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5.) Tucson Police Arrest 15 After UA Basketball Game; Video Shows Woman Blindsided by Cop

 

Police in Tucson donned riot gear Saturday night to deal with crowds of people who watched a live feed of UA basketball lose to Wisconsin in the NCAA tournament.

The result: Fifteen people were arrested -- nine of whom are UA students -- while police used several crowd-control devices, and a video has surfaced of a woman getting a blindsided shove from a police officer.

See also: Tucson Police Arrest 15 After UA Basketball Game; Video Shows Woman Blindsided by Cop

4.) Charles Keating Was "the Scum of the Earth," Says Porn Titan Larry Flynt

 

Savings and loan swindler Charles Keating, who died Monday in Phoenix at age 90, hated pornography. Or so he claimed.

The devout Roman Catholic made a name for himself in his hometown of Cincinnati, Ohio, and beyond, as a scourge of smut, founding an influential anti-porn organization that eventually became known as Citizens for Decency through Law.

But Keating also reputedly possessed a massive porn collection.

In the 1993 book Trust Me: Charles Keating and the Missing Billions, authors Michael Binstein and Charles Bowden tell a story of a reporter who went to interview Keating about his preoccupation with porn.

See also: Charles Keating Was "the Scum of the Earth," Says Porn Titan Larry Flynt

3.) Cathi Herrod's Center for Arizona Policy Hates Gays, Abortions, and Likes to Tell Politicians What to Do

 

Days after Governor Jan Brewer vetoed Senate Bill 1062, which would have allowed businesses to discriminate against gays and others based on a business owner's "sincerely held" religious beliefs, Cathi Herrod retreated to the studio of a friendly TV talking head: fellow conservative, former pastor, and former presidential candidate Mike Huckabee.

The theme of that episode of the Fox News show Huckabee might have been summed up as, "What's all the fuss about?"

Huckabee compared the bill's language with that of the 1993 federal Religious Freedom Restoration Act, signed into law by President Bill Clinton to set a high bar for the government's ability to burden the free exercise of religion.

See also: Cathi Herrod's Center for Arizona Policy Hates Gays, Abortions, and Likes to Tell Politicians What to Do

2.) Smoking Concentrated Marijuana, Known as Dabbing, Is All the Rage

 

Smoking concentrated marijuana oil is exploding in popularity, with many cases nationwide of amateur chemists experiencing explosions in their homes. Manufacturing and use of the substance comes with risks not seen with "normal" pot: Scorched skin when using the red-hot smoking apparatus is inevitable, aficionados say.

Longtime marijuana advocates and High Times magazine have expressed concern, noting that contaminants in the product are hazardous and that some smokers — especially novices — may pass out after taking a hit.

See also: Smoking Concentrated Marijuana, Known as Dabbing, Is All the Rage

1.) Charles Keating Stiffed Me on a Nearly $1,000 Restaurant Bill: A Reader's Remembrance

 

Of course, I had heard of Charles Keating. The man became famous as an anti-porn crusader in Cincinnati back in the '70s, hustling his version of morality against Hustler's version of what the Founding Fathers meant in the First Amendment. My knowledge of Mr. Keating didn't end there, however. I read about his adventures through his land-development empire-building in Arizona and watched him, eventually, go down in flames when his Lincoln Savings and Loan collapsed in the midst of controversy and accusations while investors lost their life savings in the debacle.

See also: Charles Keating Stiffed Me on a Nearly $1,000 Restaurant Bill: A Reader's Remembrance

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