Sorry for the late start this morning, folks. I’ve been slayed by spring fever. And not the fun kind where you’re feeling happy in the daffodils. So, without further ado, some things to know this morning:
Middle East unrest
Pressure continues to build for Yemen’s President Ali Abdullah Saleh to step down. Thursday, reports swirled that Saleh discussed terms for his departure with top military officials. In Libya, meanwhile, supporters of the Moammar Gaddafi government show that six days into the bombardment, there is not a unified front of protesters.
Elizabeth Taylor late one last time
When news broke of actress Elizabeth Taylor’s death, The Post’s Jura Koncius wrote of how Taylor once kept an audience waiting at the Smithsonian, but that was nothing compared to how she kept 10,000 extras waiting on the set of “Cleopatra.” Taylor arrived when she wanted to. And in death, as in life, Taylor kept people waiting. At her funeral Thursday, the ceremony started 15 minutes late as per Taylor’s request. That is fabulous.
Washington is losing its color, as the number of African Americans have plummeted by more than 11 percent during the past decade, the census shows. The New York Times has an incredible detailed map of the whole United States to show population changes around the country.
The latest additions to the Oxford English Dictionary make me concerned about our language. Muffin top, that fleshy protuberance over a tight pair of trousers, plus Internet shortened phrases — OMG, LOL and IMHO — all made the cut.
Radiation traces found in the U.S.
Trace amounts of radioactive particles have been reported in Colorado, Hawaii, California, Washington and Oregon. The Environmental Protection Agency told CNN the levels are “far below the levels of concern.” While news shows may have you concerned about radioactive fallout from the Japanese nuclear power plants, Jon Stewart calls the whole idea of it coming to the U.S. in large quantities “magic:”