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VIDEO: Pot Seminar, Singing DWI and Rick Perry sets the record straight!!!!
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) - Weed users can now learn how to become garden gurus. Atlantic City will host a grow your own marijuana seminar. The four-day course with a fee of $1,000 will be offered by a California-based marijuana school at Bally's Casino next weekend. While medical marijuana is legal in New Jersey, growing your own is not. Oaksterdam University chancellor Dale Jones told The Philadelphia Inquirer that basil will be used in demonstrations. The course will include talks on the business and legal sides of the marijuana industry. Jones said students who earn high scores will receive certifications that could lead to jobs.
ALTOONA, Pa. (AP) - Police say witnesses heard a central Pennsylvania woman singing after she crashed into a parked car while driving drunk. Police say neighbors heard loud music coming from the car of 26-year-old Heidi Jo Clatterbaugh before she crashed about early Aug. 2. Two witnesses told police they saw her singing in the front seat of her car, with her feet propped up on the dash board. Police say Clatterbaugh ran away after witnesses took her car keys, but she was later found a short distance away. Court records show Clatterbaugh was charged with driving drunk on Aug. 2, three days after she waived her right to a preliminary hearing on drunken driving charges stemming from a June arrest. The Altoona Mirror reports the newest charges were filed just last week.
DALLAS (AP) - Most car enthusiasts dream of cruising in a Ferrari or Porsche. But a Texas man has stepped up to buy three vintage trolleys. The Dallas Morning News reports that the McKinney Avenue Transit Authority has three turtleback trolleys, named after their shape, that were designed in the early 20th century. One of the trolleys, known as Car 323, is believed to be the only one of its kind in the world with 13 windows. It was repurposed as a ticket office and gift shop in Abilene, Texas and returned to Dallas in the mid-1980s by the transit authority. Transit officials had planned on scrapping the three trolleys to use the land they were on for a maintenance barn. But Andy Nold, head of a preservation group called North Texas Historic Transportation, has offered $250 for each car, plus the cost to move them. The authority has tentatively accepted the offer.
SPRINGER, N.M. (AP) - A new rehabiliation project finds New Mexico inmates horsing around. The New Mexico Department of Corrections has launched a program that lets prisoners without disciplinary problems help with rescued horses. The Albuquerque Journal reports that the program teaches inmates horsemanship skills, while the horses get daily attention and care. State Corrections Industries Director Anna Martinez says the inmates also learn accountability. Program director Billy Jones says rescued horses would be sold as ranch animals once they're nursed back to full health. The inmate horse rescue program got its legs from $75,000 approved by state lawmakers last year.
CAMDEN, Ala. (AP) - An Alabama family made the catch of a lifetime and set a state record, but not for solid-pounder fish. Instead they caught another scaley creature: a 1,000-pound alligator. Al.com reports the 15-foot gator was hooked in a creek about 80 miles west of Montgomery early Saturday. It was caught by Mandy and John Stokes, brother-in-law Kevin Jenkins and his children, 16-year-old Savannah and 14-year-old Parker. John Stokes says "ten men couldn't have done what we did." It took the family more than five hours to capture the gator, finally taking it down when Mandy Stokes used her shotgun. The family planned to send the gator to a taxidermy shop. Beyond that, they're not sure what they're going to do with it. The previous Alabama record was a 14-foot, 2 inch, 838-pound gator captured in the Alabama River in 2011. Although she's not the one prosecuting him, Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) wants everyone to know that District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg is a bad person.
Accordingly, Perry's new political action committee released a video on Tuesday reminiscent of an attack ad aired in the heat of a political campaign. The video features dramatic music, a series of news clips on Lehmberg's 2013 drunken driving incident, and even a clip of Lehmberg promising to be someone "you can trust" as Travis County district attorney.
The video represents just the latest part of Perry's aggressive pushback since he was indicted last Friday. Perry is accused of abusing his office when he threatened to veto the funding for a state-level public integrity unit headed by Lehmberg's office after her arrest. Perry has insisted the incident justified his attempt to push her to resign.
However, it is a special prosecutor, Michael McCrum, who is pressing the felony charges against Perry. The governor appears very interested in making Lehmberg the poster child for the case.
YARMOUTH, Maine (AP) - A Maine woman says she was in the hot seat, and she's got a burn to her backside to prove it. Emma Verrill says she suffered a third-degree burn to her bum from sitting on a heated seat in a Chevrolet Suburban, according to a suit she filed in U.S. District Court in Portland, Maine. Verrill says General Motors failed to adequately test the rear seat heaters to prevent them from reaching "dangerously high temperatures." Verrill tells the Portland Press Herald she is paralyzed from the waist down and can't feel hot and cold in her lower body. She's seeking unspecified damages. GM has denied the seat heater was defective or dangerous, denied causing Verrill's injury, and denied knowledge of a defect or failure to fix a defect.