The Sunrise News Sampler
- Today, some concerned Tuscaloosa residents plan to meet at Archibalds and Woodrows to discuss what actions the community can take to curb violence, assist in enforcing laws, and save the city. Children are also invited to speak up and out about the issues that concern them. The meeting starts at 6:30.
- 2013 Walk MS will be held at Snow Hinton Park on Saturday, March 9th. Anyone with multiple sclerosis, one whose life has been affected by the disease, volunteers, and virtual walkers are encouraged to attend. Teams are already being formed. For more information, visit http://nationalmssociety.org.
- In other local news, yesterday, the city held a ribbon cutting for the first phase of the rebuilding of Rosedale Court, although residents began moving into the units last month.
- In state news, Attorney General Luther Strange will ask the Legislature to increase the penalty for operating illegal gambling machines from a misdemeanor to a felony.
- Afghanistan's defense minister expressed optimism that the United States will not abandon his country after troops leave next year, saying he does not believe we'll repeat the mistake we made in forgetting his country after the Soviet pullout in 1989.
- In sports entertainment news, in his interview with Oprah yesterday, Lance Armstrong is said to have admitted to doping during his run of seven Tour de France titles, and he apologized to the staff of the Livestrong charity he founded. The interview will air Thursday.
- In other news, a huge announcement concerning Facebook will come today when the company holds a press event, for which invitations said, "Come see what we're building." Some speculate the social medium could reveal a larger and fuller search feature that would intensify the competition between Facebook and Google.
- PBS CEO Paula Kerger says "Sesame Street" will weather the scandal over Elmo puppeter Kevin Clash because the character of Elmo is larger than any one individual.