Romeo and Juliet in Los Angeles:

After he stabbed Ash, Covarrubias said, he was overcome by the blood and smell and threw up, dropping the knife. Another gang member grabbed the knife and continued stabbing, he said... "You participated in the murder of your girlfriend's brother, right?" Bestard questioned. "And right after that, you would go and then crawl into bed with her, right?"

"That's correct," he replied.

Stop the music in Iran:

According to the Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Iran's maximum politico- spiritual leader, the promoting and teaching of music—not just Western music, but any kind whatsoever—is "not compatible with the highest values of the sacred regime of the Islamic Republic." He "suggests" that Iranian youth should instead "spend their valuable time in learning science and essential and useful skills and fill their time with sport and healthy recreations instead of music." Those Iranians who prefer to do as they please run the risk of getting themselves stoned, by which I don't mean high.

Go the music in Seattle: Bumbershoot coverage on Line Out.

Culture is an investment:

September is a notoriously tough month for many local businesses, but many owners tell KOMO News they're seeing anywhere from a 35 percent to 50 percent increase compared to Bumbershoot two years ago.

"It's great for the whole Seattle economy, really," says Karen Martin, who manages the Inn at Queen Anne. "We've been at full occupancy all weekend - it's been very helpful for our hotel. I know all of the hotels in the neighborhood are at full occupancy this weekend. So - very helpful."

Decriminalization of drugs—all drugs—works:

... the reality is that, despite liberalising how it regards drug possession — now largely an administrative problem rather than a criminal offence — Portugal has not become a magnet for drug tourists like Amsterdam, as some had predicted.

British officials are not the only ones who have made the pilgrimage to Portugal in recent years — health specialists, officials and journalists from around the world have all made the journey to see what Portugal is doing right, even as their own countries are still struggling.

Nor has it seen its addict population markedly increase. Rather it has stabilised in a nation that, along with the UK and Luxembourg, once had the worst heroin problem in Europe.

Even US attorneys like John McKay favor decriminalizing pot:

As [Marc] Emery's prosecutor and a former federal law-enforcement official, however, I'm not afraid to say out loud what most of my former colleagues know is true: Our marijuana policy is dangerous and wrong and should be changed through the legislative process to better protect the public safety. Congress has failed to recognize what many already know about our policy of criminal prohibition of marijuana — it has utterly failed.

Libertarian when it's convenient—the seed money for the Tea Party and the Cato Institute came from American corporate welfare and... Stalin?

In its recent profile, the New Yorker called Charles and David Koch “the primary underwriters of hard-line libertarian politics in America.” But the magazine failed to mention that their free market philanthropy belies the immense profit they have made from corporate welfare...

Before Fredrick Koch suddenly developed a pinko paranoia and helped start up the John Birch Society, he was making piles of cash laying the foundation of Soviet oil infrastructure in the 1920s and early 1930s. He designed and built refineries, hosted Soviet engineers for training in Wichita, Kansas, and made an invaluable contribution to the rapid industrialization of the Soviet Union during Joseph Stalin’s first Five-Year Plan. This is a touchy issue for the Koch family: without the Commie Reds providing his future seed capital, Koch Industries would not exist today—and neither would the Tea Parties.