The saga of [Ariel] Castro and his alleged crimes is peppered with what-ifs. During the period that he is accused of holding the young women captive, authorities appeared at his home several times but never discovered the abducted women.Washington Post reporters Manuel Roig-Franzia, Jerry Markon and Luz Lazo • In a long, in-depth piece describing the alleged crimes of Ariel Castro and the young women he abducted. There were many warning signs — including a home relatives described as creepy before the abductions took place and an ongoing domestic violence case that a grand jury refused to hear. It’s a dark story, but read this one to the end. In related news, his brothers have spoken out about the incident, saying they were unaware of what was happening.
Early this am, an electrical transformer near the West Wing malfunctioned and set off a smoke alarm in the West Wing. The transformer problem was quickly resolved. Electricity and personnel access to the West Wing has returned to normal. The first family was unaffected.A White House official • Discussing reports of smoke in the West Wing of the White House this morning, which led to an evacuation. While the president doesn’t live in the West Wing (he lives in a residence between the East and West Wings), he works there.
If a stay is granted, it will allow the bad-faith, politically motivated decision of Secretary Sebelius, who lacks any medical or scientific expertise, to prevail — thus justifiably undermining the public’s confidence in the drug approval process.U.S. District Judge Edward R. Korman • In a statement denying a stay of his ruling allowing the morning-after pill to be sold over the counter to people under the age of 17. Korman’s opinions on this case have been extremely harsh towards Heath and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and the Obama administration, due to Sebelius’ 2011 decision that blocked an FDA recommendation on the matter.
Make squares. Just make them. There is no other Dots strategy.Quartz writer Zachary M. Seward • Describing the best strategy to play Dots, the absurdly addictive puzzle game that’s currently kicking ass and taking names on the iTunes charts. One other tip on the game: “Reset the game until you’ve got a good opening board. Is there already a square for the taking? A few near-square formations? Is the board heavily concentrated with a few colors? No? Tap the time or score at the top of your screen, and select ‘restart.’” One other piece of advice from me: Don’t download this game because you’ll be playing it while walking and will get hit by a car. It’s that addictive. (via @topherchris)