Tuesday

Legal weed for N.J. takes a huge step forward … expect final votes next week.
NJ.com

——> This is a big deal because NJ is easily accessible to huge populations in NY, PA and CT. It’s hard to imagine those states holding on to pot prohibition while watching NJ suck up all that tax revenue. Theory: If NJ goes, its border states go too, bringing legal pot to an area with 40 million people. 

‘It’s over’: Miami Beach tries to outrace climate change’s rising seas
Yahoo News

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MIAMI BEACH — Harold Wanless sits on a bench in Maurice Gibb Memorial Park beside a new concrete sea wall, the sound of hammers and drills emanating from Belle Isle across a cloudy, turquoise inlet of Biscayne Bay. Knowing what he does about how fast the water surrounding these porous barrier islands is rising, Wanless, director of the University of Miami’s geological sciences department and a leading expert on sea level rise, marvels at the level of denial the latest building boom requires.

“Just using the U.S. government projections, we could be at 11 to over 13 feet [of sea level rise] by the end of century,” Wanless, 77, says. “There’s only 3 percent of Miami-Dade County that’s greater than 12 feet above sea level.”

Netflix’s Bright Future Looks A Lot Like Television’s Dim Past
Deadspin

In 2018, 14 of Neflix’s top 20 shows, and all 10 of its top 10 shows, were broadcast-network reruns. Friends, which received its first Emmy nomination while Bill Clinton was president, is number one. None of this means that Netflix isn’t really the future. It’s just more proof that such a future would suck.

Some Humans Can Sense Earth’s Magnetic Field, Experiment Suggests
Gizmodo

The ability to sense the Earth’s magnetic field—a trait known as magnetoreception—is well documented among many animals, but researchers have struggled to show that humans are also capable of the feat. Until now.

New experimental evidence published today in the science journal eNeuro suggests the human brain is capable of responding to the Earth’s magnetic field, though at an unconscious level. It’s not clear if our apparent ability to sense the magnetic field is in any way useful, as it’s likely a vestigial trait left over from our more primitive past. Giving the new finding, however, researchers should investigate further to determine if magnetoreception is somehow contributing to our behavior or abilities, such as spatial orientation.

Trump got $2bn in loans from Deutsche Bank despite being ‘deemed untouchable’ by other institutions
The Independent

…  With the bulk of the loan repayment due in November 2008, his lawyers claimed the financial crisis was an act of God that meant he was not liable. The bank and Mr Trump sued each other, but the dispute was later settled out of court.

Pediatrician gets at least 79 years for assaulting patients
AP/Tarentum Valley News Dispatch

Authorities had a chance to stop Johnnie Barto in 2000, when he appeared before the Pennsylvania Board of Medicine on administrative charges that he molested two young girls in the 1990s. But regulators threw out the case and allowed him to keep practicing medicine, saying the allegations were “incongruous to his reputation.”

Barto was a beloved pediatrician in Johnstown — and an elected school board member — with hundreds of supporters who flatly disbelieved he was a pedophile. Such was the community’s support that ribbons were distributed and worn at a high school football game as he fought the allegations in the 1990s.

Delaware House passes bill to give state’s Electoral College votes to popular vote winner
The Hill

Genealogy testing led Alabama police to arrest in 1999 cold case
CTV

Ozark Police Chief Marlos Walker, who said he always believed the case could be solved, said the Golden State killer arrest inspired them to try something similar. “Let’s try that,’ Walker recalled.

Police on Friday arrested Coley McCraney, 45, of Dothan, Alabama after the genetic genealogy steered them in his direction.

Moore said the Alabama crime scene sample was analyzed and uploaded to GEDMatch, a public genetic database repository where over a million people have uploaded profiles from at-home ancestry kits.

“We are looking for second, third, fourth cousins and then we reverse engineer the family tree based on the people who are sharing DNA with that crime scene sample,” Moore said.


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A large fire at a Houston-area petrochemicals terminal will likely burn for another two days, authorities said Monday, noting that air quality around the facility was testing within normal (for Houston?) guidelines. The company said the fire spread to seven storage tanks holding components of gasoline and also used in nail polish remover, glues and paint thinner.

Putin Signs ‘Fake News,’ ‘Internet Insults’ Bills Into Law
Moscow Times

Online news outlets and users that spread “fake news” will face fines of up to 1.5 million rubles ($22,900) for repeat offenses.

Insulting state symbols and the authorities, including Putin, will carry a fine of up to 300,000 rubles and 15 days in jail for repeat offenses.

Dude who shot himself in penis faces gun charge
The Smoking Gun 

The Indiana man who accidentally shot himself in the penis and scrotum has been charged with carrying a handgun without a license.

Snowflake Congressman sues Twitter, and some of its users
Fox News

California GOP Rep. Devin Nunes filed a lawsuit seeking $250 million in compensatory damages and $350,000 in punitive damages against Twitter and a handful of its users on Monday, accusing the social media site of “shadow-banning conservatives” to secretly hide their posts, systematically censoring opposing viewpoints, an “ignoring” lawful complaints of repeated abusive behavior

Devins Nunes’ Cow, an account with 45,000 65,000 followers

cowThere’s a cow on Twitter. But it isn’t just any cow – it claims to belong to Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.).

“Hanging out on the dairy in Iowa looking for the lil’ treasonous cowpoke,” reads the bio of the account “Devin Nunes’ cow,” which, as of early Tuesday, had nearly 45,000 followers (RealNews found it had grown to 65,000 as of 8:30 Eastern time Tuesday.)

The opinionated bovine appears to not be the biggest fan of its owner. “Devin’s boots are full of manure,” it once tweeted. “He’s udder-ly worthless and it’s pasture time to mooove him to prison.”

<> Who’s paying to file this lawsuit? (Bill Nichols on Twitter)

Cop admits she was screwing supervisor
as her child died in hot car
CBS News

A former Mississippi Gulf Coast police officer told a judge Monday that she had sex with her supervisor and then fell asleep while her 3-year-old daughter was dying inside an overheated patrol car. Cassie Barker pleaded guilty Monday to manslaughter in a plea bargain after being indicted on a second-degree murder charge.

Warren: Trash Electoral College
The Hill

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