5 Things To Know This AM

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Gabriel García Márquez, the beloved Nobel Prize-winning author, has died at age 87. (The Wire)

Brit Marling was on to something with her film Another Earth. Scientists have found a planet that resembles our own so much that it's been dubbed "Earth's Twin." (The New York Times)

In other news, the city of Portland, Oregon, has been forced to drain its 38 million gallon reservoir of treated water because a teen filmed himself answering the call of nature in it. (Fox News)

And, in incredibly unsettling news: Jewish citizens in a city in Ukraine are being forced to identify themselves. (MSNBC)

Triggered by the newest Sky Ferreira video, this long read about appropriation asks some big questions about power, stereotypes, and racism. (Salon)

Bonus Talking Points:
VFILES UNIVERSITY class is now in session, and your first bit o' homework is to sign up. (The Fashion Law)

Finally, Joey Fatone confessed that *NSYNC will never reunite. Talk about tearin' up our hearts, man. (The Huffington Post)

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