The big story at today's Boston Marathon is the weather — in particular the bright, sunny skies and temperatures in the 80s that have race officials worried about how well some of the 27,000 registered runners will cope with the heat for 26.2 miles.
As the Boston Globe says, the medical tents are likely going to be quite busy today. And the Globe says that:
Less than 20 percent of Kentucky taxpayers must make a tax payment when they file their federal returns. I-R-S spokesman Luis Garcia says it’s not the people owing more money who wait until the last minute to file. “Well, every year we have people say well of course everyone is waiting until the last minute because they owe…that’s not the case..you would that most of the late filers are people who owe and it’s the opposite…it’s people who are getting a refund,” said Garcia.
Phillip Stokely was just a boy in 1972, when his father's house in Clark County was damaged by construction of a crude-oil pipeline through the north edge of the property. Now, 40 years later, Stokely owns the house, and he's afraid the same thing will happen all over again. Marathon Petroleum is replacing parts of the pipeline, and it wants to route a new section of pipe past the south end of Stokely's home. The company's plan would have put the edge of the pipeline right-of-way only about 15 feet from the house's foundation. Marathon recently agreed to move the right-of-way back to about 70 feet from the house. Stokely doesn't like it but says he can probably live with it.
The National Rifle Association's annual convention featured a display of shooting targets featuring zombies. Firing ranges across the country are offering zombie-themed shooting events. Sales of zombie targets are booming.
Let's turn now, to the economics of a good meal. Tyler Cowen is an economist, author of the blog Marginal Revolution, and a serious eater. He seeks to use his understanding of economics to zero in on the best food and best restaurants, and he shares what he's learned in a book called "An Economist Gets Lunch." Cowen is a fan of local food. But for the taste, not because he thinks it will save the world.
What the Taliban are calling the start of their spring offensive kept security forces across Afghanistan fighting throughout Sunday and into this morning. Officials say 36 insurgents were killed in Kabul and three other eastern provinces. Three civilians died in the attacks, and eight members of the police and army were killed. American officials are praising Afghan forces, but questions remain about how the insurgents were able to infiltrate the most secure parts of the capital. NPR's Quil Lawrence reports.
Now, the man who has confessed to carrying out Norway's worst peacetime atrocity goes on trial today. Anders Behring Breivik, a right-wing extremist, raised his fist in a Nazi-style salute after bailiffs removed his handcuffs in the courtroom. Breivik has told authorities he acted to protect Norway from Muslims. The rampage in Oslo and at a youth camp left 77 people dead and dozens injured. NPR's Eric Westervelt is in Oslo and reports that the central issue for judges will be Breivik's mental health.
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President Obama is back in Washington this morning, after a weekend summit in Colombia. The gathering with leaders from throughout the Americas produced some agreement on trade and some disagreement on drug policy in Cuba.