Japan to Release Radioactive Water into Pacific; Air France Flight 447 Wreckage Found; FBI Investigates Madonna


Tokyo Electric Power Company will be releasing some 11,500 tons of water with low levels of radiation into the Pacific Ocean to make storage room for water with more dangerous levels of radiation at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear plant. According to Tokyo Electric, the water to be released “contains about 100 times the legal limits of radiation.” Eating seafood caught in such water daily for a year would give one a quarter of the average annual exposure to radiation. This is as workers continue to battle more high-level radioactive leaks: Over the weekend workers tried to use sawdust and shredded newspaper to stop a leak coming from a pit near the reactor. [NYT]

The workers at the Fukushima plant (the “Fukushima 50”) expect that some will die “within weeks or months,” according to one of their mothers. [NBC]

A major part of the cabin of downed Air France Flight 447, which crashed in 2009 on the way from Rio de Janeiro to Paris, has been discovered in water off the coast of Brazil. Investigators hope the remains of the plane will help them uncover the cause of the crash. [NYDN]

Arizona has banned abortions due to unhappiness with the gender or race of the fetus (there is no evidence that such abortions occur in Arizona). [CD]

The FBI is investigating Madonna’s education charity. [NYP]

Autism Speaks is sponsoring legislation in Albany that would require insurance companies to pay for treatment for autism. [WNYC]

Employment news: McDonald’s will be hiring 50,000 new workers on April 19, in positions including crew, management, part- and full-time. [CNN]

Here is a real life angry bird. [Telegraph]

This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on April 4, 2011

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