Rich People Are Stupider Than You and Me

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Rich people, F. Scott Fitzgerald famously said, are different from you and me, and there was a doozy of an article in the New York Times last Thursday that proved it. The story was about rich people who send their kids away to ritzy boarding schools and then buy or rent houses near those boarding schools so they can stay close to their kids.

Let me repeat: These rich people send their kids away to boarding schools and then buy or rent houses near those schools so they can stay close to their kids. This shows precisely how rich people are different from you and me: They’re batshit insane.

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Chris Christie, Complaining of Leaks, Says “Bridgegate” Investigation Should End

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie talks with reporters at the National Governors Association convention Saturday, July 12, 2014, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo | Mark Humphrey)

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie talks with reporters at the National Governors Association convention Saturday, July 12, 2014, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo | Mark Humphrey)

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie said Thursday it was time for a state legislative committee to end its investigation into the so-called “Bridgegate” controversy, saying the committee had leaked information designed to embarrass him without uncovering information he had committed wrongdoing.

“I’ve known all along that this has been a partisan pursuit,” Christie said, “and the leaking that’s being done by the legislative committee is just further evidence to the fact that this is a partisan pursuit.”
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Faculty Member Suspended Over “Redskins” Ban

This isn’t heavy-handed at all: Neshaminy school officials have suspended a faculty member because the students who run the high school paper refused to permit the school’s mascot — the “Redskins” — be used in an op-ed.

The paper’s student editor was also removed from her job for a month.
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(Update) Suspect Identified in Trooper Ambush

A Pennsylvania State Trooper walks into a wooded area as investigators return to scour the woods across the street from the state police barracks on Sunday, Sept. 14, 2014, in Blooming Grove Township, Pa. On Friday night, State Trooper Cpl. Bryon Dickson, 38, of Dunmore, Pa.,was killed and Trooper Alex T. Douglass, 31, of Olyphant, Pa., was wounded after a shooting ambush at the barracks. No arrests have been made yet.  (AP Photo/The Scranton Times-Tribune, Butch Comegys)

A Pennsylvania State Trooper walks into a wooded area as investigators return to scour the woods across the street from the state police barracks on Sunday, Sept. 14, 2014, in Blooming Grove Township, Pa. On Friday night, State Trooper Cpl. Bryon Dickson, 38, of Dunmore, Pa.,was killed and Trooper Alex T. Douglass, 31, of Olyphant, Pa., was wounded after a shooting ambush at the barracks. No arrests have been made yet. (AP Photo/The Scranton Times-Tribune, Butch Comegys)

[Update 12:36 pm] AP reports that a suspect has been identified in the attack:

A law enforcement official says Pennsylvania State Police have identified a suspect in the killing of a trooper and the critical wounding of another outside a barracks.

The official says an arrest warrant will be issued soon. State police are looking for the suspect.

No other details were available.

[Original] Investigators haven’t identified a suspect in the weekend ambush that killed one Pennsylvania state trooper and wounded another, but they have released a psychological profile they say should fit the gunman.
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Kenyatta Johnson Wants Ori Feibush Lawsuit Dismissed

Ori Feibush has no proof that he was prevented from buying two city lots for development as payback for his political campaign against Councilman Kenyatta Johnson, city attorneys argued Monday on behalf of Johnson.

Assistant City Solicitors Michael Miller and John Coyle filed the comments Monday with their motion to dismiss Feibush’s lawsuit against Johnson. Feibush, the flamboyant Point Breeze developer, sued in June, alleging Johnson had thwarted his development plans as political payback.
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Christie: Sports Betting Is Legal In New Jersey Now

Bookies in New Jersey suddenly have competition.

AP reports:

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie issued a directive Monday allowing his state’s casinos and racetracks to offer sports betting without fear of criminal or civil liability.

His action is likely to be challenged in court by the professional and collegiate sports leagues that fought New Jersey’s efforts to overturn a ban on sports betting in all but four states. That effort ended with the U.S. Supreme Court declining to hear the case.

Christie had seemed to accept the Supreme Court’s ruling. Instead, Monday’s order seems to sidestep it. The state attorney general’s office provided an opinion (below) suggesting New Jersey officials had the authority to repeal old state-level prohibitions on sports betting — as long as the state essentially gets out of the way of the betting — so long as the state doesn’t license those operations for sports betting, in violation of federal law. (In plainer English: The feds can’t stop Jersey from repealing its own laws against sports betting. It can stop the state from licensing those operations. So Jersey is choosing a path forward that lets people bet without the state having quite so much regulatory control over it.)

Long story short: Casinos and race tracks can take sports bets starting today. Lawsuits almost assuredly to follow.

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