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Here’s what we’re reading today.
1. Prince has passed away at 57
“In Prince’s biggest hits, he sang passionately, affectionately and playfully about sex and seduction. With deep bedroom eyes and a sly, knowing smile, he was one of pop’s ultimate flirts. But elsewhere in his catalog were songs that addressed social issues and delved into mysticism and science fiction. He made himself a unifier of dualities — racial, sexual, musical, cultural — teasing at them in songs like “Controversy” and transcending them in his career.”
+1: Read Rolling Stone’s 1983 cover story on The Purple One.
2. Mike Duffy not guilty on all counts
“The once-towering case against Sen. Mike Duffy came apart at the seams Thursday as an Ontario Court judge dismissed 27 of the 31 charges faced by the man at the centre of the long-running Senate expense scandal, finding him not guilty on four others.
“And as he neared the end of a decision that took virtually the entire day to deliver, Ontario Court Justice Charles Vaillancourt delivered a scathing indictment of the Prime Minister’s Office and Nigel Wright, Stephen Harper’s former chief of staff.”
3. Office perks are dumb
“The office ping-pong table is insulting to the intelligence of employees. We all want to be happy at work, where Americans spend a large chunk of their lives, but employees aren’t dumb. We know ping-pong tables and kegarators don’t make work fun or fulfilling. It’s certainly not a replacement for a decent paycheck.”
+1: In Japan, an ad agency just appointed an artificial intelligence as Creative Director.
4. The KFC sandwich that took over Pakistan
“But this is not a mere burger; indeed, purists would argue it’s not a burger at all. In Karachi, the Zinger is a symbol of urban aspirations and dreams, a burger that sustains a city constantly in flux. It’s not just a burger. It’s Karachi’s burger.”
+1: India wants one of its crown jewels back from Britain.
5. ESPN has fired Curt Schilling
“Schilling, who had worked for the network since 2010 and most recently offered analysis on ‘Monday Night Baseball,’ was dismissed after sharing a Facebook post this week that appeared to respond to the North Carolina law that bars transgender people from using bathrooms and locker rooms that do not correspond with their birth genders.”