We Still Don't Know What Happened to Malaysia Airlines Flight 370: But we know that the two men who were traveling with stolen passports were 19-year-old Pouria Nour Mohammad and 29-year-old Seyed Mohammed Rezar Delawar. According to all reports, they were Iranian, they were seeking asylum in Europe, and they were traveling together. There's another photo of them standing together right here. Authorities say they do not believe the men were linked to any terrorist groups. Meanwhile, distressing details are emerging about one of the men who was flying the plane: "A co-pilot at the controls of the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 invited a Melbourne tourist and her friend into the cockpit where he smoked, took photos and entertained the pair during a previous international flight." As for the wreckage itself, there are vessels from at least nine countries in the ocean looking, and China has deployed satellites to help look from above. Al Jazeera reports that the plane changed course and flew at least 500 kilometers after its last contact with air traffic control. There's a quick Q&A on the New York Times's site about radar, black boxes, and the widening search area.
CIA Accused of Illegally Searching the Computers of the Senate Intelligence Committee: And Dianne Feinstein is pissed.
Tear Down the Viaduct Already! New details emerged yesterday about just how unsafe that elevated freeway is. Also, Bertha might not digging again until September.
North Bend on Alert After Rape of Restaurant Worker: A follow-up in the Seattle Times on yesterday's horrifying story.
61 Percent of Young Republicans Support Same-Sex Marriage: According to the latest numbers.
"Ban Bossy? I Don't Think So. Be Bossier." Danielle Henderson on a social-media campaign that sends the wrong message.
Journalist Killed in Afghanistan: "The attack was the first time in years that a Westerner appeared to have been specifically targeted and killed in Kabul."
Suicide Bombers Blow Themselves Up in Syria Yesterday: At least 5 people are dead and 15 are wounded.
Joe McGinniss Died Yesterday at the Age of 71: He was the author of The Selling of the President 1968 and many other books, and he was the "journalist" in Janet Malcolm's The Journalist and the Murderer. Here's the obituary.
It's Frankenstein's Birthday: Mary Shelley wrote the novel on a dare—she was 20 years old and trying to scare the shit out of her friends. I did a little digging around on YouTube and found this "documentary on the life of Mary Shelley for English class" uploaded by Nick Riopel—whoa, Nick, this was for a class assignment? You get an A.
Today's Also the Birthday of the First Collection of Movie Criticism Pauline Kael Ever Published: Here's a Canadian television interview with Pauline Kael with a super groovy intro and soundstage set. God, I love watching dead writers doing their thing on TV back in the day.