Meet the man selling marijuana across from Trenton's City Hall. Even the mayor is a fan of 'NJWeedman.'
TRENTON, N.J. — Ed Forchion sells marijuana in New Jersey’s state capital — directly across from City Hall.He doesn’t have a license. What he’s doing is blatantly illegal. He doesn’t care who knows.New Jersey voters are voting in next week’s general election on whether to legalize marijuana for adult recreational use. A statewide legal market could be up and running by late 2021.But Forchion is certain there won’t be a place for him under a state-administered cannabis industry.“Not only am I a convicted felon,” he said, “I don’t have $2 million to pony up for a permit.”Forchion, also known as ...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Seahawks boost pass rush, trade for Bengals defensive end Carlos Dunlap
SEATTLE — In win-now mode and desperate to improve a defense that is on pace to allow more yards than any team in NFL history, the Seahawks on Wednesday agreed to trade for veteran defensive end Carlos Dunlap of the Cincinnati Bengals, giving up offensive lineman B.J. Finney and a 2021 seventh-round pick in the process.A source confirmed the parameters of the trade to the Seattle Times.The 31-year-old Dunlap has 82 1/2 sacks in his career — making him second in Bengals franchise history — and nine a year ago, but had been seeing decreasing playing time the last three weeks and had made it know...
The Seattle Times
Judge orders conservative tricksters who made robocalls targeting black voters to call back, admit election interference
A judge ordered two notorious conservative tricksters who made a barrage of robocalls to deter black voters from casting ballots to call them back — and admit interference in the presidential election.Judge Victor Marrero compared Jacob Wohl and Jack Burkman’s campaign of “electoral terror” to the darkest days of the Ku Klux Klan.He ordered the two to prove they’d made the follow-up robocalls by Thursday at 5 p.m. or face contempt of court charges.“The means defendants use to intimidate voters, though born of fear and similarly powered by hate, are not guns, torches, burning crosses, and other...
New York Daily News
Geek city: 1 in 5 Seattle residents work in STEM fields, top in US
Seattle didn’t just grow a lot bigger in the previous decade. It also grew a lot geekier.The number of city residents who work in science, technology, engineering and math professions — better known as STEM — grew at a remarkably fast rate over the course of the 2010s.To be sure, even at the beginning of the past decade, Seattle was already pretty geeky. In 2010, there were roughly 37,800 city residents working in STEM occupations, according to census data. At the time, they made up nearly 11% of the employed population of Seattle.The new census data shows that the number of Seattleites employ...
The Seattle Times
Trump administration again touts COVID-19 antigen tests, despite concerns of false results
In the month since the Trump administration got a flood of favorable press for its plan to ship 150 million rapid coronavirus diagnostic tests to states, the tests have proved problematic.That didn’t stop the administration’s publicists from continuing to tout antigen tests on Tuesday, emailing a news release to media across the country about distributing the latest batch of tests.This time, the template press release was customized to name the state, mention the governor, and quantify the allotted number of tests. While the latest pitch didn’t generate the big headlines of September, the rele...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Bloomberg commits late money to help Biden in Texas
AUSTIN, Texas — In the latest sign that Texas is really in play in the presidential race, Michael Bloomberg will be spending about a million dollars a day the last week of the campaign on statewide advertising in Texas in both Spanish and English to help Democratic nominee Joe Biden defeat President Donald Trump.Howard Wolfson, a top Bloomberg adviser, told The New York Times Tuesday morning that the billionaire businessman and former Democratic presidential contender, who has already committed $100 million to helping Biden in the critical swing state of Florida, had asked his team to poll oth...
Mel Tucker no stranger to UM-MSU rivalry: 'This is not just another game'
After nearly a quarter-century of coaching, rivalries are hardly new to Mel Tucker.And the one he’s now fully immersed in — Michigan State and Michigan — is not foreign, either. Tucker’s first coaching gig was as a graduate assistant for the Spartans under Nick Saban back in 1997 and ‘98, and there was never any question as to how important that game was to the former MSU and current Alabama head coach.So, Tucker has a fairly good handle on what it means when Michigan State heads to Ann Arbor to take on Michigan at noon on Saturday.“Obviously, this game against the school down the road is not ...
The Detroit News
Trump, 'lock her up' chants return to Michigan
LANSING, Mich. — President Donald Trump returned to battleground Michigan on Tuesday and so did his supporters’ chants of “lock her up” about Gov. Gretchen Whitmer.About 35 minutes into the president’s speech, he described the election as a choice between a “Trump boom” and a “Biden lockdown,” referring to Democrat presidential candidate Joe Biden and the COVID-19 pandemic.“You’re already locked down,” Trump then said as the crowd began chanting, “Lock her up.”The president then said, “I don’t comment on that,” adding that if he did, the media would criticize him for leading the chant.The pres...
The Detroit News
Susan Tompor: Social media scams skyrocket during the COVID-19 crisis
Social media is a great way to spot a sweet picture of your little niece getting a flu shot or your nephew scoring that big goal in hockey — especially as we try to embrace a new socially-distant lifestyle.But the scammers know exactly where to find you during the fight against the spread of COVID-19.Social media isn’t just for keeping up with family — or arguing about politics. You suddenly might be scrolling through Facebook one day and spot a way to track down a missing stimulus payment.Or find a new love of your life. Or a job. Or a great deal on a pair of designer shoes.And, you might los...
Detroit Free Press
Jewish activists working to ‘get out the vote’ in vital battleground Ohio
WASHINGTON – With 18 votes in the electoral college, Ohio has been long considered a “must-win state” on the way to the White House. The key battleground state has predicted the identity of the winner in the presidential election in every cycle since 1964. In 2016, President Donald Trump carried the state by eight percentage points.According to the FiveThirtyEight polling average, Trump is currently leading Biden in the Buckeye State, giving him a chance of 58 out 100 to win there again.While more than two million voters in Ohio have already cast their ballot, Jewish groups in the state are st...
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