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March 25, 2019

MORE SENIORS ARE USING POT

LAGUNA WOODS, Calif. (AP) — As legal cannabis has spread to dozens of states, more Americans in their 70s and 80s are adding marijuana to the roster of senior activities such as golf and bingo.

Recent studies show that people 65 and over are the fastest-growing segment of cannabis users. Many of them got high in their youth, but now they are more interested in easing age-related maladies such as arthritis and sleeplessness.

On a recent morning, about 50 seniors boarded a bus at a retirement community in Laguna Woods, California. Their destination was a local pot shop not far from Disneyland. They spent hours choosing from a variety of cannabis-infused products, including candies, drinks and weed.

Afterward, they took a break for a little bingo before heading home.

UTAY FAMILY EXPERIENCES EXTREME STALKING THROUGH SERVICE CALLS

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A Utah family has become the victim of extreme stalking involving unwanted service providers repeatedly being sent to their home.

The Deseret News reported Friday that Walt Gilmore’s family in suburban Salt Lake City has been the target since August of a stalker using calls and texts to send a parade of people to the home for legitimate services and illegal activities.

Gilmore says up to 20 people per day arrive saying they were called to provide electrical, plumbing and towing services, while others are seeking drugs.

Authorities say the person responsible may be using a computer program making calls appear to originate from another number.

Gilmore says they have taken out a civil injunction against the person they believe is responsible.

Court records indicate the man lives in Hawaii.

SWEDES KEEP ROOM READY FOR US DIPLOMATS IN PYONGYANG

PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) — Swedish diplomats are keeping a room ready for the U.S. if it ever decides to have an official presence in North Korea’s capital.

The slightly musty room next to the Swedish ambassador’s office in Pyongyang’s diplomatic quarter has been in an odd state of limbo for years.

On one shelf is an issue of the Pyongyang Times from the days of detente between late leader Kim Jong Il and President Bill Clinton. The top shelf is taken up by a newer edition — with a photo of the North’s current leader, Kim Jong Un, and President Donald Trump on its front page.

The room has more or less remained in this condition since a 1995 agreement that provided for the Swedes to serve as Washington’s “protective power” in North Korea.

NEW MEXICO ARCHBISHOP AGAIN DENOUNCES ‘SANTA MUERTE’

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico archbishop is renewing his call for Catholics to stop worshipping the skeleton folk saint known as La Santa Muerte, or “Our Lady of Holy Death.”

Santa Fe Archbishop John Wester recently told The Associated Press he fears some Catholics mistakenly believe Santa Muerte is a saint sanctioned by the Roman Catholic Church.

Santa Muerte is popular in Mexico. Shrines and statues of the folk saint can be found in New Mexico, California, Louisiana, Texas and elsewhere. They usually depict the skeleton figure wearing a black nun’s robe and holding a scythe.

Wester is one of only a handful of U.S. Roman Catholic bishops who have denounced the figure.

Virginia Commonwealth University religious scholar Andrew Chesnut says church officials in Latin America decry Santa Muerte almost weekly.

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