Hey budtender, take me to the Ganja Giggle Garden! A pot-crawl round LA’s boutique cannabis stores | Design

‘Do you know what terpenes are?” says our glamorous host, pointing to four glass domes spotlit on a table, each containing mysterious lumps of black rock. The surrounding walls of this small room in Los Angeles are lined with mirrors, topped with neon arches that glow lilac, pink and purple, their reflections forming a trippy maze of arcades extending into infinity. It looks like some kind of cosmic chapel, an intergalactic shrine to precious meteorites, but this is Wyllow, one of the city’s new breed of boutique cannabis dispensaries, determined to elevate the humble herb to dizzying new heights.

Our hostess lifts one of the domes with a flourish and offers me a whiff. A rich, citrusy bouquet with piney undertones wafts forth, recalling lemon peel and woodland walks. Another dome’s scent is more smoky, a third musky and earthy with sweet notes of clove. It feels like I’m at a fancy wine-tasting, not a place to score weed.

“Terpenes are the volatile hydrocarbons that give plants their aroma,” she explains, sounding like the science bit of a shampoo commercial. “And they give different strains of cannabis their unique highs.” These rocks in front of us are not chunks of aged, vintage hash, as I had naively assumed, but lava stones scented with particular terpenes. Sniffing them is just the introduction to this curated cannabis shopping experience, the first step on my journey into the US’s mind-bending $30bn (£24.5bn) marijuana retail industry.

‘We wanted to make an inviting space for the canna-curious’ … Camille Roistacher opening her store Wyllow.
‘We wanted to make an inviting space for the canna-curious’ … Camille Roistacher opening Wyllow.

As America’s hippie capital of peace, love and good vibes, California has long had a relaxed relationship to pot. It was the

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Vanderpump Rules Star Scheana Shay’s Lawyer Says She Is “Devastated” Raquel Leviss Is Trying To “Shift The Blame” With Restraining Order

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - JULY 19: (L-R) Raquel Leviss and Scheana Schay attend DailyMail.com and TMX opening celebration of Schwartz & Sandy's on July 19, 2022 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for DailyMail.com)

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – JULY 19: (L-R) Raquel Leviss and Scheana Schay attend DailyMail.com and TMX opening celebration of Schwartz & Sandy’s on July 19, 2022 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for DailyMail.com)

Ariana Madix isn’t the only one feeling devastated in the aftermath of Scandoval. After finding out that longtime partner Tom Sandoval was cheating on her with co-star Raquel Leviss, the cast of Vanderpump Rules quickly rallied around Ariana.

Certainly, no one seemed to show more support than Scheana Shay. Allegedly in the form of giving Raquel a knuckle sandwich. Scheana has vehemently denied the claim. Her lawyer, Neama Rahmani recently spoke to Us Weekly about how Scheana is handling the matter.

Neama stated, “Here’s someone that [Scheana] considered a dear friend, a younger sister. Scheana is obviously upset. [She] and Raquel were friends for years. She actually invited Raquel into her home where she lived for six months. So, for her to betray her like this, she’s devastated.”

Thank goodness Scheana didn’t let Raquel into her home with her man right there! Scandoval could have easily been Brocktrayal. And “betrayal” is something that Scheana’s attorney explained Ariana’s friends are feeling as well, thanks to Sandoval’s actions.

Shortly after news broke about Sandoval’s infidelity, Scheana reportedly got physical with Raquel after an appearance on Watch What Happens Live. Raquel quickly filed a temporary restraining order against Scheana.

The court documents read in part, “[Scheana] pushed me against [a] brick wall causing injury to back of [my] head and punched me in the face causing injury to my left eye.” Evidently, Raquel is also claiming that she has a cut above her eye and “blurred vision” as a result of the alleged

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Scheana Shay’s Lawyer Denies She Punched Raquel Leviss: ‘Liar And A Cheat’

Vanderpump Rules-Scheana Shay
“Vanderpump Rules” star Scheana Shay is pictured in a promotional photo.
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KEY POINTS

  • Scheana Shay’s lawyer said Raquel Leviss’ punching allegation is a fabrication
  • Neama Rahmani said the dark markings on Leviss’ face had been there for months
  • The lawyer said they would present the full story at the March 29 hearing

Scheana Shay’s lawyer responded to Raquel Leviss’ allegation that the former punched her.

Shay’s lawyer, Neama Rahmani, released a statement to Us Weekly Thursday to set the record straight about the alleged punching incident between her client and Leviss. Rahmani said the claim was not true.

“This case is a fabrication by a known liar and a cheat who has betrayed everyone close to her. Scheana never punched Raquel, period,” the attorney said. “The supposed dark markings around her left eye have been there for months.”

The statement continued, “Neither Scheana nor other cast members want anything to do with Raquel going forward. The judge has only heard a one-sided account of what happened, and we look forward to presenting the full and true story at the March 29 hearing.”

People obtained court documents from the Los Angeles Superior Court granting Leviss’ request for a temporary restraining order against Shay. In her filing, the 28-year-old former beauty pageant contestant claimed she suffered injuries after an alleged altercation with Shay, 37, at around 1:30 a.m. last Thursday.

TMZ obtained photos of her injuries that she reportedly included in her filing.

The “Vanderpump Rules” star, Leviss, alleged that her co-star, Shay, pushed her against a brick wall, which left her injured to the back of her head before Shay “punched me in the face causing injury to my left eye.” Leviss claimed she sustained “[a] black eye and cut/scar to left eyebrow, blurred vision & swelling to [the]

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Waffle protects gamers against asset theft with player insurance

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Waffle is offering insurance for gamers, protecting them from account hacks and digital asset theft.

From mastering complex quests in mythical lands to outmaneuvering opponents in virtual battlefields, gaming has captured the hearts of billions. But what happens when a gamer’s account is compromised by a cyberattack and valuable digital assets are stolen?

Waffle is an all-in-one consumer InsurTech solution, and Blink by Chubb, a growing suite of Chubb backed digital consumer insurance products, provide insurance protection for the financial investments gamers make to level-up their virtual experiences. Chubb is the world’s largest publicly traded property and casualty insurance company.

According to Norton, nearly half of American gamers have experienced a cyberattack to their gaming account or device. Of those, more than three in four (76%) report that they were financially affected as a result, losing a striking $744 on average. Many gamers have had limited insurance protection options for their digital assets. But that can change, thanks to the collaboration between Waffle and Blink by Chubb.

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Waffle said it’s a product from gamers for gamers.

“From Zelda to Call of Duty with every Witcher, FIFA and 2048 in between, we live and breathe gaming,” said Quentin Coolen, CEO of Waffle, in a statement. “As gamers, we know firsthand the thrill of exploring new worlds and achieving epic victories within our favorite games. We also understand the gut-wrenching feeling of losing everything in an instant because of a cyberattack. Whether it’s our digital game collection or cherished

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No remains in car buried behind California mansion

ATHERTON, Calif. (AP) — Crews fully excavated a car that police said was buried in the backyard of a Northern California mansion 30 years ago and found no human remains, authorities said Monday.

The convertible Mercedes Benz filled with bags of unused concrete was discovered last week by landscapers in the affluent town of Atherton in Silicon Valley. Cadaver dogs brought to the scene made “slight” notifications of possible human remains on three separate occasions, police said in a statement.

The car was removed from the home by a tow truck and transported Saturday to the San Mateo County Crime Lab for further inspection and processing. On Sunday, ground penetrating radar was used to examine the scene, the department said.

“This examination did not reveal anything unusual or suspicious at the scene and no human remains were located,” it said.

“This concluded our on-scene investigation,” the department added.

Police have not said who owned the car, which was reported stolen in nearby Palo Alto in September 1992, or who might have buried it in the backyard of the sprawling mansion. Police said Monday they had no further comment.

Investigators believe the car was buried 4 to 5 feet (1.2 to 1.5 meters) deep in the home’s backyard sometime in the 1990s — before the current owners bought the home.

Atherton police said the possible owner of the car is believed to be deceased but officials were waiting for DMV records to confirm that.

Authorities wouldn’t say if investigators believe the vehicle was registered to Johnny Lew, who built the home and lived there with his family in the 1990s. Lew had a history of arrests for murder, attempted murder and insurance fraud,

KRON-TV reported Monday that the car has a personalized license plate that includes “Lew.”

Lew died

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Owner of car buried at Atherton estate reported it stolen, collected $87,000 in insurance: DA

Atherton police continue to investigate the discovery of a vehicle found buried in the yard of a home in the 300 block of Stockbridge Avenue in Atherton, Calif., Friday, Oct. 21, 2022.

Atherton police continue to investigate the discovery of a vehicle found buried in the yard of a home in the 300 block of Stockbridge Avenue in Atherton, Calif., Friday, Oct. 21, 2022.

A man linked to one of San Joaquin County’s largest-ever insurance fraud schemes reported a Mercedes-Benz found buried at his former home stolen in 1992 and collected tens of thousands of dollars in insurance on the vehicle, according to San Mateo County authorities.

Johnny Bocktune Lew, who built the $15 million Atherton mansion where the car was unearthed last week, reported the Mercedes-Benz stolen in 1992 and collected $87,000 in insurance on the vehicle, San Mateo County District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe told the San Jose Mercury News.

“This book has 15 chapters in it and we’ve only got two chapters,” Wagstaffe told the newspaper. “I don’t know if we’re ever going to get the other chapters, but I sure hope we do because it is an interesting story.”

Lew died in 2015.

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A mansion is under investigation by police after a car was found buried on the property the day before, in Atherton, Calif., Friday, Oct. 21, 2022. Three decades after a car was reported stolen in Northern California, police are digging the missing convertible out of the yard of a $15 million mansion built by a man with a history of arrests for murder, attempted murder and insurance fraud.

The convertible Mercedes-Benz filled with bags of unused concrete was discovered last week by landscapers in the affluent town of Atherton in Silicon Valley.

Cadaver dogs brought to the scene made “slight” notifications of possible human remains on three separate occasions, police said in a statement.

The car was removed from the home by a tow truck and transported Saturday to the San Mateo

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California to require insurance discounts for property owners who reduce wildfire risk

Laguna Niguel, California May 11, 2022- Firefighters battle the Coastal fire at Coronado Pointe in Laguna Niguel Wednesday.  (Wally Skalij/Los Angeles Times)

Firefighters battle the Coastal fire at Coronado Pointe in Laguna Niguel in May. (Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times)

California will become the first state in the nation to require insurance premium discounts for owners of homes and businesses that are made safer from wildfires.

New rules mandate that insurance companies reward consumers who take wildfire safety and mitigation actions under the state’s Safer From Wildfires framework, the Department of Insurance announced Monday. The framework includes a list of expert-recommended actions that home and business owners can take to better protect themselves from fires.

The regulation is largely a response to skyrocketing insurance costs for residents in wildfire-prone areas, Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara said. Currently, fewer than half of the insurance companies doing business in California provide such discounts.

“Protecting Californians from deadly wildfires means everyone doing their part, including insurance companies by rewarding consumers for being safer from wildfires,” Lara said in a statement.

The regulation arrives as residents grapple with larger, faster-moving and more frequent fires fueled by climate change. Fifteen of the state’s 20 most destructive wildfires on record have occurred since 2015, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire protection, and entire towns — including Paradise and Greenville — have been leveled by flames.

Yet, ratepayers in recent years have complained that companies have been unwilling to credit them for steps taken to lower the risk of loss and damage, such as clearing combustible vegetation from properties or installing fire-resistant roofs.

in a 2020 hearing on the matter, dozens of people told the Department of Insurance that their rates had become untenable, with some seeing quotes of as much as $20,000 a year. One El Dorado County resident, Chris Swarbrick, said that his premiums had increased by 430% in two years, and

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