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THIS JUST IN: McGruff the Crime Dog Caught with ‘Tree’

THIS JUST IN 2Back in the roaring 80s, there was a PSA that took a life of its own with McGruff the Crime Dog.

This cartoon bloodhound was created by ad agency Saatchi & Saatchi via the ubiquitous Ad Council. McGruff was the mascot for the National Crime Prevention Council and U.S. police departments all knew about him, used him and patrolled with him.

McGruff was awesome because he had this James Cagney-esque of 1920 gangster talk to “Coppers” but he was one of the good guys, SCHE-EEEEE? Drugs. Bullying. Safety. All of it was in a concentrated effort to “Take a Bite Out of Crime.”

And now that big bite was taken out of McGruff’s behind as John R. Morales was sentenced this week to 16 years and three months in federal prison on drug and weapons charges after police found more than 1,000 marijuana plants and 27 weapons, including grenade launchers, at two indoor farms.

The 41-year-old former actor pleaded guilty and says he “entered the drug trade to help sick relatives.”

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Um, McDonald’s? Happy Meals Aren’t Supposed to be This Happy?!

There are no words. So, we’ll let Newser offer them for us. And McDonald’s, you just lost a rental clown.

THIS JUST IN: Snorting Smarties Causes ‘Nasal Maggots’

THIS JUST IN 2What? You think I make this up? That’s why PR Newser has this category of stories. Although it could be construed as good or bad PR for the brand in question, it’s definitely news. Well, kinda’.

Nonetheless, it is our journalistic responsibility to bring you this story from Rhode Island. Apparently kids are feeling the economy pinch but still need to get their junkie on, so instead of graded cocaine like high society sticks in its nose, the cool, broke kids are jonesin’ for Smarties.

And yes, this is a real thing. Oh, but before you think this is awesome and run out to your local grocer, it turns out snorting the multicolored cheapskate candy can cause ‘nasal maggots.’

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Colorado Sushi Spot Creates World’s First ‘Marijuana Pairing Menu’

TREND ALERT: upscale restaurants all over Colorado are (probably) cursing Hapa Sushi for being the first to develop a pairing menu that has absolutely nothing to do with alcohol.

Not only does said menu suggest entrees that might just taste better under the influence of certain plant breeds (try the Pakaloko Shrimp after some “Pakistani Kush”), it also includes a few other messages intended for that affected demographic: copy announces that the dining room is “ergonomically designed to reduce paranoia”, and this “happy legalization” page needs no explanation.

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Would you believe there’s an agency behind this? Of course there is.

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Today in Irony: Winner of Breaking Bad Contest Busted for Drugs

breaking_badBreaking Bad is unquestionably one of the best written shows in TV history.

It’s also, many say, one of the most influential. Of course, you have the occasional hack hater who believes the outrageous exploits of White and Pinkman served to promote meth use in this country, but the fact remains: people are going to smoke up if they fancy such a thing. They might even sell because, you know, the economy.

But this story from Newser tops all of the ironic, art-imitating-life stories about this drama in the history of ever. Oh, how AMC Networks must be proud to hear about this.

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Lindsay Lohan Sues Grand Theft Auto V

Art imitating life -- if ever there was an example.

Art imitating life — if ever there was an example.

In what has to be a dire attempt to get back in the spotlight comes teen-star turned crack-ho trollop Lindsay Lohan. She has nothing better to do these days than … well, lines … so I’m sure she and her near-out-of-work publicist are taking in a few video games to pass the time.

And that’s when the epiphany struck and a PR story was born.

Broken by trash diggers and snoop shooters TMZ.com, “LiLo” (as the kids in rehab call her) insists that’s her on the game and no one asked her permission to use her image. There’s even part of a game that “features a mission where a Lindsay Lohan look-alike asks the player to take her home and escape the paparazzi.” So, naturally, the report is the former ‘Mean Girl’ wants to sue Rockstar Games for a truckload of cash.

Rumor is Lohan also noticed GTAV also features a mission at a hotel resembling Chateau Marmont in West Hollywood — a place where Lohan visits often and lived for a period of time. No word on if this mysterious character goes on a cocaine binge in the game, but reporters are digging.

Friday Munchies: Seattle PD Gives Free PR to Frito-Lay at ‘Hempfest’

Boy oh boy, those sure do look like Scooby snacks.

Frito-Lay—or, more specifically, Dorito’s—received a bit of free viral PR this week via an unlikely source: the Seattle Police Department.

On Saturday the city will host its annual “Hempfest”, a gathering of like-minded people dedicated to making rope, oils and clothing from the world’s most naturally resistant fiber (we kid, we kid). Cops surveying the festival plan to hand out 1,000 bags of munchies in what the department is honestly calling “Operation Orange Fingers”. Said bags will each bear stickers urging attendees to visit the department’s Marijwhatnow page for more details of the 2012 laws which legalized simple possession of that one thing in Washington State.

We would mention that they’ll also arrest anyone found possessing more than the legal amount of weed or trying to drive while under the (obvious) influence, but we wouldn’t want to harsh your buzz. We’re more amused by the department’s Twitter responses:

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Drug Makers Turn Doping Scandals into Good PR

Lance ArmstrongHere’s an interesting way for controversial brands to maintain or improve their reputations: take an industry’s biggest scandal and turn it into a PR win through effective advocacy and counter-messaging efforts.

We’ve heard a good bit about EPO and other performance-enhancing drugs in the past few months thanks in large part to athletes like Lance Armstrong and Oscar Pistorious, the Olympian double-amputee and accused murderer who apparently liked to mix his alcohol with illegal steroids. Lest we forget, these drugs primarily serve as useful medicines that can help lengthen and improve the lives of those affected by chronic conditions like anemia.

In a determined PR move, Roche and GlaxoSmithKline–two of the world’s largest drug makers–have joined the World Anti-Doping Agency in an attempt to prevent the abuse of their products and protect their names from the inevitable backlash.

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Will the World Grow Weary of Starbucks’s Unstoppable Growth?

Ok, now this is just surreal. We’ve all heard the jokes about how there is a Starbucks on every street corner, and we know that statement is funny because it is (almost) true.

Everywhere you turn, no matter where you are, you’ll see that green and white logo—beside the gas station, across from your florist, atop the dog groomer’s studio. Starbucks simply appears out of nowhere, like Michael Meyers in Halloween.

But the world is, apparently, not enough: The Seattle-based coffee chain and global caffeine kingpin just announced plans to open 3,000 new stores in the Americas region by 2017, with half of those stores slotted for somewhere in the United States. That is staggering. Where in America is Starbucks going to build 1,500 new shops? And where are all of those customers coming from? Does the US have secret plans to colonize Antarctica? And why weren’t we told?

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Seattle PD Has a Sense of Humor About Marijuana

Gandalf Lord of the RingsWe recently reported on the Seattle Police Department’s  attempts to endear itself to the public via helpful block-by-block crime tweets. Now we find that the PD’s communications team might just be perfect for social media—they certainly have a sense of humor.

In case you missed the memo, earlier this month the states of Washington and Colorado became the first in our nation to legalize the possession and use of marijuana “for recreational purposes”–no prescription required, man. We mention this because the Seattle PD just unveiled a page on its crime blotter blog titled “Marijwhatnow? A Guide to Legal Marijuana Use In Seattle.”

The page, quite obviously tailored to Seattle residents with certain…habits, includes the answers to such probing questions as “Will police officers be able to smoke marijuana?” and “What happens if I get pulled over and I’m sober, but an officer or his K9 buddy smells the ounce of Super Skunk I’ve got in my trunk?” The page’s author, veteran crime reporter Jonah Spangenthal-Lee, advises those caught with marijuana before the law goes into effect on Dec. 6 to “hold your breath.”

So, like, we find this all endlessly amusing and stuff, but it’s also a great example of good PR on the department’s behalf.

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