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Tamar Hage was horrified to learn that a bare-breasted photo of her had been used in Seattle alt weekly The Stranger's 'Drunk of the Week' feature last December. Especially considering she had been 2,000 miles away at the purported time of the photo, celebrating her grandmother's 90th birthday in Pittsburgh. So she did what anyone else in her position would do -- she sued the magazine for invasion of privacy and emotional distress.

But that's where the straightforward lawsuit goes sideways. The Stranger never identified the woman in the photo by name, and the photo may not be of Hage at all.

Colorado legalized recreational marijuana use a few years ago and neighbors of the Rocky Mountain State lost their collective minds. Nebraska and Oklahoma sued Colorado, hoping the Supreme Court would clamp down on the state's new pot laws. And apparently Kansas cops have just been pulling over every car with Colorado plates, claiming that just having license plates from a weed-legal state was grounds for detention and search.

But the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals isn't buying it, nor was it buying two Kansas Highway Patrol officers' claims of immunity for calling drug-sniffing dogs to a traffic stop, just because the driver had Colorado plates.