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Facebook’s law school pop quiz (access required)

If you spent any time on Facebook last week, you probably saw many of your friends posting a declaration that copyright was now attached to all their personal details and content posted on the site – and that Facebook henceforth would need their permission to use such content.

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Kicking the JNC to the curb (access required)

Gov. Beverly E. Perdue’s Judicial Nominating Commission had the whiff of political hocus pocus from the get-go: When the supposedly bipartisan 18-member commission was formed earlier this year, she packed it with 16 fellow Democrats.

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Dude, can I get my weed back? (access required)

If you think North Carolina policymakers face a monumental task in working out the details of the Affordable Care Act’s state health care exchange, imagine what their counterparts in Colorado and Washington face now that marijuana has been legalized in those states.

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This has us ROFLMAO (access required)

We’re told that in economics circles, some submitted papers get marked in red ink with the letters “YHTMAAAIYP.” It is, in glorious sarcasm, shorthand for “You Have Too Many Acronyms And Abbreviations In Your Paper.” (Fun, and true, fact: If you Google that phrase, Google will ask if you meant “Hotmail.” We have no idea why that could possibly be.)

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Snagged by the fine print (access required)

Here’s a man-bites-dog story: Lenders are notorious for burying key clauses of their borrowing contracts deep in reams of fine print. (Sometimes it seems like the contracts are nothing but fine print.) But in a recent North Carolina Court of Appeals case, a bank lost a case against a borrower because it failed to read the fine print in the borrower’s power of attorney.

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The perils of ballot placement (access required)

The results in the North Carolina Court of Appeals elections were a split decision. Two incumbent judges, Linda McGee and Wanda Bryant, won re-election with over 61 and 56 percent of the vote, respectively. But a third, Judge Cressie Thigpen, lost his bid to Chris Dillon, the candidate who won with over 52 percent.

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