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Russ Nichols took this photo of a deer that got tangled in Halloween cobwebs.


THE BUZZ
Mike Tyson breaks ground on California marijuana ranch

CALIFORNIA CITY, Calif. | Former heavyweight champion Mike Tyson is becoming a California marijuana entrepreneur.

TheBlast.com reports that Tyson and partners on Dec. 20 broke ground on a plot for a cannabis resort in California City, a remote Mojave Desert town that's about a 110-mile drive north of Los Angeles.

Partner Robert Hickman tells the website that the undeveloped lands are primed to be cultivated and that Tyson Ranch will be an oasis.

In a video of the event, California City Mayor Jennifer Wood thanks Tyson for his commitment to the community, saying the industry will provide medical marijuana to people in need, revenue, jobs and income for residents.

Calls and emails from The Associated Press to a Tyson representative and the mayor were not immediately returned Tuesday.

Documentary on McGowan planned

NEW YORK | Actress and activist Rose McGowan will be the subject of a new documentary TV series.

E! said Tuesday it will air the first part of "Citizen Rose" on Jan. 30, which coincides with the release of her memoir, "Brave." Four more episodes will air in the spring.

McGowan helped open a national public discussion about sexual harassment and abuse when she accused Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein of raping her. Weinstein has repeatedly denied "allegations of non-consensual sex."

With the documentary, McGowan says she hopes to "amplify my message of bravery, art, joy and survival" and to "show how we can heal through art even when being hounded by evil."

She will serve as an executive producer.


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Two Cents comments for Jan. 3

This is a message for Sens. Thune and Rounds and Rep. Noem. Don't take money from Social Security, education, health care, Medicare and Medicaid to pay for tax cuts for corporations and the rich.

Thanks to the Rapid City public and private sanitation workers for carefully taking all the extra Christmas trash. I have lived previously in some cities where they were not so nice.

Kristi Noem is the ultimate hypocrite. She gets $3.7 million in subsidies via farm bills to raise crops but votes to cut SNAP (the food stamp program) from the same bill, which denies poor people access to the food products made from those same crops.

Please make the arena accessible for we seniors with covered parking to the event. We may have to forfeit our tickets for the symphony this year because the Performing Arts Center is so hard to get in to, especially with a fresh snowfall on the ground, and I do not want to fall down.

I went out to bring my brass monkey inside but he was gone — he must have heard the weather report and bolted. So, if you see a brass monkey wandering around aimlessly try to bring him before its too late.


01 03 history

ON JAN. 3, 1870, groundbreaking took place for the Brooklyn Bridge.

In 1521, Martin Luther was excommunicated from the Roman Catholic Church by Pope Leo X.

In 1777, Gen. George Washington's army routed the British in the Battle of Princeton, N.J.

In 1868, Japan's Meiji Restoration re-established the authority of the emperor and heralded the fall of the military rulers known as shoguns; the upheaval paved the way for Japan's drive toward becoming a modern power.

In 1911, the first postal savings banks were opened by the U.S. Post Office. (The banks were abolished in 1966.)

In 1938, the March of Dimes campaign to fight polio was established by President Franklin D. Roosevelt, who himself had been afflicted with the crippling disease.

In 1946, William Joyce, the pro-Nazi radio propagandist known as "Lord Haw-Haw," was hanged at Wandsworth Prison in London for high treason.

In 1959, Alaska became the 49th state as President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed a proclamation.

In 1967, Jack Ruby, the man who shot and killed Lee Harvey Oswald, the accused assassin of President John F. Kennedy, died in a Dallas hospital.

In 1977, Apple Computer was incorporated in Cupertino, Calif., by Steve Jobs, Steve Wozniak and Mike Makkula Jr.

In 1980, conservationist Joy Adamson, author of "Born Free," was killed in northern Kenya by a former employee.

In 1993, President George H.W. Bush and Russian President Boris Yeltsin signed the START II missile-reduction treaty in Moscow. (However, the agreement ultimately fell apart.)