Auto dystopia

Mark Carlson, Herald staff

Auto dystopia

By 2025, automakers may be required to build vehicles that average 62 miles per gallon, the federal government says.

So if you see a lot of Lincoln Navigators and Cadillac Escalades parked outside tea party rallies, now you know why.

California, here he comes: Possessing up to an ounce of marijuana in California is now an infraction instead of a misdemeanor, punishable by a $100 fine with no possibility of arrest, prosecution or criminal record.

Music icon and marijuana enthusiast Willie Nelson immediately offered to be the official spokesman for the California Travel and Tourism Commission.

The war on verbiage: The House has approved a bill requiring federal agencies to use plain language in letters, forms and other official documents, at a cost of about $5 million a year.

President Barack Obama is expected to sign the measure, which The Buzz thinks should be dubbed the Economic Stimulus for Unemployed Copy Editors Act of 2010.