Sunday, February 18, 2018
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The skinny: Push against pot turns to 'lab rat'

Warning to youths

Push against pot turns to 'lab rat'

A campaign to discourage Colorado youths from using marijuana titled "Don't Be a Lab Rat" will use human-sized rat cages and television and movie-theater ads, with the goal of telling teens there's uncertainty surrounding the effects of pot. The campaign moves away from trying to scare teens like some antimeth commercials, the Denver Post reported. The $2 million campaign was commissioned by the governor's office and uses money from legal settlements with various pharmaceutical companies. A handful of rat cages will be displayed throughout Denver with campaign messaging, including one calling for volunteers for a lab experiment. "Volunteers needed," one of the messages will read. "Must have a developing brain. Must smoke weed. Must not be concerned about schizophrenia." Mason Tvert, a marijuana activist who helped lead the legalization effort in Colorado, is skeptical of the ad campaign and said that it's designed to scare like past antidrug efforts. "What it comes down to is are the ads intended to scare them or are the ads intended to inform them?" he said. "These ads are intended to scare them."

Too short?

Woman attacked at party for shorts

Prosecutors say a 25-year-old Washington state woman attacked another woman at a barbecue because she thought her shorts were too short. Papers filed in Snohomish County Superior Court last week say the woman attending the party confronted the other woman, telling her that her shorts were too short. Several minutes later the suspect attacked the victim, knocking her to the ground. The Daily Herald reported that the victim suffered broken facial bones and bleeding in the left eye. The suspect is charged with felony assault.

Fondness for hats

Wanted: Repeat bank robber

Police in New York are on the hunt for a prolific bank robber who wears many hats. Police say the man donned a range of wacky headpieces as he committed eight bank robberies in Nassau County over the course of 2½ months ending July 23. One of the banks was robbed twice. Surveillance photos show the robber wearing a floppy white hat at one bank. At another, he accessorized with a baseball hat that had a picture of President Barack Obama on it. And at another, he decided on a hat with a long wig attached.

Busted

He wins doughtnut title but still loses

A North Carolina man celebrated out-eating some police officers, only to find out that he couldn't outrun them. The Camden County Sheriff's Office had been looking for Bradley Herbert Hardison, 24, of Elizabeth City in connection with two break-ins. Authorities arrested Hardison a day after he won the adult division of a doughnut-eating contest at the Elizabeth City Police Department's National Night Out Against Crime. Hardison ate eight doughnuts in two minutes, beating a group that included local police officers and firefighters.

Compiled from wire services

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