Good Wednesday afternoon in New York City, where teens are smoking weed at school. Here's what else is happening:

  • Family and friends are commemorating Duane Patterson, the 61-year-old U.S. Air Force veteran and Chelsea bouncer who died after being punched by a still-at-large suspect outside Billy Mark's West bar on Christmas Eve.
  • This New York Times piece on Rep. Elise Stefanik's transition from a centrist Sheryl Sandberg protégé to an "ultra-MAGA" conservative is loaded with interesting details, including a report (which Stefanik denies) that in 2019, she asked a former Harvard classmate working on Pete Buttigieg's campaign if there'd be a spot for her in the cabinet if Buttigieg won.
  • Lucius Riccio, an NYU business school professor who served as the Department of Transportation commissioner under Mayor Dinkins, said Uber and Lyft should not be exempt from congestion pricing tolls — and blamed pro-congestion pricing lawmakers for not doing enough to stop the ride-sharing companies from clogging up the city in the first place.
  • Stomp is ending its nearly-30-year run this weekend.
  • It's also distressingly warm in much of Europe right now.
  • A new omicron coronavirus subvariant called XBB.1.5 has emerged in England. (The WHO said there's no evidence that this is more harmful than other omicron variants.)
  • The FDA made a rule change allowing abortion pills to be sold at major retail pharmacies (in states where it's legal).
  • The bipartisan Economic Innovation Group released a new analysis claiming that in the end, the rush of people moving to the Sun Belt for Zoom-based jobs will eventually make housing cheaper everywhere.
  • Aaron Taylor-Johnson will probably be the next James Bond.
  • The big trend going into 2023 is having a thong sticking out above your pants.
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  • And finally, We! Want! Cold!: