The Monday Catchup

Boston Marathon

Good morning! Here’s what you missed over the weekend:

The Lead Story: A year after the Boston marathon bombing, many survivors are trying to make meaning of their experience without being defined by it. The New York Times talks to a pair of brothers whose lives were transformed by the event and details the challenges they’ve endured since the attack.

After The Jump: SNL mocks CNN, Afghanistan contemplates a runoff, the Masters has a new winner, dumb things on Twitter, a tragic shooting in Kansas City, and a media take on Game of Thrones.

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The Monday Catchup

Hoffman passed away on Sunday. He was 46.

Hoffman passed away on Sunday. He was 46.

Good morning! Here’s what you missed over the weekend:

The Lead Story: The Wall Street Journal first reported the death of Oscar-winning actor Philip Seymour Hoffman on Sunday afternoon. Hoffman, 46, was found dead in his New York City apartment of an apparent heroin overdose. The actor starred in films such as “Capote” and “The Big Lebowski” and appeared in NYC theater, namely “Death of a Salesman” in 2012.

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The Monday Catchup

Despite a number of Supreme Court rulings, most recently in 2012, many juveniles have received automatic life sentences for their crimes.

Despite a number of Supreme Court rulings, most recently in 2012, many juveniles have not been able to have their life sentences removed.

Welcome back! Here’s what you missed over the weekend:

The Lead Story: In 2010 and 2012 the Supreme Court ruled against giving mandatory life sentences to juveniles, suggesting they often deserved a chance at redemption. The Court’s ruling has affected the outcome of many cases since then but some states have been slow to re-hear life sentence cases. Reports The New York Times:

But most states have taken half measures, at best, to carry out the rulings, which could affect more than 2,000 current inmates and countless more in years to come, according to many youth advocates and legal experts.

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The Monday Catchup: Finals Week Edition

Thousands have gathered in Ukraine's central square to protest the government's handling of a potential trade deal with the European Union.

Thousands have gathered in Ukraine’s central square to protest the government’s handling of a potential trade deal with the European Union.

Good morning! Here’s what you missed while preparing to destroy your finals:

The Lead Story: On Sunday, the European Union suspended trade talks with Ukraine as tens of thousands of Ukrainian demonstrators protested their government’s handling of the potential deal. EU enlargement chief Stefan Fuele said the Ukrainian government’s arguments on terms of the deal had “no grounds in reality.”

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The Monday Catchup

Storms last night produced tornadoes all over the Midwest, leaving rubble in their wake.

Storms last night produced tornadoes all over the Midwest, leaving rubble in their wake.

Good morning! Here’s what you missed over the weekend:

The Lead Story: Tornadoes stormed the Midwest last night, leaving at least 6 dead. Illinois took the brunt of the storm with 10 tornadoes touching down there. From Gawker:

“The whole neighborhood’s gone. The wall of my fireplace is all that is left of my house,” another Washington resident, Michael Perdun, told NBC. “I stepped outside and I heard it coming. My daughter was already in the basement, so I ran downstairs and grabbed her, crouched in the laundry room and all of a sudden I could see daylight up the stairway and my house was gone.”

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Morsi is the second Egyptian head of state to face criminal charges in the last three years.

Morsi is the second Egyptian head of state to face criminal charges in the last three years.

Good morning! Here’s what you missed over Halloweekend:

The Lead Story: Deposed Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi went on trial today, in what amounted to his first public appearance since being removed from power in early July. Morsi proclaimed himself the legitimate ruler of of Egypt and his case was adjourned until this January. The country is still being run by a military-led government.

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