Police Chief Kathleen O'Toole came across some interesting data when reviewing the Seattle PD's first biannual report on marijuana enforcement: Out of the 83 pot-related tickets issued by the SPD in the first half of 2014, 66 were issued by one guy. Writing for the SPD blog, O'Toole said the unnamed officer sometimes added personal notes for the attorney general, and once called Washington's marijuana laws — passed by the people through a ballot initiative — "silly." Needless to say, he's since been reassigned.
An article about Renaissance painter Piero di Cosimo with an opening very similar to a section from his Wikipedia page has been tweaked and amended with an editor's note stating, "That passage improperly used specific language and details from a Wikipedia article without attribution; it should not have been published in that form." The Times' own media reporter quoted spokesperson Eileen Murphy saying editors are "not aware of any other problems like this" in the work of reporter Carol Vogel. No punishment was made public, but "editors have dealt with Carol on the issue."
President Obama said today that we should probably think about putting some women on our money. A young girl recently wrote him a letter suggesting as much, "and then she gave me like a long list of possible women to put on our dollar bills and quarters and stuff, which I thought was a pretty good idea," he said. Andrew Jackson has previously been suggested for removal by Slate for engineering the genocide of Native Americans, hating paper money, and generally being an asshole, so the $20 bill should do just fine.
While Obama did not include said list, we think we've got a pretty good idea of who was on it — Vox suggested Sacagawea and Susan B. Anthony, who have already appeared on dollar coins, along with Harriet Tubman, Rosa Parks, Eleanor Roosevelt, and Ida Wells — and we've gone ahead and mocked up a few additional, out-of-the-box ideas, from the historical to the only semi-historical. It's safe to say America would not be the same without each and every one of them.
Even after Michael Bloomberg's $7 million renovation of Gracie Mansion, where he did not live, and the use of his personal "longtime decorator," the place was still looking a bit old-fashioned. Now that Mayor de Blasio and his family — paragons of the new, progressive, multicultural America — have moved in, it really needed an update. West Elm, the furniture store based in Dumbo, was happy to oblige.
"The U.S. didn't assign responsibility for the shelling," which the U.N. said was carried out by Israeli forces, when it condemned this morning's attack on a school housing 3,300 displaced Palestinians in Gaza, the AP reports. But the White House is "extremely concerned" that the shelters aren't safe. "All of these actions, and similar ones earlier in the conflict, are inconsistent with the U.N.'s neutrality," said a spokesperson. "This violence underscores the need to achieve a cease-fire as soon as possible." Meanwhile, the U.S. is also sending more ammunition to the IDF.
A federal judge today told five different police unions they can't stop broad changes to stop-and-frisk that Mayor de Blasio agreed to in a settlement earlier this year. The ruling opens the door for the NYPD to overhaul the practice that was ruled unconstitutional last August. In the 108-page ruling, federal Judge Analisa Torres said the unions have "no significant protectable interests relating to the subject of the litigation that would warrant intervention."
On this week's The Bachelorette finale, sad, jilted contestant Nick told Andi Dorfman, "If you weren't in love with me I'm not sure why you made love with me." Nick revealed that two consenting adults had had adult sex in an adult situation — and the internet exploded with slut-shaming accusations. And then Fox News got in on the debate, with a lively discussion during which Bob Beckel called Andi a slut on national television.
In fact, he argued that Andi's slutty slut sex life demonstrated America's larger moral failings: "She's a slut! I'm not kidding you. When she sleeps with somebody else and doesn't tell the guy about it. This is what America has gone to," he said.
Calling into question his signature claim, Gerry Shalam, the drunken NYU student currently in the throes of internet infamy thanks to this glorious video, works as an intern, according to the New York Post. To make matters worse, the gig's in Brooklyn, a borough his father apparently doesn't own enough of to get his kid a job that doesn't include making copies.
Following the insane, high-profile case of Debra Harrell, Nicole Gainey of Port St. Lucie, Florida, has become the latest mother locked up for allowing her child to play outside unsupervised. "I'm totally dumbfounded by this whole situation," said Gainey, who let her 7-year-old walk — during the day, with a cell phone — about ten minutes to a nearby park. Police brought him home and, citing pedophiles living in the area, charged Gainey with a felony.
Ever since the New York Times came out of the cannabis closet Sunday and endorsed legalized marijuana for those of legal drinking age, DI has been wondering what real drug-policy changes we can expect on the federal front. Though Colorado's Representative Jared Polis introduced the Ending Federal Marijuana Prohibition Act of 2013 in the 113th Congress, the legislation didn't go anywhere and we're really not holding our breath.