Radioactive Water Leak Stopped in Japan; Another Car Flies Off 59th Street Bridge; Bristol Palin’s Teen Pregnancy Payday


• Radioactive water from the Fukishima Daiichi nuclear power plant is no longer gushing into the ocean. As of Tuesday, water was still at 5 million times the normal radioactive level, and officials are concerned that water build-up might create leaks elsewhere. The crisis is not over, according to Japanese Chief Cabinet Secretary Yukio Edano. U.S. government engineers helping with the crisis have said there are “a wide array of fresh threats that could persist indefinitely,” including rupture, explosions, and breach of containment structures. [CNN, NYT]

• A car flew off the 59th Street Bridge exit ramp in Long Island City this morning in the same spot where a wreck killed a pedestrian last week. The driver, a 39-year-old man, is in stable condition while a 40-year-old woman is in critical condition with severe head trauma. The driver in last week’s crash lost an arm. [NYP]

Bristol Palin was paid $262,500 as part of teen pregnancy prevention nonprofit the Candie’s Foundation. This, apparently, is seven times what the group gave in grants to “actual teen pregnancy health and counseling clinics.” [TP]

• A woman recently attacked an $80 million Gauguin painting in the National Gallery, hitting it because she thought it was “evil.” TV stations have since been in a tizzy about how to deal with images of the painting because one of the women in the painting is topless. Nipples are evil! [Pat’s Papers]

Blockbuster was bought by the Dish Network for $320 million. [Deadline]

Most of those people who claim they’re good on just 5 hours of sleep a night are full of it. [Atlantic Wire]

This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on April 6, 2011

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