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June 20, 2013 at 7:18 AM

Thursday Memo: Duct-taped dog … Gun initiatives firefight … Legal hashish?

Dog’s mouth taped shut: A man in Gig Harbor has been charged with animal cruelty, accused of duct-taping the mouth of his son’s dog to stop it from barking.

Dueling guns: Well, it’s actually dueling gun initiatives. Awhile back, gun-control advocates announced plans for a state ballot initiative on more restrictive background check laws. Now, gun-rights folks say they plan an initiative of their own. Their plan would prevent adopting such laws.

Hash and hash oil: If you grew up in the ’60s and ’70s, you know how popular hash was. Well, it still is, and a lot of people have recommended to the state liquor board that the sale of both hash and hash oil be allowed under the state’s new marijuana law. Reasons why include the need to keep it off the black market, the ability to precisely measure dosage and the view that it’s healthier because you can take it orally.  Read more about it here.

Co-publisher of Fantagraphics Books dies: Kim Thomson has died of lung cancer at 56. He was an integral part of Seattle-based Fantagraphics, widely known for publishing alternative comics, graphic novels and comic-strip anthologies.  “He thought comics could be anything,” said Tom Spurgeon, who worked with Thompson and now runs the website The Comics Reporter.  “… Why not have stories with themes and ideas and represent people of different nationalities, genders, sexual orientation, race.”

Most-read stories on seattletimes.com:

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  3. Many questions, few answers in death of Bellevue massage therapist
  4. U.S. men beat Honduras in World Cup qualifying match
  5. Microsoft retreats on rules for Xbox One after gamers complain

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Nick Provenza: 206-464-2142 or nprovenza@seattletimes.com


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