3.12.2018

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3.12.2018
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Need To Know.
March Madness.
The 68-team field for the 2018 NCAA men's college basketball tournament was revealed yesterday with ACC tournament winner Virginia (31-2) taking the top overall seed. Villanova (30-4), Kansas (27-7), and Xavier (28--5) round out the #1 seeds - Notre Dame (17-12) was reportedly the best team left out of the tournament after Davidson (21-11), who wouldn't have made it, clinched an automatic bid with a last-second win over Rhode Island (25-7) in the A-10 championship (see top snubs). Vegas has Villanova as the favorite to win the championship at 9/2 odds, followed by Duke (2-seed, 5/1 odds), Virginia (6/1 odds), Michigan State (3-seed, 8/1 odds), and Michigan (3-seed, 9/1 odds). The play-in games start on Tuesday (TruTV, 6:40pm ET), with the first round kicking off on Thursday (CBS, 12:15pm ET) when #10 Oklahoma (18-13) takes on #7 Rhode Island. The women's field will be announced tonight (ESPN, 7pm ET). 

You can get your printable bracket here

China Removes Presidential Term Limits.
Members of China's ruling Communist Party voted to abolish presidential term limits over the weekend, effectively allowing current President Xi Jinping to rule for life should he wish. The move - supported by all of the nearly 3,000 delegates to the National People's Congress except two - ended the current two-term limits put in place by former leader Deng Xiaoping in 1982. The rules were intended to prevent dictatorships like those of Deng's predecessor, Mao Zedong, who oversaw the country's bloody Cultural Revolution from 1966-1976 (see quick 101). Xi's current 5-year term, his second, would end in 2023 - he has not officially said he would seek a third term when the time comes. 

Those who oppose the move, heavily censored online, have taken to using a Winnie the Pooh meme to refer to Xi. 

White House Gun Proposal.
The White House announced it will push ahead with plans to help train teachers and school administrators to use firearms, officials said yesterday. The proposal is in response to the Parkland, FL, shooting that killed 17 on February 14th. President Trump will also establish a new Federal Commission on School Safety, led by Education Secretary Betsy DeVos. The commission will examine a set of proposals in addition to arming teachers, including raising the minimum age to buy rifles from 18 to 21. Under federal law, you must be 21 to buy a handgun but only 18 to purchase rifles and shotguns, including semi-automatic rifles like the kind used in Florida (federal gun law 101) - it is unclear if the proposal would affect sales from private dealers, for which there is no minimum. Trump has also backed a modest reform bill in the Senate that would improve the national background check system. 

 
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In The Know.

Sports, Entertainment & Culture.

Marvel Studios confirms Black Panther 2 (More) | Black Panther passes $1B at global box office (More)
Country music star Tim McGraw collapses during concert in Ireland (More)
Pro Bowl Cornerback Richard Sherman inks 3-year deal with San Francisco 49ers (More)

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Science & Technology.

Doctors report first appearance of superbug resistant to colistin, a 'last resort' antibiotic treatment (More)
Arranging single sheets of carbon atoms in different ways can switch material from insulator to superconductor (More)
Elon Musk reveals SpaceX timeline for trip to mars, aims for 2022 cargo mission (More)
 

Business & Markets.

US economy added 313k jobs in February beating expectations of 200k, unemployment rate remains at 4.1% (More)
> Fashion accessory retailer Claire's plans bankruptcy (More) | Bankrupt Toys 'R' Us considering closure of all US stores (More)  
> 'Pharma Bro' Martin Shkreli, the ex-pharmaceutical chief who raised drug prices 5,000%, sentenced to 7 years for defrauding investors (More)
 

Politics & World Affairs.

Syrian army break rebel enclave in eastern Ghouta, intense three-week battle enters final phase (More)
FL Gov. Rick Scott signs new gun laws, raises minimum purchase age from 18 to 21 and allows some teachers to be armed (More) | NRA files suit, saying age restrictions are unconstitutional (More)
Five dead after helicopter plunges upside-down into East River in NYC (More)
Etcetera.
Students increasingly say campus climate stifles open debate (data via Gallup). 

21 global tech companies band together against wildlife trafficking.

Google Maps celebrates the birthday of Mario Kart

HBO recreates Westworld with massive South by Southwest exhibit.

Stunning photos from one person's 40-day trip across New Zealand will give you wanderlust.

Helping your kids with homework doesn’t always pay off.   

Judge overturns decision to remove kids from foster home because parents refused to lie about the Easter Bunny

The Origins of All 30 Major League Baseball team names


What do kids swallow (other than food)? Mostly coins

Clickbait: China says it will decide who the next Dalai Lama gets reincarnated as

Historybook: HBD Girl Scouts of the USA (1912); HBD Jack Kerouac (1922); HBD Andrew Young (1932); RIP Anne Frank (1945); HBD Mitt Romney (1947).

 
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