Richard Lugar: Our nation and our world are safer because of this statesman, said Barack Obama as he presented the Presidential Medal of Freedom to the former Indiana senator.
Jay Z: Rather than nixing the deal, rapper and multi-millionaire businessman revises collaboration with Barneys New York to address racial profiling at the upscale retailer.
Crossroads GPS: Karl Rove’s political nonprofit raised $180 million in 2012, including a single donation of $22.5 million. Fifty donations were for $1 million or more. As a result of the Citizens United Supreme Court ruling, the group doesn’t have to name donors even though it spends millions on political attack ads.
Batkid: Five-year-old Miles Scott, who is in remission from leukemia, was given the key to the city in San Francisco after the Make-a-Wish Foundation arranged for him to become Batkid and help Batman save a damsel in distress and thwart a bank robbery. When the video went viral, Make-a-Wish received so many donations that its website crashed.
Go nuts: New study hails the benefits of eating a handful of nuts each day. But should we be concerned that the study was funded in part by the International Tree Nut Council Nutrition Research and Education Foundation?
Arne Duncan: U.S. secretary of education inflames Common Core debate by suggesting opposition comes from white suburban moms who oppose the national academic standards because they expose that their child isn’t as brilliant as they thought they were.
Jay Carney: Obama press secretary targeted by media organizations protesting restrictions placed on photography of public White House events.
Trey Radel: Florida Republican congressman charged with cocaine possession. A tea party favorite, he once voted to administer drug tests to public assistance recipients.
Win Moses: Former mayor and state representative brings decades of public service experience to city’s Redevelopment Commission.
Scottsboro Boys: Alabama posthumously pardons three black men wrongly convicted of the rapes of two white women in the 1930s. The infamous case resulted in landmark Supreme Court rulings regarding the inclusion of blacks on juries and the need for adequate legal representation.
Barbara Park: Author sold more than 55 million copies of her Junie B. Jones children’s books. She died at 66 of ovarian cancer.