Teenage boys might have to start asking teen girls for valid ID before agreeing to go on a first date if they want to stay off the sex offender registry.

Jen Hobbs Put yourself in this scenario: You’re 18, you go to a dating site, you start talking to a girl whose profile states she’s 17, and then you both “hook up.” The usual teenage intimacy ensues (sex), and you find out later that she lied about her age. She’s really 14-years-old, and her parents are now really

The minimum wage in America is definitely too low for people to live off of, but can the government really fix a problem that should be handled by businesses?

Off The Grid The ongoing (and complicated) debate over the minimum wage in America hit a new high this month as good ol’ Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) hyped a national $15 minimum wage on the campaign trail.  Now other presidential candidates — from Hillary Clinton to Donald Trump — have thrown in

On the day he was finally released from prison after murder charges were dropped, Alprentiss Nash vowed he would use his freedom studying to become a chef, learning about antique cars and traveling.

Brigida Santos Related Story Number of Veterans on Wait Lists Double One Year After VA Scandal The Chicago Tribune reports, the 40-year-old Nashhad been wrongfully convicted in 1995 for the murder a man named Leon Stroud based on witness testimony. Nash, who always maintained his innocence, was sentenced to 80 years in prison in 1997. According to the report,  He was released in August

Shots were fired at Camp Shelby yesterday morning by an unknown shooter and it looks like the shooter, who is at large, has attempted to strike again.

Brigida Santos CNN reports that the military is on high alert at Camp Shelby in Mississippi, where an unidentified shooter fired gunshots in the air two days in a row. This morning’s shots were fired at 8 AM CT, about 24 hours after yesterday’s shooting. While no one was injured in either shooting, the shooter still remains at large.  Mississippi National

A program specialist at the VA enrollment center in Atlanta says 34,000 veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan lost their eligibility for healthcare after the VA sat on their applications until they expired.

Off The Grid Everyone said these wars weren’t like Vietnam. They’re identical. When the veterans come home they’re forgotten about and cheated. We do all this “rah-rah” for our veterans at stadiums and thank them for their service. Yet, on the dark flip side they lose their benefits. Related Story Number of Veterans on Wait

The Obama administration unveiled a major climate change plan aimed at a large reduction in greenhouse gas emissions from the nation’s coal-burning power plants.The “Clean Power Plan” is the final version of regulations by the EPA. Of course the GOP has vowed to fight it.

Off The Grid   It’s a known fact that the Earth is getting hotter. The more carbon there is in the air, the higher the temperatures are. That’s not negotiable. It’s a scientific fact in and of itself.  We’re now putting more carbon into the air than ever before. So, naturally, the temperatures have to go up. 

Oregon Governor Kate Brown approves recreational marijuana a year ahead of schedule.

Jen Hobbs KATU News reports that Oregon Governor Kate Brown has signed a bill allowing medical marijuana dispensaries to sell pot to recreational users, effective October 1, 2015. Anyone over the age of 21 will be able to purchase marijuana at a dispensary starting October 1. This gives the Oregon Health Authority (OHA) a little more than two months to

Current Saudi King Salman claims Israeli Mossad intelligence agency was responsible for 9/11

Off The Grid Former US ambassador to Saudi Arabia was interviewed on CNN’s Fareed Zakaria GPS  where he claimed that current Saudi King Salman had told him that the Israeli Mossad intelligence agency was responsible for 9/11. “One of my first calls [after 9/11] was with then-governor of Riyadh, Prince Salman, who is now the king,” said US

Time reports that heroin use has reached epidemic proportions, increasing 63% in the last 11 years. That means the number of addicts seeking treatment are up too. But with health care in America being in the state it’s in today, treatment options aren’t exactly easy to come by.

Brigida Santos The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention point out that heroin-related overdose deaths have quadrupled during the 11 years between 2002 and 2013 due to the heroin epidemic.  Here are some other relevant facts:  Related Story Off The Grid: The Militarization Of Police Just Got Worse Thanks To The War On Drugs In 2013 an estimated