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Early Addition: The war is on between shoes-in-the-house people and no-shoes-in-the-house people

Good morning, it’s Wednesday, and Bill de Blasio isn’t running for Congress, after all. Here’s what else is happening:

A federal appeals court today will consider a challenge brought by landlords who think New York City’s rent laws are unconstitutionally preventing them from flipping rent-controlled apartments into market rate units.In light of New York’s bail reform debate, the Brian Lehrer Show looked at New Jersey’s system, which allows judges to keep defendants in jail pre-trial if they’re deemed by the “data” to be at risk of getting re-arrested.Even as New Jersey tries to make racial equity a cornerstone of its cannabis legalization plan, it’s still extremely difficult and expensive for Black entrepreneurs to get a weed business started.Scientists at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration are warning that sea levels will rise about a foot by 2050, and even more on the East and Gulf coasts.Trump backer and billionaire Peter Thiel is investing in a new invite-only dating app called The Right Stuff that caters to conservatives in left-leaning big cities.Back in 1999, the Marine Corps considered giving troops skateboards to use for combat in urban environments.The Guardian and The Wall Street Journal have now published dueling pieces on whether you should take off your shoes in the house.Liza Minelli said it: The Oscars ceremony seemed more relevant 50 years ago.Remember when some people thought Vanessa Hudgens’ nude photos were scandalous?Follow Gothamist on Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, and like us on Facebook. You can also get the top stories mailed to you —sign up here.And finally, a dog clearing a traffic jam:

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