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National Underground Railroad Freedom Center: Cincinnati museum is presented with first-edition copy of “12 Years a Slave,” the book on which this year’s Oscar contender is based. The 161-year-old book is one of about 200 known to exist.

Colorado: The first year of legalized marijuana sales is expected to bring in nearly $1 billion in tax revenue this year; much of that will be spent on substance-abuse prevention.


Glenbrook Square, Assembly Hall: Revered structures (for vastly different reasons) in Fort Wayne and Bloomington suffer weather-related structural damage. No one is hurt in either collapse.


Mike Pence: Legislature’s approval of same-sex marriage amendment – with a language change – defies Republican governor’s call to resolve the issue this year. If a separately elected General Assembly approves it next year or in 2016, it will appear on the ballot when Pence seeks re-election or a higher office.

Adrian Jimmerson: The 18-year-old was seen Feb. 13 carrying a pillowcase full of items taken from a home he apparently burglarized. He dropped the pillowcase as he jumped a fence, but his pants ripped and his wallet fell to the ground. A school identification card was found. Jimmerson was arrested the next day.

Vladimir Putin: As if the fallout from his anti-gay laws weren’t enough, Russia’s leader suffers the indignity of seeing his nation’s hockey team fail to win an Olympic medal on its home ice.


Mavis Gallant: The Montreal-born writer carved out an international reputation as a master short-story author while living in Paris for decades. She published more than 100 short stories, many of them in the New Yorker magazine. She died this week at 91.

Miroslav Standera: Fighter pilot fled Czechoslovakia to fight for the British and French air forces in World War II. Standera fled in 1939 following Czechoslovakia’s takeover by Nazi Germany. Standera was the last surviving Czech pilot to have flown for France during the war. He died Wednesday at 95.

Mike Stepovich: The last presidentially appointed governor of Alaska worked to put himself out of office by successfully lobbying for statehood. He died Friday at 94.

Corcoran Gallery of Art: Nation’s oldest privately supported museum cedes control of its impressive collection to the National Gallery of Art. George Washington University will operate its education division.