Acknowledging the Armenian Genocide gives many in N.J. and elsewhere a chance to end the lie | Opinion

Jessica Wong

By Linda Stamato

President Biden did what he promised to do — unlike his predecessors — he declared that Turkey was responsible for the massacre of some 1.5 million Armenians during World War I. Biden called it what it was: Genocide.

On Armenian Genocide Remembrance Day last month, the 106th anniversary of the start of the massacre, the president announced the U.S. would join the more than 30 nations of the world — and Pope Francis — in acknowledging the genocide.

As anticipated, Turkey reacted with a ferocious denial and staunchly defended the nation against “the lie of the so-called

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Big Ten Daily: Heisman Race in 2021 Might Be Decided Elsewhere Again

Jessica Wong

The start of the 2021 college football season is still four months away, but the Heisman Trophy talk always starts early, and this year is no exception.

The only oddity this year, though, is that none of that conversation involves Big Ten players. Not this year. None of the top seven players on the FanDuel.com list are from the Big Ten. There are four players tied at spots No. 8-11 that includes Penn State quarterback Sean Clifford, and that’s the only mention

According to FanDuel’s opening odds, the top 11 players are:

  • Spencer Rattler, Oklahoma quarterback, plus-700
  • JT Daniels, Georgia
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Leftovers from Re-2 employee reimbursement plan to go elsewhere

Jessica Wong

Typically if employees at the Garfield Re-2 school district opted out of one of the district’s health insurance plans, they’d receive a monthly incentive payment of $388.

Earlier this month, however, the school board voted to nix the $388 benefit, arguing it doesn’t adhere to rules put in place by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The district is essentially worried they’d encounter legal issues by paying more than $100 in benefits to each employee per month.

Right now, there are 74 “grandfathered in” employees in the district who are still receiving the $388 benefit. The elimination of the

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Steven Soderbergh Defends Oscars Ending: Boseman Win Too Shattering

Jessica Wong

“If [Boseman] were to win and his widow were to speak on his behalf, there would be nowhere to go after that,” Soderbergh said.

Steven Soderbergh joined the Los Angeles Times this week for an interview in which he shed some light on the controversial decision to end the 93rd Academy Awards with the announcement of the Best Actor category. Soderbergh produced the 2021 Oscars with Stacy Sher and Jesse Collins. Best Picture is traditionally the final category of the night, but Soderbergh said his team decided to change up the order in January before this year’s nominations were even

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Outstanding grad seeks common ground on climate and elsewhere | Colorado Arts and Sciences Magazine

Jessica Wong

Renae Marshall, the College of Arts and Sciences’ Outstanding Graduate for spring 2021, produced an ‘impressive’ thesis examining the fate of more than 700 decarbonization bills in the past five years


Renae Marshall wanted to understand what kind of climate-mitigation legislation passed (or failed) state legislatures in recent years, and her undergraduate research yielded not just important answers, but also noteworthy recognition.

Marshall, who is graduating summa cum laude from the University of Colorado Boulder with a BA in environmental studies (and a minor in environmental planning), has been named the College of Arts and Sciences Outstanding Graduate for

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