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A mayor of a town in Pennsylvania agrees to a fake Christmas tree in town to avoid the sad looking Charlie Brown type tree that created controversy a couple years ago. The Reading (REH’-ding) Eagle reports Mayor Wally Scott prefers natural trees but also didn’t want a problem like they had two years ago when the little tree was ridiculed by residents. The new tree will have 1,250 ornaments, more than 1,900 lights and a 5-foot star and should last 15 to 20 years.

More than 1,200 couples have renewed their wedding vows, a record for the yearly ceremony, this time held on the campus of Western Michigan University. The Kalamazoo Gazette reports ( ) there was even a Guinness World Record official there recording the event Saturday which broke the old record of 1,087 couples renewing their vows at Miami University in Ohio in 2009. The group made up of couples from the United States, Canada and Japan and one couple who went to Western Michigan University, in the class of 1943.

New members to be considered for the Medical Marijuana Ad Hoc Committee in Clearlake bring experience to the table. The City Council to consider adding three dispensary owners to the committee at their meeting Thursday. This ahead of the general election vote to legalize recreational weed. Councilman Bruno Sabatier tells the Record Bee it’s a change the city has to prepare for. The staff report ahead of the meeting this week actually recommends five more on the committee, two from the planning commission plus the three dispensary owners.

A big storm coming our way. Meteorologists putting out a hazardous weather statement for parts of Northern California, calling for possible heavy rain later this week and into early next week. The National Weather Service reports a string of weather systems will hit the area late Thursday and last through early Tuesday. They say there will be heavy rain at times with colder temps and a potential for snow at higher elevations above 7,000 feet. Forecasters say some of the rain comes from what’s left of a Typhoon passing by Japan. Several inches of rain may hit No Cal with temperatures in the low 60s, and evening temperatures in the high 40s.

Those for and against several ballot measures for the General Election have raised close to $400 million dollars just six weeks before voting. The numbers come from reports filed with the secretary of state’s office by political donors ahead of Thursday’s deadline. The money raised said to be about $85 million less than record fundraising. The National Institute on Money in State Politics showed the record in 2008 with $471.5 million.

A trio of students from a high school in Mountain View have been arrested after threats were made to students on social media. Police say the kids were arrested yesterday after social media posts threatened harm to students and staffers. No word on exactly what the threats were, but the school says it wasn’t about any creepy clowns. The students booked into the Santa Clara County Juvenile Hall on suspicion of making criminal threats and conspiring to commit a crime.

Ya better slurp up as much data while you can as Comcast customers are about to get a cap slapped on their data or they’ll have to pay more. The company is starting a 1 terabyte data cap next month in 18 markets across the country, including California. Comcast, also known as Xfinity isn’t calling it a cap, instead they’ve dubbed it a “data usage plan.” Anyone going over their 1 TB, or 1,000 GB a month has to fork over another $10 for each additional 50 GB of data. But the company says it won’t go over $200 more a month.

A researcher from the University of California, at Davis has been killed in Ethiopia. The school says Sharon Gray, a postdoctoral researcher was hit by rocks during protests while driving. The school says she was in the country for a meeting regarding research she was working on and was killed just outside the capital, Addis Ababa.

Nestle Foods is recalling their Drumstick Ice Cream Cones for possible contamination. It’s a voluntary recall of the Drumstick Clubs due to some positive test results for Listeria off of equipment used to manufacture the cones. The recall includes the Drumstick Club 16-count Variety Pack and the 24-count Vanilla. The company has not reported any positive tests or illnesses.

A graduate student at Stanford’s been accused of a sexual assault on his girlfriend. The San Francisco Chronicle reports ( the student and the victim were dating and the 22 year old attacked the 28 year old victim on campus in a graduate residence. They say the victim was not a student.

Blackened earth looks to be fertile ground for weed growing. Calaveras County’s given residents a June 30th deadline to apply for permits to grow pot in the ruins of the Butte Fire as sanctioned cannabis growers. Voters in the county to decide next month if they want to capitalize on medical marijuana gardens. Measure C could mean millions of dollars for the county if residents agree to charge $2-per-square-foot tax. If it’s a no, there will automatically be a $45-per-ounce local levy on weed after the new state regulations start. Voters in as many as nine California counties and 34 cities are choosing whether or not to go with local initiatives to authorize marijuana farms or tax cannabis dispensaries and manufacturers.

Mandatory evacuations in place after a fire starts in Napa. Cal Fire reports the fire was under 50 acres late yesterday, burning about 3 miles west of Yountville (Yawnt-ville). Homes in the hills southwest of Oakville have been evacuated, but no homes or structures have burned. No injuries are reported either. The fire is 20 percent contained.

The former owners of a New York newspaper now in Calif. have been arrested for sex trafficking. The State Atty. General’s office reports Michael Lacey and James Larkin, the ex owners of the Village Voice were booked into Sacramento County Jail on Monday. They’re controlling shareholders of, a site we’ve reported on before as being connected to the sex trade. Lacey and Larkin are charged with conspiracy to commit pimping, in other words, making money from prostitutes or soliciting customers for prostitution.

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