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A Somber Day: Friday marks the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. From Boston to Dublin to Washington, memorials all over the world paid tribute to the 35th President. The city of Dallas held a solemn ceremony in Dealey Plaza, the historic area of downtown where the president’s motorcade passed through on November 22, 1963 before he was assassinated.
King of the Word: Not so fast, Miley. According to Britain’s Oxford University Press, “selfie” beat out words like “twerk” and “binge-watch” for the title of “Word of the Year” for 2013. The popular term for a smartphone self-portrait has taken the Internet by storm and is now thrown around in mainstream chatter. Previous words of the year? Unfriend, carbon footprint, and Sudoku.
Sexiest Man Alive: 2013 isn’t just a banner year for selfies. Singer Adam Levine was officially crowned 2013’s “Sexiest Man Alive” by People Magazine. The sensual crooner of Maroon 5 and The Voice fame was surprised about the announcement, admitting he was “amazed and stunned” – but our own Dr. Helen Fisher doesn’t seem too surprised in a recent interview with LiveScience.com: “Certain features of the face are built by testosterone,” says Dr. Fisher, “and many people are drawn to both male and female faces that show signs of high testosterone levels.” Levine has those features in spades.
Batkid, Baby: A five-year-old boy battling leukemia had his wish to become his favorite superhero, Batman, granted last Friday by the Make-A-Wish Foundation in San Francisco. The city’s Police Chief called in “Batkid” Miles Scott to help fight crime across the city, even rescuing the SF Giants mascot from the notorious villain, Penguin. Thousands of fans came out to see Batkid make rescues around the city, and social media was a buzz about the stunt—Miles even received a tweet from President Obama.
Filibusted: In a monumental decision, The Senate voted Thursday to eliminate filibusters for most presidential nominations. The parliamentary procedure where debate is extended, allowing one or more members to delay or entirely prevent a vote on a given proposal, required at least 60 votes to end the motion. Under the new rules, however, only a simple majority vote of 100 senators is needed to end a filibuster. A little confused? You’re not alone. A 2010 poll revealed that only 26 percent of Americans knew the correct number of votes needed to break a filibuster.
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