Today is not only the first day of spring, but also International Day of Happiness. What a lovely holiday. Does this involve people giving each other hugs, back rubs, and chocolates on the Main Green? Nah, too muddy for that. International Day of Happiness is actually a UN-sponsored initiative arguing that “‘progress’ should be about increasing human happiness and wellbeing, not just growing the economy.” And, as with seemingly everything these days, Pharrell is in on the act. He has lent his hit song “Happy” to the campaign (no word on his Arby’s hat).
In Providence, a group of dancers went around the city to perform a series of flash mobs to Pharrell’s song. There was even one outside Wilson at 1 p.m. and by the Starbucks on Thayer half an hour later! Check for a list of every place the group went today after the jump, via the ProJo:
Scientists genetically altered 12 H.I.V.-positive people’s cells to make them resistant to the AIDS virus, a new report released today shows. If enough cells can be engineered to repel the virus, AIDS in these patients may in effect be cured. Researchers announced at a Boston conference today that a baby born with H.I.V. had been cured. A clinical trial in which 60 babies born infected will be administered drugs within 48 hours is set to begin soon.
The Boston Supreme Court ruled today that a man who took cellphone pictures up the skirts of women riding the Boston subway did not violate state law. “A female passenger…wearing a skirt, dress, or the like… is not a person who is ‘partially nude,’ no matter what is or is not underneath the skirt,” the court said in its ruling.
Pope Francis announced in a newspaper interview published today that the Catholic Church could support some types of civil unions, but maintained the church’s longstanding view that marriage is between a man and woman.
Israeli naval commandos seized an Iranian shipment of rockets in international waters today. Israeli officials believe the rockets were intended for Palestinian militant groups in Gaza.
The European Union offered $15 billion in aid to Ukraine over the next two years. Russia’s foreign minister and defense minister both denied today that there were Russian troops in Crimea.