Honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.; Gabrielle Giffords’ Condition Improves; Steve Jobs Takes Medical Leave


Today is the 25th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day. As King is honored around the nation, government offices and schools are closed, and there’s no mail delivery or garbage or recycling collection in New York City. The MTA is on a special schedule. In remembrance, here’s King’s “I Have a Dream” speech (or watch it here). And here are essays he wrote for The Nation between 1961 and 1966. Meanwhile, Baratunde Thurston imagines what King would have done with Twitter. [Yahoo, The Nation, Vanity Fair]

• Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords’ condition has been upgraded from critical to serious, and she is no longer on a ventilator. On Sunday her husband Mark Kelly said Giffords was “improving a little bit each day. She’s a fighter.” [NYT]

• Cathie Black, new city schools chancellor, former Hearst chair, has apologized to Community Board 1 Chairwoman Julie Menin, who she called at halftime during the Jets game, for her [oops] remarks that birth control would solve city schools’ overcrowding issues. [DNA Info]

• Wikileaks has been given information about the bank accounts of 2,000 or more prominent individuals, “potentially exposing tax evasion,” from former banker and Swiss whistle-blower Rudolf Elmer. Julian Assange says “there will be full revelation” once they’ve looked at the data. [Mashable]

Apple CEO Steve Jobs will take a medical leave of absence according to a letter sent to Apple employees in which he said, “At my request, the board of directors has granted me a medical leave of absence so I can focus on my health. I will continue as CEO and be involved in major strategic decisions for the company.” Tim Cook will control the company in Jobs’ absence. [CNN]

British Airways is still flying to Tunisia. Travelers (who don’t ever watch or read the news?) say the airline didn’t warn them about the unrest. [Telegraph]

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