Today’s edition of quick hits:
* Heartbreaking tragedy in Nepal: “Rescuers struggled to reach Nepal’s more rural communities on Monday to assess the damage from a devastating earthquake that has left more than 3,800 people dead.”
* Unrest in Baltimore turns violent: “Seven officers were reportedly injured when protests turned violent in Baltimore Monday afternoon after a “group of juveniles” faced off with police… [Freddie] Gray, a 25-year-old black man, died on April 19 of what his family’s attorney said was a severed spine that allegedly occurred after he was arrested on a weapons charge in Baltimore on April 12.”
* There’s live msnbc coverage of clashes in Baltimore online here.
* Related news: “A photo editor for a Baltimore newspaper says he was beaten by police at a protest over the death of Freddie Gray. J.M. Giordano, who works at the City Paper, says Baltimore police ‘swarmed over’ him and hit him repeatedly. A video posted to the newspaper’s website Sunday shows at least two police officers in riot gear hitting and kicking Giordano as the person filming screams, ‘He’s a photographer! He’s press!’”
* Oklahoma: “A top sheriff’s official resigned on Monday in Tulsa, Oklahoma, where an unarmed man was shot and killed earlier this month by a volunteer reserve deputy who says he mistook his gun for his Taser.”
* Detroit: “Video obtained by a Detroit television station and published Sunday appeared to show police fist-bumping and imitating a man they’d allegedly beaten during a traffic stop. In the video obtained by WDIV, the Inkster, Michigan police officers appeared to celebrate as they wiped off their hands and uniforms.”
* An alarming look at 250 police-involved shootings in Palm Beach, Florida, and the “disturbing” pattern that emerges.
* It took months longer than it should have, but Attorney General Loretta Lynch was sworn in today and officially began her new job.
* Lacey, Washington: ”A teacher is being credited with stopping a student who allegedly fired multiple shots at North Thurston High School Monday morning. Nobody was hurt. Lacey police say a school resource officer made a radio call about the shooting just before classes started at 7:30 a.m. The resource officer reported moments later that the shooter was in custody.”
* Tennessee: “Local governments in Tennessee can no longer bar people with handgun carry permits from bringing firearms to parks, playgrounds and sports fields under legislation signed by Gov. Bill Haslam, a Republican.”
* Paul Krugman: “[I]n a polarized political environment, policy debates always involve more than just the specific issue on the table. They are also clashes of world views. Predictions of debt disaster, a debased dollar, and Obama death spirals reflect the same ideology, and the utter failure of these predictions should inspire major doubts about that ideology.”
* Ugh: “John Hinderaker, the man behind the rightwing blog Power Line, woke up to a nasty surprise on Sunday morning. In the pages of the Las Vegas Sun, a man named Larry Pfeifer announced that he had successfully duped a conservative blogger into running a story that Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid’s recent injuries to his eyes and face were the result of a dustup with his own family.”
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