Senators from New York, New Jersey and Kentucky want to end the federal prohibition on medical marijuana. Then, why did AEG drop its proposal for a football stadium in Downtown L.A.? In our regular car segment, we take a look at the legacy of Yutaka Katayama, a Nissan executive who helped usher a Japanese car craze in the U.S. Then, a new study provides fresh evidence about the origins of narcissism. We talk about what parents should and shouldn’t do to avoid raising narcissists. And, why the Apple Watch is more luxury fashion accessory than high-end tech.
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Senator Kirsten Gillibrand of New York joined New Jersey’s Cory Booker and Kentucky’s Rand Paul to propose a bill, today, that would end the federal prohibition on medical marijuana. If passed, people in the 23 states and the District of Columbia where medical pot is legal, would no longer have to fear federal prosecution. Pot businesses would also be able to use the banking system, and research institutions that get federal funds could study the effects of pot. We discuss the bill’s chances and what it would do.
There are two proposals for football stadiums in L.A., down from three. AEG is giving up on plans to build a stadium downtown. The company spent $50 million on the proposal over the last five years, but couldn’t get a team to join. But AEG isn’t going quietly. It’s trying to scuttle the remaining stadium proposals in Inglewood and Carson. We take a look at the dispute.
Some of the best-selling cars in America are Japanese brands. In fact, American pickup trucks are the only vehicles that can top Japanese brands like Toyota, Honda and Nissan. And you can thank one man for a lot of the craze: Yutaka Katayama, the first president of Nissan in the U.S. He recently passed away, and we talk about his legacy in this week’s installment of our regular car segment.
Aaron Robinson, Car and Driver magazine
Kanye West is one person notorious for tooting his own horn -- and he’s certainly been accused of narcissism. But maybe his parents just praised him a lot? A new study finds that parents who “overvalue” their kids are more likely to produce little narcissists, who can grow up to become narcissistic adults. But what exactly does it mean to “overvalue?” Where’s the line between that and healthy praise? Also, aren’t we all a little bit narcissistic in this age of endlessly documenting ourselves on social media and in selfies?
Jeffrey Kluger, Science Editor, Time Magazine
Tech addicts around the world have been waiting anxiously for the final rollout of Apple’s new smart watch. And they finally got their fix, Monday. Aside from the usual debates that accompany any new Apple product, there is the issue of price. The company says, “There’s an Apple Watch for everyone.” But that’s if “everyone” has at least $349 and a late-model iPhone. Mid-range models are closer to $1,000 and high-end models will go for as much as $17,000. That’s the cost to consumers, but what about the cost to Apple? The steep price of the watch could damage its image as a company that brings high-tech and great design to the masses.
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