Mark Cuban ‘seriously considering’ presidential run in 2020

We could potentially see Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban on the presidential ballot in 2020.
Michael Kaskey-Blomain – Oct 14, 1:19 AM

We could potentially see Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban on the presidential ballot in 2020.

“It is something I’m seriously considering,” Cuban said of a presidential run during an appearance at the Venture Atlanta business conference in Georgia, via the  Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “If I was single, I’d definitely be running,”

At the event, Cuban provided a preview of part of his potential platform.

“…Maybe I run as an independent. I don’t know,” Cuban said. “I’m for smaller government. I think there is a healthcare solution.”

Cuban has been a vocal critic of President Trump, who tweeted earlier this year that Cuban is “not smart enough to run for president!”

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Medical pot companies hoping to sell in Youngstown pitch to council

There are only two medical marijuana dispensary licenses available in all of Mahoning, Trumbull, and Ashtabula counties
By Dan Marcel Published: October 16, 2017, 11:18 pm Updated: October 17, 2017, 12:00 am
Medical pot dispensary hopes to move into Youngstown’s Mahoning Plaza

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – Three companies want to sell medical marijuana in Youngstown and on Monday night, they pitched their plans to city council.

Holistic Health Partners, JB Hamlin & Company, and the Green Mile Solutions all explained to council members what medical marijuana in Youngstown could look like.

A.J. Carabello, with Holistic Health, said his company has signed a tentative lease to set up shop in the Mahoning Plaza.

“We want to do this right for the community. I’m a licensed pharmacist so from the medical background perspective, I feel it’s essential to have a medical professional overseeing this operation.”

He said medical cannabis is just another drug.

“There are great benefits to be had, the research is starting to come out. If the research wasn’t there, I wouldn’t be interested in this.”

Green Mile Solutions is owned by Darrin Farrow, of Westlake near Cleveland. He has almost seven years of experience in the industry and worked at facilities in other states.

“It’ll be very good for the states. Not just for the opiates but for job creation and overall better medicine without the bad side effects,” he said.

Farrow wouldn’t say where Green Mile Solutions’ Youngstown facility would be located.

The third group, BJ Hamlin & Company, does not yet have a location selected in Youngstown but it does have locations in Illinois.

There are only two medical marijuana dispensary licenses available in all of Mahoning, Trumbull, and Ashtabula counties. Youngstown City Council will not be the ones to decide if the groups can come here. That decision is up to the state’s board of pharmacy.

“We could restrict them if we didn’t want them in the community. However, we have updated our zoning so we have them as a regulated use so we can put some additional restrictions in place,” said Fourth Ward Councilman Mike Ray.

The site proposed for the Mahoning Plaza needs the approval of the planning commission, which will hold a hearing on Tuesday at 1:50 p.m. on the sixth floor of Youngstown City Hall.

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‘Nuclear War May Break Out at Any Moment,’ Says North Korea “The entire US mainland is within our firing range.”

River Donaghey

Oct 17 2017, 1:43pm
Tensions on the Korean peninsula have “reached a touch-and-go point” and nuclear war “may break out at any moment,” North Korea’s deputy UN ambassador Kim In Ryong warned on Monday, the Washington Post reports.

Kim relayed the terrifying words to a UN committee this week, blaming the rising tensions on the United States’ joint military exercises with South Korea “aimed at mounting a preemptive nuclear strike” against North Korea. His statement came the same day the US and South Korea started a weeklong series of naval exercises off the South Korean coast.

“Unless the hostile policy and the nuclear threat of the US is thoroughly eradicated, we will never put our nuclear weapons and ballistic rockets on the negotiating table under any circumstances,” he said in his prepared statement.

He also wrote—but didn’t read aloud—that “the entire US mainland is within our firing range.”

Although some US officials told Reuters in July that they believed North Korea was capable of reaching the continental US with a missile after its successful intercontinental ballistic missile test, experts remained skeptical about the country’s ability to craft a warhead that could survive the re-entry into Earth’s atmosphere. Kim Jong-un recently lofted threats toward Guam, which sits pretty far west of the US in the Pacific, but it sounds like the country is making progress on its ability to launch a missile further. Just last week, Trump’s chief of staff John Kelly said Pyongyang “is developing a pretty good nuclear re-entry vehicle,” according to CNN.

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said this week that the US will attempt to resolve tensions with North Korea diplomatically “until the first bomb drops,” though Trump’s ongoing tweets about how diplomacy with the “Little Rocket Man” is a waste of time doesn’t exactly back up Tillerson’s sentiment.

Kim said that the DPRK supports “the total elimination of nuclear weapons,” but as long as the US continues to threaten the country, North Korea is prepared to retaliate.

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