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3 Things You Need to Know Today: March 7, 2014

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Happy Friday! Here’s a spin through some recent headlines to distract yourself with before happy hour.


Barbie Gets a “Normal” Makeover with “Normal” Measurements
We’ve all heard of the Barbie doll controversy ever since the toy’s inception in 1959: “Real women don’t have bodies like Barbie.” It doesn’t help that Barbie cover-wrapped this year’s annual Sports Illustrated swimsuit edition. Artist Nickolay Lamm is changing notions of the “ideal Barbie body” with his own take on the doll (with “average” 19-year-old womens’ measurements). He created a crowd-funding site to get his 3-D printer generated dolls off the ground and things look good–he’s already doubled his $95,000 fund goal. You’ll see Barbie (left) and Lamm’s Normal Barbie (right) in the photo above.

Newsweek Print Edition Rises from the Dead
Just when you thought you’d never hold another hardcopy of Newsweek in your hands, it’s back. The defunct magazine that went all digital in late 2012 was just resurrected on paper, with a juicy cover story on the identity of the Bitcoin founder. At a whopping $7.99 an issue, it’s not cheap–but they’re promising long-form, original reporting that you won’t find from other sources.

Chris Christie Rallies Republicans to “Take on” Media
Taking the spotlight for the first time since Bridgegate, Gov. Chris Christie gave Republicans a spirited lecture on cleaning up their image. First on the agenda: how to deal with the media. “The fact is, we’ve got to take these guys on directly,” he said at the Conservative Political Action Conference. “We have to stop letting the media define who we are and what we stand for.” Photo: ABCnews

Colorado Launches Campaign to Stop Stoned Driving
Now that pot in Colorado is all legal and such, the Colorado Department of Transportation has decided to crack down on the next obvious problem: stoned driving. After studying the number of marijuana-influenced drivers for the first time this year, officials noticed that almost half of all drivers-under-the-influence were as high as a kite. The “Drive High, Get a DUI” campaign will start Monday.


Toddler Conducts Church Choir… I Think?
No one really knows what’s going on here, but you won’t be able to take your eyes off this baby.

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