Photos, Videos Soon Won’t Count Against Twitter Character LimitIn coming months, photos, videos and other media won’t count against what is now a 140-character limit on Twitter. The change, announced Tuesday, is yet another attempt by the San Francisco company to make its messaging service easier to use and to attract new users.
NJ Advocates Say Legalizing Marijuana Would Reap $300M In TaxesThe report by New Jersey United for Marijuana Reform and New Jersey Policy Perspective says a federal study shows about 365,900 people in New Jersey age 21 and over illegally use marijuana on a monthly basis. The underground marijuana market nets $869 million in sales. If pot was legalized, that marketplace would be worth $1.2 billion from consumers in New Jersey and surrounding states. A 25 percent sales tax on pot would bring in about $300 million year, the report concluded.
Ex-NYPD Officer Arrested For Allegedly Running Prostitution RingA former NYPD officer was arrested Tuesday by police and federal agents for allegedly running a massive prostitution operation that made tens of millions of dollars and offered high-end hookers for up to $2,000 an hour. Michael Rizzi, an officer from 1992 to 2000, is suspected of running roughly two dozen prostitution businesses for the last four years, including numerous online operations that provided a door-to-door delivery service of women to Johns.
2 Firefighters Injured Fighting West Side Detroit House FireTwo firefighters were injured Tuesday while fighting a house fire on Detroit’s west side. The fire started with an explosion garage of the house, on Hazelwood and 14th Street, sending heavy smoke blowing down the block.
Reports: Nyquist Skipping Belmont Stakes Due To Health IssuesKentucky Derby winner Nyquist has been pulled from the Belmont Stakes due to an elevated white blood cell count, a sign of a possible infection, according to multiple reports. Nyquist was also battling a fever of 102 degrees following Saturday’s Preakness, in which the horse finished third. Nyquist has remained at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore since the race.
Handyman Joe Gentz Reiterates In Court That Bob Bashara Watched Wife DieHandyman Joe Gentz took the stand again Tuesday in the ongoing saga that is his former pal Bob Bashara’s quest for a new trial. Gentz was on the hot seat after switching stories several times about whether Bashara hired him to kill his wife Jane Bashara. First he implicated Bashara, then he swore he was innocent, then in a bombshell court appearance he most recently said Bashara not only paid him, he was there was Jane was killed, watched her die, and cradled her body, apologizing, after it was done.