The Week: Most Recent U.S. Posts recent posts.en-usSun, 20 Apr 2014 16:20:00 -0400http://theweek.com Recent U.S. Posts from THE WEEKSun, 20 Apr 2014 16:20:00 -0400A public vending machine for pot<img src="" /></P><p>Colorado marijuana entrepreneurs have installed the first public vending machine to dispense weed-laced edibles. Only licensed medical marijuana cardholders can buy pot brownies and similar snacks from the giant green dispenser, but company owner Stephen Shearin says of his weed-dispensing machine: "I don't think we've dreamed what it can do yet."</p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffSun, 20 Apr 2014 16:20:00 -0400Wounded in Boston, two brothers endure<img src="" /></P><p class="p1"><span class="s1"><strong>W</strong></span><span class="s2"><strong>HEN TWO BOMBS</strong></span><span class="s3"> transformed last year's Boston Marathon into a war zone, the Norden family absorbed a double dose of grief. J.P., 34, and his brother Paul, 32, strapping construction workers in their prime who were there to cheer on a friend, each lost a leg in the carnage.</span></p><p class="p2"><span class="s3">Since then, they have slowly, achingly, been rebuilding their lives. After lengthy hospital stays and more than 50 surgeries between them, they are walking on prosthetic legs. They talk of starting a roofing business together. Both have moved out of their mother's house and are living with their girlfriends. Paul is engaged...</span></p> <a href="">More</a>By Katharine Q. SeelyeSun, 20 Apr 2014 10:00:00 -0400The 5-star soup kitchen<img src="" /></P><p><br /></p><p class="TextBlock paragraph Block align-left effect-dropcaps" data-content_id="text:88123d2a41fa41f2bc1c9804d1be1e03">On the second Wednesday of each month, in the damp pre-dawn hours generally reserved for the city's late-night revelers, David Garcelon rises for the day. By five o'clock, sleeves rolled up to his elbows, black apron tied on and coffee in hand, he takes his place as sous chef at St. Bart's soup kitchen. Garcelon spends the early morning hours helping a crew of volunteers rinse and chop dozens of heads of lettuce and cabbage, then tomatoes, bell peppers and whatever other ingredients make up the daily salad. He slices open 102-ounce cans of green peas and sweet corn to pour into a bubbling vat...</p> <a href="">More</a>By Danielle ElliotSat, 19 Apr 2014 11:00:00 -0400Making the bible an 'official state book'<img src="" /></P><p>Louisiana lawmakers are considering legislation that makes the Holy Bible the "official state book." The legislation was opposed by some Democrats &mdash; not because it suggests the state's endorsement of one religion, but because it originally specified the King James version, which some Christians do not use. "Why not put all versions of the Bible?" suggested state Rep. Robert Billiot.</p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffSat, 19 Apr 2014 10:00:00 -0400When will the Big One strike California?<img src="" /></P><p class="p1"><span class="s1"><strong> When is the Big One due?</strong><br /> Sometime in the next 30 years &mdash; and as soon as tomorrow. With about 300 large fault lines running beneath it, California is one of the most seismically active parts of the world, and has 37,000 tremors a year. Most are too small to be felt, but seismologists believe a couple of fault lines in particular &mdash; including the much-dreaded San Andreas &mdash; could trigger a megaquake similar to the one that flattened San Francisco in 1906, wiping out entire neighborhoods in seconds. Today, geologists say, there's a 99.7 percent chance of a Big One of at least magnitude...</span></p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffSat, 19 Apr 2014 09:30:00 -0400The wonderbrewer of Nowheresville<img src="" /></P><p><br /></p><p>I'm a bit nervous when I finally turn down the long dirt road to the brewery after a two-hour drive. The road doesn't seem to lead anywhere. I'm in the middle of nowhere and there is no brewery in sight. It certainly doesn't seem like the most logical place for one. There is no major city nearby. The town is small, at best. There are no college kids or young professionals in the area and the roads to the brewery aren't paved &mdash; they're packed dirt and gravel. There is one store in town &mdash; it's a grocery store, department store, and hardware store all in one, with a lone gas pump outside...</p> <a href="">More</a>By Kevin KoczwaraFri, 18 Apr 2014 15:00:00 -0400The world's dumbest idea: Taxing solar energy<img src="" /></P><p class="p1"><span class="s1">In a setback for the renewable energy movement, the state House in Oklahoma this week passed a bill that would levy a new fee on those who generate their own energy through solar equipment or wind turbines on their property. The</span> measure, which sailed to passage on a near unanimous vote after no debate, is likely to be signed into law by Republican Gov. Mary Fallin.</p><p class="p1"><span class="s1">The bill, known as S.B. 1456, will specifically target those who install power generation systems on their property and sell the excess energy back to the grid. However, those who already have such renewable systems installed will not...</span></p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/john-aziz" ><span class="byline">John Aziz</span></a>Thu, 17 Apr 2014 11:13:00 -0400Today in history: JFK's worst foreign policy blunder<img src="" /></P><p><br /></p><p><strong>April 17, 1961:</strong> Arguably the worst foreign policy mistake of the Kennedy era began: Operation Zapata, the attempt to oust Cuban Communist leader Fidel Castro through a failed CIA-backed military invasion of Cuba. Operation Zapata &mdash; better known as the Bay of Pigs &mdash; was planned during the Eisenhower administration, but JFK gave it the final go ahead. Both the White House and CIA blamed each other for the debacle. Some historians think one lesson JFK learned from the Bay of Pigs was to be skeptical of military advice &mdash; a lesson that came in handy during the Cuban Missile Crisis...</p> <a href="">More</a>By West Wing ReportsThu, 17 Apr 2014 09:00:00 -0400Art is not a justification for discrimination<img src="" /></P><p>Art is a reaction to the human condition. It is not a justification for discrimination.</p><p>Recently, <em>The Week</em>'s Matt Lewis argued that photographers, being artists, should have the right to not work at same-sex weddings based on freedom of expression grounds. The argument, essentially, is that while bakers may be subject to anti-discrimination laws, and thus barred from refusing service to same-sex weddings, artists like photographers ought to get a pass since their work is so tied up with the First Amendment. Ultimately, Lewis is trying to convince us that a wedding photographer is an artist and...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/thea-dodds" ><span class="byline">Thea Dodds</span></a>Thu, 17 Apr 2014 06:06:00 -0400Texas has been holding this man hostage for 12,600 days<img src="" /></P><p>Last week, in a decision that contorted both law and fact, a state judge ruled against an illiterate, intellectually disabled black man named Jerry Hartfield.</p><p>Hartfield has been imprisoned for more than 33 years &mdash; without a valid conviction or sentence authorizing his confinement. In the latest decision, the judge ruled that even though state and local officials clearly were negligent in letting Hartfield slip through the cracks all these decades, there is nothing in the Constitution that provides him with any protection from being retried.<span > </span>Not the Sixth Amendment's guarantee of a speedy...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/andrew-cohen" ><span class="byline">Andrew Cohen</span></a>Thu, 17 Apr 2014 06:05:00 -0400