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A transaction at Main Street Marijuana in Vancouver, Wash.
Associated Press/Photo by Beth Nakmura/The Oregonian
A transaction at Main Street Marijuana in Vancouver, Wash.

First to buy pot, first to get fired

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A Spokane, Wash., man temporarily lost his job on Tuesday after becoming the first person to buy marijuana legally in the state. Mike Boyer, 30, camped outside a marijuana business and took a day off of work for the experience. Dressed in a tie-dye shirt, he held up his $50 two-gram packet of weed as reporters crowded around. Boyer worked as a security guard and claimed his employer, TrueBlue, immediately called him in for a drug test. Boyer declined to take the test and was fired. “I regret nothing. But now I’m jobless,” he wrote on Craigslist while trying to find a new job. The Seattle Times said TrueBlue disputed the details of his story, and Newsweek reported the employer offered him his job back because he was not under the influence at work, since he had the day off.

Didn’t take his own advice

A bull gorged a Chicago man Wednesday during Spain’s annual San Fermín festival, known as the Running of the Bulls. Bill Hillmann coauthored the book Fiesta: How to Survive the Bulls of Pamplona with Michael Hemingway, grandson of Ernest Hemingway, who popularized the festival in his classic, The Sun Also Rises. Hillmann’s friend and fellow matador Alexander Fiske-Harrison said Hillmann used a rolled-up newspaper to try to lure the lone bull away from others in the crowd, an expert move—but the bull’s horns gorged Hillmann twice in the thigh, and he is being treated for serious but not life-threatening injuries. Later, a matador killed the bull, as per tradition, in the bullfight that follows the run. In an interview with Deadspin, the longtime bull runner said he knew he was “going to get gored eventually.”

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Worth the wait?

Visitors at Universal Orlando Resort waited up to 7 hours in line this week to try the newest Harry Potter-themed ride. Disgruntled visitors tweeted pictures of a sign proclaiming a 450-minute wait time outside the ride, named “Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts.” A Universal spokesman said the park tried to accommodate crowds by giving visitors a ticket with a time to return if they found the wait too long. A family of four that waited 4 hours and 30 minutes was not too thrilled with the ride, saying it stopped twice because of technical glitches. “Nothing is worth a four and half hour wait,” mom Kristi Phillips said.

First-class pizza delivery

Frontier Airlines pilot Gerhard Bradner was calm under pressure. When storms diverted his flight to Denver to Cheyenne, Wyo., he acted quickly, calling Domino's Pizza and ordering 35 pies for his passengers. During the 2-hour wait, flight attendants handed out the food.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Allie Hulcher
Allie Hulcher

Allie is a World Journalism Institute intern.


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