Given Governor-elect Phil Murphy's campaign pledge to legalize marijuana in his first 100 days, municipalities are preparing for cannabis businesses on Main Street as early as next summer. ... "There are going to be retail outlets that look more like an Apple Store or Whole Foods store," said Scott Rudder, President of the Board of Directors for New Jersey CannaBusiness Association. "It comes down to what a town wants to have." Analysts believe New Jersey could be a $1 billion market for recreational marijuana.
For the second time in less than a year, major advertisers are fleeing YouTube after finding their ads were paired with offensive content -- this time, directed at children. And the number of disturbing videos targeted at child audiences is much larger than previously known, YouTube's response reveals. ... "Finally, over the past week we removed ads from nearly 2 million videos and over 50,000 channels masquerading as family-friendly content," the Google-owned company said in a statement to VICE News. "Content that endangers children is abhorrent and unacceptable to us." read more
Two years ago, Margaret O'Neill brought her 5-year-old daughter to Children's Hospital Colorado because the band of tissue that connected her tongue to the floor of her mouth was too tight. ... During a pre-operative visit, the surgeon offered to throw in a surprising perk. Should we pierce her ears while she's under? ... Only months later did O'Neill discover her cost for this extracurricular work: $1,877.86 for "operating room services" related to the ear piercing -- a fee her insurer was unwilling to pay. At first, O'Neill assumed the bill was a mistake. Her daughter hadn't needed her ears pierced, and O'Neill would never have agreed to it if she'd known the cost. She complained in phone calls and in writing. The hospital wouldn't budge. read more
The leader of the Navajo Nation said Tuesday that President Donald Trump used an ethnic slur when he called Sen. Elizabeth Warren "Pocahontas" during a White House event honoring Native American veterans. Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye told CNN that the president's injection of a political attack during a ceremony honoring Navajo code talkers was "uncalled for." "This was a day to honor them, and to insert something like that -- the word 'Pocahontas' as a jab to a senator -- you know, that belongs on the campaign trail," Begaye said. "That doesn't belong in the room when our war heroes are being honored."
Earlier this fall, a leader of the busiest hospital for organ transplants in New York state -- where livers are particularly scarce -- pleaded for fairer treatment for ailing New Yorkers. "Patients in equal need of a liver transplant should not have to wait and suffer differently because of the U.S. state where they reside," wrote Dr. Herbert Pardes, former chief executive and now executive vice president of the board at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital. But Pardes left out his hospital's own contribution to the shortage: From 2013 to 2016, it gave 20 livers to foreign nationals who came to the United States solely for a transplant -- essentially exporting the organs and removing them from the pool available to New Yorkers. That represented 5.2 percent of the hospital's liver transplants during that time, one of the highest ratios in the country. read more