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Biden pardons “pot” convicts

PRESIDENT Joe Biden on Thursday pardoned people convicted on federal marijuana charges. (Shutterstock).

Saying that “no one should be in jail just for using or possessing marijuana,” President Joe Biden on Wednesday announced he was pardoning thousands of people who have been convicted of possessing “pot” under federal law.

According to the Associated Press, while no one is currently in federal prison for “simple possession,” the pardon could ease life for people who have been unable to get jobs, housing or other opportunities because they have a felony conviction on their record.

While many states, including California, have legalized the sale and possession of cannabis, it remains illegal under federal law.

Proud Boy admits to “sedition”

A member of the “Proud Boys” right-wing extremist group pleaded guilty Wednesday to a charge of  “seditious conspiracy” in connection with the attack on the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021.

CROWD GATHERS in front of U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, before storming the seat of Congress (Pexels/Tyler Merbler).

Jeremy Joseph Bertino, 43, has reportedly agreed to cooperate with the Justice Department in its investigation into the incident, in which a mob sought to prevent certification of the election of Joe Biden and Kamala Harris as president and vice president.

Sedition carries a penalty of 20 years in federal prison.

Also in the news … A mass shooting in Thailand Thursday took the life of 36 people, including 24 children.

According to The New York Times, the suspect – who later shot himself fatally – was a former police officer who used a gun and a knife to do the killings at a child development center in Udon Thani.

Sports: Post-Season baseball starts Friday

The road to the World Series begins tomorrow with the Wild Card Series. On the American League side, the Cleveland Guardians will host the Tampa Bay Rays and the Toronto Blue Jays will host the Seattle Mariners.

On the National League side, the St. Louis Cardinals will host the Philadelphia Phillies and the New York Mets will host the San Diego Padres.

The Los Angeles Dodgers, champs of the NL West, have a first round bye. The Los Angeles Angels announced on Wednesday that Phil Nevins will shed his “interim” title and become the field manager with a one-year contract. See:

Weather: More of the same; fog, sun

The forecast for the West Orange County area is really like two days packed into one: fog and overcast in the morning and sun in the afternoon. The daytime high on Friday, according to the National Weather Service, is predicted to be  79, with an overnight low of 66. Saturday will be warmer during the day at 84; nighttime low will dip to 66. Sunday looks like a high of 82 and a low of 65.


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