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Moved: 12/3/2013 06:54MARIJUANA-PORCH SMOKING
DENVER (AP) — Denver officials won't be a buzz kill when it comes to porch pot. The Denver City Council has snuffed out plans to ban smoking of legal weed on porches and in front yards. The Denver Post reports the council reversed a draft ordinance that was approved last week. One councilwoman says she'll introduce a measure to ban firing up a joint within 1,000 feet of a school. Colorado voters legalized marijuana more than a year ago.
SCRANTON, Pa. (AP) — It's more than Scranton can bear. And we're not talking about Dunder Mifflin. A black bear spotted wandering around the Pennsylvania city has been captured. State Game Commission officials report the young adult male bear has been spotted around town over the past month. He's been eating out -- out of garbage cans. But the bear's fondness for doughnuts led the animal into a trap. Wildlife officials report he's been released into the wild.
LADY LIBERTY STAMP-LAWSUIT
LAS VEGAS (AP) — An artist wants to give the U.S Postal Service a legal licking -- over a stamp. The Postal Service released the design for a new Statue of Liberty stamp in 2011. In an embarrassing mistake, the stamp wasn't based on the actual Statue of Liberty in New York, but on a replica outside of a Las Vegas casino. The Sin City Lady Liberty is hotter than the original. Lawyers for sculptor Robert Davidson contend the Las Vegas statue is more "sultry." Davidson is suing Uncle Sam for copyright infringement. No comment yet from the Postal Service.
WASHINGTON (AP) — It's a different sort of lottery in the nation's capital. The jackpot isn't cash -- but a food truck parking spot. The new system begins this week. Lottery winners get assigned spaces for their food trucks in prime locations to serve the lunch crowd. Washington officials say the lottery is intended to bring predictability to the city's food truck scene.
LITTLE ROCK-PERFECT SCORE
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — It was a perfect start, for a perfect test score. Little Rock, Arkansas, high school student Deborah Rookey aced her ACT college entrance exam with a perfect 36. She says she stopped off for a cup of coffee before the test. As Deborah pulled up to the drive-through window, the clerk said the previous customers had paid for the coffee. Deborah says that random act of kindness put in her in the right frame of mind to take the ACT. She's a student at the Parkview Arts & Science Magnet High School.
SHRUB TRIMMING CHARGES
SAN DIEGO (AP) — A man's brush with the law over bushes could be ending. San Diego County prosecutors want to drop a felony charge for trimming overgrown shrubs on public property. Juvencio Adame faced a count of felony vandalism. But prosecutors say a city arborist determined the foliage would grow back. Police believe Adame cut back the bushes because they were blocking his view. U-T San Diego reports Adame was worried homeless people were sleeping in the shrubs.
by Jamie Friar
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