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Investigator to Interview Bowe Bergdahl on 2009 Disappearance Next Week


File photo. Credit: US Army(SAN ANTONIO) -- Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl’s attorney tells ABC News that he expects his client will be interviewed next week by Maj. General Kenneth Dahl, the two star general investigating his 2009 disappearance.
 
Military attorney Eugene Fidell says it’s his “assumption” that Bergdahl will be interviewed by Dahl next week in San Antonio, where the former Taliban captive is currently assigned at the U.S. Army North headquarters.

Fidell will be on hand for the meeting when it takes place, though he did not provide a specific date for the interview. It's also unclear whether the Dahl's questioning will last more than one day.
 
Fidell, who teaches military law at Yale, adds that Bergdahl has already participated in a “very introductory” meeting with Maj. Gen. Dahl and that “nothing substantive” was discussed. An Army official says that meeting took place in San Antonio the week of July 14.
 
Dahl’s full investigation is supposed to last 60 days, which means he’s slated to present a report by Aug.15. He could, however, request an extension for his investigation.  Fidell referred questions to the Army when asked if an extension was likely.
 
As for what happens after the interview next week Fidell says the “ball will be in the Army’s court as Maj. Gen. Dahl prepares his report and it’s reviewed by the commands he’ll present it to."

Dahl’s report is meant to uncover the facts surrounding the circumstances of Bergdahl’s disappearance from an Afghan outpost and his capture by the Taliban in 2009 that will be presented to the director of the Army staff.  If the report reveals findings that could require disciplinary action, it will be up to Bergdahl’s current command to follow through with those actions.
 
Fidell hopes the matter “will be resolved sooner rather than later so Sgt. Bergdahl can go back to his life.”
 
The attorney would not answer whether Bergdahl has spoken or met with his parents.          

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LA Water Main Break Floods Parts of UCLA Campus


ABC7 Los Angeles(LOS ANGELES) -- A hundred year old water main ruptured in Los Angeles on Tuesday, flooding parts of the UCLA campus.

As the flooding stretched from buildings to underground parking garages to the Drake Track and Field Stadium, the LA Fire Department brought in crews to help rescue people from swamped cars.

Pauley Pavilion, which underwent a $133 million renovation in 2012, was also flooded.

No injuries were reported.

City councilman Paul Koretz says such an emergency could not have come at a worse time, as Los Angeles and much of California is suffering from one of the worst droughts in more than a decade.

"We're losing water at I understand around 35,000 gallons a minute," Koretz said. "Obviously we will have to work harder to conserve with the drought because we've lost a lot of water."

The leak was stopped and it is estimated that 8 to 10 million gallons of water was lost. 


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Woman Pledges to Go Vegan So PETA Will Pay Her Water Bill


David Silverman/Getty Images(DETROIT) -- As thousands of Detroit residents struggle without water, one woman is reaching out to an unlikely source to help pay for her overdue bill: PETA.

The catch? Leslie Turner will have to go vegan for thirty days as part of a deal she struck with the animal rights group.

"I heard about it on the radio," said Turner, a 46-year-old social worker who lives in Detroit's Conant Gardens neighborhood. "This would be a tremendous help -- it will be one less expense that I have to worry about."

Last week, Turner mailed her overdue bill -- amounting to $147.12 -- and a pledge to go vegan to PETA, which recently announced it would pay the bills of 10 Detroit citizens who agreed to stop eating animal products. The group's offbeat campaign takes advantage of the recent water crisis in Detroit, where residents owe more than $89 million on past-due accounts, and more than 7,000 people have had their water shut off in recent weeks, prompting chaos in the bankrupt city.

"It was unwarranted, and it was a surprise to a lot of people," Turner said of the shutoffs. "People have been trying to contact the water company to make payment plans and also had been going to the water company, but the lines would be horrendous or they weren't even able to get in."

Turner said her water hasn't been shut off yet -- she's on a payment plan -- but is worried it would be soon. She has a job, but says she still struggles to pay her bills.

Despite some criticism, PETA calls its latest campaign a "win-win situation."

"We had a generous PETA member who saw this as an opportunity to help people in need, while also helping animals," said PETA spokeswoman Lindsay Rajt. "Not only will people get their water bills paid, they'll be introduced to a healthy, plant-based diet that will reduce their costs in the long run."

Critics might argue that a vegan diet -- popularized by celebrities and health nuts -- is anything but cheap, which would pose a problem for the financially-stricken residents of Detroit, where the unemployment rate is 14.5 percent. But Rajt said eating vegan is simpler than most people think.

"A lot of people hear about all of these celebrities who are going vegan, so it makes it seem like it's very elite or expensive, but the fact is that a lot of the foods that most of us eat every day are already vegan and they're very low-cost," she said. "What is more budget-friendly than a healthy dinner of rice and beans, for example? Or a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, or pasta with marinara sauce?"

For Turner, she's happy to eat vegan if it means her bill will be paid. And it will: PETA says her check is in the mail. Besides, Turner adds, the new diet will probably be good for her.

"If I eliminate dairy and animal products I may be able to come off my blood pressure medicine," she explained.

She has no doubt she'll be able to stick to a vegan diet -- and the "welcome" basket of vegan goodies that PETA is sending her will help. But the diet restrictions turned off some of her family and friends who heard about PETA's offer.

"Not very many of them think they will be able to consume just vegetables and fruits and grains, and not have meat products, so that's the major drawback I've heard," Turner said.

Detroit residents interested in PETA's campaign must mail in their overdue bills and a pledge to go vegan before this Friday. So far, Rajt says they've received five applications.

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Jesse Ventura Wins Lawsuit Against Estate of Slain Navy SEAL


iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Former Minnesota Governor Jesse Ventura was awarded $1.845 million in damages after a jury determined that he was defamed in a book by the late Navy SEAL sniper Chris Kyle.

Kyle, who was murdered in 2013, wrote in his book, American Sniper, that he once punched out a man identified as "Mr. Scruff Face" because he badmouthed the SEALs and said the elite group "deserved to lose a few" members.

During a tour to promote American Sniper in 2012, Kyle said the person he "laid out" in a bar was Ventura.

Ventura sued, claiming the incident never happened.  The former governor belonged to the Navy’s Underwater Demolition Team during the Vietnam War era, which eventually merged with the SEALs.

His award included $500,000 in defamation damages and $1.345 million for “unjust enrichment," meaning someone, in this case Kyle, made money at the expense of Ventura.

Kyle and a friend, Chad Littlefield, 35, were shot to death Feb. 2, 2013 at the Rough Creek Lodge in Texas. Police have charged former Marine Eddie Ray Routh, who had a history of mental problems, with two counts of capital murder. Routh has pleaded not guilty.

Kyle's book is being adapted into a movie starring Oscar winner Bradley Cooper.

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Pilot Who Crashed on Florida Beach 'Never Saw' Victims Below


Photo Credit: Zack Arceneaux(SARASOTA COUNTY, Fla.) -- The pilot whose plane crashed-landed on a Florida beach Sunday, killing a man and his daughter who were walking along the shore, "never saw them" during his frantic efforts to land the stalled single-engine plane, according to his statement released Tuesday.

"It was only after I landed and we exited the plane that I realized that there were people on the beach," Karl Kokomoor said in his statement, which Pastor Victor Willis of Englewood United Methodist Church read at a news conference outside his Englewood, Fla. church.

Ommy Irizarry, 36, and his daughter, Oceana Irizarry, 9, were walking along the beach in Sarasota County, Florida, when the small plane made an emergency crash landing along the shore around 2:45 p.m. Sunday, killing the man on impact, Sarasota County Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Wendy Rose said.

The girl died of her injuries the next day.

"Words cannot express the sorrow I feel...," Kokomoor said in his statement, before citing Ommy's surviving wife by name. "I send my heartfelt apologies to the Irizarry family for my role in this tragic accident, and I will keep Rebecca Irizarry and her family in my prayers for as long as I live."

The frantic moments after a single engine plane crashed on a Florida beach were captured on scanner traffic as first responders raced to the scene.

"We've got Caspersen Beach, airplane crash, multiple subjects around the plane. Advising head injuries," scanner traffic said a few minutes after the crash. "They are advising open head injury."

A trauma alert was called in approximately 20 minutes later when authorities reached the site of the crash and found the child with a head injury.

"This is going to be a trauma alert," a man's voice says around 3:03 pm.

Someone else asks dispatch if a flight is on standby to take the child to the hospital.

"Confirmed, flight on standby," the dispatcher replies. "Command, Is this for the adult or for the child?”

"This is going to be for the child," a responder replies.

Neither pilot Kokomoor, 57, of Englewood, Florida, nor the passenger on the plane, David Theen, 60, also of Englewood, were injured in the landing, Rose said. From the moment the pilot radioed a distress call to the time he landed on the beach unfolded quickly.

"The pilot radioed that he was not going to be able to make it back to the airport, and he was going to try to land on the hard-packed sand of the beach," Rose said. "He landed about the water's edge and the pilot and his male passenger were both unharmed."

Venice Mayor John Holic, a former air traffic controller, said it is likely the plane lost power in flight and was trying to land in an open space or at nearby Venice Airport.

"One of the first things that you learn when you're flying is to always be aware of your surroundings and where you may be able to touch down in the event of loss of power. A beach is a viable place," he told ABC News.

A woman who witnessed the crash was also taken to a hospital after having stress-induced cardiac issues not directly related to the crash, according to Rose.

National Transportation Safety Board investigators were on their way to the scene of the accident to begin investigating, in cooperation with the FAA.

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Tennessee Tornado Helps Bust Neighborly Thief, Police Charge


iStock/Thinkstock(KINSPORT, Tenn.) -- A tornado that swept through a Tennessee town damaged homes and threw Jerrod Christian's belongings onto lawns - many of which had been reported stolen by his neighbors, police told ABC News.

Since the tornado hit the town of Kingsport on Sunday, Christian has been charged with two burglaries and two thefts.

Christian, 26, was in jail on unrelated charges when the twister hit. Neighbors emerging from their homes to survey the damage were surprised to see what was on Christian's yard, police and neighbors said.

"My house was torn up pretty badly, so I was checking things up," Ed Cleek told ABC News. "Then someone called me and said: 'Hey, I think that's your air compressor. You want to take a look?'"

Cleek walked outside, and immediately spotted his bright red air compressor lying in his neighbor's yard.

"I called the police right away," Cleek said.

Officer Thomas Patton of Kingsport Police Department soon arrived at the scene.

"We also discovered a Lincoln welder which belonged to Mr. Cleek as well. There were a ratchet, an air hose and a weed trimmer that were stolen from other neighbors," Patton told ABC News.

Cleek said it was no accident that his air compressor was in Christian's yard after missing for a while.

"My air compressor was locked up in a barn... I kind of had suspicions, but you can't just accuse people without proof," Cleek said.

At the time of the discovery, Christian was incarcerated in the Sullivan County Jail in Blountville, Tennessee, on charges of disorderly conduct and retaliation for past action.

"In that incident, his girlfriend called the police and said that he had taken her van without permission," Patton told ABC News.

Patton said as officers spoke with Christian, he became “extremely belligerent and disruptive, shouting and cursing the officers with profane expletives."

The officers arrested Christian for disorderly conduct and took him to the Kinsport City Jail. While en route to the jail, Christian allegedly threatened to assault the officer and sexually assault the officer’s children, resulting in the charge of retaliation for past action.

"We don't know if he will post bail yet," Patton said.

The officer said Christian had not yet entered a plea.

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Bail for Abigail Hernandez's Alleged Kidnapper Set at $1 Million


Conway Police Dept.(CONWAY, N.H.) -- The man charged with kidnapping a New Hampshire teenager Abigail Hernandez was arrested twice during the nine months that she was missing, court records indicate.

Nathaniel Kibby, 34, was ordered held Tuesday on $1 million bail after being arraigned on a charge of kidnapping Hernandez last year. The charging document says Kibby "confined (Hernandez) with a purpose to commit an offense against her." His lawyer declined to enter a plea.

The affidavit detailing the case was sealed, but the prosecutor told the judge it was a "unique case and this bail is more than warranted."

Hernandez, who was 14 at the time, disappeared as she was walking home from Kennett High School in Conway on Oct. 9, 2013. She returned home on July 20 after nine months. She is now 15.

While Kibby sat at the defense table in an orange jail jumpsuit, his alleged victim sat with her mother, Zenya Hernandez, in the front row of the courtroom. This marked the first time that the teenager has been seen in public since she arrived home on July 20.

Kibby has a lengthy criminal history, the majority of which took place when he was 17-years-old and charged in five criminal trespassing cases, two counts of receiving stolen property, providing false information to purchase a firearm and theft, all of which were misdemeanors, court documents state. During that time his address was a post office box in North Conway, which is adjacent to Hernandez’s hometown.

Records show that Kibby two run-ins with police during the nine months that Hernandez was missing.

He was charged with marijuana possession on Oct. 22. That arrest took place in North Conway, which is 34 miles away from Kibby's current home in a trailer park in Gorham, N.H. Kibby was scheduled to appear in court on Dec. 3, 2013 in connection to the marijuana charge and documents state that he entered a guilty plea and paid $434 to cover his fine and fees.

On March 3, 2014, he faced criminal charges for simple assault and criminal trespass. Kibby later wrote a letter to the sheriff's office explaining that it was in connection to an automobile accident with a man identified as Eric Ray. The charging documents accused Kibby of "shoving" Ray's wife, Tammy Shackford, to the ground and he subsequently accepted a negotiated plea deal where he paid a $1,000 fine and agreed not to contact Ray or his wife.

In the letter that he sent to the sheriff's office, Kibby insisted he remained calm throughout the aftermath of the March 3 accident and claimed Ray was trumping up the charges.

"I considered informing (Eric Ray) I was armed with a carry pistol, but decided against it. I tried to sympathize with his anger and felt it was best to turn the cheek," Kibby wrote in the letter.

In the letter, Kibby wrote, "This is not a joke. It is not frivolous. This is not filed in spite, but out of a genuine concern for my safety and for my property."

The case was settled on July 23, 2014, just three days after Hernandez arrived home to her mother's house.

The Hernandez family put out a statement after her return saying that she is safe though she has lost a lot of weight and is unable to eat solid food.

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Two Women Survive After Being Run Down by Freight Train


iStock/Thinkstock(INDIANAPOLIS) -- Two women trespassing on railroad tracks in southern Indiana narrowly missed a fatal encounter with a freight train when they were caught in the middle of a bridge as the train approached, authorities said.

The action, which unfolded on the morning of July 10, was captured on a camera mounted on the train, and authorities released the video Tuesday.

When the train engineer spotted the women in the middle of a 500-foot-long bridge known as Shuffle Creek Trestle, the engineer immediately applied an emergency brake and repeatedly sounded the horn. At first, the two women try to outrun the 14,000-ton freight train but when they realize it is catching up too fast, one woman lies down in the middle of the tracks.

The other woman runs off to the edge of the 80-foot-tall bridge as if to contemplate jumping off, then runs back into the middle of the tracks just as the train catches up with them.

By the time the train came to a stop it was past the bridge, running over the women in the process, authorities said.

Assuming the incident had been fatal for the two women, the engineer notified the Monroe County Sheriff's Department, only to realize that the women had survived and escaped to a nearby vehicle, fleeing the scene, authorities said.

The women have been identified by law enforcement, and the incident is now considered a criminal matter.

A representative from the Indiana Rail Road Company could not immediately be reached for comment by ABC News.


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California Teen Calls 911 from Closet as Burglars Break Into Home


iStock/Thinkstock(ORANGE COUNTY, Calif.) -- Police in California have released the audio recording between a quick-thinking 14-year-old girl hiding in a closet inside her Orange County home and a 911 dispatcher as burglars made their way inside the house.

After hearing a suspicious knock on the door followed by noises, the teen — whose parents were not home at the time — ran into a bedroom closet and called police.

Orange County dispatcher Candace Moran took the scared teen’s call.

"She was a very easy informant," Moran told ABC News. "Sometimes you get adults who can't even remain that calm, we were trying to figure out where she was, and she was very descriptive."

The teen, who was not identified, told Moran of her exact location in the house.

"I'm just kind of scared to be honest," the brave teen whispered, according to the recording.

She never broke down — even as she hears the burglars enter the house.

"They're inside. Should I go out?" she asked the dispatcher.

Instead, Moran told the teen to remain in the closet. At the same time, police can be heard entering the home.

The call doesn't not end there. The frightened teen even thanked Moran before hanging up.

"She acted bravely and courageously," Lt. Jeff Hallock told ABC News. "The only other thing that we would recommend if someone suspicious knocks on your door is to somehow make sure they know you're home without having to open your door."

The burglars, two boys who have not been identified, were only able to break a rear window before hearing sirens and fleeing on foot. They were arrested soon after.

The suspects are currently being held in the Orange County Juvenile Hall while police investigate whether they might be linked to other recent break-ins in the neighborhood.


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Another Plane Lands on a Florida Beach


Miami Beach Police Department(MIAMI BEACH, Fla.) -- A small airplane made an emergency landing on a Miami beach Tuesday just days after a similar incident on the Gulf Coast claimed the lives of two beachgoers.

Miami Beach police tweeted photos of the plane Tuesday, noting that the pilot said he was having engine trouble and landed on the beach before a storm hit.

No one was injured.

 

#Plane makes emergency landing on beach right before storm.Pilot & 3 passengers safe. No injuries mechanical failure pic.twitter.com/dB4DzdOu8Q

— Miami Beach Police (@MiamiBeachPD) July 29, 2014

 

On Sunday, a plane making an emergency landing on a beach in Venice, Fla., struck a man and his daughter who were walking along the shore. The father, 36-year-old Ommy Irizarry, was killed on impact. Oceana Irizarry, 9, died later from her injuries.

The pilot of that plane made a distress call to Venice's airport to announce his emergency landing on the beach, and just seconds later made impact on the sand.

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NBA Player Uses Twitter to Track Down Aunt's Suspected Killer


Jason Merritt/Getty Images(SACRAMENTO, Calif.) -- Authorities in Sacramento said a suspect has been taken into police custody after he allegedly murdered the aunt of NBA player Matt Barnes.

Over the past few days, Barnes had used his celebrity status to launch a social media manhunt. The Los Angeles Clippers small forward pleaded with his hundreds of thousands of Twitter and Instagram followers to keep an eye out for Michael Williams, the prime suspect in the murder of Barnes’ aunt Tanganyika Hoover.

In a tweet, Sacramento Police said Williams is "in police custody thanks to a citizen tip. He was located in the Sacramento area."

Authorities did not provide any further details.

Hoover was estranged from Williams, but the two were staying at a friend’s house on the morning of July 8, when the friend said he found Hoover outside, her neck slashed, struggling for life.

Williams was nowhere to be found, police said.

Following his aunt’s death, Barnes felt compelled to act. So he posted images of Williams, along with a plea: “This dude stabbed my auntie in the neck last week & left her for dead on the sidewalk, she ended up dying on the way to the hospital in the ambulance.”

The post quickly spread from Barnes’ friends to his fans to strangers.

“Having the platform that I have, I wanted to speak out on social media,” Barnes said before Tuesday’s arrest.

Williams was considered the only suspect, Sacramento Police Chief Sam Somers said.

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Atlanta Mom Charged with Leaving Kids in Hot Car


Charnae Mosley, 27, faces four counts of reckless conduct. (ABC News)(ATLANTA) -- A mother of four in Atlanta is facing charges of reckless endangerment after she left her children in a car while shopping at a grocery store for 16 minutes.

Charnae Mosley, 27, became the latest parent to face charges and criticism in what has become a summer full of reports of children being left in hot vehicles.

Police in Atlanta say that Mosley left four children, ages 1 through 6, in the car, with windows rolled down, in 90 degree heat for about 16 minutes Monday afternoon while shopping in the grocery store Kroeger.

A witness called 911 and reported that there were children who had been abandoned in a vehicle, prompting a nearby officer to come check on the children, according to a police report obtained by ABC News.

When the officer arrived, Mosley was unloading groceries into her car. The officer warned her of the dangers of leaving children unattended in cars and then proceeded to watch surveillance video in Kroeger to determine that Mosley had been in the store for 16 minutes, according to the report.

The officer was then instructed by the Atlanta Police Department's Youth Squad Investigator to arrest Mosley on charges of reckless conduct.

She will appear in front of a judge on four counts of reckless conduct.

The children were given water and evaluated, but determined to be fine.

Mosley is being held on $8,000 bail. Her family did not immediately return calls seeking comment.

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What George Zimmerman Was Doing Outside Florida Gun Shop


File photo. (Seminole County Sheriff's Office)(DELAND, Fla.) -- Former neighborhood watchman George Zimmerman is back on patrol -- and this time it's at a gun store.

Police found Zimmerman sitting in his dark colored truck outside of Pompano Pat's, a store that sells firearms and motorcycles, just after midnight on Sunday, according to a DeLand, Florida police report.

Zimmerman, who police said was "very cooperative," explained to the responding officer that he had the owner's permission to be on the property and was patrolling it since there had been a recent burglary.

He provided officers with a phone number for Pat Johnson, the owner of the business who is also running for mayor in DeLand. Officers were unable to make contact with Johnson.

According to the report, Zimmerman told officers that Johnson had asked him to leave his dog inside the business, however Zimmerman decided he and his dog would wait in the parking lot.

He also told officers that "he was going to be around the business at night for an indeterminate amount of time," the report said.

Sam Porter, an employee of Pompano Pat's, told ABC News that Zimmerman is not an employee and is not being paid to patrol the business.

“George is a really nice guy and really tries to help folks out," Porter said. "I felt he was trying to do something nice."

Pompano Pat's had offered Zimmerman a free gun after he was acquitted of murder last year.

Zimmerman maintained self-defense when he shot and killed an unarmed teenager, Trayvon Martin, in Sanford, Florida on Feb. 26, 2012.

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Three-Hour Tour Turns into Night at Sea for Stranded Whale-Watchers


iStock/Thinkstock(BOSTON) -- A whale-watching boat was stranded 13 miles off the coast of northern Massachusetts overnight after the boat’s propeller got tangled in a tagline.

More than 160 people were aboard the boat, part of a three-hour whale-watching trip with Boston Harbor Cruises.

The group was supposed to return at about 4:30 p.m. Monday -- but the vessel, named the Cetacea, never made it back to shore. About 10 minutes into the return trip, the Cetacea got stuck.

Coast Guard crews responded as the passengers were forced to spend a long night at sea.

Divers cut the boat free Tuesday morning, allowing the boat to move again. It was expected that the boat would arrive at about 7:30 a.m.

All of the passengers are all right, a Boston Harbor Cruises spokesperson said.

The company is compensating passengers for their troubles. Each passenger will receive $500 in cash, a $100 gift card for another trip, and a full refund, about $50. The company will also pay to re-book any passengers who missed flights Tuesday morning.


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Legal Pot Adds to Denver's Homeless Problem


iStock/Thinkstock(DENVER) -- They're going to Colorado to get high but instead, the lure of legal marijuana is leaving many young people high and dry.

Since the use of up to one ounce of pot became legal in December 2012, Denver, Colorado, has seen as influx of visitors who have come to stay. When sales of marijuana were allowed last January, even more people from out of state have shown up.

And therein lies the problem, one that supporters of legal pot probably didn't anticipate.  Denver says that its homeless population has grown in the past year-and-a-half and the majority of the newcomers are teens and people in their 20s.

Not everyone who comes to the city is necessarily a slacker. Some have said that they want to find work in Colorado's booming marijuana industry.

However, there seems to be more stoners than there are jobs for them. One worker at a Denver shelter says that about one in three of their new residents acknowledge that their main reason for being in Denver is to smoke grass.

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