Reading roundup: D.C. legalizing marijuana, 3 held in Islamic State plot

Coffee and newspaper for reading roundup post

Did you get out and soak up the sun during our warm spell Wednesday? It’s back to light snow and arctic freezes for the next few days, sad to see.

Here’s a roundup of 10 or so more good reads for this morning:

  • Washington, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser said she’ll defy congressional Republicans and implement D.C.’s new local law allowing its residents to smoke marijuana starting today. (CNN)
  • Three men were arrested Wednesday on charges of plotting to help the Islamic State group wage war against the United States. Federal officials said one of them spoke of shooting President Barack Obama or planting a bomb on Coney Island. (Associated Press)
  • House Speaker Brian Bosma abstained from Wednesday’s 74-21 vote to pass the $82 million Indy Eleven stadium bill, citing legal work he’d done for the team. (IndyStar) | The House also OKd a bill to loosen Indiana’s gaming restrictions. (IndyStar)
  • Did New Castle schoolchildren really write these letters to Gov. Mike Pence about Glenda Ritz? Count me among the skeptical. (IndyStar)
  • The 2015 Indiana superintendent of the year says that until ISTEP is reformed, parents should home-school kids if that’s what they prefer to do. (Fox 59)
  • Neat story from Gregg Doyel: After his aunt died of cancer, this UIndy basketball star grew out his hair to honor her. (IndyStar)
  • A respected professor’s decision to go public with his battles with depression has put a spotlight on the stigma surrounding mental health issues among academics. (Inside Higher Ed)
  • Interesting: Wednesday’s episode of “Modern Family” was shot entirely on iPhones and made to look like it was taking place on a character’s Mac desktop. (Entertain This)
  • Whoa! You’ve got to see this monstrous 280-pound catfish caught in Italy’s Po Delta. It could SWALLOW YOU UP. (For The Win)
  • Children of the ’80s, rejoice. Disney says they’re remaking the beloved cartoon series “DuckTales.” (ABC News)

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Author: Cori

Cori Faklaris (aka "HeyCori") is an incoming assistant professor at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, Department of Software and Information Systems, College of Computing. Faklaris received her PhD in human-computer interaction in 2022 from Carnegie Mellon University's Human-Computer Interaction Institute, School of Computer Science, in Pittsburgh, PA, USA. She also is a social media expert and longtime journalist, and/or "Doer of Things No One Else Wants to Do."

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