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Tribes From Around U.S. Gather to Discuss Legal Marijuana

TULALIP, Wash. — The Justice Departments announcement in December that it would allow the nations Indian tribes to legalize and regulate marijuana on their reservations brought notes of caution — if not silence or opposition — from many tribes.

They were reluctant given the substance-abuse problems that already plague many reservations.

But the attendance at a conference on the topic Friday gave an early indication of just how many might be weighing it, even if a thicket of potential legal issues remain.

04 March
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Immerse Yourself in an Artistic Project For a Major Confidence Boost

One of the women, Kayla Kizer, drew inspiration from one of the exhibits photos featuring a homeless man curled up for warmth. She says the experience has pushed her to campaign for a homeless shelter to be built in her town, an actionable pursuit directly tied to her artistic experience.

Theres no reason why the lessons and message ofThrough Our Lens cant translate to your own life. Think about how you can incorporate your own brand of confidence-growing creativity. Place yourself outside your comfort zone and think about how to tell the story of your own experience. You may just find the spark that propels you to the next realm of confidence and poise.

This article is part of a series on developing women leaders presented in partnership with PwC. Watch Claire Shipman and The Confidence Code co-author Katty Kay in a live webcast presented by PwC onFebruary 27th. Registerherefor the webcast, and follow the conversation on Twitter:#PwCAspire.

Read more at Vermont Public Radio.

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04 March
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Sorry, high rollers: Marijuana is nowhere legal in these United States

I hate to be the party pooper but I feel there is a need to point out that the possession, transportation, processing and use of marijuana is still illegal. It is not legal in Alaska, nor Colorado, nor Washington, nor Oregon. It’s not legal in your house, nor in a car, or on a train, or in a plane. No Charlo Green I am; its not legal to grow pot in this here land.

There is this thing called the Controlled Substances Act. You can find it in Title 21, Section 800 or so of the US Code. Section 812 lists marihuana (with an h) as a schedule I substance. The rest of the sections talk about how the federal government can punish (or, cough, deter) you from doing things with marihuana and other substances. By the way, the Controlled Substances Act was passed by Congress. Remember that high-school US government class you kept falling asleep in? Quick refresher: The US Constitution says if Congress passes a law, it trumps any state law.

04 March
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Sorry, high rollers: Marijuana is nowhere near legal in these United States

I hate to be the party pooper but I feel there is a need to point out that the possession, transportation, processing and use of marijuana is still illegal. It is not legal in Alaska, nor Colorado, nor Washington, nor Oregon. It’s not legal in your house, nor in a car, or on a train, or in a plane. No Charlo Green I am; its not legal to grow pot in this here land.

There is this thing called the Controlled Substances Act. You can find it in Title 21, Section 800 or so of the US Code. Section 812 lists marihuana (with an h) as a schedule I substance. The rest of the sections talk about how the federal government can punish (or, cough, deter) you from doing things with marihuana and other substances. By the way, the Controlled Substances Act was passed by Congress. Remember that high-school US government class you kept falling asleep in? Quick refresher: The US Constitution says if Congress passes a law, it trumps any state law.

04 March
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04 March
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Guthrie Theater names Joseph Haj new artistic director

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The Guthrie Theater said Tuesday that Joseph Haj will be its new artistic director.

Haj, 51, is the producing artistic director of PlayMakers Repertory Company in Chapel Hill, NC He takes over in July as the Guthries eighth artistic leader, succeeding Joe Dowling, who spent two decades at the theater.

04 March
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Police name suspect wanted for armed robbery at Glen Allen shopping center

HENRICO, Va. Henrico Police have identified a suspect who committed armed robbery in a Glen Allen shopping center parking lot at 8:43 pm Feb. 3.  The suspect approached the victim, displayed a firearm and demanded money. The victim complied and the suspect fled on foot toward the area of Staples Mill Road and Hungary Road along with another unidentified male.  No injuries were reported.

The suspect has been identified as Da’Twan Nicholas Hatton.  Police said that Hatton is a black male, 21 years of age, 5’9″, 160 pounds, with black hair, brown eyes, and a beard.  Hatton also has tattoos on the top of both hands.  He is currently wanted for robbery and use of a firearm in the commission of a felony.

Hatton’s last known address was in the 9100 block of Dentana Court, however at this time it is believed he is homeless.

Henrico County Police Division seeks the publics assistance in locating Da’twan Nicholas Hatton.  Anyone with information as to the whereabouts of Hatton is asked to contact Henrico Police at (804) 501-5000 or Crime Stoppers at (804) 780-1000. Citizens can also text Crime Stoppers at 274637, using the key word “ITip” followed by their tip.  Both Crime Stoppers methods are anonymous.

03 March
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Dentists Overwhelmed By Tooth Decay In Navajo Children

Almost 70 percent of Navajo children have untreated tooth decay, according to a recent University of Colorado study. That’s three times higher than the national average. The study blames a lack of access saying there aren’t enough dentists for the largest tribe in the country.

03 March
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On Art and Artistic Discipline

The art workshop led by acclaimed artists Rekha Rodwittiya and Surendran Nair was supposed to be attended by 22 students of the College of Fine Arts, Thiruvananthapuram. It turned out that after the introductory session, 18 chose to stay while the rest decided that the difficult apprenticeship was not for them. The task masters are however undaunted and believe that the ones who stay are the ones who have it in them to live the artist’s life, to which discipline is central.

” Most kids have over-romanticised ideas about art. It has to do with how art is viewed in our society,” says Rekha Rodwittiya. A picture of elegance and fortitude, her works are recognised for the politically alert feminist practice of painting that they represent. Surendran Nair, an alumni of the College of Fine Arts, Thiruvananthapuram, is noted for his works that investigate the realms of myth in a modern-day context.

The Baroda-based artists, who conducted an invited art workshop at the college that concluded today, stressed on the need to inculcate the idea of artistic discipline in aspiring practitioners. They emphasized that part of their mission was to instill the concept of dedicating and devoting one’s time purely and completely to art practise.  

Says Rekha, “We are teachers who choose to teach in an alternative way. We do with the students in four or five days what a college may attempt to do day in a month. We keep our teaching separate from any kind of income source and that allows us a disciplined approach to how we deal with our students.”

The artist couple, who hold workshops frequently in India and abroad, say that such exercises can contribute to enhancing the teaching quality of art institutions. The effect of these activities should ideally be similar to that of a ‘slap in the face’, says Rekha. “It should wake up them up and push them into a kind of survival mode.”

“It is about making them understand the purposefulness of their engagement with this activity. More so, because, it is an activity that is in many ways slightly more abstract than most other activities in the social space.

If you are a teacher, an engineer, a tailor, the application and its purposeful result are much more easier to connect. But if you think of the power of art in society, it is much more subtle,” she says.

The visit to the college as a teacher is at once refreshing and a journey back in time, says Surendran Nair. In societies like ours, where we have few democratic spaces of art, such meaningful interludes between seasoned practitioners and students of art are crucial, say the duo. “It breaks down pre-conditioning and gives the student an opportunity to discover a boundless territory of self-representation,” winds up Rekha.

03 March
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ISU, Dentists Partner to Give Kids a Smile

Friday and Saturday the ISU Department of Dental Hygiene and a number of dentists from around the area partner to Give Kids a Smile.

This is an opportunity for us in the dental profession to give back to the community and especially to the children that fall into the lower income category, said Karen Portillo, Assistant Professor at ISU and the Community Outreach Coordinator for the Department of Dental Hygiene.

The event targets kids pre-school to 5th grade who do not have dental insurance. Its set in a carnival-like atmosphere to make it fun for the children. Staff say there will be face painting and button-making centers.

Give Kids a Smile is a national event so its something that occurs all across the United States, and its usually in the month of February because February is Childrens Dental Health Month, said Portillo.

The children who have an appointment can receive preventative care in the dental hygiene clinic from the students — this includes x-rays, exams, cleanings, fluoride varnish, and teeth sealings.

We also have about 26 dentists that volunteer their time to give back to the children as well and provide all of the fillings — if the child needs fillings, they will provide that care for free for them, said Portillo.

New this year, there is a new inter-professional aspect to the event.

We have the Physical Assistant students, the PA students, and also speech pathology students will be working with the dental hygiene students to provide care for the children, said Portillo.

The Give Kids a Smile event runs Friday 4-8 pm and 8 am to noon Saturday at the ISU Dental Hygiene Clinic. Appointments are needed. For information on how to schedule, call 208-239-5256.