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Dutch crack down on marijuana tourism

After 30 years of high times, Amsterdam continues to attract waves of tourists eager to smoke a reefer or two without having to look out for the cops. However Dutch attitudes are changing. Restrictions on cannabis sales are tighter, while youngsters seem indifferent to the coffee shops' charms.... Read more»

The Good Egg to open fourth Tucson location

Tucsonans on the Northwest Side will soon have a much shorter drive to get their The Good Egg fix.... Read more»

Comic: Seventeen words for snow

The dangers of snakes and tobacco

Some estimates put the annual number of humans bit by venomous snakes at 5.4 million, resulting in perhaps 125,000 deaths. The CDC reports that in the United States alone, 440,000 annual deaths are smoking-associated. It is unclear at this time how many of the snakebite-related fatalities are caused by smoking serpents.... Read more»

Interfaith Community Services

Northwest Side food bank to open Saturdays

Interfaith Community Services announced that it will open its food bank on Saturdays, beginning Jan. 30.... Read more»

Haggis import ban to be lifted by U.S.

Haggis, the traditional Scottish dish made from minced sheep offal, oatmeal and spices, may soon be allowed back into the U.S. after a 21-year ban based on mad cow disease worries.... Read more»

Comic: Seventeen Words For Snow

The more sand that has escaped

In these trying economic times, real estate moguls will tell you that it's very important to hold onto whatever land you've got.... Read more»

A touch of blarney in Mexico

With pints of thick black Guinness passing over a dark wooden bar, the Pogues’ Christmas melody blasting out of speakers and revelers noshing on bangers and mash, the pub feels like it could be in downtown Dublin — or even Southie in Boston. But this drinking hole sits in the heart of Mexico City; it is one of dozens of European-style bars and pubs that have sprung up in the capital in recent years. ... Read more»

Health & Fitness

Mexico's growing obesity problem

MEXICO CITY — Pilar Blanco and her family sit down to dinner in what looks like an age-old meal time ceremony. But when she serves up the food, there is one major difference from tradition: instead of tortillas and beans, the family eats instant noodle soups, potato chips and fizzy soda.... Read more»

Food safety

Would you know if you ate poisonous puffer fish?

When a Chicago couple grew dangerously ill two years ago after eating a home-cooked fish dinner, Canadian scientists figured out what had sickened them by using a new genetic test. The Chicago couple — who recovered — had dined on poisonous puffer fish that had been mistakenly labeled as a safe monkfish.... Read more»

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