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Mafia Disorganized; 17 Killed in Tornados; Radioactivity Rises Off Japan Coast

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  • The Mafia is out of commission. Rather, the Mafia Commission, the caucus of leaders of the five main crime families, apparently hasn’t met in 25 years. Cue “disorganized crime” joke. [NYDN]
  • A tornado warning has been issued for parts of Georgia as the death toll from recent twisters rises to 17. Alabama, Oklahoma, and Mississippi have all declared a state of emergency. [CNN]
  • The radioactivity levels in the sea near Fukushima Daiichi have spiked, suggesting that there could be a new leak at the damaged nuclear plant. This isn’t necessarily cause for panic yet; the increased levels could be caused by steel panels that have been installed in an effort to contain radiation. [NYT]
  • As our colleagues at Fork in the Road reported, Lucali pizzeria owner Mark Iacono was stabbed yesterday in Carroll Gardens. Today’s Daily News cover: “MOB GOON SLICES PIZZA GUY.” [NYDN]
  • Republican congressman Jeb Hensarling called Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security “Ponzi schemes.” Does he know what a Ponzi scheme actually is? [ThinkProgress]
  • Tareq Salahi might pose for Playgirl. Click through for some startling photographs. [TMZ]
  • Scientists managed to teleport light waves, proving that you will still never be able to teleport in your lifetime. [Gizmodo/Popular Science]
  • A Brooklyn man brutally killed his girlfriend’s kitten. [NYP]
  • Jon Bon Jovi’s New Jersey home was robbed of $100,000 worth of jewelry. [APP]
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