Crowds count down to legalization of marijuana in Oregon, then light up

Hundreds gathered on the Burnside Bridge in downtown Portland and smoked under the glow of a neon city sign, marking the moment that the law allowing recreational use, backed by voters in November, came into effect.

The legislation opens the way for shops to sell marijuana by next year, though a bill headed to the governor’s desk would allow bans on retail sales in cities and counties where at least 55 percent of voters voted against legal weed.

Similar legalization initiatives that have ushered in retail pot shops are already in force in Washington state and Colorado, reflecting a shifting landscape for a drug that remains illegal under federal law. Alaska, which also voted to legalize marijuana, hopes for pot shops in 2016.

About half of U.S. states allow marijuana for medical use. The District of Columbia has voted to allow recreational-use marijuana but not retail shops, and a pot legalization campaign is

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UPDATED: Grand Forks man receives 20-year prison sentence in fentanyl overdose case

Ryan Jon Jensen, 20, pleaded guilty Feb. 27 in U.S. District Court to two counts of distribution of a controlled substance resulting in serious bodily injury, one count of distribution of a controlled substance resulting in death, one count of money laundering conspiracy and one count of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute controlled substances resulting in serious bodily injury or death.

In addition to 20 years in prison, Jensen faces five years of supervised release and must pay $17,264.93 in restitution for funeral expenses.

“This is a tragic case,” U.S. Attorney Chris Meyers said. “There are two kids dead and a number of kids were sent to the hospital from the poison this defendant was distributing in the city of Grand Forks. … It is not just a law enforcement problem, but a community problem that needs a community solution.”

Jensen’s sentencing is a result of Operation Denial,

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Vegas Strip crash driver sent to mental hospital

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FILE – This Dec. 23, 2015 file photo shows Lakeisha Nicole Holloway enters district court with one of her public defenders, Scott Coffee, for her arraignment in Las Vegas. A judge on Friday, March 11, ordered Holloway sent to a state mental hospital for evaluation. (AP Photo/Chase Stevens,File)

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On the road in Oregon with the 2010 Cadillac SRX

Earlier this year, Gadling ran a promotion challenging readers to define their perfect road trip. The winner of the competition won a two day road trip of their choice in a brand new Cadillac SRX, with fuel, lodging and airfare all covered. We had a wealth of excellent entries ranging from trips through the Florida Keys to leaf tours through the Northeast to jaunts down the California coast, but our lucky winner chose a long road trip through the great state of Oregon, beginning in the metropolis of Portland then working down the coast to Crater Lake National Park.

Dilligent bloggers as we are, we sent a team to follow in the footprints, documenting the journey and consuming the Oregon asphault in a similar SRX.

What emerged was more than a simple road trip through the Northwest. Two old friends on the hilly backroads

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Oregon Votes To Accelerate Transportation Electrification

Oregon’s legislature has just adopted a bill to get the state off coal and onto renewables, and to use that renewable electricity to power the state’s cars, trucks, and buses. As my colleague, Noah Long, explains in a blog co-authored with Angus Duncan who chairs Oregon’s Global Warming Commission, this is a remarkable milestone.

Focusing here on the provisions of the bill designed to increase access to charging stations for electric vehicles, the bill instructs Oregon’s Public Utilities Commission to order electric utilities to propose programs and investments to “accelerate transportation electrification” by the end of this year.

This bipartisan vote builds upon the consensus in support of similar legislation in California and the recent approval of two widely supported proposals by San Diego Gas Electric and Southern California Edison to deploy charging stations for electric vehicles in a manner that helps soak up solar and wind

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Supercars, SUVs to Excite 2016 New York Auto Show

At the Geneva Auto Show earlier this month, big luxury had its day.

Maserati showed its $72,000 Levante SUV; Bentley debuted a stretch-limo version of its $304,000 Mulsanne; Rolls-Royce gave us a blacked-out version of its $296,000 Ghost. And that’s not to mention the unveiling of the $2.6 million Bugatti Chiron.

Next week in New York, luxury automakers are catching their breath. Which means many of them—McLaren, Ferrari, Lamborghini, Bentley, Bugatti, Tesla, Fisker, and Cadillac—are skipping it altogether. (Tesla, for its part, will unveil the Model 3 on March 31.)

“I think most of the auto manufacturers are entering the show with a feeling of what I would call ‘hopeful trepidation,’” said Jack Nerad, executive editorial director and executive market analyst for Kelley Blue Book. “Sales results in the U.S. so far this year

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Hyundai & Kia Fined $360 Million For Faulty MPG Claims (None Of Which Will Fund Electric Cars)

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Hyundai and Kia have agreed to a massive $360 million fine, following a two-year-long investigation of the Korean automakers by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Added to the $395 million that Hyundai and Kia have paid to vehicle owners, the companies will have

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Horsham Man, 20, Charged With Murdering Elderly Man

A Horsham man has
been charged with first degree murder in connection with a stabbing that
happened Wednesday in the Hatboro section of Upper Moreland Township.

Authorities say
Jeffrey William Anderson, 20, killed 72-year-old William Neill Wednesday afternoon.

Montgomery County
District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman and Upper Moreland Township Police Chief
Michael Murphy announced the charges Friday.

According to police,
officers were called Wednesday at 3 p.m. for a report of a stabbing at 210
Newington Drive in the Hatboro section of Upper Moreland Township.

The responding
officers detained Anderson, who was attempting to flee the scene in the
victim’s Cadillac Escalade, police said.

When police went
inside the residence, they found Neill dead from apparent stab wounds,
according to authorities.

Anderson’s mother told
authorities her son said he stabbed Neill because he tried to sexually assault
, according to The Intelligencer.

Anderson was
arraigned before District Judge Paul Leo and remanded without

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