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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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No more dotted line on which to sign (access required)

Back in the good old days, when a girl liked a boy she would express her crush by using her cursive penmanship skills to practice writing what she hoped would be her married name one day over and over in the margins of her class notes, imbuing each swoop of her signature with love.

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Wrong kind of swear words in court (access required)

Lawsuits are not like sporting events, and not just because most games can be wrapped up in three hours and produce a clear winner. A player might see little risk in jawing with an umpire or referee after the conclusion of a game—after all, an official can’t throw you out of a game that’s already over. But one South Carolina man learned the hard way that cursing out a judge can have serious repercussions, even after she’s just dismissed your case.

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A simple ‘no’ would have sufficed (access required)

It’s easy to feel bad for someone who missed out on pursuing a claim because they filed their case a few days after the statute of limitations expired. But when you file your case a few decades after the statute of limitations has expired, then we don’t feel so bad. And, apparently, neither does the U.S. Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals.

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Cut the cheese (access required)

Deputies at the Mecklenburg County jail apparently don’t like it when arrestees have trouble keeping a straight face while they’re posing for mug shots.

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