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  • Today's comic by Jen Sorensen is :
    Cartoon by Jen Sorensen - Surgeon General candidates interviewed by the NRA
  • These Daily Kos community posts were the most shared on Facebook March 24:
    Oops. Up to 1,000,000 Gallons of Sticky Crude Spill into Bird Habitat on Galveston Bay, by jpmassar

    Nathan Phelps issues statement on the death of his father, by Steveningen

    Order In The Courtroom - Here Come The Nuns! A New Force For Reproductive Choice, by Leslie Salzillo

  • Searchers slowly working their way through Washington mudslide: Authorities have found 14 dead and count 176 missing in the huge slide near Oso, Wash. They believe the list of missing has many duplicates, but the number of dead from the slide after two days of finding no survivors is certain to rise, perhaps sharply. Searchers describe the mud, in some places 20 feet deep, as like quicksand in places, but inside buildings, including residences, it is compressed so much that it is like concrete. For those on the scene looking for survivors or bodies, it's a rough go.
    Authorities believe that the slide destroyed 35 homes, as well as 13 manufactured homes, including RVs, and at least one cabin. Part of the difficulty in determining the exact number of missing people comes from authorities not knowing how many of the homes, some of which are kept for vacationing visitors, were occupied at the time of the slide.
  • Yeah, THAT'S definitely in the gospels: The Rev. John Koletas of Grace Baptist Church in Troy, N.Y., says people from faraway came to his church last Sunday to take part in the raffle of a semi-automatic AR-15 rifle. So successful was the event, that he's thinking of having another gun raffle. “This is doing exactly what we’ve always done for the last 2,000 years since Jesus walked the shores of Galilee,” Koletas told television station WNYT.
  • Middle school students protest sexist dress code:
    Earlier this month, Haven Middle School administrators notified parents that female students are no longer allowed to wear shorts, leggings, or yoga pants because those articles of clothing might be “too distracting” for their male peers. That’s sparked a protest among parents and students in the Evanston, Illinois area, who are arguing it’s not girls’ responsibility to accommodate the boys in their classes.

    More than 500 students have signed onto a petition protesting the new dress code policy, which they say is sexist because it’s only targeting girls’ clothing. Some female students have chosen to defy the ban and are wearing leggings and yoga pants to school in protest. A poster plastered in Haven Middle School reads, “Are my pants lowering your test scores?”

  • Wal-Mart managers describes store's grim working conditions to be exactly what you'd expect.
  • Italy may cut its F-35 order in half: First The Netherlands cut its order for the jack-of-all-trades, way-over-budget fighter meant to replace the aging fighter fleet of the U.S. Air Force. Italy had already cute its original order from 131 to 90. The plane, seven years behind schedule, has already racked up $167 billion in cost overruns. Builder Lockheed Martin expects sales in Asia, notably to Japan, South Korea and Taiwan, will make up any losses in Europe. It was reported Monday that the Marine version of the $397 billion (so far) fighter could be delayed from its mid-2015 delivery date for a year because of software glitches.
  • Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire was 103 years ago today:
    Tuesday is the 103rd anniversary of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire, a major turning point in American labor history. On March 25, 1911, 146 garment workers, most of them Jewish and Italian immigrant girls in their teens and twenties, perished after a fire broke out at the Triangle factory in New York City’s Greenwich Village. Even after the fire, the city’s businesses continued to insist they could regulate themselves, but the deaths clearly demonstrated that companies like Triangle, if left to their own devices, would not concern themselves with their workers’ safety. Despite this business opposition, the public’s response to the fire and to the 146 deaths led to landmark state regulations.
  • Extra cold winter hurt struggling bee populations:
    "It's devastating," Mike Swett of Squaw Creek Honey told local Iowa station KCCI. "When I came out and saw my loss, I mean you literally just cry."

    Iowa Department of Agriculture bee researcher Andrew Joseph says the losses could be as high as 70 percent, compared to an average winter loss of up to 20 percent.

  • On today's Kagro in the Morning show, Armando discusses what's at stake in Hobby Lobby. Naval base shooting in Norfolk has a new twist. More on "warrior cops." Third Way steps in it. NH town meetings push to overturn Citizens United. WH wants blue slip reform.

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