Weed, snow, 'Phil Spector' getting eyeballs

This morning, Baltimore young'uns with their eyes all aglow are hoping for a snow day. Republican Senator Rand Paul, meanwhile is charitably hoping that if the glow happens to come from the burning of an illicit substance, the kids' lives won't be ruined forever. Welcome to your post-weekend trends report for Monday, March 25, 2013.

Paul is teaming up with Democrat Patrick Leahy to push for relaxation of mandatory minimum sentences for marijuana offenders, saying Sunday that either of the last two presidents could have had vastly different lives had they not been lucky with their own drug experiences.

Of course, if drugs aren't sufficient to mess up a life, throwing fame and murder accusations into the mix is usually enough to do the trick. The public gets an ample look at both with David Mamet's 'Phil Spector,' and HBO piece that has received plenty of Google search attention as the week begins.

Continuing in that voyeuristic vein, the British press gave a stylized send-off over the weekend to Peter Scott, a burglar who targeted really rich and famous people, which apparently made him Not Such A Bad Guy. Perhaps all the attention makes more sense to the Brits than it does to us.


Mother Nature
An inch or three of snow was expected to fall by Monday morning to the north and west of the Interstate 95 corridor, with a winter weather advisory in effect for much of the region, according to the National Weather Service.
Baltimore Sun

Apple security questions
Apple yesterday rolled out two-step verification, a security measure that promises to further shield Apple ID and iCloud accounts from being hijacked. Unfortunately, today a new exploit has been discovered that affects all customers who haven't yet enabled the new feature. It allows anyone with your email address and date of birth to reset your password — using Apple's own tools.

Denny Hamlin
(Google search)
Here we are in March 2013 and we're still having discussions about why some walls of NASCAR tracks are not covered by energy-absorbing SAFER barriers. Once again a driver -- in this case Denny Hamlin -- wrecked and just happened to crash into part of the infield wall not covered by the barrier.
Baltimore Sun

Phil Spector
(Google search)
Executive producer Barry Levinson urges viewers to think of his HBO film "Phil Spector" as a two-person play —not a docudrama about the first murder trial of the rock producer. "It really is a two-person piece," Levinson said in a telephone interview last week. "And if you're looking for some kind of docudrama, which we are more familiar with on television, this isn't it."
Baltimore Sun

Tiger Woods
(Google search)
Mother Nature did what the rest of the field at the Arnold Palmer Championship could not Sunday: slow Tiger Woods' march to No. 1.
Baltimore Sun

Last weekend at a TEDx conference in Washington DC sponsored by National Geographic, scientists met to discuss which animals should be brought back from extinction. They also discussed the how, why and ethics of doing so.
The (Irish) Journal

Aaron Craft, Florida Gulf Coast University, Gonzaga
(Google search)
Florida Gulf Coast became the first No. 15 seed to advance past the first weekend of March Madness, using a 17-0 second-half run to blow past San Diego State in a 81-71 win at the Wells Fargo Center on Sunday.
Baltimore Sun

Rand Paul
Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) said Sunday that President Obama and former President George W. Bush “got lucky” by not being arrested for smoking marijuana as young adults. Arguing against mandatory minimum sentencing for pot use, Paul said that a marijuana-related arrest for either Obama or Bush could have ruined their lives.
The Hill

(Google search)
As members of the B'nai Israel Congregation in downtown Baltimore on Sunday discussed preparations for the start of Passover, they also reflected on President Barack Obama's recent visit to Israel.
Baltimore Sun

Peter Scott
Peter Scott, who has died aged 82, was a highly accomplished cat burglar, and as Britain’s most prolific plunderer of the great and good took particular pains to select his victims from the ranks of aristocrats, film stars and even royalty.
The Telegraph

Powerball, #IfIWonAMillionDollars
(Google search, Twitter)
The golden ticket for Saturday's $338.3 million Powerball jackpot was bought in New Jersey, but officials said they would divulge no details about the winner until Monday morning.
Baltimore Sun

Palm Sunday, Semana Santa, Woche, Easter
(Google search, Twitter)
Pope Francis celebrated youth during his first Palm Sunday Mass to 250,000 inside St. Peter's Square, initiating Holy Week with a speech on joy, sacrifice and hope.


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