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Another School Shooting: “Few gunmakers saw a semiautomatic version of the rifle — with its shrouded barrel, pistol grip and jutting ammunition magazine — as a product for ordinary people. It didn’t seem suited for hunting. It seemed like overkill for home defense. Gun executives doubted many buyers would want to spend their money on one.” WaPo on the AR-15: The gun that divides a nation. The American gun obsession has its costs. Over and over. Today, the 128th mass shooting of 2023 took place at a school in Nashville. CNN: At least 3 children and 3 adults killed in Nashville elementary school shooting. Meanwhile, state and local governments are protecting kids from naked statues and banning books, not guns.

+ Domestic Medical Tourism: “Hundreds of women travel each week to the southern tip of Illinois to secure an abortion, something that is no longer available to millions living in a 1,800 mile stretch of 11 Southern states that have mostly banned pregnancy terminations since the Supreme Court stripped away constitutional protections for women to end pregnancies. But another barrier awaits them once they reach the clinic in one of the country’s most abortion-friendly states. Anti-abortion advocates in neon hazard vests frantically try to wave passersby down at the gates, hoping to talk them out of what they are about to do.” AP: As South bans abortion, thousands turn to Illinois clinics.

+ Mississippi Tornado: “Homes were ripped from their foundations, vehicles were tossed through the air and at least 25 people were killed as a result of severe weather, including a powerful EF-4 tornado.” Mississippi and Alabama face a painful recovery after storms and a tornado killed 26.

+ Moore and More: “Moore was director of research and development at Fairchild when he made his famous projection in an article, “Cramming More Components Onto Integrated Circuits,” for the April 19, 1965, edition of Electronics magazine. Noting that the most cost-efficient circuit at that time held 50 transistors, he predicted that number would roughly double each year to 65,000. Modern microprocessors have billions of transistors.” Gordon Moore, an Intel co-founder and the mind behind Moore’s Law, has died at 94.

+ Bank Accounted For: “The deal will see First Citizens BancShares purchase around $72 billion of Silicon Valley Bank assets at a discount of $16.5 billion.” First Citizens shares soar 45% after the bank buys a large chunk of failed Silicon Valley Bank.

+ Hoop Dreams: March Madness has been almost too crazy and fun to absorb in real time. Two performances to consider: “Iowa’s Caitlin Clark put on quite a show, with one of the greatest performances in NCAA Tournament history to help Iowa end a 30-year Final Four drought. She had 41 points, 12 assists and 10 rebounds.” And on the men’s side, Miami’s Jordan Miller had a perfect game, going 7-of-7 from the field and 13-of-13 from the foul line, in Miami’s win over Texas

+ Doctor Doom: “She has issued a public apology, stripped her website of all of its content, and sent me very nice emails saying she didn’t have more to say right now. From what I can tell, none of the sentences in those emails was taken from any other source.” The excellent Joel Stein on the co-author for celebrity doctors who has been plagiarizing like crazy. Giving Up the Ghostwriter.

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