1. Remembering Trayvon Martin. A year ago today, Florida resident George Zimmerman shot and killed 17-year-old Trayvon Martin. Zimmerman is charged with second-degree murder. A jury will rule on his controversial case beginning on June 10.
Supporters of Martin have organized a “Million Hoodie Vigil” to take place tonight at New York’s Union Square South Plaza.
2. Music industry shows signs of recovery. It still shrunk last year, but only by 1%, the slowest rate of decline since 2004. Find out why the industry is “on the road to recovery.”
3. The wait is over. The Senate is expected to confirm Chuck Hagel as secretary of defense today.
4. Italian election yields gridlock. Three major political parties shared in victory in Italy’s parliamentary election: the left-leaning Democratic Party, former comedian Beppe Grillo’s Five Star Movement, and disgraced former Prime Minister Berlusconi’s center-right coalition. The Five Star Movement is known for selecting its untested candidates via online primaries.
European stocks plummeted in response to the messy results. The American stock market saw its biggest losses in fourth months.
5. Prominent cardinal resigns. Yesterday, Keith O’Brien resigned from his post as leader of the Scottish Catholic Church, amid accusations the he engaged in sexual behavior with fellow clergymen. O’Brien denies the allegations.