Today’s News & Culture Buzz

Afghanistan is mourning the loss of 16 of its civilians, including 9 children after Sunday’s alleged attack by a U.S. soldier. U.S. files $25 billion settlement with banks on mortgage abuses and March Madness brackets have Kentucky, Syracuse, North Carolina, and Michigan State on top. In Maine, Village NetMedia reactions from Friday’s announcement that it is shutting down its online and print newspapers (update: Brower to Purchase All Remaining Village Net Media Assets) and police continue investigation into weekend shooting in Lamoine.

  • World – The New Threat to Peace Talks in Afghanistan – The Daily Beast | Afghan Shootings Could Complicate U.S. Mission – NPR
  • Economy – Economy Watch – US files $25 billion settlement with banks on mortgage abuses – NBC News | Banks to Face Tough Reviews, Details of Mortgage Deal Show – NYTimes.com
  • Sport – Men’s NCAA tournament 2012 — Kentucky Wildcats, Syracuse Orange, North Carolina Tar Heels, Michigan St. Spartans are top seeds – ESPN | March Madness: Five Teams You’d Love To See Pull Off NCAA Tournament Upsets – TIME.com
  • Maine – Laid off Village Soup staff looks to future —  BDN Maine  | Reade Brower to Purchase All Remaining Village Net Media Assets – The Free Press | Fifth man identified in Lamoine fatal shooting — Hancock — Bangor Daily News — BDN Maine

Other Reading:

Awesome thing(s) of the day: 

  • Photos of 1970s rock stars with their parents reveal humble roots in their childhood homes – Mail Online
  • Pregnancy Time-Lapse Video Goes Viral – Huff Post Parents
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