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Prop. seeks to legalize medical pot

When Dan Shapiro, an assistant professor in the psychiatry department, was diagnosed with cancer in 1987, he tried to take the pain without the use of drugs.

Once it became too much, he tried Marinol, which is usually found in pill form and contains high concentrations of THC, a chemical that kills pain and is also the active ingredient in marijuana.

"Marinol was an unrelenting chemical high, whereas with marijuana, I could smoke very little and get the effect I wanted," he said. [Read article]

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Ombuds want more opportunities to help

Campus volunteers work with UA community to solve problems ranging from academics to work conflicts

Conflicts in school, work, family life and personal relationships can be overwhelming at times.

Midterms are here.

The workweek is never long enough to finish everything.

Tensions between friends, coworkers and family can run high.

One group on campus wants to help faculty, staff and students deal with day-to-day problems and questions early on. [Read article]

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photo Veteran UA cop hangs up nightstick

"Dependable" is the word that comes to most people's minds when asked about 23-year University of Arizona Police Department veteran Corporal Larry Forchione.

In his time patrolling the streets, Forchione has cracked a number of cases, mentored other officers and formed a family ¸ figuratively and literally ¸ on the force.

There was the time he recovered $25,000 in costumes stolen from backstage of the Broadway production "Les Miserables" when the play came to Centennial Hall in 1999. [Read article]

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On the Spot

╬Unbelievable' gubernatorial candidate digs aesthetically pleasing, many-armed cacti, but not the jumping kinds

WILDCAT: So how are you?

HESS: I'm supposed to say "unbelievable." That way you don't share bad news and everybody speculates good news. It's none of their business.

WILDCAT: Do you like the scenery in Tucson?

HESS: Tucson has some spectacular scenery. [Read article]

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U-WIRE: U. Florida student sells cocaine to deputies in undercover sting

GAINESVILLE, Fla. ¸ A University of Florida student was arrested early Friday morning after purchasing cocaine from undercover Alachua County Sheriff's deputies.

Andrew Mirams, 21, bought an ounce of cocaine from deputies at 1 a.m. Friday for $130 and agreed to pay the balance of $420 at a later date, said ASO spokesman Keith Faulk.

Deputies sold the drugs to Mirams, a resident of the Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity house at 5 Fraternity Row, then arrested him, Faulk said. Mirams was released from jail on Friday on $5,000 bond, Faulk added. [Read article]

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U-WIRE: Educational bar napkins seek to prevent sexual violence in Fla.

GAINESVILLE, Fla. ¸ The Florida Department of Health hopes Gainesville bar-hoppers will take a second glance at their napkins.

For the past few weeks, several local bar owners have replaced their regular drink napkins with napkins bearing the message, "Watch Your Drink. Stay safe from club drugs."

The words "Do not open," are on the side of the napkin, and inside are the hotline number and Web site address for the Florida Council Against Sexual Violence. [Read article]

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Fast facts:

  • The total water content of the oceans on Earth would take one million years to be cycled through the atmosphere as part of the water cycle.
  • Moths and butterflies pollinate flowers in the same manner as bees ¸ they move from plant to plant carrying pollen on their hairy feet and promote cross-fertilization just as effectively as bees.
  • Arnold Schwarzenegger once appeared on the TV show "The Dating Game."
  • The most drought-resistant tree is the baobab tree. It stores 35,900 gallons of water in its trunk for later use.
  • The horse race starting gate is a Canadian invention, designed in the early 1900s by Philip McGinnis, a racetrack reporter from Huntingdon, Quebec. The device proved popular because it prevented arguments caused when horses started prematurely.
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    On this date:

  • In 1746, the Royal Governor of New Jersey officially chartered the College of New Jersey, which is now known as Princeton University.
  • In 1797, French balloonist Andre-Jacques Garnerin made the first parachute descent, landing safely from a height of about 3,000 feet.
  • In 1881, the Boston Symphony gave its first concert.
  • In 1939, the first pro-football game televised was between the Philadelphia Eagles and the Brooklyn Dodgers in Ebbets Field. Allen "Skip" Waltz was the announcer.
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