The Ticker

By John Hanlon

CRIMEA: An initial tally from the Sunday, March 16, election in the Republic of Crimea suggests about 95% of voters favor seceding from Ukraine and joining Russia. Pro-Russian forces have been in control of Crimea since the pro-Moscow president was ousted in February. The region has been in a state of chaos as of late, as protesters took to the streets to make their voices heard.


ELECTION: A final vote tally completed March 13 shows a razor-thin margin of victory in El Salvador’s presidential election. Salvador Sánchez Ceren beat Norman Quijano by 6,364 votes out of about 3 million votes cast, a difference of just 0.2 percent. The outcome stunned pollsters who, just a month prior to the March 9 election, forecasted a Sánchez Ceren victory by at least 10 percentage points. Analysts attribute the last minute surge of support for Quijano to a much higher than expected voter turnout.

[The Economist]

DEGREE: Data released recently from the Pew Research Center finds college graduates are reaping more benefits than ever before. The median income level of someone with a bachelor’s degree is now $45,500, compared to $28,000 for a high school graduate. Virtually every measure of economic prosperity shows college graduates ahead of their lesser-educated peers and at a record high level.


DEATH: A Michigan woman’s death went unnoticed for more than five years, and was finally discovered when a repairman spotted the mummified body in the back seat of her car. How is this possible? Bills were paid on time out of her bank account, a neighbor regularly mowed the grass and she frequently traveled, so apparently no one noticed her absence.


OBIT: George Buhl Jr. did something not many of us get to do: He wrote his own obituary– and it was hilarious. Since his death on Sunday, March 9, the obit has spread like wildfire around the Internet. “There will be no viewing since his wife refuses to honor his request to have him standing in the corner of the room with a glass of Jack Daniels in his hand so he would appear natural to visitors,” it said in part.

[Newser / Cape Gazette]