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State's Bong Auction, Meant to Bring In Millions, Netted $2K

California's auction went bust after trying to sell confiscated fixtures

(Newser) - When the state of California raided 10 cannabis businesses that collectively owed $14 million in back taxes, officials had high hopes for the goodies they seized, with plans to put them all up for auction to raise millions. The grand haul after a Feb. 16 sale of various glass bongs...

'AK-47' That Prompted Panic Was Something Very Different

Police in New South Wales, Australia, say 'weapon' they found in car was actually just a bong

(Newser) - There was a bit of panic in Australia this week, after Sydney locals reported the sighting of a man carrying a frightening-looking assault rifle—but all was not what it seemed. The BBC reports that 911 calls started pouring in late Wednesday afternoon from the northwest side of the city,...

Amanda Bynes Arrested After Bong-Toss: Cops

Police say she threw bong out window

(Newser) - Amanda Bynes was arrested last night, and—we know you'll be shocked—a bong was allegedly involved. A doorman at Bynes' Manhattan apartment building called police to report someone smoking pot in the lobby, and took police to Bynes' apartment when they arrived, Eyewitness News reports. She answered the...

Miley Cyrus: I'm a Stoner
 Miley Cyrus: 
 I'm a Stoner 

Miley Cyrus: I'm a Stoner

No, wait, it's just a joke, says pal Kelly Osbourne

(Newser) - Goodbye innocence: The once-wholesome image of Miley Cyrus and alter ego Hannah Montana has apparently gone up in smoke. Cyrus is a "stoner," she quipped at her 19th birthday party after pals presented her with a Bob Marley cake. "You know you're a stoner when your...

Ex Classmate: Rand Paul Kidnapped Me to Do Bong Hits

He was member of 'lewd, sacrilegious' club at Baylor

(Newser) - It turns out US Senate candidate Rand Paul wasn't always a squeaky clean conservative, and once kidnapped a female college schoolmate to pressure her to take pot bong hits, according to the woman. Paul and a pal "blindfolded me, tied me up, and put me in their car,"...

Baby With Bong Shocks Facebook

Mom insists baby isn't smoking, but still...

(Newser) - Forget that baby who smokes cigarettes —this one smokes a bong, at least if an ill-advised Facebook photo is to be believed. Florida’s child protection agency is investigating the family of the 11-month-old shown in the picture, WJXT reports. A spokesperson says they are “alarmed that any...

'I Can't Do Anything Wrong Once I'm in the Pool'

(Newser) - In his first post-bong-photo interview, Michael Phelps says he has a sure-fire way to stay out of trouble—get back to the "normal routine" of the swimming pool. In the interview—it airs tomorrow on NBC's Today show, notes Entertainment Tonight—Matt Lauer asks Phelps if he's worried the...

Stoner Stuffs Cat in Bong to 'Mellow'

(Newser) - A Nebraska man faces a misdemeanor charge—which could become a felony—for stuffing his cat into a homemade bong and smoking marijuana through the contraption, the AP reports. The man, who was also charged with possession, said the cat was hyper and he was trying to “mellow” her...

Phelps Hides From Paps— at Strip Joints

Swimmer hides from cameras, tints windows

(Newser) - It’s understandable that Michael Phelps is a little camera-shy after the fallout from his bong portrait. But he’s started “hiding out at strip clubs” to avoid having his picture taken, the New York Post reports. The Olympic champ has also tinted the windows of his Baltimore home...

Phelps Won't Be Charged
Phelps Won't
Be Charged

Phelps Won't Be Charged

SC sheriff probed swimmer's marijuana use but found no evidence, he says

(Newser) - South Carolina officials won't charge Michael Phelps for smoking that bong after all, The State reports. Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott said today he'd investigated Phelps' marijuana use at a November party, but came up short on evidence—even though Phelps had admitted to doing it. Legal analysts said Phelps...

Bong Owner Tried to Get $100K on eBay

Eight partygoers have been arrested; Phelps not among them

(Newser) - The bong case grows. Eight people in Columbia, SC, have been arrested on drug charges stemming from the infamous frat party that Michael Phelps attended, WIS-TV reports. Those eight do not include Phelps himself, but they do include the bong's owner, who reportedly tried to sell it on eBay for...

We May Never Know Who Took the Pot Pic

Many people could have taken bong photo

(Newser) - Plenty of people partied with Michael Phelps in South Carolina around the time he smoked marijuana, but the abundance of witnesses doesn't mean we'll ever know who took the picture that got the Olympian into trouble. Some fellow partiers saw iPhones out, but no one's even sure which night the...

Phelps Not Sure If He'll Swim in 2012 Olympics

Swimmer struggling with fallout from 'stupid' bong encounter

(Newser) - Michael Phelps is weighing whether to compete at the 2012 Olympics in the wake of fallout over his much-publicized encounter with a bong, he tells his hometown paper, the Baltimore Sun. Phelps still has goals to achieve in the sport and will talk his decision over with his family and...

Phelps' Toke Shouldn't Cause Such a Splash
Phelps' Toke Shouldn't
Cause Such a Splash

Phelps' Toke Shouldn't Cause Such a Splash

He goes to great lengths to win, and it's the same with relaxing; embarrassment is punishment enough

(Newser) - Michael Phelps’ reputation shouldn't go up in smoke just because he was caught indulging in a drug an estimated 42% of Americans have tried, Sally Jenkins writes in the Washington Post. Phelps, like most great athletes, is a creature of extremes, and nobody should be surprised that when he breaks...

Phelps Cops to Smoking Pot
 Phelps Cops to Smoking Pot 

Phelps Cops to Smoking Pot

Says he demonstrated "bad judgment"

(Newser) - Michael Phelps admitted today to smoking pot after a British tabloid ran a photo of him sucking a bong, the Times of London reports. The Olympic swimming star apologized, saying he “demonstrated bad judgment. I'm 23 years old and despite the successes I've had in the pool, I acted...

UK Tabloid Says It Caught Phelps With Bong

(Newser) - Michael Phelps may be getting a little too relaxed in the swimming off-season. The British tabloid News of the World has published a photo that it says shows the Olympic king taking a hit from a bong. No word yet from the Phelps camp, but the tabloid says the swimmer...

Bong Case 4 SCOTUS
Bong Case

Bong Case 4 SCOTUS

A Supreme Court case weighs student's right to "glorify" drug use

(Newser) - A student glorifying illegal drug use shouldn't be protected by the First Amendment, Ken Starr argued before the Supreme Court yesterday in the case of a high school student suspended for displaying a banner reading "Bong Hits 4 Jesus" during the Winter Olympics Torch Relay in Juneau, Alaska in...

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