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3 Things You Need to Know Today: March 17, 2014

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It’s Monday–welcome back to the grind. Here are a few nuggets to let you know what’s been happening in the world.


Guinness, Sam Adams, and Heineken Boycotting Today’s St. Pat’s Parades
Guinness and Heineken have opted to pull out of today’s NYC St. Patrick’s Day parade in support of LGBT youth–who are allowed to participate, but restricted by parade officials to not carry any signage identifying their sexual orientation during the event. “We believe in equality for all,” said a Heineken spokesperson. Similarly, Boston Beer Company (owner of Sam Adams) has pulled out of Boston’s parade for the same reason. Boston mayor Marty Walsh and NYC mayor Bill de Blasio have also said they won’t attend their city’s parades.


Feeling Lucky? Your March Madness Bracket Could Be Worth $1 Billion
The NCAA tournament brackets were revealed Sunday, which means there are just two more days to complete your picks for Warren Buffet’s $1 billion contest. Backed by the billionaire and Quicken Loans, the online challenge offers $1 billion to anyone who can pick the perfect bracket… the chances of which are about 9 quintillion-to-1. But hey–that means we’re saying there’s a chance.


Diver Catches Crazy Shark Encounter on His GoPro Camera
A scuba diver almost caught his own death on camera recently while swimming in the Caribbean. He brought a short spear to kill lionfish (he says it helps control them from dominating the reef ecosystem), but as it turned out, the spear became his lifeline when an actual shark lunged at him from the ocean depths. So what does the diver have to say about the creature that almost took his life? “I have no ill will toward him,” he stated.

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