Got magic mushrooms? Denver’s fine with it

Got magic mushrooms? Denver’s fine with it

May 10, 2019

A ship got seized. The pope spoke out. And 1,000 guns were found in a home near the Playboy Mansion. It’s Ashley. It’s Thursday. Here’s what to know.

But first, an albino cyclops sharkYou never know what you might catch or encounter while fishing, such as this terrifying one-eyed sea creature.

Denver shrugs off hallucinogenic ‘shrooms

It’s a big day for ‘shrooms. Denver decriminalized “magic” mushrooms by the slimmest of margins, making the city the country’s first to deprioritize enforcement of laws against the hallucinogen. Once the results are officially certified this month, Denver police will be formally ordered to make enforcement of drug laws against psychedelic mushroom users their lowest priority. Don’t get too excited: The plan doesn’t permit the sale or purchase of the mushrooms. And opponents could pay for a recount if they want, potentially delaying implementation. 

Denver is the first U.S. city to decriminalize "magic mushrooms." (Photo: USAT)

US to North Korea: We took your ship

Looks like North Korea’s ship called the Wise Honest wasn’t so honest after all. U.S. authorities seized the massive North Korean ship in connection to a coal exporting scheme violating international sanctions, according to court documents filed Thursday. The 17,061-ton carrier also was allegedly used to smuggle heavy machinery into the rogue nation. Foreign authorities intercepted the ship last month as it carried a shipment out of Nampo, North Korea. It’s the first time the United States has seized a North Korean cargo vessel for sanction violations.

What else is North Korea up to? Launching a barrage of unidentified projectiles, South Korea said Thursday.

North Korea is accused of using the cargo vessel Wise Honest to sneak out coal. (Photo: AFP/Getty Images)

Student shooting survivors walk out: They’re ‘not a statement.’

Students who survived Tuesday’s school shooting in Denver walked out of a gun control rally Wednesday in anger and tears over concerns the event politicized their grief. Billed largely as a vigil to honor victim Kendrick Castillo, most speakers at the 2,000-person rally were politicians and gun control advocates pushing to change gun laws. After about 30 minutes, hundreds of students from the STEM School stormed out, yelling, “This is not for us” and “We are people, not a statement.” Outside, interview requests made by a USA TODAY reporter were rebuffed. Multiple students said they had agreed not to talk to journalists. Castillo, 18, was killed and eight were wounded Tuesday when two teens opened fire at the school.

Also heartbreaking: The STEM school was warned about ‘a repeat of Columbine’ months before the shooting.

Standing in the pouring rain with their phone flashlights illuminated, students from the STEM School in Highlands Ranch, Colorado, hold a vigil outside a gun-control rally on Wednesday evening. (Photo: Trevor Hughes)

Real quick 

  • “Alexa, take me to the moon.” If Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos has his way, this could be a reality soon.
  • More than 1,000 guns were seized from a home near the Playboy Mansion. 
  • President Trump’s approval rating is at its highest since he took office. 
  • Acting Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan was nominated by Trump to fill the Cabinet position.
  • Forget Batman: Scientists have discovered a new bat-winged dinosaur. 
  • Mother’s Day: Why a day or a dad can’t fix working moms’ stress. 

Pope: Report sex abuse, but not to police

Pope Francis issued a groundbreaking law Thursday making the world’s Catholic priests and nuns mandatory reporters of sex abuse and its coverup. The law requires officials to inform church authorities of any “well-founded motives to believe” that a cleric or sister has engaged in sexual abuse of a minor, sexual misconduct with an adult, possession of child pornography – or that a superior has covered up any such crimes. The church law doesn’t require them to report to police. The move is the latest by Francis to respond to the sex abuse crisis that’s engulfed the Catholic Church for the better part of two decades.

Pope Francis ordered priests and nuns to help uncover sexual abuse. (Photo: FILIPPO MONTEFORTE, AFP/Getty Images)

Facebook’s co-founder: Zuckerberg’s power is ‘un-American’

Chris Hughes, Zuck’s old Harvard roommate, the lesser known co-founder of Facebook, said the government must hold the social giant accountable and break it up after a series of missteps. In an opinion piece published by The New York Times, Hughes said he feels “a sense of anger and responsibility” for Facebook’s direction, which included a massive privacy scandal involving access to user information. Hughes said the power of Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is “unprecedented and un-American,” citing his control of 60% of voting shares and his direct role in configuring News Feed algorithms. In a statement obtained by USA TODAY, Nick Clegg, Facebook’s vice president of global affairs and communication, said a breakup is not the way to force Facebook to be accountable.

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