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Didn't Don Draper handle the Lucky Strike account?
The Idaho Supreme Court ruled today that company on a New York Indian reservation shipping Canadian cigarettes to a retailer on the Coeur d'Alene Reservation isn't exempt from state law due to tribal sovereignty. Native Wholesale Supply, a supplier on New York's Seneca Reservation, argued that Idaho had no business interfering with shipments of more than 100 million Canadian cigarettes since 2004 to Warpath Inc., the Coeur d'Alene reservation business, the AP reports. States are forbidden by federal law from meddling in activities of a tribal member or a member's business operating within Indian Country, Native Wholesale Supply contended. But Idaho justices concluded such sovereignty claims weren't applicable in this case.
Not only was Native Wholesale Supply a corporation not entitled to protections otherwise afforded individual tribal members, the high court concluded unanimously, but the nature of its transaction with Warpath involving two countries, multiple tribes and at least three states was sufficient to transform the cigarette shipments into an off-reservation activity that Idaho had every business regulating. Click below for a full report via the Associated Press.
How will people satisfy the urge to flick small pieces of trash out the window of their vehicles?
A 21-year-old vehicle prowling suspect chased down by a Spokane County sheriff's deputy Tuesday night begged for leniency and said he had recently been released from prison, officials say.
Orlando Jaramillo, who was a Crime Stoppers fugitive just two months ago, told Deputy Robert Satake he was on probation and had been “doing good” but needed a cellphone, didn't have money and decided to steal a phone from a car in a North Division Street parking lot, according to a news release.
Satake was patrolling the area of Division and Cascade Way about 10 p.m. when he heard yelling about a robbery and saw a man chasing another man through the parking lot of Tire O Rama.
Satake turned into the Costco parking lot, exited his patrol car and ordered Jaramillo to stop, but the suspect continued running before Satake caught up with him and detained him.
The male victim said he and his friend were getting fuel and a soda at a gas station when Jaramillo asked for a cigarette, according to the sheriff's office. They told him no, and when they exited the store they found their cellphones missing and saw Jaramillo running across the street.
Jaramillo was booked into jail on charges of vehicle prowling, third-degree theft and obstructing. He was sentenced to 20 months in prison in December 2010 for second-degree robbery and attempted residential burglary.
Crime Stoppers was offering a reward for tips that led to his capture back in January when he was wanted for violating his Department of Corrections probation. He was arrested on a new residential burglary charge Jan. 30 but prosecutors have not yet filed charges.
If you watched “60 Minutes” Sunday night, then you know that sugar has joined the ranks of red meat, coffee, cigarettes and other foods that should be shunned like adulterers in an Amish village. New Food Police studies have found that sugary snacks and drinks share similar health risks with alcoholic beverages like Jim Beam and some of the stronger aftershave lotions. In discussing these findings, noted San Francisco busybodyologist Dr. Robert Lustig said he would like to see kids being carded when they try to buy Cokes. Once busted, a sugar delinquent would have to attend 12-Step “Sucrose Anonymous” meetings … SPEAKER – “My name is Harry, and it’s 10 days since my last Twix bar.” CROWD – “Hello, Harry!”/Doug Clark, SR. More here.
Question: How much of a sweet tooth do you have?
The idea that someone could be a “secret smoker” is totally ludicrous because the telltale smell can be detected from a mile away.
Tenn. police officer fired for smoking in precinct
NEWBERN, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee police department says it has fired an officer after 17 years on the force because he repeatedly smoked cigarettes inside the precinct in violation of the city's no smoking policy.
Newbern police Sgt. James Bishop was terminated last week. A 2007 city policy prohibits smoking inside all municipal offices and buildings.
According to the termination letter obtained by the State Gazette, Police Chief Harold Dunivant said he had complaints that his employees were smoking inside their offices and issued a warning that disciplinary action could be taken (http://bit.ly/yAUKOE).
Dunivant said he continued to get complaints about Bishop smoking indoors and was forced to fire him.
A phone number that the city of Newbern had on record Bishop him was disconnected, and messages left by The Associated Press at other listings for James Bishop weren't immediately returned.
Instead of grouping hot dogs with Mom and apple pie, a national medical group wants you to consider them as bad for your health as cigarettes. The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, a Washington, D.C., group that promotes preventive medicine and a vegan diet, unveiled a billboard Monday near the Indianapolis Motor Speedway with the advisory: “Warning: Hot dogs can wreck your health.” The billboard features a picture of hot dogs in a cigarette pack inscribed with skull and crossbones. It aims to increase awareness of a link between colorectal cancer and hot dogs/USAToday.com, KHQ. More here. (AP file photo, for illustrative purposes)
Question: Do you eat enough hot dogs to take this warning seriously?
TUPELO, Miss. (AP) — A Washington state Native American tribe is suing several Mississippi municipalities over allegations that their law enforcement officials illegally invaded tribal lands during an FBI-led raid earlier this year.
The target of the Feb. 16 search was property that belongs to King Mountain Tobacco, which was under federal investigation in a black-market cigarette conspiracy. The city of Tupelo and Marshall County in Mississippi are among targets in the lawsuit.
The Confederated Tribes and Bands of Yakama Nation claim police barged onto tribal land without prior notice and invaded their peace.
The lawsuit, filed in the U.S. District Court of Eastern Washington, seeks a court order compelling the defendants to notify the tribe of any entry onto reservation lands.
News of the lawsuit came Friday in a city of Tupelo memo obtained by the Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal. In it, the city's attorney, John Hill, asked City Clerk Glenda Muse to put on the City Council's July 19 agenda a proposal to hire a Washington State law firm to represent Tupelo.
In Hill's memo, he explains that a Tupelo police officer has been assisting federal authorities with the cigarette investigation and participated “in an action” on the Yakama reservation in Washington. Other Mississippi entities are named for similar reasons.
The tribe says the raid, which it calls an invasion, was a violation of the Yakama Treaty of 1855 and other federal laws.
U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder Jr. said in a memo written June 22 that the warrant to search the eastern Washington state reservation “was to seek evidence of a crime, contraband, fruits of crime, or other items illegally possessed” or used in the commission of a crime.
In this case, the allegations claim King Mountain Tobacco, housed on the Yakama reservation, engaged in efforts to avoid federal and state taxes on their cigarette sales.
Documents obtained by the Daily Journal earlier this year claim King Mountain Tobacco officials repeatedly met with Lee County, Miss., cigarette warehousers and illegally shipped their products through Mississippi to avoid the taxes.
No criminal charges have been made public against any King Mountain Tobacco officials, although the federal documents claim they have been shown substantial evidence against them.
Recently the U.S. Attorney's Office in North Mississippi filed court papers to seize nearly $1 million and some 22 vintage vehicles reportedly purchased with the proceeds of King Mountain's alleged illegal activity.
Tupelo wholesaler Jerry Burke has gone to prison for his parts in the conspiracy, and others have been sentenced or await sentencing for their guilty pleas.
Your mother wants you to know that smoking is bad for you, and she's doing everything she can to make sure you either don't take up the habit or, if you are smoking, that you quit right away. By “your mother,” of course I mean the government, which, increasingly comes in the form of the Obama administration and Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius. HHS announced that packs of cigarettes will now bear alternating images that include rotting teeth, human corpses and a man smoking through a hole in his neck. The government is requiring that its warning labels occupy the top half of the front and back of cigarette packs and 20 percent of print advertisements. Cigarettes that don't bear the labels can't be sold in the U.S. after Oct. 22, 2012/Wayne Hoffman, Idaho Freedom Foundation. More here.
Question: Does anyone pay attention to food/drink warning labels?
Police are looking for tips on a smash-and-grab cigarette burglary that damaged a Spokane Valley convenience store early today.
A masked gunman robbed a store north of Hayden Tuesday night and specifically requested a pack of Marlboro Red cigarettes.
The man entered the Alpine Country Store, 17568 North Highway 95, about 11 p.m. and forced the clerk to empty the cash register while pointing a gun at her, according to the Kootenai County Sheriff’s Department.
The man fled on foot with an undisclosed amount of cash. A sheriff’s dog tracked the robbery to a where investigators believe he may have escaped in a vehicle, possibly a blue Dodge Intrepid.
The robber is described as 5-foot-11 and wearing a brown “Bomber” type jacket, gloves, black pants a black hat and a black mask.
OLYMPIA — Washington drivers who smoke in a car with children would be liable for a traffic ticket under a bill being discussed in the state Senate.
The proposal, which had its first hearing Wednesday in the Senate Transportation Committee, wouldn't allow law enforcement officers to stop a driver just because they see smoking and a child present. Rather, it would be a “secondary infraction” which means they'd get a ticket if they were stopped for some other violation and were seen to be smoking with someone under 18 in the car.
Sen. Scott White, D-Seattle, said the bill would bring Washington in line with California, Oregon and three other states who have similar laws, and makes sense with this state's Clean Air Act: “We prevent a person from smoking in a bar with other adults present, but we don't prevent smoking in a car with a two-year-old strapped in a car seat and driving across the state.”
State Health Secretary Mary Selecky said it would be a valuable tool for keeping children healthy: “Second-hand smoke is especially h armful to children and there is no safe level of exposure.”
White urged the committee to send SB 5016 to the Health Committee for further review. As currently written,if it passes, it wouldn't take effect until three months after the session and would require law enforcement officers to just give a verbal warning for six months after that. A ticket for smoking around a minor would not be part of a driver's record and wouldn't be available to insurance companies.
CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Police in Tennessee say a man accused of making three bogus calls to 911 told them he was bored and anxious because he had not smoked a cigarette in two days.
Twenty-year-old Alex Lee Baker of Clarksville was charged with making the calls Sunday during a 35-minute stretch.
The first caller claimed to be a witness to a murder. The second claimed he had been stabbed, while the third said a woman had been killed and buried.
Police said Monday that all the calls originated from a phone owned by Baker, who remained jailed on $15,000 bond. A spokesman said Baker had not retained a lawyer.
OLYMPIA — Gov. Chris Gregoire is blasting the makers of Camel cigarettes for its use of Seattle as one of 10 “cool” locations in an ad campaign.
The “Breaking Free” campaign, which will use 10 locations on which the iconic dromedary and standing in front of an artistic rendering of Pike Place Market and Mount Rainier. “Home of grunge, a coffee revolution and alternatives who’ll probably tell you they’re happy when it rains. It’s the smell of vinyl in that hidden record store, that worn t-shirt and a ticket stub with a scribbled phone number — all with the spirit of our Gold Rush ancestors who didn’t think twice before breaking free for the glowing future ahead.” (Note to RJ Reynolds: You’d have to be smoking something much stronger to see the mountain, Pike Place and the skyline like that.)
“I am alarmed and disappointed at R.J. Reynolds’ new marketing campaign which exploits the name and image of Seattle to recruit young smokers,” Gregoire said in a prepared statement today. “Special edition cigarette packs featuring Washington landmarks, including the Pike Place Market and Mt. Rainier, are being co-opted to sell a product that is responsible for killing about 7,500 people in our state every year.”
The glowing future is “a one-way ticket to disease and addiction,” she said.
Reynolds contends it is not a program aimed at teens. The locations they picked are adult themed, such as Las Vegas, Sturgis, S.D., which is the site of an annual motorcycle gathering, and Route 66. The contest is connected to a website that is designed for adults, asking for date-of-birth information as well as name, street and e-mail address, phone number and brand preference. (None/non-smoker is not an option.)
And of course, teen-agers never lie about their age to get something they want.
Gregoire is not alone in her ire. The city of San Francisco is unhappy that one of the other break away destinations is The Haight. The Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids has called on Reynolds to cancel the campaign.
The company has thus far refused.
How much do you love seeing a college woman hocking a huge green spitball of mucus on to the ground? Not very much, I hope. With that image in your head, it may be harder to take a dip in public the next time you have a hankering. There is a time and place for chewing tobacco, unfortunately. There shouldn’t be, but if you choose to take a dip while hanging with your friends, that’s OK as long as I don’t have to see it. But when someone thinks it is real slick to pop in a chew before class, and then bring a water bottle to spit it in — a clear one even — that’s too far. Way too far. No one wants to see you spit brown stinky residue into a clear water bottle. Just because you have something to spit it in does not make it appropriate, and because the water bottle is clear, we can all witness the action/Dara Barney, UI Argonaut. More here.
Question: Do you chew? Or go with girls that do?
The Washington state Liquor Control Board recently received $500,000 seized in an illegal cigarette trafficking case.
The money will be used to assist the agency in enforcing liquor laws in the state, the U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Washington announced Wednesday.
The money is part of $1.4 million forfeited by Peter and Peggy Mahoney, who were sentenced in October 2007 for selling untaxed cigarettes to Washington Indian retailers from their Warpath Smoke Shop/One Stop in Plummer, Idaho.
“It’s job security in my eyes,” said Kendall Shedd of Seltice Way Stop’N Go in Stateline on Tuesday about raising cigarette tax in Washington. Cigarettes soon will cost about $8 a pack as Washington legislators add another $1 in taxes. John Stucke’s SR story here. (Kathy Plonka/SR)
- Idaho Records/Sherry Adkins, SR
- Warmer version of spring starts today/Mike Prager, SR
- Property crimes on rise in Coeur d’Alene/Tania Dall, KXLY
- Leaf gets probation in drug case/Melissa Luck, KXLY
- Coeur d’Alene Tribe No. 2 among NIdaho employers/Becky Kramer, SR
- Papa John’s reopens several local restaurants/Bert Caldwell, SR
- WSU bat master sweetens spot for long shot/Shawn Vestal, SR
- Allred: An admittedly unlikely governor candidate/Tom Hasslinger, Press
- Kootenai County housing sales are up/Brian Walker & Bill Buley, Press
- Benewah GOP asks candidate to quit/David Cole, Coeur d’Alene Press
- Free-market think tanks start up news organizations, hide funding/Betsy Russell, Eye On Boise
OLYMPIA — Smokers who like Bronco, Champion, GT, Silver or 32degrees brand may want to stock up by the middle of February.
As of Feb. 19, they have to be pulled from the shelves in Washington stores. Attorney General Rob McKenna is ordering them out of stores because their manufacturer, General Tobacco, has not made required payments to a settlement between the states and the tobacco firms.
A press release from McKenna’s office says the company owes about $284 million to the national fund, and Washington’s share of that is more than $7 million.
Stores that have General Tobacco cigarettes with current stamps can sell them through Feb. 19, but after that those brands must come off the shelf.
Good morning, Netizens…
This afternoon I am going to take a road seldom-traveled and RANT.
It’s bad enough that our state and federal governments are taxing cigarettes to the point where an ordinary citizen in strictest obedience to the laws of the land can no longer afford to buy themselves a pack of smokes and dispassionately light up, thus feeding their habit and destroying their health. You can cheat the system by buying cigarettes online, thus screwing the respective governments out of their ill-gotten gains, yes, but that, too, is breaking the laws of the land.
But now they tell us we cannot smoke in our city parks. Pah!
You can still get rolled, beaten, jumped, jacked around and molested nearly with impunity, because there are no armed patrols under normal circumstances poking the bushes and byways in our parks looking for miscreants. But God forbid, you light up a cigarette while you are innocently sitting alongside the river with your fishing pole and a line in the water, and you can now get a ticket if a cop happens to wander through.
If we cannot or will not take care of our health by not smoking cigarettes, the government will tax them out of existence and then criminally punish anyone who lights up. Talk about government regulation! Eventually the government will legislate cigarettes to where we will have to quit, like it or not, either because we cannot afford them or because we will not be able to smoke’m if we have’m.
Hogwash! Or is it?
The American Heart Association, cancer society, and the Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids are calling for $1-a-pack tax hike on cigarettes, saying that less smoking saves the state a lot of money on health costs.
“It’s not about revenue, it’s about health savings,” state Sen. Rodney Tom said in a press release minutes ago. Tom, D-Medina, today introduced Senate Bill 5626.
“The societal cost of a pack of cigarettes is over $15,” he said. “So we’re subsidizing smoking.”
Washington already charges a fifth-highest-in-the-nation cigarette tax of $20.25 a carton, plus sales tax. This would add $10 per carton to that.
Tom’s bill would steer the additional money into anti-tobacco programs, the state’s general fund, a water quality fund, a violence-reduction and drug-enforcement account, a fund for schools, and anything left over would go to the state’s health services account.
Proponents say the changes would mean nearly $100 million a year in new taxes and would reduce smoking.