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Today in History, March 2



Justin Bieber turns 19 years old today, but it seems like he’s been around forever. But how well do you really know the Biebs? (If you’re a responsible grownup, we’re betting, not as well as you think you do.) Read these 19 facts about the Canadian pop sensation, and you’ll be a Belieber in no time.

1. He’s the first solo artist to have four Top 40 singles before even releasing an album.

2. He is the youngest artist to have five number-one albums in the U.S.

3. He delayed the start of his Jan. 7, 2013 concert in Salt Lake City, Utah, because he was visiting a 7-year-old girl with leukemia in the hospital.

4. He likes the movie The Notebook

5. In its review of Bieber’s 3D concert film and documentary, Never Say Never (2011), New York Magazine described him  as “A bland, pious, profoundly unthreatening…

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While a trip to the dentist is nobody’s idea of fun, even the person holding the drill gets nervous when the patient is a 900 lb. polar bear.

Boris, a resident of the Point Defiance Zoo in Tacoma, Wash., was suffering from an infected tooth and desperately needed specialist medical attention. After receiving a tranquilizer shot, he settled in for a 4-hour procedure to clean up and fix his ailing canine.

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“All of us worry about him and love him,” said zookeeper Cindy Roberts, according to the U.K. Mirror. “We spend more time with the animals than we do with our own families.”

Boris lives in the Arctic Tundra enclosure at Port Defiance and has become a favorite draw for visitors. In addition to his root canal, he was given a thorough check-up by…

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It’s the perfect recipe for conservative apoplexy: On the one hand you have the Politico reporting that journalists are dissatisfied with their access to the president and, on the other, you have Chuck Todd saying the media isn’t liberal.

The response has been predictable. “Are you kidding me?” conservatives say. “What difference does access make when you agree with everything the president says? And your kneejerk agreement is proof enough that you are biased.”

It’s a line of reasoning that folds neatly into a larger conservative narrative: If only the media were doing its job and accurately reporting on the White House we all would be as disenchanted with the administration as they are. If that argument seems familiar to you, it should. We’ve been hearing it from conservatives for a long, long time.

Back in 1944 Gunnar Myrdal wrote a book on American race relations. One of his theses…

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A New York City policeman is accused of conspiring to abduct and commit grotesque crimes against several women, including his wife, and a jury will have to decide whether or not he really meant it.

Officer Gilberto Valle, 28,  is on trial in U.S. District Court for allegedly plotting with his web buddies to kidnap, kill and eat female body parts, according to court documents. He is also accused of seeking out his victims via a law enforcement database that he was not authorized to use and singling out a specific victim.

(MORE: Jury Finds Drew Peterson Guilty in Death of Third Wife in Bizarre Case)

In the chats Valle is accused of having with another individual over the web, he spoke of an 18-year-old woman as “one of the most desirable pieces of meat I’ve ever met.” They have detailed conversations about how to kidnap women, which…

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