N.J. attorney general tells prosecutors to stop pressing charges for small amounts of marijuana
As New Jersey lawmakers continue to hash out legislation to legalize marijuana, the attorney general on Wednesday directed all prosecutors to put a hold on cases charging possession of small amounts of the substance.“All New Jersey municipal, county, and state prosecutors are instructed to seek an adjournment, until at least Jan. 25, 2021,” of low-level marijuana crimes, wrote state Attorney General Gurbir Grewal in guidance distributed to the state’s top law enforcement officers.Grewal’s directive does not cover driving under the influence. More crucially, Grewal did not order police to stop ...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
California passes first-in-nation plastics recycling law
In a move aimed at reducing huge amounts of plastic litter in the oceans, along roadways and other parts of the state, California Gov. Gavin Newsom has signed a first-in-the-nation law requiring plastic beverage containers to contain an increasing amount of recycled material.Under it, companies that produce everything from sports drinks to soda to bottled water must use 15% recycled plastic in their bottles by 2022, 25% recycled plastic by 2025, and 50% recycled plastic by 2030.Supporters of the new law say it will help increase demand for recycled plastic, curb litter and reduce consumption o...
The Mercury News
Inside story: A raw and real halftime has Heat up 2-0 on fuming Celtics in NBA East finals
The thermostat of the NBA playoffs comes with ample amounts of steam, perhaps even more when a four-month delay pushes the postseason into the dead of summer.That often can make the timing of the venting as critical as anything that transpires in the decisive closing minutes.For the Boston Celtics, the airing of grievances came too late, after they lost, 106-101, Thursday night, now left to simmer until Saturday’s 8:30 p.m. Game 3 of these best-of-seven Eastern Conference finals.For the Miami Heat, the temperature check came at halftime of Thursday’s game, allowing them to turn a 17-point defi...
US dumps huge amounts of sand on Miami Beach to tackle climate change erosion
Miami Beach (United States) (AFP) - Dozens of trucks have started dumping hundreds of thousands of tons of sand on Miami Beach as part of US government measures to protect Florida's tourist destinations against the effects of climate change. "We have erosion hotspots," said Stephen Leatherman, an expert on beaches and the environment at Florida International University."When the beach is critically narrow, there's not enough room for recreation for all the people that come here, and more important, perhaps, all these buildings need to be protected," he said Friday.Leatherman -- known locally a...
July hottest month measured, 2019 set to be among warmest years
July was the hottest month across the globe ever measured, and 2019 is on track to be one of the warmest years, according to data released Monday by the European Union's Earth observation network. Searing heatwaves saw records tumble across Europe last month, with unusually high temperatures around the Arctic Circle as well. Wildfires unprecedented in scope and intensity burned in Siberia and Alaska, releasing more than 100 million tonnes of CO2 into the atmosphere across June and July. At the same time, Greenland's ice sheet shed massive amounts of melted ice daily, totalling nearly 200 bil...
Brazil police to probe election disinformation on social media
Brasília (AFP) - Brazilian federal police will investigate massive amounts of disinformation circulating on social media against the two candidates vying to become president, Public Security Minister Raul Jungmann said Saturday.The probe was announced after the Folha de Sao Paulo newspaper reported that companies had been hired to bulk transmit to many of Brazil's 120 million WhatsApp users messages attacking the leftist candidate in the race, Fernando Haddad.Haddad accuses his far-right rival, Jair Bolsonaro, of being behind the WhatsApp campaign. He called it "defamatory" and said the contra...