KXAN: The Williamson County District Attorney's Office on Tuesday dropped the first-degree felony charge against a Round Rock, Texas, teenager facing a possible life sentence for making and selling brownies laced with hash oil. The felony charges against 19-year-old Jacob Lavoro carried stiff penalties ranging from 5 years to life in prison. "We don't want to get bogged down in the distractions," Williamson County Assistant District Attorney Mark Brunner said, adding his office felt they could have gone forward with the case but did not feel it was worth the time. Lavoro is still facing charges for possession and intent to distribute the drugs, a second degree felony. read more
Steven Nelson, U.S. News and World Report: State data shows Colorado high school kids getting high at lower rate than national average in 2013. Marijuana use among Colorado high school students appears to be declining, despite the state's pioneering voter-approved experiment with legalization. According to preliminary data from the state's biennial Healthy Kids Colorado Survey, in 2013 -- the first full year the drug was legal for adults 21 and older -- 20 percent of high school students admitted using pot in the preceding month and 37 percent said they had at some point in their lives. The survey's 2011 edition found 22 percent of high school students used the drug in the past month and 39 percent had ever sampled it. It's unclear if the year-to-year decline represents a statistically significant change, but data from 2009 suggests a multi-year downward trend. read more
Bob Unruh, World Net Daily: The ranking Republican on the Armed Services Committee in the U.S. Senate is warning that ISIS terrorists, those who this week beheaded an American journalist, are trying to develop the capability of blowing up an entire American city.
The comments from Sen. Jim Inhofe, R-Okla., came in an interview with the Fox affiliate in Oklahoma City.
He said the U.S. now is in "the most dangerous position we've ever been in."
Responding to questions about terror and the threat facing Americans, he said: "They're crazy out there. And they are rapidly developing a method of blowing up a major U.S. city. You just can't believe that's happening."
He told the station the threat is significant, and he blamed it on the cuts in defense spending made by President Obama.
"He's going to have to come up with something we're going to do because they're holding another hostage and the problem is the president, he says all these things and he never does them." read more
Many outside the sport of football have criticized the Washington Redskins due to their objectionable nickname. As it turns out, at least one well-respected NFL employee took a stand against the organization beginning in 2006.
According to Mike Wise of The Washington Post, former NFL official and current CBS rules analyst Mike Carey admitted that he requested to not be assigned to Redskins games because of his strong feelings against the moniker.
"The league respectfully honored my request not to officiate Washington," Carey said. "It happened sometime after I refereed their playoff game in 2006, I think. ... It just became clear to me that to be in the middle of the field, where something disrespectful is happening, was probably not the best thing for me." read more
Conor Friedersdorf, The Atlantic: In [an] item from The Federalist ... Hans Fiene urges conservatives who reflexively trust the police to show a bit more skepticism. "Police brutality is not the Bogeyman," he writes. "It's not an urban legend witnessed by none but told by many. It's not a myth created by a primitive tribe that is too simple to understand the true source of the brokenness in its communities. Black people believe in police brutality for the same reason they believe in rain -- because they've felt it ... For those of us who have never experienced law enforcement corrupted by power, basic human decency should require that we try to understand and consider the perspective of those who have ..." read more