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Screaming man at Easter egg hunt leads to big pot bust, deputies say

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A family-friendly Easter event took a wrong turn in a suburban neighborhood in Vancouver, Washington. 

During an Easter egg hunt Saturday, a man ran toward the crowd, screaming that his roommates were going to shoot him. The Clark County Sheriff's Office responded and learned the root of the problem was a large, unlicensed marijuana sale. 

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Disturbance interrupts Easter Egg HuntOn March 26th at around 6:00pm an Easter Egg hunt in a quiet Salmon Creek...Posted by Clark County Sheriff's Office on Sunday, March 27, 2016

After getting a search warrant, deputies found over 45 pounds of processed marijuana and over $108,000 of suspected drug proceeds. Officials believe that the marijuana was going to be delivered across the U.S.

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Three men were arrested at the scene — two for outstanding drug warrants in Missouri and the third on charges of possession with intent to sell. 

This video includes images from the Clark County Sheriff's Office, Cyndy Sims Parr / CC BY SA 2.0 and Philip Dean / CC BY 2.0.

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Thinking of getting a live Easter bunny? Read this first

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Whether chocolate, marshmallow or plush toys, we see bunnies everywhere around Easter.

The Easter Bunny is the ubiquitous early spring mascot, just like Rudolph and Frosty are December mascots.

Wouldn't it be cute to have a real, live, furry bunny hopping around your home for Easter? Your kids may see some at a pet store and plead, "Mom, can we get one?'

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Maybe a rabbit would fit in with your family, but not as an Easter novelty, Edie Sayeg said.

Sayeg is chairwoman of the Georgia House Rabbit Society, a rabbit-only shelter that has about 120 adoptable bunnnies available.

"It has been a tradition ingrained in our society for many, many years: a little Easter Bunny in an Easter basket. Rabbits are on people's minds," she said.

But, "you wouldn't buy your child a reindeer at Christmas. Why would you buy your child a bunny at Easter?" Sayeg asked.

Rabbits are the third most popular companion animals in America – and the third most common pet dumped at shelters, according to figures from the House Rabbit Society.

During a typical year, Sayeg's organization, a branch of the national society, takes in 200-230 rabbits. Many of those come in the months after Easter, when impulse buyers get tired of their bunnies and realize the pet requires a lot more work than expected.

Could a rabbit be a lifelong fit for your family? There's only one way to ensure that: If you get a rabbit, it must be for the adults, not the child.

A kid can enjoy the bunny, but mom must be the one who wants it and takes responsibility for its care, Sayeg said.

"We adopt to families every week," she said. "We enjoy adopting to families, but we do not adopt to children. That's the key.

"It can be the mom, it can be the dad, but it needs to be one of them who wants the bunny," Sayeg said.

Young children can get on the floor to interact with and pet the rabbit, but they should let the animal come to them, while a parent supervises, Sayeg said.

But children should not pick up the bunnies, because rabbits' bones are fragile, and kids could drop and accidentally kill the animals.

Potential bunny parents also need to consider the lifestyle and needs of rabbits. If your family is vegetarian or vegan, a bunny's herbivorous diet – hay, greens, pellets, and the occasional carrot or fruit treat — would be compatible.

If you don't want a pet you have to take for walks or take outside for potty breaks, bunnies can be perfect because they must be kept indoors and use litter boxes, Sayeg said.

Like cats and dogs, pet bunnies need to be spayed or neutered; if not, they act aggressively and don't make good household pets, she added.

Rabbits, which easily live into their teens, like to chew on things — especially electric cords — so you must bunny-proof your house, Sayeg said.

What about if your family has other pets, particularly predators like cats? Can prey animals like rabbits and carnivores co-exist in the same household and even become friends?

It depends on the individual cat or dog, and how aggressive they are, Sayeg said.

Minister will seal himself in coffin to depict Easter miracle

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A Louisiana Baptist minister will show the faithful his faith in the death and resurrection of Jesus this Holy Week.

Rickey Moore will be "buried" in a casket, sealing himself inside for three days until early Easter Sunday morning. He says it will show the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ, WWL reported.

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Moore will be sealed in the casket at 3 p.m. tonight and will rise at 3 a.m Sunday morning.

This weekend the Resurrection will become the Realsurection to all who see ii, you will have to see it to believe it pic.twitter.com/2g1M9DAMnI— Bishop Rickey Moore (@BishopRickeyMo2) March 21, 2016

He posted the announcement of the celebration of the cornerstone of Christianity on his Twitter page.

Bishop will be sealed in this coffin for 3 days, To.see the Resurrection and Crucifixion in 3D, Good Friday 1:00pm pic.twitter.com/jPTqATeOFz— Bishop Rickey Moore (@BishopRickeyMo2) March 21, 2016

The Crucifixion and Realsurection in 3D only at Sunrise BC. Shreveport la. 3220 lakeshore dr. 1:00pm pic.twitter.com/yIv3AtWVAd— Bishop Rickey Moore (@BishopRickeyMo2) March 21, 2016

Google Doodle goes green for St. Patrick's Day

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Google is turning green for St. Patrick’s Day.

Those who visit the Google homepage today will see the traditional primary-colored Google logo at first, before the green “l” in Google transforms into a dancing shamrock-themed android and changes all of the other letters into the same green color.

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Google is known for marking holidays and significant days in history with creative takes on its traditional logo.

 

'Beware the Ides of March' -- What does that mean?

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Today marks the Ides of March, which may vaguely remind you of a high school English class. Here are some things to know about the 15th day of the month.

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Day marks the assassination of Julius Caesar

Most famously on this date, some 2,060 years ago, Roman dictator Julius Caesar died in an assassination by senators at the Curia of Pompey.

Tensions had been simmering between senators and Caesar before his death, fueled by Caesar's continued consolidation of power. However, Caesar considered the senators his allies. Just a few years before his death, Caesar was named “dictator in perpetuity,” a move that further strained relations.

According to historians, sixty senators planned and participated in the conspiracy to kill Caesar in 44 B.C.

Death marked a turning point in Roman history

Caesar was popular with the lower class people of Rome, who saw his death as an unwelcome decision made by the aristocratic class. With Caesar no longer leading, potential leaders waged war to fill the power vacuum.

The civil wars eventually culminated in the end of the Roman Republic and beginning of the Roman Empire.

'Beware the Ides of March' made famous by Shakespeare

In case you really did forget your high school English class, it's worth noting the phrase “Beware the Ides of March” was immortalized by William Shakespeare in his tragic masterpiece “Julius Caesar.”

In the play, a soothsayer warns Caesar to be careful on March 15, although the ruler ignores the mystic with tragic consequences.

Famous line based on historical events

It may come as a surprise to know the well-known phrase was actually inspired by real events.

According to Greek historian Plutarch, a seer really did warn Caesar that he would be at the very least injured by the Ides of March.

Caesar did not heed the warning.

On the day of his death, he saw the oracle and joked that he had made it to the Ides of March, to which the seer responded the day had not yet ended.

So why is it called the "Ides of March?"

The Romans kept track of days on its calendar by dividing each month up into three separate points marking the beginning, middle and end of the month. You may have guessed it but the Ides fall in the middle of the month, on the 15th of March, May, July and October and the 13th for the rest of the year.

The Ides were sacred and marked a monthly sacrifice to the Roman god Jupiter. Various other religious observances also took place on the Ides of March.

Other famous events on this day

Today isn't the anniversary of Caesar's death. Here are a few other famous events that have happened today in history:

  • 1972: Forty-four years ago (yes, that number is right) Francis Ford Coppola's three-hour crime epic "The Godfather" first played in theaters. Before "Jaws" came along in 1976, the film was the highest-grossing film ever made. It went on to win three Academy Awards, including one for Best Picture.

  • 1917: Czar Nicholas II was forced by the revolting Russian people to abdicate the throne after ruling the country for more than 20 years. The February Revolution -- so named because Russia used the Julian calendar at the time -- broke out just four days before the czar abdicated his throne.

  • 1767: Our seventh president, Andrew Jackson, was born on this day somewhere between the Carolinas near the end of the colonial era. His exact place of birth is disputed.

10 things to know about daylight saving time

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While most of us know two things about daylight saving time — spring forward one hour and change smoke detector batteries — there’s much more to know about the annual change, which begins 2 a.m. Sunday.

1. Saving or savings?: “Daylight saving time” is correct; “daylight savings time” is incorrect.

2. Rise in heart attacks: There is a 25 percent jump in heart attacks the Monday after we spring forward, according to a study presented to the American College of Cardiology. “It may mean that people who are already vulnerable to heart disease may be at greater risk right after sudden time changes,” Amneet Sandhu, M.D., said. Read the study here.

3. More traffic accidents: Research links more than 300 traffic deaths to the time change over a 10-year period. The jump is attributed to sleep deprivation and the shift of ambient light from morning to evening.

4. Observed worldwide: More than 70 countries observe a daylight saving time shift. It’s also called “summer time” in some countries.

5. Not in Arizona and Hawaii: “Standard time” is observed yearlong in Arizona and Hawaii, the only U.S. states that do not shift to DST.

6. You can survive: The Better Sleep Council suggests you start making changes in the days leading up to the time change to help your body adjust. Changes include going to bed 15 minutes earlier in the days before, exercise, avoiding caffeine and 20-minute naps following the change.

7. Worth it? Depends on whom you ask? The U.S. Department of Transportation says yes because a study shows it cuts electricity usage by 1 percent. Other studies dispute this finding. The ski industry opposed a proposal to extend DST in Colorado, saying it cut time resorts had to prepare for opening.

8. Grades may fall: Some sleep-deprived students have tested a grade lower than during well-rested times. Sleep specialist Lisa Meltzer, PhD, suggests putting kids to bed 15 minutes earlier in the four nights before the time change.

9. It pays and costs: Retailers see a boost in sales during DST. Other industries cite extra costs from longer hours to prepare for the time switch.

10. When does it end? DST ends 2 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 6.

5 things to know about Presidents Day

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The third Monday in February means a day off school for many students, and a day off work for employees. 

But what does the federal holiday really stand for, other than a day off in the middle of winter and sales at your local mattress store?

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Here are five things to know about Presidents Day according to History.com.

1. Presidents Day was established in 1885 to celebrate President George Washington's birthday nationwide. President Rutherford Hayes signed the law in 1879 and originally celebrated only in the District of Columbia.  It was moved, and named Presidents' Day in 1971. The Uniform Monday Holiday Act was created to make three-day weekends for workers. 

2. Several states still honor Washington's birthday, along with Abraham Lincoln and other notable Americans. Presidents' Day now celebrates all U.S. presidents. When it was moved in 1971, the holiday combined the birthday celebrations for both Washington and Lincoln, giving equal recognition of two famous presidents since the day is between Washington's Feb. 22 and Lincoln's Feb. 12 birthdays. The act passed in 1968, but took effect in 1971. 

3. The Uniform Monday Holiday Act also moved the dates of Columbus Day, Memorial Day and Veterans' Day. In 1980, Veterans' Day was returned to Nov. 11 after critics voiced their complaints.

4. Two other presidents join Lincoln and Washington with birthdays in February, William Henry Harrison, the ninth president, and Ronald Reagan, 40th, were both born in the second month. Reagan celebrated on Feb. 6, while Harrison was born Feb. 9. 

5. The day is usually celebrated with children spending the time leading up to Presidents' Day to learn about Washington, Lincoln and other presidents. There are historical displays and parades. In 1932, Presidents' Day marked the reinstatement of the Purple Heart. The medal is given to soldiers killed or wounded in battle. 

Valentine's Day is Singles Awareness Day for people not in relationships

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A twist on Valentine's Day encourages singles to embrace their relationship status and to not feel sad or lonely.

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Feb. 14, marked by chocolates, flowers and heartfelt cards professing one's love for a romantic partner, often leaves those who aren't in relationships feeling like the holiday doesn't apply to them, but Singles Awareness Day, which can celebrated the same day or the following day, reminds people that it's OK to treat yourself.

While it's not officially recognized on the federal calendar, Singles Awareness Day is a rebellious response to Valentine's Day's commercialism -- retailers' big push to buy candies, jewelry, stuffed animals and other items for a special someone. 

People who jokingly celebrate the unofficial holiday often argue that a person can buy those items for him or herself and that a gift or an expensive dinner shouldn't be what's expected as an act of showing love.

In addition to taking advantage of the discounted sweet treats sold at stores nationwide, some say the best way for single people to make the most of Single Awareness Day is to go out with a group of single friends or host a party for singles only. Some people choose to exchange gifts with their friends or to attend events for single people to meet one another. 

Overall, Singles Awareness Day reminds people of a very important principle: The most important person to love on any day is yourself.

If you're still unconvinced that Singles Awareness Day is worthy of celebration, try to indulge in some Internet humor while you indulge in your discounted box of chocolates.

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