Today’s Must Reads

Masachusetts abolished the death penalty in 1984 and hasn’t executed anyone since 1947, but Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the alleged Boston Marathon bomber, could still be sentenced to death. Read more: Feds could seek death despite Mass. ban

And some interesting news analysis on the digital lives of the two suspect-brothers: Unraveling Boston Suspects’ Online Lives, Link by Link

Did you hear that the AP’s Twitter account was hacked yesterday? A tweet went out that said “”Breaking: Two Explosions in the White House and Barack Obama is injured.” Immediate retweets and an almost instantaneous drop in the stock market raises lots of concerns. Twitter hacking raises credibility issue (Another interesting part of it is why the stock market dropped: Apparently there are computers that monitor the internet and will automatically trade based on info – and news – that they read. This definitely makes the hard-fought case for less technology…)

Big deal in the higher education world. Cooper Union in New York City has long served undergraduate students for free. However, it’s finally surrendered to financial woes and will begin in fall of 2014 to “charge students based on what the college described as a steeply sliding scale, with those deemed able paying around $20,000, and many others, including those ‘with the greatest needs,’ paying nothing.” Is it sad that $20,000 is still incredibly cheap when it comes to paying for college? Read more: College Ends Free Tuition, and an Era

A well-written play-by-play of last night’s very exciting Warriors playoff game against the Nuggets. Warriors’effort recalls ’75 title team

I heard this rumor a few years ago and thought it was too good to be true, but it’s here: the Wizarding World of Harry Potter is coming to California. West Coaster muggles no longer have to fly out to Orlando to experience the joys of quidditch and butterbeer; the California outpost of the magical theme park has finally been approved to open at Universal Studios in Hollywood. Who knows when it will actually open, but who cares. I’ll be there with my robes on. Read more: L.A. County Gives Harry Potter Park the Greenlight

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