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In Brief: Measure to legalize marijuana makes ballot in Washington, D.C.

Thu., Aug. 7, 2014

The District of Columbia Board of Elections ruled Wednesday that Initiative 71, a measure that would legalize marijuana in the nation’s capital, has enough valid signatures to appear on November’s ballot.

Initiative 71 would allow adults over the age of 21 to possess up to 2 ounces of marijuana and allow for the cultivation of up to six marijuana plants in a person’s home. The measure would also make it legal to use or sell drug paraphernalia.

Man campaigns naked in New York

NEW YORK – New York City’s Naked Cowboy may have met his match.

San Francisco Board of Supervisors candidate George Davis stripped buck naked in Times Square on Wednesday to campaign for the right to be nude in public.

Davis spoke out against a 2013 San Francisco public nudity ban introduced by his opponent, Scott Wiener. He says nudity is a form of expression.

After Davis’ speech, he conducted interviews stark naked.

Times Square Batmans and Elmos and other onlookers gawked, laughed and took photos while moving out of Davis’ way.

Martha Stewart’s sister dies at 59

NORWALK, Conn. – Martha Stewart says her younger sister, Laura Kostyra Plimpton, has died in a Connecticut hospital of a brain aneurysm. She was 59.

The home decorating business executive says on her website that Plimpton suddenly fell ill Monday morning and was taken to Norwalk Hospital. She died Wednesday.

Stewart said her sister, the youngest of the six siblings, worked for her and her company for more than 25 years. She edited, researched, wrote and photographed content for Stewart’s blog and other publications.

Plimpton is survived by her husband, Randy, three children and two sons-in-law.