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    You Can’t Tell the Players (in the Climate Change Lawsuits) without a Scorecard

    Fortunately, Walter Olson has provided one at overlawyered.com: Biggest recruit yet for climate recoupment suits: NYC Mayor Bill De Blasio sues … five oil companies for Superstorm Sandy [Seth Barron/City Journal, John Timmer/ArsTechnica, WSJ; Stephen Bainbridge on parallel divestment effort] California cities/counties suing oil companies:…
    Jon Guze, January 17, 2018
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    There’s an App for That!

    I guess it was bound to happen. LegalFling is a smart phone app designed to help modern couples navigate America’s increasingly hazardous sexual landscape. From the company’s website: LegalFling records sexual consent in a legally binding agreement, which is verifiable through the blockchain.
    Jon Guze, January 16, 2018
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    Shooting on MLK Drive on MLK Day

    Greensboro Police Department news release: Greensboro Police Officers are currently investigating a reported shooting in the 1000 block of Martin Luther King Jr. Drive. Guilford Metro 911 received a report of drive-by shooting at 2:33pm. The victim of the shooting was transported to Cone Hospital via private vehicle before police…
    Sam Hieb, January 16, 2018
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    Megasite postmortem

    Greensboro News & Record explores what now that Toyota-Mazda has rejected the Greensboro-Randolph megasite. As you can imagine, local officials are encouraged: Former Greensboro Mayor Jim Melvin, a key player behind the megasite, says the next pitch is just a few phone calls and meetings away. “I personally don’t…
    Sam Hieb, January 16, 2018
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    Winston-Salem enters the upper-end housing business

    Interesting Winston-Salem Journal story on the city’s proposed plan to acquire 22 undeveloped lots in the Lake Park subdivision. Residents are supportive of the plan as long as the city maintains the standards that the original neighborhood restrictive covenants: In addition to banning such things as exterior clotheslines and…
    Sam Hieb, January 15, 2018
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    Getting Some of Their Own Medicine

    The Herald Sun reports that the Durham County District Attorney has agreed to drop felony charges against the eight remaining defendants accused of tearing down and defacing a statue of a Confederate soldier in Durham last summer: [The defendants] were initially charged with felonies accusing them of…
    Jon Guze, January 12, 2018
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    What the “Chattering Class” (and the Rest of Us) Can Learn from the #MeToo Phenomenon

    I’ve always found it hard to understand why people from minority communities often seem to be more concerned about police misconduct than about crime. Like the victims of police misconduct, crime victims are disproportionately likely to be black or hispanic, and they are far more numerous and include a far higher…
    Jon Guze, January 12, 2018