WhiteBoardness - 11/27/96
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From: Peter Langston <psl>
Date: Wed, 27 Nov 96 19:37:06 -0800
Subject: WhiteBoardness - 11/27/96
Excerpted-from: WhiteBoard News for Wednesday, November 27, 1996
Officials of the city's new downtown arena hope to be flush with success
after a toilet test on Saturday.
Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts will pull the levers on all 400 toilets and
urinals at once to simulate lavatory use by a concert or sports event crowd.
"If we find a problem, we'll fix it," said arena vice president Russ Simons.
"A flush beats a full house."
The test is being done before two Amy Grant concerts that open the arena on
Dec. 18 and 19.
Officials want to be sure there is adequate water pressure and that the
drain lines are free of debris.
Simons said he was not aware of any Scout merit badges the event would help
"But this goes right to the heart of the Boy Scout Motto -- 'Be Prepared,'"
How could any pot thief resist it? Thirty-three tall, leafy marijuana
plants, complete with buds, tucked in among the redwood trees.
In a flash, seven were gone. But they probably won't be smoked any time
soon; they're made out of silk, and were being used by a film company.
"They looked really real. They had buds on them and everything," said Tina
Williams, a state park ranger at the Forest of Nicene Marks in Santa Cruz
County, where Underdog Films has been shooting a star-studded movie about
marijuana farmers called "Home Grown."
"They cost $1,000 a plant. That's more than the real thing," said Williams.
The film stars Ted Danson, John Lithgow, Kelly Lunch, Jon Bon Jovi and Jamie
Lee Curtis. It concerns people who grow real marijuana and those who rip
While stoned thieves are one possibility for the theft, the pot purloiners
may have known exactly what they are doing, Williams said.
The plants may have been taken as a form of protest against the movie
company, which has brought truckloads of heavy gear into the usually
Either way, the moviemakers are not amused.
"They're concerned that they're not going to be able to finish the filming,"
If the pot poachers return their loot, the producers "are not interested in
prosecution," she added.
© 1996 Peter Langston