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I spend a lot of time reading news online. I suppose you could describe it as an OCD in online reading, as it certainly takes up several hours of my day each and every day. Usually I just tweet out the stories, but since I am currently unemployed and armed with more free time than usual, I figured every Friday I would share my favorite pieces from that week. It could be that I loved the writing, maybe I thought the topic was interesting, or perhaps the story just gave me chills. And since I actually meant to start this last Friday, I’m taking the liberty of including a couple of pieces from the week before as well.

First off is an older piece I had never read until a few minutes ago. I probably would never had read it either if all had gone on peacefully in the world. But as we all know by now, a gunman opened fire at a midnight showing of “The Dark Knight Rises” in suburban Denver today. He killed 12 people and wounded dozens others (police are still uncertain of the total count as of 11 a.m. PT). Of the 12 was a young woman by the name of Jessica Ghawi, who had been at the Eaton Centre in Toronto when a gunman opened fire there just last month. These were her thoughts: http://jessicaredfield.wordpress.com/2012/06/05/late-night-thoughts-on-the-eaton-center-shooting/ May she and all the others rest in peace.

How One Guy Lied His Way Through Our Biggest Media Outlets. Let this be a word of caution to all of us: http://www.forbes.com/sites/davidthier/2012/07/18/how-this-guy-lied-his-way-into-msnbc-abc-news-the-new-york-times-and-more/

The renowned director Moises Kaufman is putting on a new musical right now at the famous La Jolla Playhouse. It’s set in feudal China with the emperor and all, so where are all the Asian American actors? http://fairyprincessdiaries.com/2012/07/07/moises-kaufman-can-kiss-my-ass-heres-why/

Gay, Mormon, and Happily Married with Children. Oh, and btw, that’s married to a woman. http://abcnews.go.com/US/gay-mormon-happily-married-husband-father-puts-faith/story?id=16806146#.UAmS2rSvKSo

Competitions, medals, and condoms. What really happens in the Olympic Village: http://espn.go.com/olympics/story/_/id/8133052/the-games-olympic-village-not-televised-espn-magazine

The wonders of Google, now bringing you the South Pole: http://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2012/07/a-visit-to-the-worlds-most-remote-antarctic-outposts-with-google-street-view/259960/

Food, culture, and self-acceptance. Exploring the Asian American self through food inspired by multiple cultures.  http://www.theatlantic.com/national/archive/2012/07/stinky-spicy-and-delicious-the-radical-reinvention-of-asian-american-food/259864/?single_page=true

This is more a news brief than anything else, but I thought everyone should be reminded that, yes, the black plague still exists: http://abcnews.go.com/Health/oregon-man-survives-black-plague-lose-fingers-toes/story?id=16806758#.UAmS5rSvKSo

And finally, why there was no Pulitzer Prize awarded in fiction this year. A juror reflects on the process of selection: http://www.newyorker.com/online/blogs/books/2012/07/letter-from-the-pulitzer-fiction-jury-what-really-happened-this-year.html and http://www.newyorker.com/online/blogs/books/2012/07/letter-from-the-pulitzer-fiction-jury-part-ii-how-to-define-greatness.html.

And to end on a lighthearted note, two pictures that say so much:

This one from George Takei’s Facebook said: “A walk down Mammary Lane? I say, tit for tot.”

Ladies AND gentlemen, love your bodies.