The Weekend in 10: Jan. 12-13, 2012

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ICYMI, check out our super-useful guide to the bane of everyone’s existence right now, the flu. And these were the weekend’s other top stories:

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Boston Wiki Meetup

The Internet is mourning the death of 26-year-old web pioneer and free-information activist Aaron Swartz, who apparently committed suicide. Swartz had struggled with depression and was facing federal charges on computer crimes.

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“Neither the Treasury Department nor the Federal Reserve believes that the law can or should be used to facilitate the production of platinum coins for the purpose of avoiding an increase in the debt limit.”

- Treasury Department spokesman Anthony Coley, shooting down the possibility of solving the debt ceiling problem by minting a $1 trillion platinum coin.

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Everything you ever wanted to know (whether you realized it or not) about the small miracles of deliciousness known as Girl Scout cookies:

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Seven men carried out another horrifying gang rape of a bus rider in India.

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“Autism, Breast Cancer, and the Changing Miss America Pageant” – in The Daily Beast. Is Miss America managing to stay relevant?

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Death Star!

The White House showed its sense of humor in its reply to a petition calling for the construction of a Death Star. Not gonna happen, for three reasons: 1. It would cost eight hundred fifty quadrillion dollars, which is, you know, a lot of money and would add to the deficit. 2. “The Administration does not support blowing up planets.” 3. As we all know, it has a design flaw that makes it vulnerable to proton torpedoes.

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On “Meet the Press,” Colin Powell criticized the Republican Party for tolerating racism within its ranks:

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See all the Golden Globe winners here.

CONTROVERSY

A restaurant owner is getting a lot of heat after giving a lesbian couple a note condemning their sexual orientation.

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Cause. Explanation, link and related action to take.

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Holly Epstein Ojalvo

Holly’s mission is to inform, inspire, and empower engaged activists who will change the world. She was previously an editor at The New York Times and a high school teacher. She spent her brief 20’s slump at a mousepad factory. Holly earned a B.A. at Lafayette College and M.A.'s at U Delaware and NYU. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband, daughter, and cat, Tomie Twotone. Follow: @heoj.

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