New York Moves To Decriminalize Marijuana

Also, Charles Manson is getting married, and the NFL suspends Adrian Peterson for the rest of the season after child abuse allegations.
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Also, Charles Manson is getting married, and the NFL suspends Adrian Peterson for the rest of the season after child abuse allegations.

Today I have news from all corners: there was a deadly attack in Jerusalem (which I will probably cover in more detail on Friday), Charles Manson may say “I do” with his 26-year-old girlfriend, and triclosan (the chemical that makes antibacterial soap antibacterial) might be dangerous to your health (it always gives me hives). Plus, the NFL finally ponies up and suspends a player who is accused of child abuse.

What do you think of Charles Manson obtaining a marriage license? Discuss this or anything else in the comments. You can always tweet me your opinion @AmandaLauren or just follow me for fun.

Charles Manson Obtains Marriage License

On November 7, a marriage license was issued to Charles Mason and Afton Elaine Burton, who calls herself “Star.” To give you a refresher course, Charles Manson is in prison for the murders of actress Sharon Tate and four others at her estate on August 9, 1969, as well as Leno and Rosemary LaBianca who were killed a day later.

Manson has spent most of his life in prison and isn’t eligible for parole until 2027. Manson is not only 80 years old, he has also been denied parole 12 times, so it’s not likely he will ever be released. However, this hasn’t stopped his love affair with 26-year-old Burton, who met the killer after becoming pen pals with him when she was only 17. She later moved from Illinois to near where Manson is incarcerated in California.

Burton currently runs several pro-Manson websites and is looking forward to helping with her future husband’s case (she doesn’t think he’s guilty) once they are officially married because as, she told the AP,

There’s certain things next of kin can do [regarding access to documents].

In 2013, Burton gave an interview to Rolling Stone, where she said she was going to marry Manson, but he later told the magazine,

That's a bunch of garbage… That's trash… We're playing that for public consumption.

Either way, the couple, who is allowed to have up to ten guests at the ceremony, must get married before February because the license is only valid for 90 days. And if you were wondering, Manson is not eligible for conjugal visits.

When asked for comment about the marriage, Debra Tate, who is Sharon Tate’s sister, and the spokesperson for Manson’s victims said,

[It’s] ludicrous. I think it's insane. What would any young woman in her right mind want with an 80-year-old man….The devil is alive and well.

New York City Just Says No To Arresting People For Minor Pot Offenses

If you want to carry your marijuana in New York City, you no longer have to be paranoid about getting arrested. Stating today, people caught with less than 25 grams of marijuana “may be eligible” to receive a $100 summons instead of being arrested. However, if you light up on the street, have a warrant out for your arrest or can’t produce proper identification -- police can still potentially arrest you.

Police Commissioner Bill Bratton says the new policy will save money on overtime and allow police officers to focus on more important crimes.

Back in July, Brooklyn District Attorney announced that they were no longer going to prosecute cases involving small amount of marijuana, telling the press:

This new policy is a reasonable response to the thousands of low-level marijuana arrests that weigh down the criminal justice system, require significant resources that could be redirected to more serious crimes and take an unnecessary toll on offenders.

It should also be noted the NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio and Bratton both oppose marijuana legalization. At a press conference, Bratton reminded us it’s still not legal:

Don’t smoke it. Don’t carry it. Don’t use it. It’s still against the law. I’m not giving out get-out-of-jail-for-free cards.

NFL Suspends Adrian Peterson Without Pay For The Rest Of The Season

Back in May, Minnesota Viking Adrian Peterson got into trouble for beating his son with a “switch.” The four-year-old child had bruises on his legs, arms, back, and buttocks.

On September 12, Peterson was indicted for negligent or reckless injury to a child in Montgomery County, Texas. Later that day, the NFL suspended him for one game, but by the 15th, the NFL lifted his suspension. The same day, another allegation of child abuse by Peterson was reported.

As a result, Radisson hotels cancelled their sponsorship of the Vikings, and Nike and Castrol cut ties with their sponsorship of Peterson.

Yesterday, NFL Commissioner Rodger Godell publicly announced Peterson’s suspension in a letter:

First, the injury was inflicted on a child who was only four years old. The difference in size and strength between you and the child is significant, and your actions clearly caused physical injury to the child. While an adult may have a number of options when confronted with abuse — to flee, to fight back, or to seek help from law enforcement — none of those options is realistically available to a four-year old child. Further, the injury inflicted on your son includes the emotional and psychological trauma to a young child who suffers criminal physical abuse at the hands of his father.

Second, the repetitive use of a switch in this instance is the functional equivalent of a weapon, particularly in the hands of someone with the strength of an accomplished professional athlete.

Third, you have shown no meaningful remorse for your conduct. When indicted, you acknowledged what you did but said that you would not 'eliminate whooping my kids' and defended your conduct in numerous published text messages to the child's mother. You also said that you felt 'very confident with my actions because I know my intent.' These comments raise the serious concern that you do not fully appreciate the seriousness of your conduct, or even worse, that you may feel free to engage in similar conduct in the future.

The NFL Players association is appealing this decision. Peterson will be eligible to play again in April 2015.

You May Want To Reconsider Your Use Of Antibacterial Soap

A study shows that triclosan, which is in a whole lot of products we use every day, including many antibacterial soaps, cosmetics, detergents, shampoos and toothpaste, has been found to contribute to liver cancer in mice by promoting the growth of liver tumors. Scientists think the same results could be possible in humans. Professor Robert Tukey of the University of California commented on the study:

Triclosan’s increasing detection in environmental samples and its increasingly broad use in consumer products may overcome its moderate benefit and present a very real risk of liver toxicity for people, particularly when combined with other compounds with similar action.

Last year, Minnesota enacted a law which will ban the chemical permanently in the state by 2017. (Hopefully, they can do the same thing for Adrian Peterson…)


· Another woman has come forward saying comedian Bill Cosby raped her on two separate occasions back in 1969 when she was 18. Joan Tarshis told The Wrap it took her so long to come forward because, “I thought nobody would believe me because of his image, you know, whiter than snow.”

· Two Palestinian cousins armed with a gun and meat cleavers stormed a Jerusalem synagogue on Tuesday morning. Four people were killed, three of who were American. All of the victims were rabbis. The attackers were shot and killed by police.

· Jay Nixon, governor of Missouri, has officially declared a 30-day state of emergency for Ferguson, where it will be announced shortly whether Officer Darren Wilson will be indicted for Michael Brown’s death.