News Roundup & Open Thread—Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Good morning, Blue Jersey family. Here’s what’s cooking today.

REPEAL THE 2ND AMENDMENT

Former SCOTUS John Paul Stevens is calling on young people, newly awoken to politics, to call for a repeal of the 2nd Amendment. In an op-ed for the New York Times, Stevens, a Republican and a Ford appointee, said there is an electoral mandate to for lawmakers to enact legislation prohibiting civilian ownership of semiautomatic weapons, increasing the minimum age to buy a gun from 18 to 21 years old, and establishing more comprehensive background checks on all purchasers of firearms. But he goes further: “The demonstrators should seek more effective and more lasting reform. They should demand a repeal of the Second Amendment.” Still a fringe concept?

DO YOU QUALIFY FOR MEDICAL MARIJUANA IN N.J.?

Gov. Phil Murphy rebooted the state’s medicinal marijuana program Tuesday, expanding the list of qualifying diseases that patients have requested for years.

See if you qualify.

NEW JERSEY POLICE AND FIREFIGHTERS AGGRAVATE PENSIONS MESS

Police and fire labor leaders say state management has jeopardized their members’ retirement security, but will allowing government workers to determine how their retirement funds are invested and their levels of contributions and benefits the best move for New Jersey? Some don’t think so.

NJ DOE COMMISH CONFIRMED

Lamont Repollet, the former Asbury Park schools superintendent came before the state Legislature for his confirmation hearing and appeared to more than hold his own — even with Republicans.

THE WAREHOUSE STATE:

NJ Spotlight’s piece on Amazon’s proliferation of warehouses along the New Jersey Turnpike got me thinking about how online retailers have become brick-and-mortar, only in a much different way.

TRENTON STATE, ER, “TCNJ” TAPS NEW LEADER

New Jersey native Kathryn A. Foster has been chosen as the 16th president in the college’s 163-year history.

20 THINGS NO ONE TELLS YOU WHEN YOU MOVE TO JERSEY

From no left turns to the Boss, I guess NJ.com thought you needed a primer.

WANT TO BE SUFFICIENTLY CREEPED OUT?

You’ll probably never know whether you were one of the lucky 50 million whose personal Facebook data was secretly harvested by Cambridge Analytica, but you can see what they could see if you were. Go to your settings in your Facebook account and download your data. Now, think twice before posting.

NOT NEW JERSEY: THE WHITES

In an article that could be straight outta the Onion, meet the Brooklyn Museum’s new curators for photography and African Art.

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