Today is Mardi Gras (French for "Fat Tuesday"), the day before Ash Wednesday, the start of Lent as observed by the Catholic Church and most of western Christianity. The Orthodox Churches (Greek, Russian, etc.) use a different calendar, and thus schedule their Easter and Lent differently. Tonight, President Obama will give his State Of The Union address, which like most SOTUs, I have no intention of watching. Here are some other things going on:
From the Los Angeles Times, police in San Bernardino County, CA have a gun battle with former officer and murder suspect Christopher Dorner near Big Bear Lake.
From My Fox LA, a timeline and live stream of Dorner's suspected crimes and the resulting manhunt.
From the Inquisitr, the Antarctic ozone hole has shrunk to its lowest size in a decade.
From the Washington Post, the Virginia Senate has passed a bill to allow counties in northern Virginia to pass a 1% income tax without a public vote.
From ABC News, former police Sgt. Kimberly Munley, who with her partner stopped the Fort Hoot shooting spree, says the president has broken his promise that "the victims would be well taken care of".
From Fox News, gay rights activists have called for DC comics to fire Orson Scott Card, because he opposes gay marriage. (via Weasel Zippers)
From the Daily Caller, several Democrats have have invited to the State Of The Union speech some guests who shouldn't even be in the country.
From the NY Post, the hacker group called Anonymous threatens to disrupt online broadcasts of the SOTU speech.
From Yahoo News, diners in Tokyo eat dirt.
And from SFGate, a postcard sent by a 13-year-old boy to his mother in Pauls Valley, OK arrives after 46 years.