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Eugene Hoshiko | Associated Press
Makes you want to write a haiku: A man walks on a snow-covered, tree-lined road in Yokohama, Japan, on Saturday.

Sunday brunch: Now that you have a little time to read (Feb. 2)

I spent a few hours on Saturday looking for some of the best finds from the past week:


The latest Simon's Cat went viral, of course, with Simon Tofield's "Smitten" getting millions of hits in its first few days.

"We are saving the lives of our enemies"

SAFED, Israel — The 9-year-old Syrian boy with no legs wheeled himself down a bright hospital corridor, stopping to accept a pain pill from one nurse and a high-five from another.

– LA Times story by Kate Linthicum

"Death with dignity" movement gets a toehold

–Erik Eckholm at The New York Times looks at changes in attitude about aiding those who are terminally ill in ending their lives. The practice remains illegal in most states.

Escaping was easy, killer says

Michael David Elliot wore layers of white thermals underneath a blue uniform, and tore it a little bit so he could rip it off easily when he dived into the snow at the Ionia Correctional Facility last Sunday. He also had white shoes, white gloves and a white ski mask.

–After he was caught, he used his one phone call to reach Elisha Anderson at the Detroit Free Press

Flappy Bird

This minimalist (some say poorly designed) and addictive (some say brainless) smartphone game has shot to the top of the 'Most Popular' download charts for both Android and iPhone.

– James Vincent of The Independent

Let me know what you think about today's picks.

If you find any good reads worth sharing, email before 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 15. I'll compile a list for next Sunday. The Brunch uses only recent and credited items, BTW.

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