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Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Residents of six western states surveyed view public lands as "American Places," not "State Places," according to pollsters. "People have very evocative memories of growing up and visiting these places," said pollster Lori Weigel of Public Opinion Strategies. "They feel one of the best things the federal government does is public lands." Of those polled in Montana, Wyoming, Colorado, Arizona and New Mexico, 68 percent said the lands belong to all U.S. citizens, not just the residents of specific states. In Utah, the number of voters agreeing public lands belong to all Americans dropped to 60 percent of the 400 registered voters polled.


The owner of Dell's Maraschino Cherries committed suicide yesterday after his marijuana-growing operation was discovered at the Brooklyn factory.

According to an article in the New York Daily News, the cherry manufacturing king, Arthur Mondella, 57, locked himself in a bathroom and screamed: "Take care of my kids!" to his sister.

Mondella's sister, Joanne Capece was just outside the door as she heard the gunshot echo throughout the factory.

Authorities had reportedly spotted "suspicious shelving" in a storage room at Mondella's Red Hook facility. Upon opening a door, investigators were surprised to find a false wall with marijuana fumes wafting out.

Mondella, who was said to be nervously watching as authorities searched his facility, immediately "asked to use the bathroom," a source said.


Monday, February 23, 2015

An Idaho lawmaker received a brief lesson on female anatomy after asking if a woman can swallow a small camera for doctors to conduct a remote gynecological exam. The question Monday from Republican Rep. Vito Barbieri came as the House State Affairs Committee heard nearly three hours of testimony on a bill that would ban doctors from prescribing abortion-inducing medication through telemedicine. Dr. Julie Madsen told Barbieri in her testimony that would be impossible because swallowed pills do not end up in the vagina.


Sunday, February 22, 2015

Republican Gov. Scott Walker of Wisconsin said he doesn't know whether President Barack Obama loves America. The possible 2016 White House candidate said, "You should ask the president what he thinks about America. I've never asked him so I don't know." Earlier in the week, former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani said during a dinner speech, with Walker in attendance, "I know this is a horrible thing to say, but I do not believe that the president loves America."


Friday, February 13, 2015

A woman in Boise, Idaho, allegedly pressed her foot onto the throat of a Jewish woman and told her she "better accept Jesus," a prosecutor said. Marguerite Haragan, 58, has been arraigned on two felony charges of malicious harassment. Haragan is charged with two felony counts of malicious harassment. Haragan had been verbally harassing the woman in person and on the phone, according to the prosecutor. But on Feb. 5, it reportedly escalated to violence. Haragan allegedly went to the woman's home, pulled her hair, yanked her to the ground and began kicking her in the stomach and thighs. She refused to stop the attack until the Jewish woman said she believed in Jesus.


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