Bones found in California belong to Swedish girl missing 30 years

Bones found in the Northern California foothills have been identified as belonging to a Swedish exchange student who went missing more than 33 years ago, prompting police investigators to reopen the case, a newspaper reported on Tuesday.

The remains, consisting of only seven bones, were discovered in Fremont, California, in 2010 and in November were matched to 21-year-old Elisabeth Martinsson, the Marin Independent Journal reported on its website.

Marin County Coroner’s spokesman said he could not immediately comment to Reuters on the case.

Martinsson, of Uddevalla, Sweden, had been staying as an exchange student with a family in Greenbrae, across the San Francisco Bay from Fremont, when she was reported missing on Jan. 17, 1982.

Martinsson, who also had been working as a nanny, vanished after buying a pair of boots in the nearby community of Larkspur and had not been seen in the more than three decades since.

Some 10 days after her disappearance Henry Lee Coleman, 31, and Sabrina Ann Johnson, 26, were arrested after they were found in Oklahoma with the yellow Volkswagen Rabbit that Martinsson had been driving.

Coleman, who had previously served time in prison for rape, was convicted of auto theft and sentenced to five years in prison, according to the Independent Journal.

Investigators were seeking additional tests on the bones and trying to determine Coleman’s whereabouts, the newspaper said. Martinsson’s remains, which were cremated, would be sent back to family members in Sweden.

(Reporting by Dan Whitcomb; Editing by Bill Trott)

Reuters: Oddly Enough

More people smoke marijuana monthly than belong to unions in America

In some cases, folks are both monthly pot smokers AND union members…

As I continue my research for my forthcoming book, NORML’s Big Book of Marijuana Facts, I find information that even after years of study on the issue manages to stun me.

My latest factoid?  There are more monthly adult marijuana consumers in America than workers who belong to unions.

Straight from the “Union Members – 2010”, Bureau of Labor Statistics, US Dept. of Labor, there are 14,700,000 workers in public and private employee unions in America.  The National Survey on Drug Use and Health for 2009 cited 14,995,632 cannabis consumers aged 18 years and older who had used at least once in the past month.

Fifteen million monthly tokers is quite a large demographic group.  There are more monthly adult tokers than there are Asian Americans (14,014,000), more than LGBT Americans (12,700,000), and more than Illinois (12,910,409).  There are more of us than the membership of (5,000,000), the NRA (4,000,000), PETA (2,000,000), NARAL Pro-Choice America (1,000,000), the Human Rights Campaign (750,000), the ACLU (500,000), and the NAACP (425,000) combined (13,675,000).

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Bob Ryan, Peter Abraham Agree That Roberto Alomar, Bert Blyleven and Barry Larkin Belong in Hall of Fame

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