1 MORE BLOOD ON ANTI-SEMITIC HANDS A piece of loathsome human garbage has murdered a teacher and three children at a French Jewish school. On the topic of murder, Mexican police have found 10 severed heads outside a slaughterhouse in drug-war torn Guerrero state. Lovely.

2 YOUTH GONE WILD  The hangover from a St. Patrick’s Day student riot in London, Ontario continues. London’s police chief, Jim Holmes, compares the fires and vandalism to a “war zone”.

3 SCREW THE WORKERS There’s a library strike in Toronto (no benefits for part-time workers? Really, Toronto?) while locked-out Montreal aerospace workers are blocking roads. Oh, and Air Canada apparently has a lot of sick pilots.

4 A BIG SLICE OF APPLE PIE Apple’s had a good week. First, it turned out one of the corporation’s most devastating critics was full of malarkey. Now, it’s going to dip into its insane, $98 billion cash reserves to reward shareholders. The story at the other end of that link has a neat slideshow on 10 things Apple could do with its cash reserves.

5 THE OTHER NDP LEADERSHIP RACE Joe Couture has a round-up of people considering a run at the Sask NDP’s top job. In other NDP news, Jack Layton’s Toronto-Danforth riding is up for grabs today. Talk about big shoes to fill.

6 NOBEL HOMOPHOBIA Liberia’s president, a Nobel peace prize winner, defends bigoted anti-gay laws: “We like ourselves the way we are,” she says. Apparently not, since a lot of Liberians are gay and were born that way. Apologists say the country isn’t ready for grown-up discussions of the issue. I don’t want to say “fair enough” because it isn’t fair at all. But. Since even Canada, a peaceful, stable and wealthy country with a kabillion advantages over Liberia, only found the gumption to legalize gay marriage a few years ago, we shouldn’t be total dicks about Liberia being total dicks. But these loony attitudes still need to change. The sooner Africans (and Russians, and Americans, and Conservatives…) get over their unnatural fears of common human sexual expression, the better for everyone.

Oh, and the comments were made during a meeting with a war criminal who’ll never be charged for his crimes. The world is fun!

PET FROG IS NOT AMUSED BY YOUR DICKERY This is my new favourite animal video this week. I love the smell of schadenfreude  in the morning. (Or is that schadenfrog?) (Via Slog)