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Wednesday January 1st, 2020 morning edition

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Democrat JB Pritzker says pardons represent first wave of thousands expected under state’s new marijuana legalization law.

Illinois governor JB Pritzker granted more than 11,000 pardons for low-level marijuana convictions on Tuesday, describing the step as a first wave of thousands of such expungements anticipated under the state’s new marijuana legalization law.

The expungement process is a key part of the law, which takes effect on Wednesday and makes Illinois the 11th state to legalize marijuana for people 21 or older.

Officials estimate 116,000 convictions for possession of 30g or less of marijuana are eligible for pardons under the new law.

People who have been convicted of offenses involving more than 30g of marijuana in Illinois can file court petitions to clear those records.

Illinois regulators said 34 dispensaries have been issued licenses to sell recreational marijuana but not all plan to participate immediately.

Cassidy noted that the Illinois law ensures that the needs of patients who depend on marijuana for medical use will be met. »

Critic's Notebook: Baby Yoda, 'The Dark Crystal' and the Need for Puppetry in the Age of CGI

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Herzog, who guest-starred on a few episodes of the Disney+ Star Wars spinoff series, was one of Baby Yoda's earliest champions.

And indeed, Baby Yoda — a colloquial epithet referring to the mysterious alien toddler merely known as "The Child" in the script — was designed for maximum neoteny.

If Baby Yoda were entirely 3D animation, he wouldn't have become an icon the minute we laid our eyes on him. »

100 Best Games of the Decade

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We've looked at the last decade and chosen an eclectic list of titles that defined this decade and will perhaps inspire the next.

For the most part, this is a standalone game about the bond between a squad of super-soldiers and the dire situation they're in.

The prospect of “getting into” a series by starting with its 11th installment likely strikes you as daunting and absurd. »

Polish PM furious at Putin rewriting history of second world war

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Mateusz Morawiecki issued a four-page statement on Sunday accusing the Russian president of “repeated lies” over the history of the conflict.

Putin gave the assembled leaders an hour-long history lecture, drawing on a sheaf of archival documents he had brought with him.

Putin used his speech on the occasion to warn against a “unipolar world”, implicitly comparing the modern-day US with Nazi Germany. »