The Vancouver Police Department has busted a second marijuana dispensary for not playing by the rules.

Today (July 24) Jim’s Weed Lounge at 882 East Hastings joined Weeds Glass and Gifts at 2580 Kingsway as the only dispensaries raided by police in all of 2014.

Meanwhile, more than 40 similar storefronts selling marijuana continue to operate in Vancouver.

A train carrying oil has derailed in the Interbay neighbourhood of Seattle, roughly seven kilometres west of where the Interstate 5 highway cuts through the city’s downtown core.

According to the Seattle PI, the five-car train was travelling at about eight kilometres an hour when three of its cars tipped onto their sides.

The train was brought to a standstill. No oil was reported spilled in the accident.

One of my favourite things to do as a music-crazed teen in the '70s was to go to record stores and buy albums based solely on how rockin' they looked.

I can still remember checking out the record bins and laying my eyes on a 1972 album by a group that I'd never heard before called Status Quo. The album was called Piledriver. Did it ever look rockin':

I snapped that sucker up and took it home and spent many an hour transfixed by its straightforward guitar-boogie. I was especially fond of a song called "Big Fat Mama", which was fast and then slow and then fast again and went on for like six minutes or so.

Uptown Live MusicFest takes over the Uptown business district (at 6th Avenue and 6th Street in New Westminster) on August 10 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

The third-annual festival is free and open to people of all ages.

This year’s festival features an impressive lineup of local and international musicians, including headliners Five Alarm Funk and Texas-based rockers The Bright Light Social Hour. Other artists performing at the fest include Rykka, BESTiE, Jordan Klassen, The Matinee, Ash Grunwald, Headwater, Pacifika, Santa Lucia, Redeye Empire, Halfway to Hollywood, Rich Hope and the Blue Rich Rangers, and Ben Rogers.

The berries I just noticed overhanging a parkade ramp in a Fairview back alley are blue but certainly aren’t blueberries—they have the same dusty blue ski,n but that’s the only similarity.

I could be wrong but I think they might be so-called Oregon grapes, known less for their taste and more for their potentially powerful medicinal properties.

Not blueberries and not really grapes either

These berries in the alley of the 1500 block between 15th and 16th Avenue are growing too high up to be blueberries, which grow on bushes close to the ground, and they’re smaller and a lot more tart.

The Bass Coast music festival happening in Merritt August 1 to 4 has announced it will not allow ticket holders to wear Native headdresses on-site.

A July 23 message posted on the event’s Facebook page emphasizes that this policy will be enforced.

For various reasons, Bass Coast Festival is banning feathered war bonnets, or anything resembling them, onsite. Our security team will be enforcing this policy.

We understand why people are attracted to war bonnets. They have a magnificent aesthetic. But their spiritual, cultural and aesthetic significance cannot be separated.

Every weekday, the Straight highlights a great local shot as the Photo of the Day. Interested in submitting your photos for consideration? Check out our Flickr group.


Couldn't make it out last night? You missed Canadian math-pop band Tommy Alto at the Biltmore. Laura Cuthbert was there and caught a moment of the show on Instagram. Here’s your concert pick of the morning. Tommy Alto at the Biltmore Cabaret on July 23, 2014. Thanks Laura.

Perhaps the Canada Line was feeling left out.

After the Expo and Millennium lines experienced two major shutdowns in one week, the Canada Line had its own outage this morning (July 24).

Metro Vancouver's third SkyTrain line lost power south of Marine Drive Station, shutting down its Richmond and airport branches.

Like Halloween, when the early October fogs start to roll in, and Kanye West when he isn’t cancelling his shows the day they are supposed to happen, it’s starting to feel like it’s almost here.

Yes, we’re talking about the Squamish Valley Music Festival, taking place August 8 to 10 at the Logger Sports Grounds and Hendrickson Fields. In anticipation of the big event—headlined by Eminem, Bruno Mars, and Arcade Fire—we’re spending the next few weeks rounding up local artists who’ll be playing the open-air party, and getting them to answer some important questions.