In the Know: March 6, 2015

“Both men and women should feel free to be sensitive. Both men and women should feel free to be strong. It is time that we all perceive gender on a spectrum, instead of two sets of opposing ideals.” Emma Watson, on her HeForShe campaign for gender equality. Join the conversation with her live on Facebook on Sunday, March 8th to celebrate International Women’s Day.

Nation
The Boston Marathon bombing trial began this week; testimony from survivors is heartbreaking.

It’s been 50 years since ‘Bloody Sunday’ occurred in Selma, Ala. and this weekend the President and many others will revisit the city to pay homage to a moment when right triumphed over wrong.

A Delta plane skidded off the runway at New York’s LaGuardia airport during a snowstorm, stopping perilously close to Flushing Bay.

The Justice Department cleared police officer Darren Wilson of charges this week in the case of Michael Brown. “We must do better not only as a city but as a state and a country. We must all work to address issues of racial disparity in all aspects of our society.”

March: in like a lion, with the snow to prove it. (But don’t forget to spring forward this weekend.)

World
U.S. Ambassador Mark Lippert was hospitalized Thursday after after being attacked by a man who demanded the reunification of North and South Korea.

Thousands marched through Moscow to honor slain slain Russian opposition politician Boris Nemtsov; U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry met with his Russian counterpart to discuss an American probe into the murder and tensions over Ukraine.

How popular is the Pope? Very.

Politics
Hillary Clinton used a personal email account to conduct business as secretary of state; she is now urging the State Department to release her emails.

“Established by the State” is the single phrase Obamacare might be hanging on as the Supreme Court considers the case of King v. Burwell this week.

Bibi gave a very big speech. Nancy Pelosi was not impressed.

Business
Etsy is going public, and it’s an important one to watch for the fellow tech IPO market.

The nation’s 31 largest banks are adequately fortified to withstand a severe U.S. and global recession and keep lending, the Federal Reserve said Thursday.

Health
The last known Ebola patient in Liberia was discharged, bringing to zero the number of known cases in the country. But the fight is not over.

To tuna, or not to tuna?

Science
After seven years of travel, the NASA Dawn spacecraft will slip into the orbit of a mini-planet Ceres (which lies in the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter).

“Groundhog Day” in the cosmos.

Women’s Affairs
International Women’s Day is this Sunday, March 8th. The theme? Make It Happen. (Need some inspiration? Plenty here.)

Wellesley College will admit transgender students who identify as women for the first time in their next admissions cycle (the third prominent women’s college to make such a change).

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