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February 25, 2010 to debut 'Weed Wars' marijuana blog on Friday

Some people want to legalize marijuana and tax it. It's a prescription, they say, to cure California's chronic budget woes. Others are fighting to get rid of medical marijuana dispensaries in their neighborhoods and warn of the dangers of legalized pot.

With California in the thick of the debate over marijuana, The Bee on Friday is debuting "Weed Wars," a blog dedicated to keeping readers up to date on what proponents of legal marijuana and their opposition are planning, saying and doing in preparation for an expected November ballot initiative on the issue.

The blog, by Bee reporter Peter Hecht, will cover some of the key personalities shaping the debate, and seek to interact with readers on what you want to know. From time to time, Hecht will host live chats with opponents and proponents so you the reader can ask them questions directly.

A Bee reporter who has covered California for more than 20 years, Hecht has been writing about the state's marijuana issues in the printed edition of The Bee.

With his blog, you can expect even more insight and timely news. Hecht is planning his first post for 6 a.m. Friday. But you can get a preview here.

February 10, 2010
Comment is the word


Reporter Phillip Reese's word clouds for Valentine's Day, "What Sacramento singles want", prompted me to create one for this blog. We sure do comment about comments a lot.

February 5, 2010
The Scoop: Gearing up for the 2010 Winter Olympics

With the winter Olympics about a week away, we've set up our page on the Games and will soon be putting a widget on the homepage to show off the most recent news from Vancouver.

The page is somewhat of an experiment because we are using an Internet aggregator and rss feeds to meld staff reports with those from the wires and other Olympics content on the Web.

We're also using feeds from Flickr, YouTube and the Associated Press to pull in photos and video.

Give the page a look and let us know what you think.

About The Scoop

The Scoop is a blog where the managers of talk about new initiatives and our plans for You can reach us by at the e-mail addresses below or you can comment on our postings.

Tom Negrete is managing editor of The Bee and oversees the daily work of journalists who produce news content for the newspaper and Negrete, who has been at The Bee since 1994, has served as assistant managing editor for business and sports, sports editor and assistant city editor. E-mail him at or reach him at (916) 321-1171.

Seán McMahon is The Bee's Director of Digital Media, overseeing the interactive efforts of the company. His e-mail is

Linda Gonzales is digital team leader for and has been an editor at The Bee since 1995. You can email her at

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