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In less than jubilant news, the feline residents that are a part of a makeshift cat colony outside a Winn-Dixie store in Pine Island, FL are finding themselves amidst a controversy. The long time cat residents may be looking for a new home due to a single person's complaint. Now the community is in an uproar, with talks of boycotting the grocery store. This might be the first reported story in which the cat claws have come out in people.

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This weekend marks the 20th anniversary of the L.A. Riots, a violent outbreak that occurred in the wake of four white police officers who were found "not guilty" for the beating of African-American motorist Rodney King. As is such, someone made @RealTimeLARiots, a Twitter account that chronicles what happened during those turbulent days in the aforementioned real time format. It's an interesting take on what social media would have looked like had it existed in the early 90s.

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While conservative Americans keep misinterpreting President Obama as a socialist, France went out of their way to elect a legitimate socialist candidate, Francois Hollande, who won the first round of elections, trouncing incumbent Nicolas Sarkozy. Hollande's hypothetical victory could also mean socialism is redefined for some Americans, having only heard of it through criticisms of President Obama and marathon viewings of Red Dawn.

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Connecticut recently passed a bill that would allow people to sue police officers who arrest them for recording in public. This is the first act of legislation in the US of this nature to pass the senate. SB 245 was introduced by state Senator Eric Coleman and now goes to Connecticut's House for approval.

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Two members of congress, Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) and Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY), have come out pondering whether the Secret Service prostitution scandal would have happened if more women were part of the agency.

"I can't help but keep asking this question, where are the women? We probably need to diversify the Secret Service and have more minorities and more women," said Rep. Maloney.

While Maloney and Collins make extremely valid points (as well as hint towards a bipartisan cause), this will sadly end up in the annals of Jay Leno's vortex of bad jokes for The Tonight Show.

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Yesterday during his weekly radio address, President Obama said that he would pressure lawmakers to keep student loan rates at 3.4 percent. If ignored, the rates will double in July. The president stressed that higher education "cannot be a luxury [but] an economic imperative that every family must be able to afford." GOP members are pushing back, unsurprisingly, in their quest to make America's youth a contingency of dum-dums.

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It's Record Store Day -- the one day in which all music labels and stores unite to bring the public limited pressings of (probably) overpriced records. Still, it tends to be a date that is often circled many times over in peoples' calendars and is moving ever so swiftly in becoming the music nerd's equivalent to Black Friday.

For people just (re)discovering vinyl, this guide to proper equipment might be slightly helpful for playing some of those limited edition singles.

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