Radioactive Water From Japan Plant Leaking Into Pacific; Arkansas Students Must Pull Up Pants


This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on April 2, 2011

  • Officials say that highly radioactive water is leaking into the Pacific from a crippled reactor at Fukushima Daiichi. Water from a concrete pit has been seen escaping through a crack into the ocean; radiation levels in that pit have been measured at “1,000 millisieverts per hour, which is more than 330 times the dose an average resident of an industrialized country naturally receives in a year.” The Tokyo Electric Power Company plans to stop the leak by filling the crack with concrete. [CNN]
  • Arkansas has outlawed baggy pants in public schools. The Arkansas state legislature is taking care of very important business! [NYDN]
  • Nine people have been killed and 81 injured during protests in Kandahar over the burning of a Koran by pastor Terry Jones in Florida. Yesterday a mob stormed the U.N. headquarters in Mazar-i-Sharif, killing 12 people, seven of whom were international staff. Young men waving Taliban flags are reportedly running amok in the streets; they’ve attacked a girls’ high school, destroying classrooms and a school bus. [NYT]
  • “During one down period, I referred to him in print as a ‘financially embattled thousandaire’ and he sent me a copy of the column with my picture circled and ‘The Face of a Dog!’ written over it.” This is something Donald Trump did to Gail Collins. [NYT]
  • One in five American mothers has children by multiple fathers. Time Magazine calls this “Domino Dads,” embarrassingly. [The Daily]
  • Wal-Mart is planning a test of an online grocery delivery service in California. The project is grandly titled “Project Titan.” [Bloomberg Businessweek]
  • A cheetah named Majani strolled around Park Avenue yesterday. [NYP]

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