SBM-LogoHere are the top news headlines that may interest you for Friday, March 15, 2013. Read, be informed, discuss, and prosper.

Maryland Plans to Get Rid of the Death Penalty “It’s been eight years since Maryland executed a convicted killer, but that could be the last time if the General Assembly, as expected, gives final passage this week to a bill to abolish capital punishment.”

Children of Divorce More Likely to Become Smokers “Out of 19,000 U.S adults, the odds of having smoked 100 or more cigarettes increased by 48 and 39 percent for sons and daughters, respectively, of separated or divorced parents.”

28d19e2e99b84b52eac9cf2d42b9c8e9_dont-text-and-drive-580x326_featuredImageTexting While Driving Just as Dangerous as Drinking and Driving “An international inquiry concluded that sending messages on a mobile phone leads to ‘significant risks’.Researchers found it was as dangerous as being a quarter over the legal drink-drive limit.”

HBCUs May Sue Obama Administration Over Loan Rules “New underwriting standards enacted in October 2011 to PLUS loans made it tougher for parents with lackluster credit to borrow money from the federal government for their child’s college expenses. Families of students at HBCUs were twice as likely to use the program…”

Update on Kobe Bryant’s Injury; Heat Extend Winning Streak “The Los Angeles Lakers’ push for the playoffs might be without Kobe Bryant for a while(up to a year)…”