Patt Morrison for March 29, 2012

Trayvon Martin Rally in Downtown LA
The national conversation about race in America has been reignited by the controversy surrounding the killing of Sanford, Florida teenager Trayvon Martin, but it is unclear whether the nature of the discussion has ultimately been constructive or destructive.

Lottery winning 101: how to not blow $500 million

Do you feel lucky? The current Mega Millions lottery jackpot swelled to a record-setting $500 million when no one drew a winning set of numbers in Tuesday night’s drawing, prompting hopeful chance-takers to line up for hours to buy a ticket for their shot at a big payday in Friday’s drawing.
SAT Test To Be Revamped

Are you smarter than a 12th grader?

Or, are you at least as smart as the 12th-grader you once were, when college loomed and the dreaded Standardized Aptitude Test could make or break your prospects?

Nathan Fletcher leaves the Republican party behind

California Assemblyman Nathan Fletcher drew quite a bit of attention on Wednesday when he and his wife, Mindy Tucker Fletcher, re-registered as independent voters. Fletcher, previously a Republican, stated that he was tired of the “infighting” and the “petty games” within the GOP, and of “hyper-partisan” politics in general.
Minnesota Vikings v Washington Redskins
For years, adoptions were shrouded in secrecy, the birth records sealed and adoption papers hidden forever. Birth mothers might never know what kind of life their child was living.
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