, into the prosperous and powerful, increasingly capitalist, “Chinese Tiger” that is modern China today. There is another “Chinese Miracle,” however. That is the one I want to talk about: It’s the miraculous resurrection and phenomenal […]