BREAKING NEWS

BREAKING NEWS

The week that was

JOIN THE CROWD It appears Minot will become the latest city to ban the sales of electronic cigarettes to minors. The Minot City Council’s Public Works and Safety Committee last week recommended the full council make it illegal to sell or provide e-cigarettes to minors and for minors to possess the devices. E-cigarettes do not fall under the definition of tobacco, and aren’t regulated. Many local stores already restrict the sale of the devices to minors, and some legislators are considering changing state law to regulate e-cigarettes under existing laws for conventional tobacco cigarettes. Sounds to us like area stores are already restricting sales of the products to minors anyway, so making it official under a Minot ordinance shouldn’t garner many complaints. The e-cigarettes are battery powered and still deliver a dose of nicotine to the user. Officially banning their sale to minors seems like a good idea, and we expect the full city council to follow the committee’s recommendation.

REALLY FRIENDLY SKIES Some airlines are going to extraordinary lengths to keep their wealthiest customers happy, and it doesn’t mean a fancier meal or a better pillow in their first-class seat. Some airlines, including American Airlines and United Airlines, are offering top customers the use of a private check-in area at select terminals. At some locations, including Chicago, Los Angeles, Miami and New York, Delta Air Lines will drive its top passengers with a quick connecting flight from one plane to another in a Porsche. United gives its top passengers a ride in a Mercedes. We get it, to a certain degree. The airlines are simply keeping their best customers happy. Heck, we’d be happy with a few more pretzels, or an actual usable pillow, or even better, leaving and arriving at our destination on time.