From April Fool's Day to the Senate Race in Massachusetts, here are the five stories you should read on Sunday:
(1) Google kicked off its usual April Fool's Day pranks with a temporary option to turn Google Maps into 8-bit images like those from Nintendo games. Here's a roundupof all of the company's jokes this year. In a blog post on Saturday, Google software engineer Tatsuo Nomura wrote: “In our pursuit of new digital frontiers, we realized that we may have left behind a large number of users who couldn't access Google Maps on their classic hardware. Today, we’re excited to announce the result: a version of Google Maps for NES, with beautiful low-res graphics, simple and intuitive controls, and a timeless soundtrack.” Here's the video:
(2) According to the Boston Globe, Republican Senator Scott Brown and progressive candidate Elizabeth Warren are in a dead heat in the state's November Senate race. Within seven months before the election, Brown has 37 percent of the vote and Warren has 35 percent, while 26 percent said they are undecided. Warren is seen as a consumer advocate who would champion working people and battle corporations. Brown is viewed as a moderate Republican who can connect with politicians across party lines. More here.
(3) According to the Department of Labor on Friday, unemployment rates declined in 29 states and rose in 8 in March. Nationwide, the economy added 227,000 net jobs in February and has averaged 245,000 jobs per month since December. The unemployment rate now stands at 8.3 percent, the lowest level in three years. Ohio, Texas and New York reported the biggest job gains.
(4) How does a blue state elect a red Senate? New York is a Democratic state. Barack Obama won a landslide in 2008 and New York elected 21 Democratic members of Congress in 2010. But, the State Senate has been consistently controlled by the Republicans. Why? The New York Times has a great interactive explanation with maps, multimedia, and more. See here.
(5) Born to Run legend Micah True has died on the trail. Nicknamed "Caballo Blanco," True was featured in the book Born to Run by Christopher McDougall. His body was discovered in the wilderness of New Mexico on Saturday. The cause of death is still unknown.